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Working
at
Heights
David Davis, Director of the Working at Height Association of Australia.

Working at heights – are the regulations safe?

David Davis, Director of the Working at Height Association of Australia

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Falls are a major cause of death and serious injury in Australian workplaces. But are current safety standards and regulations adequate to ensure protection for workers? This important issue will be discussed by David Davis, a member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Working at Height Association in his CSG lunchtime presentation on Tuesday, 14 November.
David will outline a number of concerns the Association has about current industry guidelines and standards, as well as areas where there is a need to raise awareness.
This will include his own review and critique of AS1657, the main Australian Standard covering fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders, which was revised in 2013. David identified 20 shortfalls, omissions or areas of potential confusion in the revised standard. These have been detailed in a report submitted to Standards Australia when the 2013 standard was released.
He will give a number of examples where people working in OHS need to be aware that the current revised AS1657 is inadequate

About the Speaker:

David Davis became a Director of the Working at Height Association of Australia in 2016. He is the owner of Hi-Rise Access Pty Ltd, a consulting and engineering company specialising in height safety, fall protection and suspended access.
David became interested and involved in the safety industry through a friend who was working in the field. He acquired his current company 12 years ago. Prior to that, he had a successful career in the computer software industry, creating and selling his own company and looking at retirement at the age of 40. His plans changed when he discovered and developed his passion for industrial and workplace safety.

Date: Tuesday 14 November 2017
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Address: Level 1, 333 Queen Street, Melbourne (AMS Consulting Group)
Cost: Attendance: members free, non-members $10 Lunch (optional): sandwich and juice lunch $15
(Individual membership fee for 2017: $60)

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October

 

OHS
in
Victoria
Graham Dent, OHS Lawyer, October 2017 CSG Meeting

OHS in Victoria … where are we going?

Speaker: Graham Dent, OHS Lawyer.

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Recent developments in some areas of OHS law in Victoria were discussed by leading OHS lawyer Graham Dent at the October meeting of Central Safety Group.
This included the relevance of the harmonised WHS laws in Victoria, trends in cases, courts and penalties, and the use of Enforceable Undertakings.
Graham gave examples to illustrate these issues and the implications of changes we see going on around us. He also discussed changes that may have quietly slipped past us.

The speaker:


Graham Dent has over 30 years’ experience in the regulatory field, including time as a government prosecutor in OHS, industrial and consumer law matters.
He is now in private legal practice representing clients in major regulatory actions for OHS, environmental and other areas. He represents clients and conducts training programs in all jurisdictions.
Graham is also the founder of Australia’s largest online OHS forum with 17,000 members, the Work Health Safety Leadership [Australia & International] Group.

 
 

September

 

The
Future
of OHS

Professor David Caple, ergonomist, OHS consultant and Adjunct Professor, Centre for Ergonomics & Human Factors, La Trobe University, September 2017 CSG Meeting

The Future of OHS

Speaker: Professor David Caple

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What will OHS look like in the future? What jobs are likely to be available and skill sets required? Professor David Caple, a close participant and observer in the safety industry for over 40 years, examined these questions in his talk to the Central Safety Group on 12 September. David spoke about how the field of workplace safety has evolved, looking at the most important trends and changes over the years. He discussed what he sees as the latest significant developments in the area and where he sees things heading in the future. This included what OHS practitioners will be expected to know and do and the skills, background and experience they will need in the years ahead.

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.

 
 

August

 

Peer
Support
Programs
Jacqui Bloink, Workplace Wellbeing Program Manager, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, August 2017 CSG Meeting

Peer support programs – tips for success

Speaker: Jacqui Bloink, Workplace Wellbeing Program Manager, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne.

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There is growing recognition of the value of workplace peer support programs in helping employees at times of critical work incidents. The experience, learnings and benefits of a well-established peer support program were discussed by Jacqui Bloink, Workplace Wellbeing Program Manager, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne at the August meeting of Central Safety Group.
The hospital this year is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its award-winning staff peer support program, marking it as an early supporter of the concept of a team of colleagues helping one another with typical reactions to stressful events.
Jacqui gave a case study of the St Vincent’s program and outlined findings on how it meets the needs of its users, improves wellbeing and provides value for service.
She also discussed the evolution of such peer support programs and how they can stay relevant in the face of today’s workplace incidents and issues.

