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Workplace
Psychological
First Aid
CSG November 2012 Presentation: Rhonda Brand, Organisational Psychologist, Xchanging

Workplace Psychological First Aid

Presentation by: Rhonda Brand, Organisational Psychologist, Xchanging

Presentation package now available (members only)

Stress can be both positive and negative (distress). When an event occurs in a workplace that causes distress, psychological first aid is an effective tool for assisting workers to deal with it. That was the topic of a talk to Central Safety Group on November 13, 2012 by Rhonda Brand, Organisational Psychologist at Xchanging.
Rhonda outlined the many and various responses to a critical incident that a person may experience, ranging from physiological to psychological, emotional and behavioural. She then spoke about psychological first aid, what it involves and what it is not. Rhonda also gave examples of the application of psychological first aid to particular organisations.

The presenter:

Rhonda became Psychologist/Organisational Development Consultant for Xchanging in 2006. During this time she has been involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of targeted interventions to reduce incidents and severity of psychological injuries across Victorian workplaces. Her work was recognised at the 2010 WorkSafe Awards in the category of Best OHS solution in the Public Sector & Community Services. The framework Rhonda developed was the first stress prevention model recognised in 22 years of the prestigious safety awards. Rhonda has a BA in Psychology & Sociology from Monash University as well as a Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology/Organisational Psychology from Victoria University.

 
Red Cross
Blood Processing
Centre
Red Cross Bood Processing Centre, West Melbourne

Site Visit: Red Cross Blood Processing Centre

Presentation by: Shane Winzar, Operations Manager for Victoria & Tasmania, Australian Red Cross Blood Service

Presentation package now available (members only)

The new $90M Melbourne Processing Centre provides the Victorian and Tasmanian chapter of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service with a new state of the art headquarters. The facility is housed within the shell of an existing 1920s warehouse, originally constructed as a Morris Minor assembly factory in West Melbourne. The existing brick warehouse building with varying building heights from one to four stories, required significant work to bring it up to current standards, with the additional overlay of an Importance Level 4* rating as required by the business to operate in the event of an emergency. There is 17,500m2 of accommodation comprised of blood processing and distribution areas, blood testing, with the support of research laboratories, warehousing, office/administration and staff amenities.
Attendees were taken on a tour of the site on October 9, 2012, by Shane Winzar, Operations Manager for Victoria & Tasmania.

 
Western Ring
Road Upgrade
CSG September 2012 Presenter: Fred Worboys, Quality Officer, Tulla Sydney Alliance

Safety and upgrade of the Western Ring Road

Presentation by: Fred Worboys, Quality Officer, Tulla Sydney Alliance

Presentation package now available (members only)

Jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments, the M80 Ring Road Upgrade is a $2.25 billion project under the federal Nation Building Program. 20000 trucks currently use the Ring Road each day and the project is expected to be completed by mid-2014.
Fred Worboys, Senior Project Engineer at Hyder Consulting has been engaged as Quality Officer for the Tulla Sydney Alliance (TSA), which is constructing the section between Sydney Road and the Calder Freeway.
At Central Safety Group's meeting on September 11, 2012, Fred outlined the high risk environment faced day-to-day by road construction personnel. He also spoke extensively about a number of strategies being employed by TSA to mitigate the risks of working in “live traffic”.

The presenter:

Fred Worboys has been Senior Project Engineer at Hyder Consulting since 2009. He has extensive experience in technical and commercial roles and his fields of expertise include Project Management; Quality Management & Auditing; Systems Conceptualisation, Development & Management; Personnel Management & Recruitment and Contract Management. Fred has a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from La Trobe University and a Masters in Systems Engineering from RMIT University.

 
WorkSafe
Support
for HSRs
CSG August 2012 Presenter: Professor David Caple

What additional support can WorkSafe provide for Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs)?

Presentation by: Professor David Caple, OHS Consultant and Adjunct Professor, Centre for Ergonomics & Human Factors, La Trobe University, David Caple & Associates

Presentation package now available (members only)

Leading ergonomist and OHS consultant Professor David caple was commissioned by WorkSafe Victoria to evaluate the support currently given to Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) and advise them on what further support was desirable.
At Central Safety Group's meeting on August 14, 2012, David shared some of his findings from having conducted 19 case studies along with a literature review and stakeholder consultations. He outlined the challenges reported by HSRs as well as the types of practical support they would like to be given.
Another area of concern was the effectiveness of the current training regime for HSRs. David also spoke about the 12 recommendations he made to WorkSafe Victoria following his investigations.

The presenter:

Professor 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.

 
Managing
Partial National
Reform
CSG July 2012 Presenter: Steve Bell, Senior Associate, Freehills

What happened to harmony? Managing partial national reform

Presentation by: Steve Bell, Senior Associate, Freehills

Presentation package now available (members only)

It has taken about 5 years to achieve harmony in OHS law between the Commonwealth, Queensland, NSW, Tasmania, ACT and NT, but it is likely to take another 5 years to achieve harmonious workers compensation laws. The implications of this were discussed by Steve Bell, Senior Associate at Freehills at Central Safety Group's meeting on July 10, 2012.
Steve began by discussing the various legal issues following a workplace incident and the current status of the Model Laws.
He then took us through the key concepts and new terms by comparing the old & new legislation. He also spoke extensively about the concept of due diligence.

