Central Safety Group

 

CSG
60 years
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Central Safety Group is a not-for-profit incorporated association. It comprises of a network of safety professionals from the Melbourne CBD and beyond and conducts monthly presentations featuring specialist speakers.
Members have a common interest in improving all aspects of occupational health and safety in their workplace and keeping informed on key issues in their field.
The presentations are held every second Tuesday of the month from February to November. A networking Christmas lunch is held in December.

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Special networking opportuity for members and friends of CSG

Event: A free event for both members and friends of CSG
Date: Tuesday, 13 December, 2022 at noon

Venue: Board Room, AMS Consulting, Ground Floor, 15-31 Pelham Street, Carlton
Also available as a CSG Zoom Lunchtime Event
Non-Members welcome to attend

Special networking opportuity for members and friends of CSG
As our 60th Anniversary year draws to a close, we are delighted to announce that we will be having our first ‘hybrid’ event on 13 December – where people can attend in person or via Zoom.
This will be the first time we have gathered for a Tuesday lunchtime event since March 2020. It marks the return of opportunities for you to network in person, which is a key part of CSG.
It will be an informal session, where we share ideas and get to know each other better. We will also share the results of the below survey.
We are seeking your input via a VERY SHORT survey -just 4 questions. Please click on the link below left and take a few minutes to tell us which topics you want to hear about next year and the types of events you'd be interested in attending.
Your input will help us shape our program for 2023, and ensure we keep providing our members and friends with activities of interest and value to them.

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  • December 2022

    CSG Special Networking Event

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    Tuesday 13 December 2022

    Event: Special networking opportuity for members and friends of CSG

    FREE: A free event on Tuesday 13 December at noon

    As our 60th Anniversary year draws to a close, we are delighted to announce that we will be having our first ‘hybrid’ event on 13 December – where people can attend in person or via Zoom.

    This will be the first time we have gathered for a Tuesday lunchtime event since March 2020. It marks the return of opportunities for you to network in person, which is a key part of CSG...read more

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  • November 2022

    5 top tips for successful auditing

    Ross Macfarlane

     

    Tuesday 8 November 2022

    Speaker: Ross Macfarlane, Director, RM The Risk Manager Pty Ltd

    Topic: Five top tips for successful auditing

    Ross Macfarlane is a highly experienced consultant and auditor who has conducted external and internal audits for a number of JAS-ANZ accredited certification bodies.

    Ross has assisted many organisations achieve and maintain certification to occupational health and safety, environment and quality management standards. He has also assisted them whilst undergoing internal and external audits, and has helped them to improve their safety performance and business effectiveness...read more

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  • October 2022

    Central Safety Group ~ 60th Luncheon

    60 years, how time flies.

     

    FRIDAY 14 October 2022

    CSG 60th Anniversary Celebration

    What a celebration - 60 years of promoting safety!

    For those who missed it, or others who would like to re-live this special occasion, we have produced a memorable package. There were a few technical challenges on the day, including our original plan for filming the speakers. However, our wonderful secretary Heather Turner saved the day by filming it with her phone and, while it will not be nominated for an Academy Award, it certainly captures the atmosphere well.

    There were so many highlights of the day, not least of which was having David Caple AM as MC for the event. He features at the beginning of the video, along with President Nan Austin.

    We were honoured to have Dr Narelle Beer from WorkSafe Victoria attend and give the keynote address. She had some very interesting things to say about future developments in OHS in Victoria. The transcript of her speech is available as part of this package. We also welcomed Narelle's commitment on behalf of WorkSafe Victoria to maintaining ties with our group...read more

     

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  • September 2022

    Small Companies with High Risks

    Ben Thomson

    13 September 2022

    Speaker: Ben Thomson, Safety Manager, Flight Academy Australia
    Topic: When a company is small and risks are high

    Aviation demands particularly sound safety management systems and behaviours. Ben Thomson, Safety Manager for Flight Academy Australia (FAA), a light aircraft pilot training business, faces special challenges with instructors and students from a wide range of backgrounds.
    In a Zoom talk on 13 September, Ben will discuss his approach and actions that could be applied equally to other small companies wanting to refresh and strengthen their safety management systems.

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  • August 2022

    OHS and Social Sustainability

    Phil Lovelock

    9 August 2022

    Topic: OHS and Social Sustainability

    Speaker: Phil Lovelock, Senior Health, Safety and Wellbeing Consultant and Policy Advisor, Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    CSG Zoom Lunchtime Presentation - noon
    Non-Members welcome to attend.

    As the concept of social sustainability becomes more important, businesses and organisations are treating people more as an asset to be valued and looked after.

    How can OHS practitioners support their businesses in building and maintaining social sustainability? Phil Lovelock has some answers when he presents a model for doing this in a CSG lunchtime Zoom talk on 9th August....Read more

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  • July 2022

    Return To Work Research Findings

    Dr Carys Chan

    12 July 2022

    Topic: Return to Work – What research is telling us

    Speaker: Dr Carys Chan, Research Fellow, Griffith University - Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing.