The speaker:


Jacqui Bloink has been responsible for managing St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne’s staff-support services, EAP Liaisons and Critical Incident Stress Management/Peer Support since 2000.
She has a background in emergency and intensiv
e care nursing, and has held roles in management, clinical education and project organisation, and served on St Vincent’s executive team. Jacqui was awarded the Critical Incident Stress Management Foundation Australia (CISMFA) achievement award in 2009 and the hospital’s peer support program was recognised in the 2016 Victorian Public Health Care Awards and the 2016 WorkSafe awards.

 
 

July

 

Backstage
Safety

Chris Hayes, Senior Manager, Venue Operations - Production, Arts Centre Melbourne, site visit Melbourne Arts Centre, July 2017 CSG Meeting

Backstage Safety at Arts Centre Melbourne

Host: Chris Hayes.

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There are many unique and complex safety challenges in the live performance industry, ranging from high risk work of theatre rigging and powerful electrical lighting, to manual handling of heavy sets and working with children and animals.
Chris talked about their approach to risk management that involves looking after the safety of entertainers, production teams and audiences. Chris believes there is a need for clearer universal standards and codes of practice in the industry and is working to have these established.

The speaker:


Chris Hayes has worked at Arts Centre for most of his career. He is a specialist in automation systems with special expertise in flying systems, safety and training.

 
 

June

 

Safety
In
Design

David Trembearth, Safety Business Partner, 
People and Product Safety, Coles.

Managing Risk By Incorporating Safety In Design

Speaker: David Trembearth, Safety Business Partner, People and Product Safety, Coles.

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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. This was the message from David Trembearth, Safety Business Partner, People and Product Safety, Coles. When he spoke to the Central Safety Group on 13 June. David gave examples of how safety in design can make a difference, and discussed the key elements of good safety design both from a people management perspective and an organisational perspective.
He also outlined some of the steps in optimising safety when designing and managing a project.

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 a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Human Movement, and Graduate Diplomas in OHS Management, Ergonomics and Teaching. A key driver in his role at Coles is Safety in Design. 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.

 
 

May

 

Leadership
In Safety
Culture

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

The role of leadership in safety culture

Speaker: Wayne Richards, General Manager, Group Health Safety Environment & Quality, Transdev Australasia.

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A lot is said about ‘safety leadership’. But what specifically can leaders do to shape an organisation’s safety culture? This was 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 talked about what is being done in Transdev. He also drew 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.

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.

 
 

April

 

Safety in
the age of
automation

Mark Letman, Safety & Wellbeing Business Lead, Pacific Brands

Safety in the age of automation

Speaker: Mark Letman, Safety & Wellbeing Business Lead, Pacific Brands.

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Automation is rapidly affecting everything from the agricultural and manufacturing sectors to the healthcare industry. An insight into what automation can mean for safety procedures and related workplace arrangements was given by Mark Letman of Pacific Brands on 11 April. Pacific Brands, which manufactures and sells products that include Bonds underwear and Sheriden sheets, recently automated some of the key procedures for picking and packing orders in its 43,000 square metre national 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.

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.

 
 

March

 

Safety
In
Design

David Trembearth, Safety Business Partner, 
People and Product Safety, Coles.

RESCHEDULED: 13 June 2017.

Managing Risk By Incorporating Safety In Design

Speaker: David Trembearth, Safety Business Partner, People and Product Safety, Coles.

Presentation available later this year

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. Someone dedicated to spreading this message is David Trembearth, Safety Business Partner, People and Product Safety, Coles, who will speak to the Central Safety Group on Tuesday 13 June. 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.

