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Sunday, 09 July 2017 22:56

July 2017: Backstage Safety

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Date & Time: Thursday 16 February 2017 at 12:00pm Venue: Level 1, 333 Queen Street Melbourne (AMS Consulting Group)

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Safety Behind the Scenes

Site Visit: Melbourne Arts Centre

Join the CSG for an exclusive site visit to the Melbourne Arts Centre, and see first hand Safety Behind the Scenes.




Date & Time: Tuesday 9 May 2017 at 12:00pm
Venue: Level 1, 333 Queen Street Melbourne (AMS Consulting Group)

Can Leaders Shape Safety Culture?

Wayne Richards -  General Manager, Group Health Safety Environment and Quality, Transdev Australasia.

A lot is said about ‘safety leadership’.
But what specifically can leaders do to shape an organisation’s safety culture?
This will be discussed by Wayne Richards, General Manager, Group Health Safety Environment & Quality, Transdev Australasia at a lunchtime presentation to the Central Safety Group at 12.15 pm on 9 May.
Wayne will talk about what is being done in Transdev.
He will also draw on his experience in senior safety roles with the MFB and the aviation and environmental services sectors.
Transdev is a leading transport provider in Australia and NZ, operating train, bus, coach, ferry and light rail operations in partnership with public authorities and private companies. In Melbourne, this includes operating passenger transport services and school bus services on behalf of Public Transport Victoria.

About the Speaker:

Wayne commenced his role with Transdev in mid-2016. He was previously Director of Work Health and Safety with the MFB and Executive General Manager of SHEQ with Veolia. He holds a Masters of Business and Technology from the University of NSW as well as technical certificates in electronics. He is also a chartered professional member of the Safety Institute of Australia and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


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Wayne Richards -  General Manager, Group Health Safety Environment and Quality, Transdev Australasia

Date & Time: Tuesday 11 April2017 at 12:00pm
Venue: Level 1, 333 Queen Street Melbourne (AMS Consulting Group)

Safety in the Age of Automation - Mark Letman

Automation is rapidly affecting everything from the agricultural and manufacturing sectors to the healthcare industry.
For an insight into what automation can mean for safety procedures and related workplace arrangements, Mark Letman of Pacific Brands will talk on Tuesday, 11 April about recent major changes at Pacific Brand’s giant national warehouse. Pacific Brands manufactures and sells consumer products that include Bonds underwear and Sheridan sheets.
Mark is Safety & Wellbeing Business Lead for the division which has recently automated some of the key procedures for picking and packing orders in its 43,000 square metre warehouse in Truganina.
Mark’s experience is that the move to automation has had some positive effects on working conditions.
“The automation’s taken away a lot of the hard slog and legwork in the warehouse, and it’s become a joint activity between employees and the machine,” he says.
But it has also brought challenges in introducing employees to new work practices. This includes safety requirements when working with machines for the first time.

About the Speaker
Mark Letman joined Pacific Brands 27 years ago and has worked in logistics, freight management, manufacturing and management roles. He started working in safety12 years ago, after his interest in the field was stirred by his experience as a member of the site’s emergency response team.

NOTE: This presentation will be followed by a short AGM for the Central; Safety Group. Members of the CSG and others interested are invited to attend.

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 11:49

March 2017: Safety In Design (Rescheduled)

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Date & Time: Tuesday 13 June 2017 at 12:00pm
Venue: Level 1, 333 Queen Street Melbourne (AMS Consulting Group)

Managing Risk By Incorporating Safety In Design - David Trembearth

Poorly designed work is unsafe work. Many times simple but important aspects are overlooked in the project planning stage, setting the scene for future problems.
David will talk about how safety in design can make a difference, and discuss the key elements of good safety design both from a people management perspective and an organisational perspective.
“If safety practitioners are not thinking and practising safety in design they are missing an important safety element in their approach” states David.
Putting safety in design at the forefront of project management and at the concept stage is crucial to risk reduction, and David will outline some of the steps in optimising safety when designing and managing a project.

