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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.

 
 

Next Meeting

 

Safety Risks -
Understanding
Human Factors

CSG May 2021 Zoom meeting - Speaker: David Trembearth, Safety Business Partner, Coles



Safety risks and understanding human factors

Presented by Dr Kate Branford, Senior Human Factors Specialist, V/Line

Tuesday 8 June 2021, noon

Safety risks and understanding human factors
Human Factors issues constitute a significant source of risk in many industries. Human error contributes to an estimated 60-80% of incidents, while other Human Factors issues also play a part in a large proportion of incidents.
Understanding human error, how it contributes to safety incidents and how it can be managed, will be the subject of a zoom talk by Dr Kate Branford at midday on 8 June.
Kate is the Senior Human Factors Specialist at V/Line, which operates Victoria’s regional public transport network, and has worked in this role for seven years. She will talk about what Human Factors is, how it relates to human error and how it can be applied in the workplace to help improve health and safety performance.
She says the rail industry attracted her due to its collaborative approach to safety and the many opportunities for improvement. She will give examples of these in her talk.

About the Speaker:

Dr Kate Branford studied at the ANU, majoring in Sociology, with a focus on industrial accidents. She wrote her Honours thesis on the role of blame in accident investigation and then completed an industry-based Doctorate in Human Factors with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation. Her supervisor was Professor Andrew Hopkins, who is internationally recognised for his ground-breaking work in industrial safety and accident analysis.
Before joining V/Line in 2014, Kate worked as a Human Factors consultant focusing on defence, aviation and nuclear power projects. At V/Line her role includes error management, incident investigation, Rail Resource Management and supporting Human Factors integration into rail projects and changes.

Date: Tuesday 8 June 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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