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A More Direct
Approach to
Safety
CSG April 2016 Presenter: Sylvia Hudson, Manager, People Safety, Health & Wellbeing at V/Line

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

Presentation by: Sylvia Hudson, Manager, People Safety, Health & Wellbeing, 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?
Sylvia 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 is a program that has to serve a workforce ranging from highly skilled technical personnel at head office to drivers and signal operators and 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 using simpler language, changing the subject emphasis and balancing the human element with the focus on compliance.

The presenter:

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.

 
Mental
Health
First Aid
CSG March 2016 Presenter: Stephen Dowling, Corporate Manager Health, Safety, Rehabilitation and Wellness, ESTA 000 (Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority)

Frontline stress and mental health first aid

Presentation by: Stephen Dowling, Corporate Manager Health, Safety, Rehabilitation and Wellness, 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 (MHFA).
He outlined what was involved in 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.
Stephen 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 to develop systems that ensure 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.

 
Safety
Compliance
in the Digital Age
CSG February 2016 Presenter: Glenn Parker

Safety compliance in the digital age

Presentation by: Glenn Parker, Civil Engineer, Donesafe

Advances in software and mobile devices are bringing a revolution to safety management systems. Just how much things have changed was discussed at Central Safety Group's meeting on 9 February, 2016, by Glenn Parker, a civil engineer and software specialist, who 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 presenter:

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.

 
Physical Capacity Testing for Emergency Workers
CSG November 2015 Presenter: Professor David Caple

Physical Capacity Testing for Emergency Workers

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

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Physical capacity testing of workers in emergency services can be controversial. Our guest speaker Professor David Caple talked about some of the key issues surrounding this at Central Safety Group's meeting on November 2015. Risk factors associated with this type of work have given rise for the need to do physical capacity testing, which is now a feature of the EBA for emergency workers. One factor is that emergency workers have high cognitive and physical demands and these result in a higher probability of a risk of injury.
A range of controls has been introduced to address the risk factors and the findings from physical capacity testing. These include design controls; training (both physical and skills) as well as peer support programs and controls specific to particular divisions.

The presenter:

David Caple, whose background is in ergonomics, 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 issues. He is an OHS consultant and Adjunct Professor, Centre for Ergonomics & Human Factors, La Trobe University.

 
OHS Today:
What's Wrong,
What's Right?
CSG October 2015 Presenter: Kevin Jones, SafetyAtWorkBlog.com

What’s wrong with OHS today (and what’s right)

Presentation by: Kevin Jones, Freelance journalist, SafetyAtWorkBlog

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Kevin Jones, well known for his award-winning SafetyAtWorkBlog (www.safetyatworkblog.com) led a discussion at Central Safety Group's meeting on October 13, 2015, about some of the positives and negatives of OHS today. He began by stating that one of the major problems is the excessive documentation required and this may be due to WorkSafe conditions.
Kevin believes that there is also an excess of consultation; management need to be more decisive and focus on the short term – attack the easy problems first to achieve some progress. Recurring problems are either not addressed or the controls implemented are inadequate.  Businesses need to look at the source of the problem and eliminate the hazards.
Kevin stated that there was no face associated with safety, that no-one was seen as a safety champion. There is no engagement of the media by safety groups.
He raised the issue of there being no safety economics in Australia, even though it is possible to determine the costs of safety and relate it to the benefits. Safety managers are expected to know all and be all.  However, funding is tied to the risk profile of a business and is therefore not successful.  Implementation of OHS is seen as reactive with little or no progress.
Kevin also noted that there was little talk about the ethics of safety.
He followed up the session with a blog entry (attached).

The presenter:

Kevin Jones is well known for his award-winning Safety At Work blog (http://safetyatworkblog.com) which keeps readers up-to-date with the Australian and international OHS scene. It’s a beautifully written blog, serving up a tasty mix of news, insights and fresh perspectives on a sector he knows very well.

 
Prolonged
Sitting
CSG September 2015 Presenter: Nyssa Hadgraft, Epidemiologist, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Monash University

Is prolonged sitting at work an OHS issue?

Presentation by: Nyssa Hadgraft, Epidemiologist, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Monash University

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There is now evidence to suggest that long hours in a sedentary position increases the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular and other health problems. Our speaker at Central Safety Group's meeting on September 8,2015, Nyssa Hadgraft, is a member of a team called The Stand Up Australia Program of Research that is doing internationally-recognised research on the health impacts of too much sitting and interventions to reduce sitting time.
Nyssa spoke about the group’s findings and discussed recent workplace studies they have done. Findings include that office workers spend most of their day sitting (6+ hours per day) and lot of this sitting time is unbroken (30mins+).  While excessive sitting is detrimental even for those who exercise, prolonged standing is also an issue.
Nyssa outlined a number of strategies to reduce workplace sitting, including the provision of height-adjustable desks, but they have cost implications. Helpfully, all the other measures she suggested have no cost attached. The key take-home message is Stand Up – Sit Less –Move More.

The presenter:

Epidemiologist Nyssa Hadgraft is a postdoctoral research fellow in public health at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. She is a member of the team at Melbourne’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute led by Dr David Dunstan doing world-recognised research on the health impacts of too much sitting.

 
Safety on a
Mass Scale
CSG August 2015 Presentation: Steve Goss, Sentry Business Resilience Solutions

Safety on a mass scale – managing risk and safety at epic events

Presentation by: Steve Goss, Sentry Business Resilience Solutions

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How do you manage safety for a crowd of 500,000 out for a good night? Members heard how it is done from Steve Goss, the man behind safety, risk and emergency planning for the 2015 White Night festival in Melbourne’s CBD with his lunchtime presentation on August 11, 2015.
Following significant challenges experienced at the first White Night in 2013, where debrief comments included “from a crowd safety and risk management perspective, it is the worst event witnessed”, Steve was brought in to make radical improvements to the safety approach.
Steve explained that many of the 2103 problems were foreseeable and, when he joined the organisation, he tackled the main issues of communication and crowd control. He outlined crowd dynamics as well as how safety was improved through design. An installation risk assessment includes specifics for every item of plant, and he also developed a decision matrix for adverse weather conditions to use when considering cancelling events or specific activities.
Importantly, his system involves briefing and liaising with all relevant stakeholders such as security agencies, emergency services and transport and traffic management bodies.
The extensive planning and constant vigilance led to a very successful event in 2015 with the number of incidents significantly reduced in number and severity.