    CSG Zoom Lunchtime Presentation - noon
    Non-Members welcome to attend.

    What are the psychological effects of workplace injury? How can an understanding of this help employers support workers’ return to work? Research findings on this will be discussed in a Zoom presentation on 12 July by Dr Carys Chan of Griffith University, one of the authors of a recent paper commissioned by Safe Work Australia.

    The aim was to advance knowledge and generate recommendations for Safe Work Australia’s National Return to Work Strategy 2020-2030. Safe Work Australia develops national policy to improve WHS and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia...Read more

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  • June 2022

    OHS without borders - helping overseas

    Jason Green

    14 June 2022

    Topic: OHS without borders - helping overseas

    Speaker: Jason Green, President, Australian branch - Workplace Health Without Borders

    CSG Zoom Lunchtime Presentation - noon
    Non-Members welcome to attend.

    There are 3 billion workers in the world - and around 2 billion of them work in unhealthy and unsafe conditions. Millions die each year from workplace causes, and hundreds of millions are incapacitated by occupational injuries and disease.

    Do you want an opportunity to make a difference? We now have an Australian branch of Workplace Health Without Borders (WHWB), which is seeking members and volunteers.

    Jason Green, President of the Australian branch, will talk on 14 June about the work done by WHWB around the world in countries where help is needed to create healthier and safer workplaces.
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  • May 2022

    K Govias, Gallagher - Ethics in Safety

    Keith Govias

    10 May 2022

    Topic: Ethics in Safety

    Speaker: Keith Govias, Principal Consultant - Workplace Risk, Gallagher

    CSG Zoom Lunchtime Presentation - noon
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    As an OHS practitioner, how important is it to have an ethical approach in your role? And what is involved? For some answers to this, join Keith Govias, an expert on the subject, in a lunchtime Zoom talk on Tuesday, 10 May.

    Keith is the first OHS professional to become a Vincent Fairfax Fellow in Ethical Leadership, and is also a peer-reviewer of the Ethics and Professional Practice chapter for the Body of Knowledge produced by the Australian Institute of Health and Safety.
    He will discuss the ethical challenges in our profession and how an ethical framework can be applied to OHS decision making, performance measurement, injury management and other areas, and give examples from his own professional experience... read more

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  • April 2022

    New psychological hazard regulations

    Tracey Browne

    12 April 2022

    Topic: New psychological hazard regulations

    Speaker: Tracey Browne, Manager - National Safety & Workers' Compensation Policy and Membership Services, Ai Group

    CSG Zoom Lunchtime Presentation - noon
    Non-Members welcome to attend.

    Victoria has developed draft regulations for psychological health, and work is happening at the national level to develop Model WHS Regulations on this topic. What responsibilities will employers have under this new legislation? How might it affect the workplace? Will it have an impact on workers compensation?

    These and other issues will be discussed in a zoom presentation at midday on 12 April by Tracey Browne, Manager, National Safety & Workers' Compensation Policy and Membership Services at Australian Industry Group (Ai Group)....Read more

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  • March 2022

    Changing Role of the OHS Professional

    Pam Pryor AO

    8 March 2022

    Topic: The changing role of the OHS professional

    Speaker: Pam Pryor AO, Manager OHS BoK Development, Australian Institute of Health and Safety

    CSG Zoom Lunchtime Presentation - noon
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    OHS is now suffering from 'disciplinary ambiguity' according to a recent international study. You will hear why from Pam Pryor, Manager OHS Body of Knowledge Development for the Australian Institute of Health and Safety, in a CSG lunchtime Zoom presentation on 8 March.

    Changes affecting the OHS profession include the COVID-19 pandemic opening new ground on workplace safety; the growing discussions around psychological health and safety, and the fact that many OHS professionals now include ‘wellness’ as part of their role.

    These all highlight the lack of clarity around the role of the generalist OHS Professional, according to Pam.

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  • February 2022

    New Perspectives on OHS

    Kevin Jones

    8 February 2022

    Topic: New perspectives on OHS

    Speaker: Kevin Jones, Editor, SafetyAtWorkBlog.com

    CSG Zoom Lunchtime Presentation - noon
    Non-Members welcome to attend.

    Catch up with some of the latest thinking and writing on OHS with Kevin Jones. He will discuss some of the latest ideas and information he’s found in recently-published books by leading OHS and economics experts and political scientists in Australia and elsewhere... read more

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  • February 2022

    Central Safety Group AGM 2022

    CSG AGM

    2022

    CSG Annual General Meeting

    Date: Tuesday 8 February 2022

    CSG Zoom AGM after Lunchtime meeting at noon
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    The CSG AGM will commence directly after the February 2022 at 12 noon Event.

