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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

Presentation package now available (members only)

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

Presentation package now available (members only)

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

Presentation package now available (members only)

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)

Presentation package now available (members only)

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

Presentation package now available (members only)

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)

Presentation package now available (members only)

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.

 
 

Next Meeting

 

Psychosocial
Risk of
RTW

CSG November 2021 Zoom event - Speaker: Natasha Lazareski, Managing Director, PsyFlex



Return to work in COVID times: managing psychosocial risk

Presented by Natasha Lazareski, Managing Director, PsyFlex

Tuesday 9 November 2021, noon

Return to work in COVID times: managing psychosocial risk
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a drastic impact on workplace conditions and work arrangements. This has brought new psychosocial risks that can affect the health and wellbeing of workers. Occupational health expert Dr Natasha Lazareski will discuss this issue, along with strategies to manage it, in a Zoom presentation to Central Safety Group Inc. on Tuesday 9 November at noon.
She says that, if not appropriately assessed and managed, psychosocial risks increase stress levels and can lead to physical and mental health problems. Psychological responses may include low mood, low motivation, exhaustion, anxiety, depression and burnout.
Insurers are reporting that active psychological claims against employers have risen during the pandemic and are expected to continue to increase. Past research has shown that the average cost for each of these claims is around 3.5 times that of claims for physical injuries.
Natasha says psychosocial risks associated with the pandemic are occurring in a wide range of occupations and settings. Those affected include frontline health workers, people working in essential services, such as supermarkets and public transport, supply chain and delivery workers, teachers, office workers, those working at home - and many others.
Workplace stresses and psychosocial risks are also arising as people return and readjust to their previous workplace settings and systems.
Natasha will also discuss the impact of confusing and misleading information surrounding the COVID-19 crisis and how to manage this risk in your workplace.

About the Speaker:

Dr Natasha Lazareski is a medical doctor, specialising in occupational health, with over 20 years’ experience working with Australian organisations. She is founder and Managing Director of workplace wellbeing and resilience specialist PsyFlex.
Prior to this she held positions in a range of organisations including the National Australia Bank, Ambulance Victoria and CGU. Her recent work has been with government organisations, educational institutions, healthcare providers and a number of other industries.

Date: Tuesday 9 November 2021
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
How: Online via Zoom.
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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   RSVP: COB Monday 8 November. Online using our RSVP form
The Zoom event link will be emailed upon confirmation of payment.

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