The presenter:

Originally a Senior Sergeant in the Victoria Police, Steve Goss then worked as a safety regulator in the upstream oil, gas and mining and quarrying industries, followed by senior executive roles in safety & risk management at both the Melbourne Racing Club and the Australian Grand Prix Corporation. Steve set up his company Sentry Business Resilience Solutions (Sentry) in 2009, and his clients include businesses, not-for-profit organisations, sporting bodies and local and State government agencies.

 
Manual
Handling
Challenges
CSG July 2015 Presenter: Daniel Venditti, State HSE Advisor, Bunnings

Manual handling challenges in Bunnings retail operations

Presentation by: Daniel Venditti, State HSE Advisor, Bunnings

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Daniel Venditti, State HSE Advisor with hardware giant Bunnings outlined the company’s approach to manual handling challenges and risks in a presentation to Central Safety Group on July 14, 2015. These included a wide and complex range of manual handling tasks, concrete flooring, racking up to 3 metres and big and bulky packages. Bunnings employees include many part-time and casual workers and a workforce with 25% aged over 50.
A large number of injuries centering on known hot spots led to the development of the BSafe (Bunnings Safe) program in 2004. The methodology involved a move away from the compliance approach to incorporating safety into the business.  Safety leadership training was provided, LTIFR was abolished and replaced by IFR, and staff were encouraged to report all injuries.  This resulted in a 30% increase in incident reporting and was followed by an increase in resources for safety as compared to injury management.
Daniel explained how further strategies evolved over the next 8 years as a result of workplace incidents and the current strategy aims to reduce complexity.  Ownership of the safety system has been assigned to the stores, which have monthly activities that must be completed and reported to Head Office.
Daniel also outlined their range of controls to address the fact that 50% of reported injuries were found to be related to manual handling activities.

The presenter:

Before joining the safety team at Bunnings, Daniel Venditti (who is also a VFL player with the Coburg Lions) worked in injury management and vocational rehabilitation. His background includes a degree in health and exercise science and postgraduate qualifications in OHS management.

 
WorkSafe
Victoria
Priorities
CSG June 2015 Presentation: Worksafe Priorities, WorkSafe Victoria

WorkSafe Victoria: health & safety priorities for 2015-16

Presentation by: Tim McLean, Director Improvement Programs, WorkSafe Victoria

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WorkSafe Victoria’s current priority hazards, industries and emerging issues were discussed by Tim McLean, Director Improvement Programs at WorkSafe in a lunchtime presentation on June 16, 2015. The priority hazards range from mandatory work, such as construction and dangerous goods to strategic work with both physical and psychosocial risks as well as occupational violence and worker health.The strategic approach includes addressing supply chains and networks; elimination of risk at source; improved compliance and risk control; increase in awareness and capability; working with and through others; and a whole of organisation approach at WorkSafe itself.Industries in focus are wide-ranging: health; construction; agriculture; manufacturing; warehousing and transport.
He also outlined progress in meeting targets and action plans set by the five-year Worksafe 2017 strategy in the areas of Safety, Return-to-Work, Service and Sustainability. The strategy underpins WorkSafe’s two approaches to workplaces: Encouragement for effective workplace safety through campaigns and financial incentives, and Deterrence for poor performance through inspections and prosecutions.

The presenter:

Tim McLean leads the design and delivery of strategic prevention programs to improve health, safety and wellbeing in Victorian workplaces. He has been with WorkSafe Victoria for the past 8 years, and has a background in public relations and strategic communications with a focus on influencing behaviour change.

 
Incident
Investigation
CSG April 2015 Presenter: Graham Dent, Dent Consulting & Legal

Incident investigation: implications of the model work health safety legislation for Victorian businesses

Presentation by: Graham Dent, Principal, Dent Consulting & Legal

How can businesses be proactive in managing an incident investigation under both Victorian and national safety legislation? Leading OHS lawyer Graham Dent spoke to Central Safety Group on April 14, 2015, about what happens with incidents when businesses consider themselves to be “Victorian” (with their facilities and personnel based in Victoria), but operate interstate. They could have employees who travel as sales representatives or transport workers or install and maintain plant and equipment interstate.
Graham discussed how he has worked on recent cases involving interstate aspects, where the approach of the interstate authorities has induced “cold sweats” for some clients.
Graham also talked about how WorkSafe Victoria deals with (or tries to avoid) the Codes of Practice and guidance under the national Model Work Health Safety laws that now govern all states except Victoria and WA.

The presenter:

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. Graham is also the founder of Australia’s largest online OHS forum with 13,500 members, the Work Health Safety Leadership Group.

 
Key OHS
Issues
2015
CSG March 2015 Presenters: Carolyn Davis, ACCI and Phil Lovelock, VECCI-organisation logos

Key OHS issues for employers in 2015

Presenters:

    Carolyn Davis, Manager, Work Health and Safety and Worker’s Compensation Policy, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)
    Phil Lovelock, Senior OHS Consultant and Specialist Policy Advisor, Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI)

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What are some of the most pressing OHS issues facing employers in 2015?
Both national and Victorian perspectives were presented at Central Safety Group's lunchtime talk on March 17, 2015. The national scene was discussed by Carolyn Davis, Manager Work Health and Safety and Worker’s Compensation Policy with the ACCI.
This was followed by Phil Lovelock presenting a more detailed look at what’s currently happening in Victoria. Issues for VECCI include the state of flux within WorkSafe Victoria itself and the alignment of regulations with the Model WHS legislation.
Both Carolyn and Phil are responsible for informing and representing businesses of all sizes and sectors of the economy. ACCI is a peak organisation which represents at national level VECCI and other state chambers of commerce and industry associations. VECCI is Victoria's most influential employer group, directly representing 15,000 members.