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  • December 2021

    CSG networking get-together

    CSG President ~ Nan Austin

    14 December 2021

    CSG Networking get-together on zoom
    Hosted by Nan Austin, President, Central Safety Group

    A free zoom event
    for both members and friends of CSG

    December is the time of year for us to celebrate our CSG network, share ideas and get to know each other a little better.
    While circumstances prevent us from gathering in person for a second year, please join us via zoom for an informal networking function. Let’s share our experiences and valuable lessons from 2021, as well as exploring next year's events.
    We are looking forward to celebrating our 60th year in 2022 and welcome your thoughts about the future of Central Safety Group to ensure we continue to remain relevant to our members and the wider safety community.

    Note: RSVP before close of business Monday 13 December 2021.
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  • November 2021

    Psychosocial risk of Return To Work

    Dr Natasha Lazareski

    9 November 2021

    Return to work in Covid times: managing psychosocial risk

    Speaker: Dr Natasha Lazareski, Managing Director, PsyFlex

    CSG Zoom Lunchtime Presentation - noon
    Non-Members welcome to attend.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a drastic impact on workplace conditions and work arrangements. This has brought new psychosocial risks that can affect the health and wellbeing of workers. Occupational health expert Dr Natasha Lazareski will discuss this issue, along with strategies to manage it, in a Zoom presentation to Central Safety Group Inc. on Tuesday 9 November at noon.  Read more...

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  • October 2021

    The Current OHS Job Scene

    Helen O'Keefe

    12 October 2021

    The current job scene for OHS – what’s different now

    Speaker: Helen O'Keefe, Founder & Principal Consultant, HOK Talent Solutions

    CSG Zoom Lunchtime Presentation - noon
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    What’s the current job scene for OHS? The news is that at the moment there are more roles on offer than candidates, according to Helen O’Keefe, who runs a leading national health & safety executive search agency. This will be the subject of her zoom presentation for CSG at midday on Tuesday 12 October.

    Helen will discuss the reasons for the current shortage of applicants happening across the board in a range of industries, as well as in different levels and roles in the OHS field. Read more...

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  • September 2021

    Research on manual handling injuries

    Professor David Caple AM

    14 September 2021

    Topic: New research on manual handling injuries
    Speaker: Professor David Caple AM, OHS Consultant and Adjunct Professor, Centre for Ergonomics & Human Factors, La Trobe University, David Caple & Associates
    CSG Zoom Lunchtime Presentation

    Work-based musculoskeletal injuries remain a major issue, but research is telling us more about how and why these injuries occur, along with better prevention and management strategies.
    Professor David Caple AM has recently been involved in a range of projects related to manual handling injury prevention in hospitals. These injuries account for around 70% of Workcover claims in hospitals for both clinical and non-clinical staff.  Read more...

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  • August 2021

    COVID-19 in health & aged care

    Alison Hunt-Sturman


    10 August 2021

    Topic: Living through COVID-19 in healthcare and aged care
    Speaker: Alison Hunt-Sturman, Group Manager, WHS, Mercy Health Australia

    When the Covid-19 crisis arrived, organisations everywhere were hit with a massive task without warning and precedent. The healthcare industry faced significant challenges in managing and implementing new and complex requirements.
    Alison Hunt-Sturman, Group Manager, WHS, at Mercy Health Australia, will present a compelling account of what happened across the healthcare industry as well as within her organisation. Mercy Health manages four public hospitals, 30 aged care homes, in-patient and outpatient mental health services, and home care services around Australia. Read more...

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  • July 2021

    COVID-19 in Victoria - A Union Perspective

    Dominic Melling


    13 July 2021

    Topic: COVID-19 response in Victoria: A union perspective
    Speaker: Dominic Melling, Lead Organiser, OHS Team, Victorian Trades Hall Council

    The COVID-19 crisis brought some major challenges to unions affiliated with the Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC), their members and workers. These challenges, along with lessons learned and solutions, will be discussed by Dominic Melling, Lead Organiser of the OHS Team at the VTHC in a zoom presentation at midday on Tuesday, 13 July.
    Dominic’s talk will cover essential workers who reported to their usual workplaces throughout the lockdowns as well as people working from home. He will review the structural problems that facilitated the spread of COVID-19 and the Union’s role in advising Health and Safety Representatives and members. Using case studies from high risk industries, he will discuss what happened when OHS structures and procedures failed and what lessons can be learned from these failures. Read more...

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  • June 2021

    Safety Risks & Human Factors

    Dr Kate Branford

    8 June 2021

    Topic: Safety risks and Understanding Human Factors

    Speaker: Dr Kate Branford, Senior Human Factors Specialist, V/Line

    CSG Zoom Lunchtime Presentation - noon
    Non-Members welcome to attend.

    Human Factors issues constitute a significant source of risk in many industries. Human error contributes to an estimated 60-80% of incidents, while other Human Factors issues also play a part in a large proportion of incidents.
    Understanding human error, how it contributes to safety incidents and how it can be managed, will be the subject of a zoom talk by Dr Kate Branford at midday on 8 June... Read more

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  • May 2021

    Safety Benefits of technology

    Gavin Kenny


    11 May  2021

    Topic: Using technology to make work safer

    Speaker: Gavin Kenny, Manager SHEQ - Service Delivery, Melbourne Water

    CSG Zoom Lunchtime Presentation - noon
    Non-Members welcome to attend.

