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Presentation & Full Event Video Now Available
CSG Event: November 2022
Speaker: Ross Macfarlane, Director, RM The Risk Manager
Check out the latest presentation from our November 2022 event, along with the full event video, now available to members.

5 top tips for successful auditing

What a great presentation this was as Ross demonstrated the qualities of the high-calibre speakers we have been able to bring you once again this year. His enthusiaism for the topic and incredible breadth of knowledge shone throughout the presentation. As he said himself, he could have spoken for hours.

The tips he discussed were around scheduling, planning, the audit interview, evidence and corrective action, and he showed how they can be applied to variously sized organisations. The tip he concentrated the most on was the third one, the audit interview, because this is the area most people struggle with. He talked about strategies to put people at ease and emphasised that the core aim of an audit is to verify risk controls and not to trip people up. I certailny felt that, if I were about to be audited, I would like it to be done by Ross.

During the discussion after his presentation, Ross mentioned that he had discovered surprising advantages with "zoom" audits, so it is good to find a silver lining from the pandemic restrictions of last year.

One of the comments from an attendee in the zoom chat sums up perfectly the standard of this presentation: "Great to hear what you have learnt throughout your years of auditing. Love the positive approach."

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CSG Event: September 2022
Ben Thomson, Safety Manager, Flight Academy Australia
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When a company is small and risks are high

In a refreshing change, we heard about a specific industry this month when Ben Thomson from Flight Academy Australia presented to us. While it was fascinating in itself to learn more about the subject of aviation safety, it was inspiring to learn about ways of instilling a better safety culture into smaller organisations more generally.

Ben began by giving a brief overview of the evolution of safety approaches. It was interesting to see how it began with "airmanship", which focussed on the individual, and gradually evolved to the holistic approach of a full-blown safety management system that they have today, where the focus is on the culture.

Ben outlined some new thinking into the 5 ingredients of an effective safety culture that are really useful for all organisations, no matter the size. The one that resonated most with us was the concept of a Just Culture and Ben delved into that, particularly in relation to incident reporting. One of the main challenges is encouraging people to admit when they've made a mistake, because it is counterintuitive for people to do so. The way an organistaion responds has an effect on the value that can be derived from reporting.

Another challenge with reporting is if the process to do so is overly complicated: while it's important to document incidents, it shouldn't be too onerous for the person reporting. This put me in mind of a great presentation a few years ago from David Provan about Safety Clutter, which complements Ben Thomson's advice for smaller organisations. Financial members can access it here.

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CSG Event: August 2022
Phil Lovelock, Senior Health, Safety and Wellbeing Consultant and Policy Advisor, Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
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OHS and Social Sustainability

Long-time financial member Phil Lovelock gave a really interesting presentation about social sustainability, which is part of the UN Global Compact and yet , according to Phil, seems to have become the forgotten pillar of sustainability (environmental and economic being the other two pillars). There is no information about this on either the Federal or Victorian WorkSafe sites, even though it is the primary duty of government.

However, businesses can and should do their part as well. As is often the case, OHS practitioners are ahead of the game and are already contributing to social sustainability. Phil gave a couple of case studies of larger organisations that are making contributions, but posed the question about how SMEs can also address this important pillar.

One of Phil's suggestions was to embrace external engagement, such as your very own Central Safety Group that not only has a range of resources, but also a network of OHS professionals. Certainly having members of such calibre and experience as Phil, who share their insights, highlights once again the value of our network.

Please note, that the sound quality of the video is not great this month, but the accompanying slides are comprehensive and provide plenty of information.

If you would like to learn more about the UN Global Compact on social sustainability, click here.

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Friday, 05 August 2022 07:43

Vale Guy Nettleship

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Vale Guy Nettleship
12.3.39 - 8.8.2020