The presenter:

Carolyn Davis has a background in industrial chemistry and occupational hygiene, and has been involved in WHS management, policy and advocacy for more than 20 years. She currently represents industry on a range of issues with Safework Australia and other agencies.

The presenter:

Phil Lovelock is a qualified Occupational Health and Safety specialist who provides occupational health and safety assistance to a wide range of industries. He also conducts a number of OHS courses for VECCI and provides input to WorkSafe Victoria.

 
How Would
We Manage
Ebola?
CSG February 2015 Presentation: Dr Jane Canestra, Program Manager Health Emergency Management, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

How would we manage Ebola – and other public health emergencies?

Presentation by: Dr Jane Canestra, Program Manager Health Emergency Management, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

Victoria’s emergency management arrangements for health emergencies, such as Ebola, were outlined by Dr Jane Canestra at Central Safety Group's meeting on February 10, 2015. She discussed the emergency management responsibilities of the Department of Health and Human Services and how the State Health Emergency Response Plan is used to coordinate the Victorian health response to significant emergency incidents, giving the arrangements for Ebola as an example.
While the risk of importation of Ebola into Victoria is low, Victoria may eventually need to manage a confirmed case of Ebola. The Department of Health & Human Services has developed the Victorian Ebola Virus Disease Plan which has been issued to metropolitan, regional and other health services and stakeholders including general practitioners.
Victorian health services have responsibility for ensuring all potentially involved staff are appropriately trained, informed and clear about each individual’s role in the event of a suspected Ebola case presenting at any hospital or health care service.
Jane spoke about coordination at departmental, health sector, Victorian and national level as well as about health services training in specialist preparedness.

The presenter:

A medical practitioner and specialist emergency physician, Dr Jane Canestra was involved in disaster medicine for many years before her appointment to her current role. She has also provided medical expertise to numerous State and National Working Groups, including the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.

 
Victoria's Emergency Management Reform
CSG August 2014 Presenter: Tony Murphy, Director of Capability and Response, Emergency Management Victoria

Victoria's Emergency Management Reform

Presentation by: Tony Murphy, Director of Capability and Response, Emergency Management Victoria

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Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) was launched on 1 July as a single authority to coordinate all State emergency services’ response to emergencies and disasters. It is the first of its kind in Australia and represents a step change in emergency management by the State.
Tony Murphy, Director of Capability and Response, Emergency Management Victoria, presented to Central Safety Group on August 12, 2014, and spoke about the creation of this new authority in the wake of emergencies, such as Black Saturday. Reports highlighted shortfalls in integration between the emergency service agencies and so EMV was created to address this.
Tony outlined the agency’s brief, which includes reaching out and working in conjunction with communities and business as well as Government as a whole, not just agencies involved with emergency services.
Tony also explained the newly-established control arrangements for response to Class 1 emergencies, as well as the incident management structure.
As a result of this integration, the approach to health and safety requires an overhaul. It is a key agenda item for EMV and is being led from the top. Tony said there was recognition of the importance of aligning operational standards and procedures and having a joined-up, consistent approach to health and safety across the different emergency service agencies.

 
Return on
Investing
in OHS
CSG July 2014 Presenter: John Knowles, OHS Consultant, Xchanging

Return on Investing in OHS

Presentation by: John Knowles, OHS Consultant, Xchanging

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How much can investing in OHS improvements pay off in measurable financial terms? And what should be measured? These questions were explored by John Knowles, OHS Consultant at Xchanging in a lunchtime presentation to Central Safety Group on 8 July, 2014.
John cited wide-ranging research, which has shown that returns can be high. However, there are many variables when it comes to measuring this, which John discussed in detail.
John offered a checklist of both direct and indirect costs that should be considered when measuring returns. He also suggested a range of different ways to measure return on investment and gave details of several international case studies that showed OHS-related improvements in a variety of situations and which used a range of different measures to assess returns. These showed measurable outcomes obtained both in financial terms and changes in human health and behaviour.

 
Advances
in Harmonised
OHS Legislation
CSG June 2014 Presenter: Rhonda Murray, Director, National Fraud Response Unit and Regional Services Vic-Tas, Comcare

Advances in Harmonised OHS Legislation

Presentation by: Rhonda Murray, Director, National Fraud Response Unit and Regional Services Vic/Tas, Comcare

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Advances in harmonised OHS legislation and the widening role of Comcare were outlined by Comcare Director Rhonda Murray at Central Safety Group's meeting on June 17, 2014.
In a move designed to widen access to the national Comcare workers compensation scheme, the Federal Government, in March this year, announced proposed legislative changes that would allow private sector organisations, who work across State borders, to be regulated by Comcare, which was originally set up to cover public sector employees. Rhonda discussed various aspects of this proposed legislation and the implications of new rules.
Rhonda also spoke about new approaches already being adopted by Comcare to be more procative when dealing with workplaces.

 
Failure of
Return to Work
Rates
CSG May 2014 Presenter: Dr Alex Collie, Research Leader and Acting Chief Executive Officer, ISCRR

Australia’s failure to improve Return-to-Work Rates

Presentation by: Associate Professor Alex Collie, Research Leader and Acting Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research, Monash University

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Current obstacles to successfully bringing injured people back to work and the need for new approaches was discussed by Associate Professor Alex Collie from Monash University in his lunchtime talk to Central Safety Group on 13 May, 2014.
Alex Collie has done substantial research on this and related issues. He said that surveys had shown that Australia has failed to improve return to rates for the past 15 years, describing this as a major public health and economic challenge.
There is abundant international research showing that a worker's recovery can be shaped by their interactions with employers, healthcare providers and the workers' compensation system. But it takes new thinking, careful planning and sustained effort on behalf of those involved in the process.
Alex presented some of his latest research findings, explored some of the key issues and made recommendations on what we should be doing to improve return to work outcomes.