    Melbourne Water will share how technology has improved its safety systems and performance in a zoom presentation to Central Safety Group at midday on Tuesday, 11 May. The presenter will be Gavin Kenny, Manager SHEQ - Service Delivery at Melbourne Water, who has introduced a number of digital technology improvements to safety processes there.
    Melbourne Water is a statutory body which supplies high-quality water, provides reliable sewerage services, integrates drainage systems to prevent flooding and enhances waterways and land for Melbourne and its surrounds. Gavin will talk about the changes involved, how they were introduced and the resulting efficiency gains.
    These new systems are integrated with and supported by the organisation’s existing IT systems. He will describe the transition from using cumbersome, paper-based processes to easy-to-use digital systems. Among other things, this has made safety data at Melbourne Water more transparent and easy to access, making it easier to analyse trends.
    Gavin will answer questions from participants after the presentation.

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  • April 2021

    David Trembearth, Coles

    April Zoom Meeting 2021


    13 April 2021

    Topic: Musculoskeletal issues – what’s new in risks and prevention
    Speaker: David Trembearth, Safety Business Partner, People and Product Safety, Coles.

    Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs), often referred to as ‘Body Stressing’, are the highest category of serious workers’ compensation claims for Australian workers, representing 36% of all claims in 2017-18.

    Research and experience show there is a lot can be done to prevent these injuries, which was the topic of a talk by David Trembearth to Central Safety Group via Zoom on Tuesday, 13 April 2021.

    David chaired the working group that developed a position statement on WMSDS for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in 2020. He provided an overview of this and spoke about evidence-based causes of WMSDs as well as intervention strategies for the prevention and management of these injuries.

    Musculoskeletal injuries can affect any worker, not just manual labourers, says David.  It can happen in any workplace and cover a wide range of life-changing lower back and repetitive strain injuries.

    Significantly, these injuries can result from both physical and psychological hazards in the workplace. They also present psychosocial hazards and are recognised as critical workplace risk factors.

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  • March 2021

    Hospital safety during the pandemic

    March Zoom Meeting 2021


    9 March 2021

    Topic: Hospital safety during the pandemic
    Speaker: Christine Rennick, General Manager, Health Safety and Wellbeing, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne.

    When the Covid-19 crisis exploded just over a year ago, the demand for special safety measures in our hospitals was massive, sudden and urgent. Christina Rennick, General Manager Health, Safety and Wellbeing at Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital, will do a presentation via Zoom at 11 am on 9 March about how her workplace responded.
    The hospital has a big and complex structure, a workforce of 7,000, and a large number of patients and visitors to protect. Beyond implementing large-scale basic requirements for Covid protection, the safety team had to develop new rules and systems, learn from experience and adapt. This has been ongoing as knowledge of the coronavirus unfolds and the situation in the community changes.
    Christina will talk not only about physical safety measures, but also the need to monitor and manage the wellbeing of people in the hospital system during this time... Read More

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  • February 2021

    CSG Annual General Meeting 2020

    February Meeting 2021


    9 February 2021

    CSG Annual General Meeting 2020

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  • December 2020

    Covid-19 Impact on Workplace Safety

    Professor David Caple AM


    8 December 2020

    Topic: Covid-19 Impact on Workplace Safety.
    Presenter: Professor David Caple AM, OHS Consultant and Adjunct Professor, Centre for Ergonimics & Human Factors, LaTrobe University

    2020 – what a year! Central Safety Group wrapped it up with the subject that has had such an impact on our lives and work these past eight months.
    Professor David Caple discussed Covid-19 and workplace safety via zoom on Tuesday 8 December. David has been working on Covid-related projects with the healthcare and government sectors during the crisis.
    He reflected on the psychological and physical risks, ways these can be managed and what long-lasting impacts coronavirus could have on the workplace. He then opened the session for questions and discussion, in which participants were encouraged to talk about what is being done in their own industry or workplace. It was a great session!

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  • November 2020

    Web safety – are you taking risks?

    Michael Connory


    17 November 2020

    Topic: Web safety – are you taking risks?
    Presenter: Michael Connory, CyberCertified

    Cyber crime is at an all-time high with so many people working from home and shopping online. Most of us could do a lot to improve our cyber security.
    Michael Connory of CyberCertified gave invaluable advice and answered questions on this topic during a lunchtime zoom presentation to Central Safety Group on Tuesday 17 November.
    As one of Australia’s leading voices in cyber security, Michael’s session gave viewers a practical demonstration and plenty of useful tips.

    About the presenter:
    Michael Connory of CyberCertified has had over 20 years experience in the global security sector, and has held a number of senior roles with companies specialising in this field. He is a strong advocate for better privacy protection for individuals and businesses, and is often called upon to give expert commentary in the media.