About the Speaker
David is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (HFESA) and a Chartered Generalist OHS Professional (SIA) and is Safety Business Partner for Coles providing safety support across all brands nationally.
He has over 30 years of experience in the provision of health and safety advice, including professional/consulting roles in teaching, clinical massage, safety, ergonomics, injury management, and as a WorkSafe inspector.
He continues to provide sessional teaching at two Melbourne Universities in post graduate courses involving Occupational Ergonomics and Occupational Assessment and Rehabilitation and supervises ergonomic projects to Masters Level


Thursday, 16 February 2017 02:19

February 2017: Demystifying psychosocial risk

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Date & Time: Thursday 16 February 2017 at 12:00pm
Venue: Level 1, 333 Queen Street Melbourne (AMS Consulting Group)
Demystifying psychosocial risk
The emphasis on psychosocial risk in the workplace is fairly new in the area of health, safety and wellbeing. Although there has been a huge amount of research on it globally and locally, there is limited understanding on how to assess and manage it.
The subject will be discussed by occupational health specialist Dr Natasha Lazareski, who specialises in this area, on Thursday, 16 February 2017 at the Central Safety Group lunch.
She will outline what psychosocial risk is and how to assess it, and provide insight into some of the latest developments in this field.
Taking action can improve the workplace environment and culture by reducing things such as bullying, conflict, complaints, absenteeism, poor teamwork and mental health issues.
Natasha will talk about some of the most powerful and effective things organisations can do to control the impact of work-related stress and improve the mental wellbeing of their employees.

About the Speaker

Dr Natasha Lazareski is Managing Director of Psyflex, which provides expertise in workplace mental health and wellbeing.
She has been Health and Wellbeing Manager for a number of organisations including National Australia Bank and Ambulance Victoria. She has also worked as a medical officer for personal injury insurance and was National Manager of CGU Workers Compensation Injury Management Services.
Through Psyflex Natasha now develops programs for businesses in a range of industries as well as government organisations, schools, and health and emergency services.

PLEASE NOTE: This has been changed from Tuesday 14 February, now Thursday 16 February 2017

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016 16:13

CSG September Meeting 2016

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Managing fatigue: getting it right

Speaker: Professor David Caple

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Fatigue at work can present significant risks, with fatigue management policies covered in OHS regulations and industrial agreements.
But Professor David Caple questions whether our current arrangements are dealing with it very well.
He discussed shortcomings in this area as well as looking at some less well understood implications of fatigue. He also highlighted the increase in fatigue problems with white collar workers.
David said fatigue has physical, psychological and cognitive effects which can apply in any role in the workplace. This makes it important for OHS professionals to see it not only as a safety hazard but as a wider workplace wellbeing issue.
“We don’t always appreciate the cumulative impact of fatigue, or the poor quality of sleep people are getting today. We’re now in a generation that celebrates extended work hours, lives with round the clock digital activity and sees long daily commutes as normal,” he said.
David talked about increased understanding of the psychological, emotional and cognitive cost this is having on people, as well as the impact on their physical health, and whether awareness of this should lead to changes in the workplace.

The speaker:

David Caple, who has a background as an ergonomist, has been a leading figure in occupational health and safety in Australia for many years. He has advised a wide range of businesses, industry groups and public sector organisations and worked with Australian and overseas governments on work health and safety strategy. He is an OHS consultant and Adjunct Professor, Centre for Ergonomics & Human Factors, La Trobe University.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 21:00

CSG October Meeting 2016

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Date & Time: Tuesday 11 October 2016 at 12:00pm
Venue: Level 1, 333 Queen Street Melbourne (AMS Consulting Group)
Safety: trade or profession?
Safety needs to be both a trade and profession, according to Leo Ruschena, who will give a lunchtime presentation on this topic to the Central Safety Group on 11 October.
He will talk about how safety education and accreditation is going through a process of major reform. This includes developing a uniform system of knowledge, accreditation of universities and certification of individuals.
This has led to some confusions and gaps, including problems with the role of TAFE in safety education and certification.
Leo will also discuss the current (controversial) move to ‘professionalise the profession’, which will require safety professionals to have accreditation the same as engineers, doctors and accountants.

About the Speaker
Leo Ruschena is former Chair, Technical Committee of the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board. He was previously Director of Human Resources at WorkSafe Victoria and before that held senior roles in human resources and OHS with several utility companies.
He has bachelors degrees in chemical engineering and economics from the University of Queensland, a Masters in Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene from the University of London and a Masters in Industrial and Employee Relations from Monash University.
In his current role he teaches a number of subjects in the Graduate Diploma OHS and is the co-author of WHS: A management Guide

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 13:02

CSG Annual Networking Christmas Lunch 2016

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Join us for the CSG Annual Networking Christmas Lunch.

Everyone welcome to attend, members & non members.

This year's CSG Annual Networking Christmas Lunch will be held at:
William Angliss Restaurant
550 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne Vic 3000

Date: Tuesday 13 December 2016
Time: 12:00pm

Members free
Non-members $45.00

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