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 a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Human Movement, and Graduate Diplomas in OHS Management, Ergonomics and Teaching. A key driver in his role at Coles is Safety in Design. 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. For over 20 years, David has consulted in safety and human factors to small industry, government and large commercial enterprises. He has worked as an expert witness on injury causation, task and product design in common and civil law. He was a Principal Auditor certified by Exemplar Global (formerly RABQSA International) and has conducted safety audits in private and government organisations. 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.

 
 

February

 

Demystifying
psychosocial
risk

Dr Natasha Lazareski, Managing Director, Psyflex

Demystifying psychosocial risk

Speaker: Dr Natasha Lazareski, Managing Director, Psyflex.

Presentation coming soon

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 was discussed by occupational health specialist Dr Natasha Lazareski, who specialises in this area, on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 at the Central Safety Group lunch.
She outlined 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 talked 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

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.

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November

 

Winning
Formula For
Return To Work
Stuart Cross - Occupational Health & Safety Unit Manager, Yarra City Council

Winning Formula For Return To Work

Speaker: Stuart Cross - Occupational Health & Safety Unit Manager, Yarra City Council

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A new approach to injury management helped Yarra City Council achieve a 40% reduction in standard WorkCover claims and a WorkSafe Employer Excellence award in 2015.
Stuart Cross outlined the actions the Council took to reduce workplace injuries and assist injured workers in rehabilitation and return to work. The result in just one year was a 55% reduction in lost time days due to injuries and a 46% reduction in injury occurrence rates. It also translated into a $400,000 saving in Yarra City Council’s annual WorkCover premium.
He also discussed how the Council is maintaining these results and making further improvements to their new OHS model in relation to injury management.

The speaker:


Before joining Yarra City Council in 2009, Stuart worked with CGU in Safety & Risk and Injury Management roles. Prior to that he was with Corporate Health Management. He studied Human Movement and Exercise Rehab at Victoria University and has an advanced diploma in OHS.

 
 

October

 

Safety:
Trade or
profession?

Leo Ruschena, Senior Lecturer OHS, RMIT University

Safety: trade or profession?

Speaker: Leo Ruschena, Senior Lecturer OHS, RMIT University.

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It’s both trade and profession, according to Leo Ruschena, Senior Lecturer OHS, RMIT University and Chair, Technical Committee of the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board.
Leo talked about how safety education and accreditation are 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.
He also discussed the current (controversial) move to ‘professionalise the profession’, which will require safety professionals to have accreditation the same as engineers, doctors and accountants.

The speaker:


Leo Ruschena 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.

 
 

September

 

Managing
fatigue:
getting
it right

Johns Lyng Group logo

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.

 
 

August

 

What
safety success
looks like

Tiffany Plummer, Aggression Coordinator at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne


What safety success looks like – across industry sectors

Speaker: Rocky Armstrong, Group Manager, Health, Safety, Environment and Quality, AusNet Services

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What are some of the key things successful organisations do to achieve a high performance in health and safety? How would your workplace rate?
This was discussed by Rocky Armstrong, basing his observations on his experience in his current role and previous job as Asia Pacific Head of Safety with Linfox, the international logistics and supply chain company.
At Linfox, Rocky was involved with a wide range of safety programs in companies across different sectors, including BlueScope Steel, Unilever, Tesco, bhp Billiton, ExxonMobil and more.
He talked about lessons and insights this gave him on safety strategy, leadership and culture.
Rocky also provided a scorecard with key elements of success and invited the audience to participate in a self-assessment exercise based on their workplace experience.

The speaker:


Rocky Armstrong has worked in health and safety for 15 years.
He is currently Group Manager, Health, Safety, Environment and Quality with Ausnet Services, the energy delivery service business that owns and operates Victoria's largest network of electricity and gas infrastructure.
He previously worked with Linfox, and was Asia Pacific Head of Health and Safety. Linfox has over 20,000 people operating in 10 countries and is exposed to a diverse risk profile.
Rocky completed tertiary studies in science, occupational health and safety and management before completing his MBA at Melbourne Business School.