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  • July 2020

    CSG Talks: Victorian OHS Data Analysis

    Barry Naismith


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    Topic: What does the data reveal about the state of OHS in Victoria?
    Presenter: Barry Naismith, OHS Intros

    Barry Naismith shares his latest research into reducing the impact of work harms.

    About the presenter:

    Prior to a career in OHS, Barry Naismith worked as a journalist and editor. He spent more than 14 years with the Victorian WorkCover Authority before working independently as an OHS consultant. He has also worked with Uniting Victoria on a program to reduce the impact of work harms on the community. Barry has qualifications in science from Melbourne University and media studies from RMIT.

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  • July 2020

    CSG Talks: Safety Across the Tasman

    Nan Austin


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    Topic: Safety shake-up across the Tasman - update
    Presenter: Nan Austin, Consultant, Management Systems Consulting & Auditing

    A brief recap of Nan's presentation from November 2019, updated to include latest developments resulting from the COVID-19 response in New Zealand.

    About the presenter:
    Prior to her three years as Health and Safety Manager at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, Nan held a number of senior national safety roles in Australia. This included Manager, Work Health and Safety at the Red Cross Blood Bank and National OHS Manager at Healthscope.
    Throughout her career Nan has specialised in the development of auditable systems for safety and injury management. Her work experience has been complemented by studies at Masters level in Business Administration and Personal Injury Management.

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  • June 2020

    CSG Talks: Workplace safety-pandemic times

    Dr Natasha Lazareski


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    Topic: Building safety consciousness in pandemic times – How to ensure people follow OHS guidelines in your workplace.
    Presenter: Dr Natasha Lazareski, Managing Director, PsyFlex

    The latest presentation in the new series of CSG Talks videos exclusive to Central Safety Group while normal physical meetings are suspended.

    Returning to the workplace after the Covid-19 shutdown presents OHS challenges from both a physical and psychological perspective.

    In this video, Dr Natasha Lazareski talks about how OHS managers can help employees adjust to the new reality and pandemic-safe workplaces. She outlines an easy to apply guide for employees to embrace the new safety requirements and interact with respect and tolerance towards others.

    As an occupational health and behavioural science specialist, Natasha offers six helpful points in this video for managing occupational and psychosocial risk in a post-lockdown workplace that requires everyone to comply with Covid-19 guidelines.

    Natasha explains that we all feel differently about this new situation, and while we cannot control our feelings, we have control over our actions. At work our actions should show respect, compassion, caring and understanding towards those who have different feelings about the impact of Covid-19.

    About the Presenter:

    Natasha Lazareski is a medical doctor, specialising in occupational health, with 21 years of experience in Australian organisations. She is also trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy.

    In 2006, in the wake of the SARS pandemic, as medical and injury management services manager at IAG, Natasha was actively engaged in developing an organisational response to a possible influenza pandemic. At the time, medical experts knew that another airborne or droplet-borne pandemic was imminent.

    Natasha has been following COVID 19 developments closely since January and has been supporting workplaces worldwide with their response to infection control and occupational stress management.

    Natasha's other work with a wide range of organisations, including government institutions, has resulted in the successful development of sustainable risk management strategies and holistic health frameworks that build resilient employees and a positive workplace culture. Her approach, as well as providing occupational safety advice, is to help employees initiate and maintain desired occupational safety behaviours in their workplaces.

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  • May 2020

    CSG Talks: Eastern Fwy Truck Incident

    Sue Bottrell


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    Topic: A Legal Analysis of Truck Incident Killing Four Police Officers
    Presenter: Sue Bottrell, Lawyer, Contractor Safe

    Upcoming presentation in the new series of CSG Talks videos exclusive to Central Safety Group while normal physical meetings are suspended.

    A Legal Analysis of Truck Incident Killing Four Police Officers

    The session will be a synopsis of the legal implication of the incident on the Eastern Freeway, Melbourne on 22 April 2020, which resulted in the deaths of four Police Officers. It will outline the application of WHS, Heavy Vehicle and Criminal Law and the possible prosecutions that could be brought by Worksafe Victoria, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and the Police.

    Sue Bottrell is an expert WHS and Transport Lawyer who specialises in the application of the Heavy Vehicle National Law and specifically the Chain of Responsibility.

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  • May 2020

    CSG Talks: A look at some new thinking

    SafetyAtWorkBlog


    12 May 2020
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    CSG Talks - New Video Content

    Topic: A look at some new thinking

    Speaker: Kevin Jones, SafetyAtWorkBlog

    Welcome to the first of a series of CSG Talks videos exclusive to Central Safety Group while normal physical meetings are suspended.

    Some new books about key OHS issues are discussed in this 10-minute video by Kevin Jones, author of the influential SafetyAtWorkBlog.com.

    The Bystander Effect: The Psychology of Courage and Inaction
    Author: US psychologist Professor Catherine Sanderson

    The COVID19 Pandemic: Lessons on building more equal and sustainable societies
    Authors: Professor Michael Quinlan and a dozen of his global colleagues

    Michael Tooma on Mental Health
    Author: Michael Tooma Read more...