The presenter:

Associate Professor Alex Collie, Acting Chief Executive Officer of ISCRR (Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research) at Monash University, is an applied public health and social policy researcher, with a specific focus on work disability benefit and compensation systems and their impact on the work, social and health outcomes of injured and ill people. Alex has advised multiple state and commonwealth government departments and in private sector organisations in matters relating to workplace health, insurance and injury compensation. He has held numerous board positions on non-profit health sector organisations. He has a PhD in psychology. He has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and technical reports, and is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences.

 
Measuring
Safety
Performance
CSG April 2014 Presenter: Conor O’Malley, Director, Global Safety Index, Safety Culture and Leadership Insights

Are we measuring safety performance the right way?

Presentation by: Conor O’Malley, Director, Global Safety Index - Safety Culture and Leadership Insights

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Conor O’Malley, Director, Global Safety Index – Safety Culture and Leadership Insights, spoke at Central Safety Group’s meeting on 8 April, 2014, and discussed how measures and data collection usually fail to give insight into the safety climate, culture capability or competence of an organisation.
The Global Safety Index – GSI - has captured some useful findings with its Culture and Leadership surveys on what companies were doing well, as well as where the gaps lay. Conor discussed some survey findings in detail and the broad picture was that outputs were driven by culture, and that culture was driven by leadership.

The presenter:

Conor O'Malley has coached and led teams all his career as an Executive GM, with a strong supply chain background. His previous roles have been Chief Operating Officer for Glen Cameron Storage and Distribution, GM Logistics for Coles and the Group Executive at National Foods, responsible for Group Safety, Procurement, Shared Services, Logistics and Planning. Prior to coming to Australia in 2006 his career in the UK spanned 3rd Party Logistics and Wholesale supply chain management. He has a passion for strong safety leadership and, having had Executive accountability for safety in the Logistics and Manufacturing sectors, he has had success in leading organisations on a journey using leadership and culture as core drivers of that success. In 2013 he joined Global Safety Index as Sales and Distribution Director to support the co-founding Directors grow the business and is now on the Advisory Board.

 
Older
Workers
CSG March 2014 Presenter: Dr Peter Smith, Epidemiologist, Monash University and ISCRR researcher

Health and safety issues associated with older workers

Presentation by: Associate Professor Peter Smith, Epidemiologist, Monash University and ISCRR researcher

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The subject of older workers is of growing importance as the Australian population is getting older and people are working longer. Labour market participation by people over 55 has doubled since 2000. Associate Professor Peter Smith from Monash University shared the findings from his research into this at Central Safety Group’s meeting on 18 March, 2014.
Dr Smith said that research was showing a number of variables in the relationship between age and injury outcomes. For instance, while older age is not associated with a greater injury severity, older compensation claimants were more likely to have chronic pre-existing conditions. These findings can, therefore, be used to inform prevention programs suited to older workers.

 
Driving
OHS
Culture
CSG October 2013 Presenter: Professor David Caple OM

How CEOs, Executives and Boards can be assisted to drive OHS culture

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

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Boards and executive teams can play a crucial role in driving safety culture. They are usually strongly motivated and interested and they place high importance on their organisation having a sound safety record. They also now have accountability under the WHS Act 2011 to ensure that health and safety obligations are met. That was the message from Professor David Caple in a lunchtime talk to Central Safety Group on 8 October, 2013.
David shared his experiences engaging with boards and senior executives. An observation he made was that, while keen to demonstrate safety culture leadership, boards often lack ideas on how to do this. David provided a number of very practical suggestions for OHS Managers, including how to assist their senior executive by presenting them with an OHS strategy.

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.

 
Fatigue
Management
CSG September 2013 Presenter: John Knowles, OHS Consultant, Xchanging

Fatigue Management

Presentation by: John Knowles, OHS Consultant, Xchanging

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The importance of understanding the effects of fatigue and managing it in the workplace and our own lives was brought home in an information-packed presentation by John Knowles to Central Safety Group on 10 September, 2013.
John, who is OHS Consultant with Xchanging, said that fatigue management was now recognised as an issue for a wide range of workplaces, not only in industries where it was traditionally a concern such as long-haul trucking and aviation.
He outlined in detail what fatigue was, its mental, emotional and physical effects and the impact it had on people’s capacity to perform their job safely and effectively. John also described the key elements of an effective fatigue management system for the workplace.

 
A Catalyst
for Culture
Change
CSG July 2013 Presentation: Maree Thomson, Safety Improvement Facilitator, Strengthening Safety Culture in Logistics Operations, AaE

Enforceable Undertaking: A catalyst for culture change

Presentation by: Maree Thomson, Safety Improvement Facilitator, Australian Air Express (AaE)

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Accepting an enforceable undertaking (or EU) with Comcare as an alternative to prosecution for a safety breach proved a valuable exercise in improving OH&S decision making and safety culture for freight company Australian Air Express (AaE). This was the topic of a lunchtime presentation to Central Safety Group on August 13, 2013, by Maree Thomson, the company’s Safety Improvement Facilitator.
Maree said the company committed to review and rectify not only the specific factors which contributed to the incident, but also to conduct a critical review of all components of its safety management system and safety culture. It did this with the help of a highly successful collaborative project with the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC), Australia’s leading transport safety research centre. Maree said the findings from this research were challenging for the company to hear, but very constructive.

The presenter:

Maree Thomson’s position as National Environment Health and Safety Manager Australia Air Express (AaE) commenced in 1999 after the company had recently acquired a Self-Insurance Licence. The experience was wide and varied having been involved in major project work with the building and fit-out of freight processing centres on the eastern seaboard, downsizing during the GFC, a demerger and the retail section being transferred to Star Track. In November 2012, Qantas acquired 100% ownership of AaE and Maree became Safety Improvement Faciltiator working with the Corporate Safety and Compliance team. Her task was to manage the implementation of findings from a research project undertaken by Monash University Accident Research Centre around cultural change. Prior to this, her health and safety experience was in food manufacturing.