We were very sad to learn towards the end of last year that Life Member and former CSG Treasurer Guy Nettleship had passed away in August 2020 at the age of 81. Guy had a long association with Central Safety Group and was a very valued member. 
The group’s original name was Central District Industrial Safety Group, when it was formed in conjunction with the Department of Labour and Industry. The emphasis in those early days was on industry and how to address physical hazards. It was also a time when apprenticeships in industries were much more prevalent than they are today. Guy was instrumental in organising CSG’s annual ‘Apprentice Safety Day’ with guest speakers talking on a number of safety-related topics. These were held for a number of years and were a valuable supplement to an apprentice’s education.
Some of these events were conducted at Swinburne Technical College (later University) where Guy was Technical Officer, and then later on, Workshop Manager.
Born in 1939 in Surbiton, in Southern England, Guy grew up in Crawley, Sussex. From the age of eight, much of his childhood was spent at boarding school.  In the late 1950’s, he moved to NE England where he attended the South Shields Marine and Technical College and worked as an apprentice for the Norwegian firm, Christian Salvesen at the Middle Docks.  Many of us will recall him regaling us with tales of his seafaring life. As an apprentice engineer and marine engineer, he visited South Georgia on a whaling ship and spent his 21st birthday in the middle of the ocean in the Antarctic Circle.
It was at this time that he met his future wife Alice at the fairgrounds in South Shields. They became engaged in 1962 and married in 1964. The long engagement came about due to the fact that Guy would go to sea for between six and eight months each year.
After becoming an Officer, Guy eventually joined P&O to upgrade his qualifications and obtain his steam ticket and that’s how he and Alice ended up in Australia. As he arrived in Sydney on a cargo ship that had explosives on board, the ship couldn’t come alongside, so he actually jumped off the ship and swam ashore!
While most of Guy’s working life in Australia took place at Swinburne Technical College, he maintained an interest in recreational sailing and even taught his two daughters, Julie and Sally, how to sail when they were teenagers. However, as Sally says, most of the pleasure of sailing for Guy was tinkering with his boats in the garage. The garage was rarely used as a place to park cars, but rather it was Guy’s workshop that contained an extensive array of tools, second-hand items, golf clubs, wheelbarrows and anything else he thought might come in useful one day. 
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Guy had a number of other interests and was also a very sociable person. Even when he was no longer an active member of CSG, we were always pleased to see him at our annual Christmas lunch. He relished the opportunity to catch up with his friends and colleagues.
Guy and Alice, by all accounts, were keen and excellent ballroom dancers, and could be seen at many a church dance, wedding or formal occasion gliding across the floor. 
When his daughters were younger, Guy would assist as back-stage crew for a local amateur theatre company in Nunawading. Later on he became an official and treasurer for Little Athletics while the girls were involved.
Guy joined a number of other clubs and would often be an office-bearer. He was an inaugural member of the Swinburne Staff Club, which began in 1975. He was also inaugural Treasurer for the Swinburne Credit Union (now Bank Australia). When Guy was made redundant from Swinburne, the Staff Club presented him with a large, memorialised name plaque, naming the Billiard Room in his honour.  
Following this redundancy at the age of 59, Guy was able to return to his great passion of the sea and boats. Thanks to a three-month stint in NE Queensland, where he worked on ships ferrying mineral cargo, he was able to re-validate his Marine Engineering Certificate. Sally remembers how this reinvigorated Guy and allowed him to secure a casual job with Korevaar Marine Group in Williamstown. He worked on barges refuelling ships in the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay. He loved being a Marine Engineer at ‘sea’ again. In his retirement years, Guy continued his connection as a volunteer on the Steam Tug Wattle in Melbourne. 
Guy became a grandfather for the first time in 1999 to Joshua and then in 2004 to Taylor. Sally shares this lovely story about them: “Their arrival rekindled Dad’s love of trains. We always knew he had a model train set from his childhood, and Joshua’s birth prompted him to bring it out of storage. He rigged up an impressive platform and pulley system in the garage and set up his Twin Trix train set. The expansive tracks could be raised and lowered from the roof.” That seems to sum up so much about Guy: creative, technically skilled, keen to be involved and caring.
Our sincere condolences go to his wife Alice, his daughters and grandsons, and our thanks to his daughter Sally for providing us with information about Guy’s long and fulfilled life. 

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Tuesday, 02 August 2022 05:15

Stand out with these skills

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From LinkedIn News 30 July 2022
I found this interesting article to share:

As the world of work continues to evolve, it's necessary to keep your skills fresh. One economist told CNBC Make It that having in-demand skills during times of economic uncertainty can help you stand out in the job market, especially if you're switching industries. What skills do recruiters want to see on your resume? Flexibility, communication and project management. In other words, show that you can adapt to new environments, effectively communicate and work with a team towards a goal.

Here is the link to the full CNBC story: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/07/13/in-demand-soft-skills-to-put-in-your-resume.html

Related to this, we had a great presentation by Helen O'Keefe in October 2021 on the current OHS job scene that is worth checking out. The video and full presentation are still available to financial members -click here (login first).

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Save the date & join us for our 60th anniversary lunch
Friday 14th October, 12:00-2:00pm
Parliament House Victoria Dining Room

Don’t miss this highlight of Health and Safety Month: Central Safety Group is holding a very special celebratory networking lunch to mark our 60th anniversary.

What an occasion! Compered by Professor David Caple with guest speakers Dr Narelle Beer, Executive Director of Health and Safety, WorkSafe Victoria; and Barry Naismith from OHS Intros, who has some fascinating insights into the history of safety.

Further details to be announced soon.