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  • April 2020

    No CSG Meeting in April due to Easter

    No April 2020 Meeting


    April 2020

    CSG will not be holding a meeting in April, due to Easter Holidays.

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  • March 2020

    Dealing with Customer Abuse

    Kenn Rogers


    10 March 2020

    Topic: Customer abuse: The Reject Shop’s frontline solutions
    Speaker: Kenn Rogers, The Reject Shop
    Venue: DXC Technology, Level 19 (Board Room 1), 360 Collins Street, Melbourne (Between Queen & Elizabeth Street)

    Customer abuse is a growing problem in the retail industry that can take a heavy toll on workers’ confidence and wellbeing. Of the Reject Shop’s 6,000 team members, a majority are part-time and 60% are under the age of 25. This means many are inexperienced and particularly vulnerable when faced with customer aggression.. Read More.

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  • February 2020

    Rebuilding Safety Culture

    Mary Kikas


    11 February 2020

    Topic: Rebuilding Safety Culture – a case study
    Speaker: Mary Kikas, Action OHS Consulting
    Venue: Room B411 – Level 4, CAE building, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
    AGM will be held after the February Meeting.

    Rebuilding safety culture – a case study.
    When employee morale, trust and job satisfaction plummet in the wake of major changes, how do you restore a strong safety culture? Mary Kikas faced that exact challenge when asked to help the Health and Safety team of a utilities company that had undergone a significant change management process and redundancies... Read More..

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  • February 2020

    Central Safety Group AGM 2020

    Annual General Meeting


    11 February 2020

    Annual General Meeting 2020

    AGM was held after the February Meeting.

    Meeting minutes coming soon.

     

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  • December 2019

    CSG Christmas Networking Lunch

    Save the date for our 2019 Christmas networking lunch!


    10 December 2019
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    Join us in the grand surroundings of Parliament House Victoria and enjoy a meal showcasing the state’s fresh produce.

    When: Tuesday 10 December, 12:00pm
    Where: Parliament House Dining Room, Spring Street, Melbourne
    Cost: Members FREE; non-members & guests $55CSG Christmas 2017 Parliament House Strangers Corridor

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  • November 2019

    Safety Shake-up Across The Tasman

    Nan Austin


    12 November 2019

    Topic: Safety Shake-up Across The Tasman

    Speaker: Nan Austin

    Venue: DXC Technology, Level 19 (Board Room 1), 360 Collins Street, Melbourne (Between Queen & Elizabeth Street)

    The death of 28 miners in an underground explosion at New Zealand’s Pike River Coal Mine nine years ago led to anger, accusations and the call for a major inquiry into the country’s safety laws. The result was a major re-engineering of New Zealand’s safety systems with the introduction of the new Health and Safety Work Act in 2016. Read More..

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  • October 2019

    David Provan - Safety Clutter & What to do

    Dr David Provan


    THURSDAY 10 October 2019

    Topic: Safety Clutter & What to do About It

    Speaker: Dr David Provan, Managing Director, Forge Works, & Lecturer & Researcher, Griffith University, Queensland.

    Does OHS in your workplace feel weighed down by paperwork, rules and procedures? Dr David Provan said this can be due to ‘safety clutter’, described in a study he co-authored as "the accumulation of safety procedures, documents, roles and activities that are performed in the name of safety, but do not contribute to the safety of operational work." Worse, this can create negative beliefs and attitudes to safety, according to the research.

    David spoke about how to identify ‘safety clutter’, what to do about it and how to remove it in a lunchtime presentation to Central Safety Group on Thursday, 10 October.

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  • September 2019

    Workplace Changes Outpace Standards

    Prof. David Caple


    10 September 2019

    Topic: Annual Address to the CSG:- When Workplace Changes Outpace OHS Standards

    Speaker: Professor David Caple, OHS consultant and Adjunct Professor, Centre for Ergonomics & Human Factors, La Trobe University

    Venue: DXC Technology, Level 19 (Board Room 2), 360 Collins Street, Melbourne (Between Queen & Elizabeth Street)

    More and more jobs today require working on mobile devices including laptops, Surface Pros and tablets. Some workplaces ‘dock’ these with monitors and keyboards and others are being used as the primary input device. When it comes to assessing ergonomic risks linked to this, compliance is measured by long-established OHS Codes and Australian Standards Read More..

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  • August 2019

    The Real Impact of Shift Work

    Dr Tracey Sletten


    13 August 2019

    The Real Impact of Shift Work and Workplace Fatigue

    Speaker: Dr Tracey Sletten, Senior Research Fellow - Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, Monash University and Project Leader - Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity

    Venue: DXC Technology, Level 19 (Board Room 1), 360 Collins Street, Melbourne (Between Queen & Elizabeth Street)

    It is estimated around 20% of the Australian workforce is involved in some form of shift work, many of them in roles critical for public safety. The challenges of shift work and occupational fatigue have long been acknowledged, but recent research has increased understanding of the negative consequences of working against the body clock.

