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CSG March 2010 Presentation: Kelvin Blackney, Chairman, Safety Institute of Australia (Geelong Branch):Community Fire Safety – it is happening

Community Fire Safety – it is happening

Presentation by: Kelvin Blackney, Chairman, Safety Institute of Australia (Geelong Branch)

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Kelvin Blackney's experience as a firefighter in the 1969 Lara fires, which destroyed 44 homes, made him determined to set up an effective community-based fire property preparation system. At Central Safety Group's meeting on 16 March 2010, Kelvin shared the 4-step process he has developed for any community or workplace to use to prepare for bushfire or wildfire attacks.
There was no powerpoint presentation to accompany this talk, but in the meantime, Kelvin has written a submission to the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission on behalf of the Safety Institute of Australia, in which he describes his 4-step community plan in detail. It is attached here for members to view.

The presenter:

Kelvin Blackney joined the Lara Rural Fire Brigade in the 1960s. In 1993 he received the Community Individual award at the Victorian Fire Awareness Awards. As chairman of the Safety Institute of Australia (Geelong Branch), he became aware in 2001 of a culture improvement process called Values-Driven Safety (VDS) and introduced the concepts into the construction industry. He also believes it has a place in Community Fire Safety culture. He is a Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and a Registered Safety Professional.


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CSG September 2022 Zoom event - Presenter: Ben Thomson, Safety Manager, Flight Academy Australia

Small Companies with High Risks

Presented by Presented by Ben Thomson, Safety Manager, Flight Academy Australia

Tuesday 13 September 2022, noon
CSG Zoom Lunchtime Presentation
Non-Members welcome to attend

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.
Ben found it was important to customise and go beyond the safety templates provided by CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority), thereby creating safety management systems with performance indicators and responses tailored to his workplace.
“We’ve changed the way we look at safety – we’re now more action-oriented and proactive,” he explains. “For example, teaching people to report incidents that they’d otherwise regard as routine. This is giving me useful data to measure what’s working.”
He will also talk about a range of OHS issues that can be problematic for small businesses, including the loss of ‘safety corporate memory’ when people leave.

About the Speaker:

Ben Thomson has been an aviation safety manager for the last four years and a flight instructor since 2015. He holds a Commercial Pilot License, Multi-engine Aeroplane Rating, Instrument Rating and Flight Instructor Rating, with training approvals for airline cadet training.
He has trained a wide variety of students from basic flight sequences to airline cadet training in multi-engine aircraft. His role includes developing company safety policy and objectives, developing and monitoring safety performance objectives, managing aviation fatigue management and safety management systems, and investigating incidents. He is also involved in the writing of aviation operations manuals and flight training syllabi.
Prior to becoming a pilot, Ben worked as a public servant, including as a data analyst for the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and in the Planning Decisions Unit for the Greater London Authority.

Date: Tuesday 13 September 2022
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
How: Online via Zoom.
N.B. A video recording of the session will be available on the website exclusively for financial members.
Cost: Financial members* free. Others $15
[Individual membership fee: $75. In 2022 this includes a free 12-month subscription to Kevin Jones' SafetyatWorkBlog valued at $250]
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   RSVP: COB Monday 12 September 2022.
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The Zoom event link will be emailed upon confirmation of payment.

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