 
Fair Work
Decisions that
affect OHS
CSG July 2013 Presenter: David Galbally AM, QC, Partner, Madgwicks Lawyers

Fair Work Decisions that Affect OHS

Presentation by: David Galbally AM, QC, Partner, Madgwicks Lawyers

David Galbally spoke without notes on the topics:

  • Senior management denial of OHS issues
  • Drug testing and the decisions of the High Court
  • Organisations' need for clear policies on drug use and bullying in the workplace
  • Bullying, workplace communications and perceptions
  • The advantages of face-to-face communications over emails
  • Fair Work amendments do not give the Fair Work Commission the ability to sanction bullying
  • Right of entry
  • Reasonable management action provisions in law will not prevent worker complaints – need careful processes and documentation.

Unfortunately there is no futher documentation available for this presentation.

The presenter:

One of Melbourne's most respected legal authorities, David Galbally joined Madgwicks as a partner in January 2010. Appointed one of Her Majesty's Counsel in 1996, David has worked on some of Australia's most high profile and complex corporate and criminal cases. Possessing renowned expertise in commercial litigation and dispute resolution, David is regularly called upon to provide comment and expert opinion across a broad range of topics including corporate governance, human rights, privacy and superannuation regulation. In June 2013, David was appointed as a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community, particularly through leadership in health organisations and the provision of pro bono legal services.

 
MacKillop
Family
Services
CSG June 2013 location: MacKillop Family Services-Heritage building

Site Visit: MacKillop Family Services

Presentation by: Jim Hinton, Manager Work Health and Safety, MacKillop Family Services

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An historical overview of the MacKillop buildings in South Melbourne, which used to be an orphanage, was given by Jenny Glare, Manager Heritage & Information Service at MacKillop. Jenny accompanied us on a tour of the buildings.
Afterwards, Jim Hinton gave an insight into the OHS culture at MacKillop, which has about 800 employees and 400 volunteers, and takes responsibility for the highest risk children in Victoria. Jim outlined MacKillop's operational model that ensures health and safety is incorporated into all of their day-to-day operations.

 
Department of
Justice Risk
Management
CSG May 2013 Presenter: Alison Hunt-Sturman, Manager Safety & Wellbeing, Department of Justice (Victoria)

Risk management – Truth, JUSTICE and the Victorian way

Presentation by: Alison Hunt-Sturman, Manager Safety & Wellbeing, Department of Justice (Victoria)

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The challenges of managing risk in a very large, diverse and complex organisation, the Department of Justice (Victoria), were outlined to members of Central Safety Group in a lunchtime presentation on 14 May, 2013, by Alison Hunt-Sturman, the department‘s General Manager of Safety & Wellbeing.
Alison explained how the Department of Justice has a portfolio of nine different divisions operating across eight different regions, and reports to five State Ministers. To illustrate this, she took the audience through the story of “Stevie” a minor fraudster.
Alison also discussed how the Safety and Wellbeing Team have introduced a range of strategies for this diverse workforce.

The presenter:

Alison Hunt-Sturman is a safety professional with almost 15 years' experience in leadership and strategic oversight of health, safety and workers compensation. She started her career at the University of Melbourne where, after working for almost 10 years in a research capacity, she moved into the role of Environment Health and Safety Manager for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, which she held for 9 years. Alison became Manager of Safety & Wellbeing at the Department of Justice in 2011. Alison has a Masters Degree in Occupational Health and Safety, and an undergraduate Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science.

 
WAVE:
The Breakaway
Techniques
CSG April 2013 Presenter: Ollie Matthews, Healthscope

WAVE: The Breakaway Techniques

Presentation by: Ollie Matthews, National OHS Auditor, Healthscope

Presentation package now available (members only)

Handling violence or aggression in the workplace was the subject of an absorbing and useful presentation by our President, Alan 'Ollie' Matthews at Central Safety Group's meeting on April 9, 2013.
Ollie  shared details of a system for dealing with incidents of violence and aggression or occupational assault, which he developed for his employer Healthscope, one of Australia's largest private hospital and clinic operators.
The system he uses is the WAVE system - Workplace Aggression and Violence Education - which is a tool for identifying, de-escalating and keeping employees safe in aggressive or violent situations.

The presenter:

Alan (Ollie) Matthews’ career in OHS stretches back as far as the early days of Central Safety Group itself. In 1974 he became technical advisor for Pratt Safety Systems, where he worked with the authorities to develop HAZCHEM signage for vehicles and buildings, and also specialised in the safe storing and dispensing of chemicals and flammable liquids. In 1986 Ollie commenced as the first OHS Manager with the now John Fawkner Private Hospital in Coburg. By 1991 he was OHS Manager for 5 hospitals, eventually becoming the National OHS Auditor for Healthscope hospitals across Australia. In 2003 he was elected President of Central Safety Group, a position he still holds. Recently he was awarded Life Membership of CSG.

 
Putting the
H in OH&S
CSG March 2013 Presenter: Tony Smith, author

Putting the H in OH&S

Presentation by: Tony Smith, Co-Author, "Putting the 'H' in OH&S"

Presentation package now available (members only)

There is a strong business case for workplace health promotion and wellness programs. Chronic diseases account for a much greater loss of time and productivity and premature deaths of employees than ‘traditional’ safety incidents.
This was brought home in Tony Smith’s presentation on this subject to Central Safety Group on 12 March 2013. Tony, a risk and safety practitioner, is co-author with Dr John Tickell of a new book Put the H in OH&S, which is designed for those responsible for workplace health and safety.
Tony gave details of how good workplace health promotion programs can have strong benefits for both employers and employees as well as the wider community.

The presenter:

Tony Smith served 20 years in the Royal Australian Air Force until 2000. From here he “stumbled” into an OH&S advising role, before becoming appointed by the Victorian WorkCover Authority (WorkSafe Victoria) as an Inspector. After two and a half years in that role, he became Health, Safety & Systems Coordinator with a Victorian regional water corporation. He is now responsible for the overall corporate risk portfolio of the organisation as well as its health & safety function. Tony joined the Safety Institute of Australia in 2004 and is a Fellow of that organisation. He is also an active member of several industry and regional risk and safety networks.