    Dr Tracey Sletten of Monash University and the Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity will be presenting some of the latest findings and recommendations in this area to Central Safety Group on Tuesday, 13 August.

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  • July 2019

    Safety & the Aged Care Sector

    Michael Carley


    9 July 2019

    Safety and the Aged Care Sector

    Speaker: Michael Carley, Manager, Safety and Risk at Villa Maria Catholic Homes

    PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE
    Venue: DXC Technology, Level 19 (Board Room 1), 360 Collins Street, Melbourne (Between Queen & Elizabeth Street)

    The challenges of safety in the aged care & disability sectors
    The aged care and disability sectors are among the fastest growing sectors in Australia. Employment in this area has exploded, growing 36% in the past five years – three times the rate of growth across all other occupations.
    The particular OHS challenges for these industries will be discussed by Michael Carley, Safety and Risk, Villa Maria Catholic Homes, on Tuesday, 9 July at the Central Safety Group lunchtime meeting. Read More...

    Members & non-members welcome to attend.

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  • June 2019

    True Impact of Workplace Accidents

    Rohan Sykes


    11 June 2019

    The True Impact of Workplace Accidents

    Speaker: Rohan Sykes, workplace accident survivor

    PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE
    Venue: DXC Technology, Level 19 (Board Room 1), 360 Collins Street, Melbourne (Between Queen & Elizabeth Street)

    Safety Lapses and Real Life Consequences
    Rohan Sykes was a healthy, active young family man when he suffered an horrific workplace injury that caused severe burns to 35% of his body. He was seriously injured by exposure to radiant heat from molten glass, despite wearing full PPE and following procedures.
    He emerged from a long and painful recovery and rehabilitation with a strong passion to raise awareness about new approaches to safety that go beyond the standard thinking. Rohan will share his experiences and discuss his special insights and perspectives on safety at the Central Safety Group lunchtime meeting on Tuesday, 11 June. Read More...

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  • May 2019

    Preventing mental injury at work

    Claire Nivarovich


    14 May 2019

    Prevention of mental injury at work – where can employers best direct their efforts?

    Speaker: Claire Nivarovich, Director Mental Health Programs, WorkSafe Victoria.

    Venue: Xchanging, Level 10, 390 La Trobe Street, Melbourne (near Queen Street)

    Work-related mental injury is the second most common cause of workers' compensation claims in Australia, and accounts for around 13% of workers' compensation claims in Victoria.


    What can employers do to prevent mental injury in their workplace?  Where can they best direct their efforts?


    Claire Nivarovich, Director Mental Health Programs, WorkSafe Victoria, will speak about this topic in a lunchtime presentation on 14 May.

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  • April 2019

    Managing Customer Behaviour

    Kristen Richardson


    9 April 2019

    Managing Inappropriate Customer Behaviour

    Speaker: Kristen Richardson, Wellbeing and Safety Business Partner Team Leader, ANZ.

    Venue: Xchanging, Level 10, 390 La Trobe Street, Melbourne (near Queen Street)

    Staff safety and difficult customer interactions
    Many businesses have seen an upsurge in staff impacted by difficult customer interactions that may place them at risk of a physical or psychosocial illness.

    This has particularly been the case in the banking industry and is varied across customer contact, whether it is face-to-face or telephone interactions.

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  • March 2019

    Explosive Hazard Hidden

    Richard Greenwood


    12 March 2019

    An Explosive Hazard Hidden in Plain Sight

    Speaker: Richard Greenwood, RG Chemical Safety.

    Please note change of venue.
    Venue: DXC Technology, Level 19 (Board Room 1), 360 Collins Street, Melbourne.

    Combustible dust can be a hidden chemical hazard in workshops, factories, storage facilities and many other places. Because it’s not classified as a hazardous substance or as dangerous goods, it is often ignored in workplace procedures and risk control. The significance of this will be discussed by chemical hazards expert Richard Greenwood in a lunchtime presentation to Central Safety Group on 12 March.
    The consequences of not recognising the presence of combustible dust were dramatically demonstrated recently when two workers doing routine maintenance were seriously injured in a workplace explosion in Victoria.

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  • February 2019

    OHS Careers - what's hot & what's not

    Rachel McGregor and Ebonie Martello


    12 February 2019

    OHS Careers & Recruitment - what’s hot and what’s not
    Speakers: Rachel McGregor and Ebonie Martello of Safety People
    Venue: Level 19, 360 Collins Street, Melbourne (Xchanging).

    Key job market trends in safety in Australia will be the subject of a presentation at Central Safety Group’s first meeting for 2019 on 12 February.

