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Small Companies
with High
Risks

CSG September 2022 speaker: Ben Thomson: Small Companies with High Risks

When a company is small and risks are high

Presentation by: Ben Thomson, Safety Manager, Flight Academy Australia (FAA)

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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 to Central Safety Group on 13 September, Ben discussed 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 explained. “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 also spoke about a range of OHS issues that can be problematic for small businesses, including the loss of ‘safety corporate memory’ when people leave.

The presenter:

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.

 
 

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Safety
Beyond
City Limits

CSG August 2024 event - Phil Dwyer & Carly Chambers, OHS Officers, South West Institute of TAFE, Safety beyond city limits


Safety beyond city limits

Presented by: Phil Dwyer & Carly Chambers, OHS Officers, South West Institute of TAFE
Topic: Safety beyond city limits


How: Online via Zoom only

Date: Tuesday 13 August 2024, noon
Non-Members welcome to attend

Safety beyond city limits
How do you keep in contact with safety colleagues and issues out in the country? Phil Dwyer, from regional Warrnambool in Victoria, will give us an insight into this on 13 August when he talks about regional safety networks and his own job as OHS Officer - Audit, Risk and Compliance, at multi-campus South West Institute of TAFE.
Phil is a keen member of safety networking groups: Warrnambool Area of Safety and Health Group (WASH Group) and the TAFE Safety Network Group that covers Victoria. He is also a member of Central Safety Group.
Phil and his colleague, OHS Officer Carly Chambers, will talk about how they operate, spending a great deal of time on the road keeping safety tabs on a network of diverse regional TAFE sites.
Carly and Phil are looking forward to telling their story, followed by questions and discussions from the CSG Zoom audience.

About the Speakers:

Phil Dwyer has been an OHS officer for over 10 years. He had a long career in his family’s construction firm in Warrnambool before becoming a building compliance officer at South West TAFE in 2008. He is now a Health and Safety Officer at Warrnambool TAFE.
Carly Chambers became South West TAFE OHS Officer in 2023. Prior to that, her career included being owner/operator of a local freight business and mentor/trainer at a number of hospitality establishments in Warrnambool and interstate. She has a Bachelor of Health Science and a Diploma in Management.

Date: Tuesday 13 August 2024
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
How: Online via Zoom -the link will be sent out on the afternoon of Monday 12 August
N.B. A video recording of the session will be available on the website exclusively for financial members.
Cost: Financial members* free. Others $15
RSVP: COB Monday 12 August 2024. Online using our RSVP form
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