 
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.

 
Vic OHS
Regulatory
Accountability
CSG November 2011: Jim Kent: Regulatory accountability through an office of a Victorian Health and Safety Ombudsman

Regulatory accountability through an office of a Victorian Health and Safety Ombudsman

Presentation by: Jim Kent, Director, Jim Kent & Associates

Health and safety is increasingly important to society, at work and in the community. OHS offences are indictable and carry heavy fines. It is imperative that there be external review of the regulators of health and safety. Jim Kent spoke about his proposal for the establishment of a Health and Safety Ombudsman for Victoria at Central safety Group's meeting on 8 November, 2011. This role would encompass public authorities with a role in workplace and public safety, such as WorkSafe Victoria, EPA, Department of Health, Department of Primary Industry, Energy Safe Victoria and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
He described WorkSafe’s current review processes involving its Advisory Service Complaint System, VCAT, the DPP and the Public Service Ombudsman, using the example of a long-running workplace bullying case to highlight failings in the current process.
He also made reference to the use of Section 131 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which permits a person to request WorkSafe to launch a prosecution if one has not been commenced 6 months after the person believes an offence was committed.

The presenter:

Jim Kent & Associates (JKA) is a Victorian based, national occupational health and safety consultancy providing a range of specialist and technically authoritative services to clients with varying profiles – large, medium and small, with national and international interests. Having worked with WorkSafe for many years, JKA has an in depth understanding of health and safety law and the requirements of businesses in relation to these laws.

 
Psychological
Health
CSG October 2011 Presenter: Professor David Caple - Psychological Health

Why is psychological health the current big OHS issue?

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)

The WorkSafe Advisory Service experienced a 300% increase in calls about psychological illness, especially bullying, following publicity about the Brodie Panlock case. Professor David Caple spoke about this prominent issue at Central Safety Group's meeting on 11 october, 2011. He said that 450 of these calls have been analysed, but only 16% of the calls fitted the WorkSafe definition of ‘bullying’.
David provided an analysis of the Advisory Service calls, including what indicators there are for sources of risk to psychological health. He also talked about a prevention program that contains layered interventions..

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.

 
OHS Laws
Harmonisation
Update
CSG September 2011 Presenter: Steve Baltas, Manager, Strategic Policy–National OHS Reform, WorkSafe Victoria

National Health and Safety update–the new model laws

Presentation by: Steve Baltas, Manager, Strategic Policy–National OHS Reform, WorkSafe Victoria

Presentation package now available (members only)

WorkSafe Victoria is working towards harmonisation of OHS laws by 1 January 2012, but there are still a number of sign posts to pass on that journey. Steve Baltas, Manager, Strategic Policy–National OHS Reform for WorkSafe Victoria, gave an update to Central Safety Group on 13 September 2011. In particular, there has been a delay in adopting the model regulations while the Minister considers the Regulatory Impact Statement.
Steve also spoke about some of the key changes in the legislation and about WorkSafe Victoria’s communication strategy, as some Codes of Practice are about to be released for public comment.

The presenter:

Steve Baltas has been with WorkSafe Victoria for the last 11 years, working in management roles in the fields of strategic policy and safety reform. In 2010 he was appointed one of 4 directors of the National Health and Safety Reform Division to support the Health and Safety Business Unit, which was undergoing extensive restructuring, and to develop and implement a business plan for 2010/11. Since then he has been involved with leading and directing all the activities of a multi-disciplinary Strategic policy team to support Victoria’s role in the national OHS reform process established by COAG in 2008.

 
A New
Framework
for R-t-W
CSG August 2011: A New Framework for Managing Returning to Work

A new framework for managing returning to work

Presentation by: Mark Phillips, Operational Strategy Manager (Return to Work Inspectorate), Return to Work Division, WorkSafe Victoria

Presentation package now available (members only)

In 2010 there were major changes to the Accident Compensation Act 1985, especially in the return to work provisions. Earlier this year WorkSafe Victoria launched 4 Compliance Codes on return to work. Mark Phillips, Operational Strategy Manager (Return to Work Inspectorate), Return to Work Division at WorkSafe Victoria gave an update on these codes at Central Safety Group's meeting on 9 August, 2011.
The codes cover the practicalities of returning an injured worker to work, including consultation and providing information; the role of the Return-to-Work Co-Ordinator, and situations that involve labour hire employees.

 
Stress
Management
CSG July 2011 Presentation: Will Shacklock, Principal Trainer, Master Your Mind

Empowering your staff to self manage their stress

Presentation by: Will Shacklock, Principal Trainer, Master Your Mind

Presentation package now available (members only)

High stress has serious physical and psychological health effects, including high blood pressure and depressive modes.  However, there are programs available to reduce these stress-based psycho-social hazards. Will Shacklock, principal trainer at the Corporate Training Network and creator of the Master Your Mind program, outlined his program at Central Safety Group's meeting on12 July 2011. The Master Your Mind program aims to improve workplace functionality by giving staff the skills they need to self-manage their stress.
The presentation included a practical demonstration, in which he took attendees through a 10-minute mediation exercise.

The presenter:

Will Shacklock has over 20 years' experience training individuals and workplace teams to build stress resilience, increase productivity and engage more fully in their lives. Since the foundation of Master Your Mind in 2006, Will has been developing and delivering resilience programs within the public and private sectors. Prior to his career as a corporate trainer, Will held planning, environmental and development roles across the private, local government and state government sectors. He now specialises in training workplace groups to build resilience and better manage the process of change.