 
 

July

 

Rethinking
incident
investigation

Johns Lyng Group logo

Rethinking incident investigation

Speaker: Greg Splatt, National HSE Manager for the Johns Lyng Group

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How well do we carry out incident investigations and how useful are they?
This issue was explored by Greg Splatt, a former detective with the Victoria Police Force and experienced risk auditor and safety professional now working in the construction industry.
He believes traditional incident investigation models used by the safety industry often fall short.
He also questions how much value is derived from the results of investigations. This is important as incident investigation is a vital part of improving safety performance.
Greg discussed investigative techniques used by detectives for crime and traffic accidents. While some of the methods used in safety investigations are similar, Greg says the follow up and resolution are often different.

The speaker:


Greg Splatt is an OHS professional whose background includes working as a risk and safety systems auditor and conducting safety training courses.
He has done risk reviewing and auditing with the Defence Force and a range of other government departments, including The ABC and the Bureau of Meteorology.
Most recently he has been the lead external auditor during the construction of the $1 billion dollar Victorian Comprehensive Centre facility (the new Peter McCallum cancer centre) in Parkville.
Greg takes a keen interest in ongoing developments in workplace incident investigation. “There’s been a lot of change in the work environment in the 21st century, including things like social media and working from home,” he says.
“There’s challenges faced by employers where courts have revised the definition of a workplace and when the duty of care begins and ends—not just in health and safety legislation but in accident compensation and fair work laws as well.”
Before entering the safety profession, in addition to his time with Victoria Police Greg also worked as an operator for the Triple 0 emergency service.

 
 

June

 

Workplace
Aggression
Prevention & Management

Tiffany Plummer, Aggression Coordinator at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

Workplace aggression – prevention and management

Speaker: Tiffany Plummer, Aggression Coordinator at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

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Workplace aggression, or occupational violence, is an issue today for many organisations that deal with the public.
Tiffany Plummer discussed the problem and strategies to help prevent and manage it.
She is responsible for programs at St Vincent's to train employees in aggression prevention and management strategies, and investigates critical incidents of aggression.
Tiffany also runs programs to help strengthen the resilience of hospital employees. There is an increasing call for such programs as healthcare workers and other service providers today deal with a decline in civility by the public.
St Vincent’s Hospital was a pioneer in strategies for dealing with occupational violence 20 years ago, and Tiffany’ current role was created six years ago.

The speaker:


In addition to her role as Aggression Coordinator Tiffany is also coordinator of St Vincent's Hospital’s successful Star Program for peer-to-peer support.
This program provides employees with trained colleagues to help them deal with stress in the workplace. They are available 24 hours a day to offer one-on-one support to workmates experiencing stressful events, provide information and referrals and facilitate team debriefing sessions e.g. after the death of a patient.
Tiffany has been with St Vincent’s Hospital for 27 years, working as an Emergency Care nurse before moving to the OHS department.

 
 

May

 
Safety
and the
Crane Industry

Brandon Hitch - CEO, CICA (The Crane Industry Council of Australia)


Safety and the Crane Industry

Speaker: Brandon Hitch, CEO of the Crane Industry Council of Australia (CICA)

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As cranes have grown larger and more complicated so have the safety challenges.
An insight into how the industry works on safety with operators and companies was provided by Brandon Hitch.
He also provided an interesting insight and overview of how cranes worked, and where the risks lie.
Brandon discussed some prominent crane accidents and their causes, and extensive measures being taken to help prevent such incidents through initiatives such as the mobile crane industry’s Cranesafe program.

The speaker:


Before being appointed CEO of the Crane Industry Council, Brandon was General Manager of the industry’s Cranesafe program, overseeing the technical and day to day operations of the program nationally.
Brandon joined CICA four years ago after working as a senior engineer for companies in the USA and Australia. With bachelors and masters degrees in engineering, he is registered as a chartered engineer with Engineers Australia and is a licensed professional engineer in the USA.

 
 

April

 
A more direct
approach to safety
(V/line and its employees)

Sylvia Hudson - People Safety, Health & Wellbeing at V/Line


A more direct approach to safety (V/line and its employees)

Speaker: Sylvia Hudson, Manager - People Safety, Health & Wellbeing at V/Line.