WHEN: Friday, 14th October, 12:00 - 2:00pm.
WHERE: The beautiful surrounds of Parliament House Victoria's Dining Room
COST: Members: $25 Non-members: $60

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As our first face-to-face event in more than two years, it will be a wonderful celebration indeed!


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CSG Event: July 2022
Dr Carys Chan, Research Fellow, Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing, Griffith University
Check out the latest presentation from our July 2022 event, along with the full event video, now available to members.

Return to Work – What research is telling us

This was a fascinating presentation, in which Dr Carys Chan was able to take us through some very detailed research in a really accessible manner.

Carys is one of the authors of a paper commissioned by Safe Work Australia and published last year, entitled "Response To Injury: Research to support workers’ psychological responses to injury and successful return to work". It is an 88-page report that gathers research from the past decade, and Carys was able to give us a concise summary of the main findings and recommendations that certainly piqued the interest of all present.

It is good to know that Australia is doing reasonably well in this area compared with the rest of the world though, of course, there is still room for improvement. Carys explained how a multi-disciplinary approach is the most impactful in achieving success. She also spoke about enhancers to return to work, such as removing the stigma of disability and ensuring role clarification.

Other enhancers include characteristics of the person themselves, one of which is education. I was intrigued by this and followed it up with Carys during question time. I wanted to know if that meant a person's level of education or rather how much they have been educated in the RTW process. Carys said it was actually the former: the higher the level of education, the better the RTW outcome. As an example, someone who has learnt that failure is a part of success will have a more positive approach. I thought that was a really valuable message.

If you would like to read the whole research paper, click here.

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Sunday, 10 July 2022 03:11

Another free LinkSafe event

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Free Event - Industrial Manslaughter–What Does It Mean for Contractor Safety Management?

linksafe seminar 2022

CSG members LinkSafe are holding a free online event on 27 July 2022, 2:00 - 3:00pm on the topic of Industrial Manslaughter–What Does It Mean for Contractor Safety Management?

Most states have introduced legislation creating the offence of industrial manslaughter and a number of cases have been run under the provisions, with a business owner recently being sentenced to 18 months' jail.

However, LinkSafe says that there is no need to panic. What you need is to understand better how the law applies to you, particularly in relation to the contractors you engage. The experts in contractor safety management, LinkSafe Legal, will help you understand how the law works and to whom it applies. They will also talk about how to make sure your contractor management systems support you, both to manage liability and to improve contractor safety, to prevent the serious incidents that this legislation targets.

As it's a free event, it's bound to book out quickly, so make sure you register now via the link here.

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Heather Turner: A career in auditing

In a recent edition of the global online publication "The Auditor", there is a profile of Heather Turner, who has had a long career in auditing and also happens to be the current Secretary of Central Safety Group.

It is a great article, where Heather is interviewed and shares many fascinating stories about her Australian work experiences. She also talks about the importance of lifelong learning, as well as how she sees the future of the auditing profession.

Heather began her working life in a chemical lab, where she was given the opportunity to branch out into chemical safety and, from there, to quality assurance. She had extensive experience with WorkSafe Victoria as an auditor prior to beginning her own consultancy in 2014. Therefore, she has worked from both sides of the fence: with the Regulator and with assisting businesses.

Heather gives plenty of sage advice in the interview, including this gem: "To be a good auditor, you’ve got to deliver bad news in a positive way."

The article certainly explains why, as our Secretary, she has such an eye for proper process and detail.

Here is the link to the full article.


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Presentation & Full Event Video Now Available
CSG Event: June 2022
Jason Green, President, Australian branch - Workplace Health Without Borders
Check out the latest presentation from our June 2022 event, along with the full event video, now available to members.

OHS without borders – helping overseas

One of the silver linings for CSG over the last couple of years has been the introduction of zoom events, which have allowed us to expand our scope beyond the Melbourne CBD, both with our members as well as our speakers. This could not have been illustrated better than by our June event, where Jason Green, speaking from Sydney, opened our eyes to the situation in parts of the world well beyond ours.

Workplace Health Without Borders began in Canada in 2011 and the Australian branch is its newest. Their activities are aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals and consist primarily of mentorship, equipment donations, accredited training as well as policy and advocacy.

These activities focus on developing countries where a great proportion of the workforce is in the "informal" economy, and where there is a severe shortage of occupational hygienists and practitioners.

When Jason took us through some recent projects, it was astounding to think that there are countries grappling with hazards that we have already dealt with here, sometimes for a long time. This includes the use of lead paint in some African countries, asbestos in Indonesia and the issue of silicosis in Tanzania. It is clear that practitioners in Australia would have a great deal of expertise they could offer in these and other areas.

If you are interested in volunteering some of your time or finding out more about their work, check out the Workplace Health Without Borders Australian branch website here.

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