 
The Pitfalls of
OHS Legal Risk
Management
CSG June 2011 Presentation: Michael Hammond, OHSS Partner, Rose Norton lawyers

The Pitfalls of OHS Legal Risk Management

Presentation by: Michael Hammond, Partner, Rose Norton lawyers

Presentation package now available (members only)

The legal implications of OHS Risk Management and the pitfalls that can beset an organistion were the subject of a presentation to Central Safety Group on 14 June 2011 by Michael Hammond, Partner, Rose Norton lawyers.
Michael discussed a fundamental conflict in OHS law, whereby the law looks back at what happened at the time of an offence, while safety looks forward to what can be done to prevent a recurrence. Aspects of the new Model OHS Laws, such as the definition of "reasonably practicable", highlight this conflict, which should be of concern to employers. Michael offered a number of tips for organisations to plan and prepare for the new legislation.

 
Occupational
Fraud and
Abuse
CSG May 2011 Presenter: Peter Callaway, Managing Director, RISQ Consulting Services

Occupational Fraud and Abuse

Presentation by: Peter Callaway, Managing Director, RISQ Consulting Services

Presentation package now available (members only)

Fraud costs the Australian economy at least $3 billion per year, and the incidence of fraud is increasing year by year. At the same time Australian entities are ill-prepared to detect and prevent fraud against their businesses. Peter Callaway, Managing Director of RISQ Consulting Services, delved into this topic in detail at Central Safety Group's meeting on 10 May 2011.
He began by giving examples of some recent fraud and corruption cases and shared some recent survey results. He then went through what is involved in an investigation, including the myriad sources of information and common pitfalls. Michael also outlined 11 tips to protect yourself from fraudsters.

 
OHS Laws
Harmonisation
Update
CSG September 2011 Presenter: Steve Baltas, Manager, Strategic Policy-National OHS Reform, WorkSafe Victoria

Update On The Harmonisation Of Health And Safety Law

Presentation by: Steve Baltas, Manager, Strategic Policy-National OHS Reform, WorkSafe Victoria

Presentation package now available (members only)

The Model Work Health and Safety Bill is still on schedule to become law in all States, Territories and the Commonwealth by 1 January 2012. Steve Baltas, Manager, Strategic Policy–National OHS Reform for WorkSafe Victoria, gave an update on its progress to Central Safety Group on 9 September 2010.
While the WHS Act is significantly consistent with the Vic OHS Act, there are a number of key changes, which Steve outlined, along with some outstanding issues in the Model Act still to be addressed.
He also discussed the development of national Regulations and Codes of Practice, the drafts of which will be released for public comment. Finally, he provided a timeline for all work to be completed to ensure a commencement date of January 1, 2012. It is an ambitious project.

The presenter:

Steve Baltas has been with WorkSafe Victoria for the last 11 years, working in management roles in the fields of strategic policy and safety reform. At the beginning of 2010 he was appointed one of 4 directors of the National Health and Safety Reform Division to support the Health and Safety Business Unit, which is undergoing extensive restructuring, and to develop and implement a business plan for 2010/11. Most recently he has been involved with leading and directing all the activities of a multi-disciplinary Strategic policy team to support Victoria’s role in the national OHS reform process established by COAG in 2008.

 
Fire
Safety
Compliance
CSG October 2010 Presenter: Russ Porteous, CEO, Maintenance Essentials

Demystifying fire & essential safety measures compliance in Victoria

Presentation by: Russ Porteous, CEO, Maintenance Essentials

Presentation package now available (members only)

All owners and occupiers of buildings and places of public entertainment have extensive obligations under the Building Regulations (Vic) 2006 in relation to essential safety measures At his presentation to Central Safety Group on 12 October 2010, Russ Porteous, CEO of Maintenance Essentials, provided a guide to navigating these obligations.
He gave information both for the preparation of an annual essential safety measures report and for building owners to satisfy themselves that essential safety measures are being maintained properly. This included a 9-point checklist that he said would help building owners & agents sleep at night.

The presenter:

Over the last 20 Years, Russ Porteous has worked with the ‘big guns’ in the fire protection industry, multinationals such as Wormald and Tyco, honing his skills in fire safety, building design, sales, communication, marketing and technology. In 2001, Russ seized an opportunity to start a new venture, Maintenance Essentials, and bring together a team of competent professionals to this fire protection consultancy. With a head office in Melbourne, Maintenance Essentials provides strategic fire protection services to commercial, government, residential, healthcare and other properties throughout Victoria.

 
Health Hazards
of Sedentary
Behaviour
CSG September 2010 Presenter: Associate Professor David Dunstan, Head - Physical Activity, Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute

Health Hazards of Sedentary Behaviour

Presentation by: Associate Professor David Dunstan, Head - Physical Activity, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute

Presentation package now available (members only)

The public health recommendation that people spend at least 30 minutes a day in moderate to vigorous exercise was released in 1996. This was against a social background of a high level of daily physical activity compared to work today. The health consequences of this decline in activity were discussed by Associate Professor David Dunstan from the Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute at Central Safety Group's meeting on 14 September 2010.
David cited a number of recent studies, which show that the magnitude of chronic diseases and poor health among working Australians, together with emerging evidence that sitting time increases risk, highlight the need for increased focus and resources to understand better the potential hazards of prolonged sitting in the workplace. David also gave some recommendations for incorporating more movement into one's daily working life.

The presenter:

Professor David Dunstan is Head of the Physical Activity Laboratory at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne. He is also Adjunct Professor at the ECU Health and Wellness Institute, Edith Cowan University and a Public Health Research Fellow with the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth). Prior to this he spent 5 years at the International Diabetes Institute, where he began as Director of Physical Activity Programs and Research, before becoming a Research Fellow. In 2007, he won the Young Tall Poppy Science Award (Victoria) from the Australian Institute of Policy and Science, which recognises the achievements of Australia's outstanding young scientific researchers

 
Modern
Safety
Communication
CSG August 2010 Presenter: Kevin Jones, Author, SafetyAtWorkBlog.com

Communicating safety through modern technology

Presentation by: Kevin Jones, Author, SafetyAtWorkBlog.com

Presentation package now available (members only)

The advent of the internet and social media means that there is now a myriad way to communicate to the world, whether for good or ill. For safety professionals, it offers a whole new way to circulate worthwhile safety messages. Kevin Jones, author & blogger at SafetyAtWorkBlog.com guided us through this new landscape at Central Safety Group's meeting 10 August 2010.
Kevin analysed a number of platforms and gave tips on how to ensure your safety messages are noticed, as well as how to identify credible websites and blogs. Kevin’s own blog has been operating for 2.5 years and attracts up to 18,000 readers a month. He noted that social media can never diminish the advantages of the type of face-to-face meeting offered by Central Safety Group.