The presenter:

A leading work health and safety lawyer, Steve Bell, Senior Associate at Freehills, advises and represents businesses on all aspects of safety regulation. Steve holds a law degree from the University of Melbourne (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in political science.

 
Effective
Safety
Communication
CSG May 2012 Presenter: Jane Loudon

Safety communications: beyond posters and pep talks

Presentation by: Jane Loudon

Presentation package now available (members only)

In large organisations safety is struggling against HR and IT programs to be noticed by middle managers. Jane Loudon, who has worked for many years in communications, spoke to Central Safety Group on May 8, 2012 about some of the challenges in commnicating safety messages effectively. In Jane’s experience, senior managers always put Safety at the top of their communication issues and requirements, but are often starved of safety news and issues.
She spoke about the purpose and types of safety communication as well as the importance of ensuring that they come from safety people in an organisation rather than from communications personnel. She also outlined the 6 pitfalls of safety communications and advocated for the use of plain language.

The presenter:

In the past 25 years Jane Loudon has held key communications roles in a number of large organisations, working in both internal and external communications. She now specialises in employee communications, Health Safety and Wellness communications and improving general organisational communication. Her work includes the use of behavioural economics and the latest communications research. Jane has a BA from the University of Sydney and a Masters in Communication from the University of Wisconsin.

 
BP & the
Pitfalls of
Corporate Culture
CSG April 2012 Presenter: Ross Macfarlane, RM The Risk Manager

A Force for Good? BP, Safety and the Pitfalls of Corporate Culture

Presentation by: Ross Macfarlane, Director and OHS Risk Manager, RM The Risk Manager

Presentation package now available (members only)

In 2000, BP relaunched itself with a new logo, slogan and the 4 core values of being Green, Progressive, Innovative and Performance driven. However, since 2005, it has become responsible for some of the worst safety and environmental disasters of the past decade. How did this happen?
Ross Macfarlane, OHS Risk Manager and former HSSEQ Manager at BP, gave his perspective on this at Central Safety Group's meeting on April 11, 2012. In analysing these events, he pointed to the corporate culture at the company and suggested that people throughout BP firmly believed in the 4 core values, but neglected the day-to-day management of hazards and risks and failed to learn the lessons from each disaster.
However, he concluded that there were positive messages to come out of this, including the importance of investing continuously in safety. In this way, BP's experiences have become a force for good.

The presenter:

Ross Macfarlane worked in various management roles at BP from 2001-2008. Prior to that he worked with Castrol and Betz Laboratories. In November 2008 he formed a private consultancy specialising in safety and risk management for industry. He has extensive experience in a range of industries, including chemical and petrochemical, mining, steel and aluminium, automotive and general manufacturing, timber, pulp and paper, construction, aviation and health.

 
Managing
Unskilled
Migrant
Workers
CSG March 2012: Letchumy Taylor: Managing unskilled migrant workers in the small-to-medium enterprise (SME) sector

Managing unskilled migrant workers in the small-to-medium enterprise (SME) sector

Presentation by: Letchumy Taylor, PhD candidate, Swinburne University

Presentation package now available (members only)

Letchumy Taylor, PhD candidate, Swinburne University, supported by Professor Robert Jones, spoke at Central Safety Group's meeting on March 13, 2012, to share some early results from research she is conducting into the management of unskilled migrant workers in Small to Medium Enterprises in the manufacturing sector.
Letchumy has been conducting in-depth interviews and, while she is only a quarter of the way through them, she has already made some interesting observations about cultural differences that can compromise workplace safety.

 
 

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OHS Job Scene–What’s
Different
Now

CSG October 2021 Zoom meeting - Speaker: Helen O'Keefe, Founder & Principal Consultant, HOK Talent Solutions



The current job scene for OHS – what’s different now

Presented by Helen O'Keefe, Founder & Principal Consultant, HOK Talent Solutions

Tuesday 12 October 2021, noon

The current job scene for OHS – what’s different now
What’s the current job scene for OHS? The news is that at the moment there are more roles on offer than candidates, according to Helen O’Keefe, who runs a leading national health & safety executive search agency. This will be the subject of her zoom presentation for CSG at midday on Tuesday 12 October.
Helen will discuss the reasons for the current shortage of applicants happening across the board in a range of industries, as well as in different levels and roles in the OHS field.
She will be offering advice to recruiters, current job seekers and people trying to decide whether to move in the current job climate. “When you have a candidate-led market, the traditional recruitment methods may not work,” says Helen. “Candidates also need to consider certain things carefully before accepting a new role.”
Helen will talk about how workplace changes during the pandemic have led to some organisations creating different OHS roles or adding new requirements.
The session will conclude with discussion and questions from the audience.

About the Speaker:

Helen O’Keefe is the founder of HOK Talent Solutions, which specialises in national HSE recruitment. Helen has a passion for the health and safety industry, and had been working in recruitment for this sector before founding her own agency in 2015. Prior to this, her background includes working as National Recruitment Manager for the Australian Red Cross, and as an HR consultant with pharmaceutical company GSK.

Date: Tuesday 12 October 2021
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 $10
[Individual membership fee for 2021: $75]
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