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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.

 
 

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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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