The presenter:

Kevin Jones has been a consultant, writer and commentator on OHS matters for many years, and is a Life Member of Central Safety Group. He is well known for his award-winning SafetyAtWorkBlog.com, as well as a podcast series of interviews with leading safety experts at safetyoz.podbean.com

 
Occupational
Violence
CSG July 2010 Presenter: Professor David Caple,  OHS Consultant and Adjunct Professor, Centre for Ergonomics & Human Factors, La Trobe University, David Caple & Associates

Occupational violence – what is happening in the workplaces that interface with the public?

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)

Occupational violence is a major OHS risk in a number of occupations where staff interfaces with the public. These include corrective services, hospitals, banks and disability services. At Central Safety Group's meeting on 13 July 2010, Professor David Caple discussed this growing problem and the circumstances in which it can occur.
He also spoke in detail about interventions, primarily in relation to workplace design. To illustrate this, he shared a range of such interventions from a project he undertook with the Department of Justice in their Justice Service Centres. Finally, he outlined some strategies to support staff should a violent incident occur.

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.

 
Management
Systems &
Assessments
CSG June 2010 Presenter: Terry Dold, Davis Langdon Certification Services

Management Systems & Assessments

Presentation by: Terry Dold, Certification Manager, Davis Langdon Certification Services

Presentation package now available (members only)

According to AS/NZS 4801:2001, there are many reasons why organisations implement an Occupational Health & Safety Management System, including legal imperatives, ethical concerns, industrial relations considerations and to improve financial performance. Implementation of an effective OHSMS should, however, primarily lead to a reduction of workplace illness and injury.
Terry Dold, Certification Manager at Davis Langdon Certification Services discussed the AS/NZS 4801:2001 model at Central Safety Group's meeting on 8 June 2010, and how certification can contribute to the success of an OHSMS. He explained the difference between accreditation and certification and gave a detailed account of the certification process.

The presenter:

Terry Dold has 20+ years experience as Insurance Premium Auditor and Safety Inspector in the USA, prior to moving to Australia in 2002. as I am now auditing Management Systems for a JAS-ANZ accredited Certification Body. He has been Certification Manager at Davis Langdon Certification Services since 2006, where he specialises in Management System development & implementation; 3rd Party Certification audits for Quality (9001), Safety (4801/18001) & Environment (14001) and 2nd Party Audits for supply chain verification.

 
Designing
the Workplace
of the Future
CSG May 2010 Presentation: Valerie Mack, Workplace Designer, Woods Bagot

The break-out zone and the workplace of the future

Presenters:

    Valerie Mack, Workplace Designer, Woods Bagot
    Chris Correll, Sales Manager Victoria, Corporate Culture Australia

Presentation package now available (members only)

Office settings have changed a great deal over the last 100 years. Where once the focus of offices was on processes, now there is much more collaborative work, and technological innovations have meant that office work can be done almost anywhere.
Valerie Mack, Workplace Designer at Woods Bagot & Chris Correll, Sales Manager Victoria for Corporate Culture Australia, presented their vision for offices of the future at Central Safety Group's meeting on 11 May, 2010.
Valerie spoke about the Woods Bagot approach, which involves a team of specialists, including an ergonomist, ecological sustainable development consultant and acoustic consultant when designing an office. Consultation with staff is also key.
Chris & Valerie showed many examples of new design ideas to make workplaces more flexible, comfortable and people-focused.

 
Community
Fire
Safety
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)

Presentation package now available (members only)

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.

 
 

Next Meeting

 

COVID-19
in Victoria -
Union Perspective

CSG July 2021 Zoom meeting - Speaker: Dominic Melling, Lead Organiser, OHS Team, Victorian Trades Hall Council



COVID-19 response in Victoria: A union perspective

Presented by Dominic Melling, Lead Organiser, OHS Team, Victorian Trades Hall Council

Tuesday 13 July 2021, noon

COVID-19 response in Victoria: A union perspective
The COVID-19 crisis brought some major challenges to unions affiliated with the Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC), their members and workers. These challenges, along with lessons learned and solutions, will be discussed by Dominic Melling, Lead Organiser of the OHS Team at the VTHC in a zoom presentation at midday on Tuesday, 13 July.
Dominic’s talk will cover essential workers who reported to their usual workplaces throughout the lockdowns as well as people working from home. He will review the structural problems that facilitated the spread of COVID-19 and the Union’s role in advising Health and Safety Representatives and members. Using case studies from high risk industries, he will discuss what happened when OHS structures and procedures failed and what lessons can be learned from these failures.
The presentation will outline VTHC initiatives to support HSRs and workers, and Unions’ lobbying efforts that led to changes in Government policy designed to protect workers and the community and to eliminate the spread of COVID-19.

About the Speaker:

Dominic Melling has been the Lead Organiser of the OHS Team at the Victorian Trades Hall Council since January 2020. In this role he works with affiliated unions in their collective efforts to campaign for safer workplaces and better conditions for workers. Recent examples of campaigns include the introduction of industrial manslaughter as an offence; exposure standards to crystalline silica and the introduction of psychological health regulation.
Dominic also assists WorkSafe Victoria by liaising with relevant VTHC affiliates in relation to health and safety and workers’ compensation matters.
After graduating in law from Monash University, he had extensive experience representing workers in both industrial and health and safety matters. Prior to working at VTHC, Dominic worked with the National Union of Workers as an Industrial Officer, Organiser and Trainer.

Date: Tuesday 13 July 2021
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
How: Online via Zoom.
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Cost: Financial members* free. Others $10
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