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Having a safety strategy in place is not enough – what can you do to ensure employees are aligned with it?
Valerie Hudson outlined a different and more direct approach being taken by V/Line, Australia’s largest regional public transport operator.
She discussed her organisation’s new “Destination Zero” safety program and the reasons why it was needed. It’s a program that has to serve a workforce ranging from highly skilled technical personnel at head office, drivers and signal operators to track work gangs in remote locations across the State. Sylvia described how V/Line is working to strengthen its employees’ connection to safety, responding to issues revealed by workplace surveys. This includes things such as using simpler language, changing the subject emphasis, and balancing the human element with the focus on compliance.

The speaker:


Before joining V/Line in late 2014, Sylvia was responsible for safety at Citywide, which delivers physical services to councils, mainly along the Eastern seaboard. Prior to that she had a national safety role with Visy and has worked in a number of manufacturing organisations, such as Trico and GM Holden. Sylvia has spent time working in the warehousing, transport and distribution sector and has experience in developing a Safety Management System for a greenfield operation.
Sylvia’s passion for safety first developed while working as a shoemaker in a manufacturing plant, complemented through time spent as an HSR. This led to her studying for a safety qualification and becoming a full-time safety professional in the 1990s.

 
 

March

 

Frontline stress
& Mental Health
First Aid

Stephen Dowling - Corporate Manager Health, Safety, Rehabilitation and Wellness at ESTA 000 (Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority)

Frontline stress and Mental Health First Aid

Speaker: Stephen Dowling, Corporate Manager Health, Safety, Rehabilitation and Wellness at ESTA 000 (Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority)

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Few jobs are as high pressure and stressful as that of Emergency 000 operators. They deal constantly with life and death situations, often working with distressed, panicked and confused callers.
Helping them handle the stress of their job is the task of Stephen Dowling, whose role is focused not only on physical safety in the workplace but also on reducing the risk of psychological injury and mental health.
Stephen talked about his work with the 000 team, and discussed strategies for helping employees in stressful frontline situations with the use of Mental Health First Aid.
He outlined what was involved in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training and why workplaces should appoint people to this role as they did physical first aid officers.
Stephen also discussed intervention strategies for managing psychosocial risk in the workplace.
He has been a leader in dealing with workplace psychological injury for many years and helps a wide range of organisations and industries around the country develop systems to ensure their employees get help when they need it.
Stephen believes lack of knowledge and stigma about psychological injury can prevent people from seeking help early, and limit the ability of co-workers and managers to provide mental health first aid to their workmates until appropriate professional treatment is available.

The speaker:


To spread awareness in the wider community, Stephen helped develop the national RU OK? Program which encourages people to have meaningful conversations with family or friends who might be struggling, to check how they are going and support them.
As an ambassador for RU OK, he recently addressed a Workcover WA conference on mental health strategies for FIFO workers, a system which has been linked to a high rate of stress and mental health issues.
In addition to his role at ESTA, Stephen continues to work with the mining and oil industry, non-profit organisations, manufacturing, universities, the health sector, state-wide emergency services and other areas on mental health first aid and reducing the risk of psychological injury at work.

 
 

February

 
Safety
compliance
in the digital age

Glenn Parker - civil engineer and software specialist, DoneSafe


Safety compliance in the digital age

Speaker: Glenn Parker

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Advances in software and mobile devices are bringing a revolution to safety management systems.
Just how much things have changed was discussed by Glenn Parker, a civil engineer and software specialist, is responsible for taking to market the DoneSafe system for safety compliance which can be run from a mobile phone.
This Australian-developed software is now getting attention overseas as well as continuing to grow locally. Its users range from tradies to organisations with thousands of employees.
Glenn talked about what inspired the system, how it works and what it covers.

The speaker:


Glenn, a civil engineer and software specialist, is responsible for taking to market the DoneSafe system for safety compliance which can be run from a mobile phone.

 
 

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