    OHS recruitment specialists Rachel McGregor and Ebonie Martello of Safety People will give a presentation followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

    They will talk about:
    -industry trends
    -salary trends
    -the world of safety consulting
    -what employers are looking for in a safety professional
    -what candidates are looking for in an employer
    -other issues raised by the audience... Read more

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  • December 2018

    CSG Networking Christmas Lunch


    MONDAY 10 December 2018 CSG Annual Networking Christmas Lunch Join us!
    Book now for our annual Networking Christmas lunch.
    Date: Monday 10th December 2018, from 12 noon.
    Cost: Central Safety Group financial members free; Non-members & guests $55 Join us in the grand surroundings of Parliament House Victoria. Enjoy a meal showcasing the...


    MONDAY 10 December 2018

    CSG Annual Networking Christmas Lunch

    Join us!
    Book now for our annual Networking Christmas lunch.
    Date: Monday 10th December 2018, from 12 noon.
    Cost: Central Safety Group financial members free; Non-members & guests $55

    Join us in the grand surroundings of Parliament House Victoria. Enjoy a meal showcasing the State’s fresh produce, while enjoying the company of fellow CSG members and friends.

    This is the annual event not to be missed.
    Numbers are limited, so book now!

     

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A government safety authority says: I express my congratulations to the Melbourne-based members of Central Safety Group for 60 years of service to the Work, Health and Safety (WHS) community in Melbourne. Your voluntary work convening information sharing sessions, discussion forums, networking and peer learning opportunities provides important professional development opportunities, which are critical to promoting and advancing WHS. Safe Work Australia recognises the commitment of your members to improving the understanding of WHS in Australia and embedding good WHS practices in all work.
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CSG Profiles

  • NEW PROFILE: Gavin Kenny ~ CSG Financial Member

    NEW PROFILE: Gavin Kenny ~ CSG Financial Member

    • I’m an innovative Manager experienced in developing, integrating and simplifying business systems within complex organisations.
    • I currently work at Melbourne Water in the SHEQ Team to ensure that our safety procedures, standards and processes are fit for purpose. I assist the business to introduce new innovative practices that support a high-performing generative safety culture.

    • I studied Aquatic Science many years ago and have supplemented that degree with diplomas in OHS and Auditing.

    • I love working in a field that is challenging, ever-changing and provides endless opportunities to make things better.

  • NEW PROFILE: David Erczmann ~ CSG Financial Member

    NEW PROFILE: David Erczmann ~ CSG Financial Member

    • I have been with LinkSafe for 10 years and am currently the CEO. Prior to this role, I spent time in a variety of Project Management and Business Development Management roles with large multi-national facilities and property services.
    • LinkSafe specialises in online contractor management solutions.

    • I am a state committee member of the Facilities Management Association (Victoria).

    • My current motivation is to create simplistic solutions within appropriate evidence-driven frameworks to assist our clients to manage contractors and suppliers.

  • Nan Austin ~ CSG President

    Nan Austin ~ CSG President

    • After an extensive career in national and international safety management roles, I am currently working as a short-term consultant in a wide variety of industries such as utilities, government, health and aged care.
    • My key expertise is development and implementation of safety management systems.

    • During lockdown in 2020, I qualified as an ISO45001 auditor.

    • While the COVID-19 pandemic provides many challenges, my primary motivation for working is that every one has the right to return home from work to their friends and family uninjured.

  • Cameron Cranstoun ~ CSG Treasurer

    Cameron Cranstoun ~ CSG Treasurer

    • Currently working for the Bayside Group of Companies, as their National Health and Safety Manager. Mainly involved in the recruitment industry, we supply permanent and on-hired employees in a variety of industries, from engineering to forklift drivers, throughout Australia.
    • I’m also involved in Health and Safety for a business that does electrical detail drafting and electrical survey work, both overhead and underground cabling, including 3D modelling of the power infrastructure in Australia.

    • As well as previous experience in recruitment of blue-collar employees, I have worked in the construction industry Australia-wide: asbestos removal, passive fire protection and light demolition.

    • The variety of challenges I come across, and being able to achieve positive outcomes, is a good motivator for my work in safety.

  • Marina Milankovic ~ CSG Membership Co-ordinator

    Marina Milankovic ~ CSG Membership Co-ordinator

    • As a freelance Stage Manager & Production Manager, I work across a wide variety of performing arts organisations.
    • My foray into the world of safety came when I was EHS Co-ordinator for The Australian Ballet for 9 years. In 2007 we won a WorkSafe Victoria Award for our dancers injury prevention program.

    • I hold an Advanced Diploma of OHS and a Bachelor of Arts.

    • It has been heartening to see the development of health & safety in the entertainment industry over the decades. The most rewarding challenge is to balance safety with creativity.

  • Heather Turner ~ CSG Secretary

    Heather Turner ~ CSG Secretary

    • I began my career working in the Chemical Dept. at University of Melbourne and the State Chemistry Laboratory. Later I moved into consultancies to WorkSafe and OHSMS auditing.
    • My special interests are dangerous goods and auditing.

    • Qualifications include B.Sc. (Chemistry) & M.Sc. (Safety). I was Exemplar Global OHSMS Lead Auditor for 20 years (10 years with WorkSafe Victoria).

    • I enjoy learning about the hazards in different industries and the work taken to control them.

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