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So many great workplace improvements start out as one small idea. One creative thought that makes the world of difference. We believe that no idea is too small. Check out all of the great workplace success stories that have been entered – you may find an idea to implement in your workplace!

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David Forbes - Horner Recruitment

Return to Work Coordinator Excellence - 2014 Awards

Horner Recruitment has been in operation since 1975, which makes us one of Melbourne’s longest running privately owned and managed recruitment consultancies. We work across a wide range of industries and sectors and recruit for a broad range of job categories. Our clients include, small to medium enterprises, major corporates, Not-for-Profits and Local Governments. In 2013, Horner Recruitment initiated an agreement with one of Australia’s largest charitable organisations – St Vincent de Paul (SVDP), to place injured workers who were capable of returning to work performing either limited or modified duties, as volunteers at the many Vinnies stores around the Melbourne metropolitan area. This case study is one of many initiatives undertaken by Horner Recruitment to improve RTW outcomes. Specifically, this initiative addressed the historical issue at Horner Recruitment of a fractured and inconsistent approach to finding meaningful and engaging pathways for injured workers, who had the capacity to return to work, while they recovered. Not only is Horner Recruitment legally obliged to help an injured worker return to work as soon as safely possible, but we recognise the findings that reveal how important it is for a worker’s morale, confidence and long-term employment success to return to work in some capacity at the earliest possible time.

Keith Govias - Building a safety culture within and without - Harris Scarfe Australia Pty Ltd

Excellence in Health and Safety Management - 2014 Awards

Harris Scarfe Australia Pty Ltd began operations in South Australia during 1849. Since then, the company has evolved to provide customers with a great range of Homewares, Manchester and Mens’ and Womens’ Apparel. I joined Harris Scarfe in June 2013 and we've gone on a journey together to develop an enterprise risk model approach to identifying and systemically dealing with hazards in the workplace. Additionally, Harris Scarfe has supported me in trying to assist the Industry Association Safety Working Groups to become accepted Centres of Excellence and mediums for raising the standard of safety throughout the industry.

Maintenance Powered Trolleys - Flowserve Pump Division

Best Solution to a Specific Workplace Health and Safety Issue - 2014 Awards

Flowserve is a leading manufacturer and aftermarket service provider of comprehensive flow control systems. Products and services designed to withstand extreme temperatures, caustic chemicals, intense pressures and other demanding conditions. Established commitment to safety and quality with a strong ethical and compliance culture. Industrial Product Division (IPD) provides pre-configured, industrial pump products. Flowserve is dedicated to meeting customer’s maintenance, repair and parts requirements. Our Quick Response Centers, (QRC) mobile service fleets and advanced technologies allow Flowserve to address virtually every service need. Flowserve is committed to safeguarding the Health and Safety of all its employees. In the SHEA Management System there is a Safety, Health & Environmental Affairs policy which is actively promoted throughout the organisation.,-safety,-sustainability-and-quality-in-the-workplace2.,-safety,-sustainability-and-quality-in-the-workplace2.

ScanLink - A mobile visual communication solution to enhance Health, Safety, Sustainability and Quality in the workplace. - GALA Technologies

Health and Safety Invention of the Year - 2014 Awards

ScanLink is a workplace mobile visual communication solution that provides individuals with instant mobile access to important information to help maintain quality standards and ensure that people understand and follow the correct health and safety procedures.

Pedestrian & Forklift Separation - Innosafe Pty Ltd

Health and Safety Invention of the Year - 2014 Awards

The TFC Series of products was established through the need of a flexible, maintenance friendly and simple to use method, to control the interaction between mobile plant and pedestrians in the workplace. The ability to create a safe working environment that meets the needs of your individual workplace, the standards of OH& S, is able to expand as you need, and provides a new standard of aesthetics is what the TFC Series provides.

Wiretainers MEWP - Wiretainers Pty Ltd

Health and Safety Invention of the Year - 2014 Awards

As an industry provider of materials handling and safety equipment for the last 40+ years, and as a result of a work place accident we were contacted by Australian Vinyls to review the operation were the accident occurred. A worker had fallen and been seriously injured preforming a standard maintenance procedure at the plant in Laverton.

SafeItUp Personal Safety App - Lead Dog Australia

Health and Safety Invention of the Year - 2014 Awards

Our entry is the personal safety app " SafeItUp" (Safe-It-Up) that offers a cheaper and more flexible alternative to " deadman switches" for people working alone, in isolation, or dangerous environments. Lead Dog is a small multimedia business that specialises in apps, websites, and online marketing. SafeItUp is our first app and was inspired by the tragic events surrounding the kidnappings and murders in VIC in 2012.

10 years of ensuring a safe working environment - Hepburn Health Service

Health and Safety Representative of the Year - 2014 Awards

Creswick Campus of Hepburn Health Service has 40 beds and provides residential aged care, sub acute, transitional care and community package services. Our Nursing Designated WorkGroup employee elected HSR has ensured her colleagues work in, and her clients are cared for in, a safe environment.

Bin Cleaning and Odour Control Solutions - Wheelie Bin Cleaning ManPty Ltd

Health and Safety Invention of the Year - 2014 Awards

Bin Cleaning and Odour Control Solutions. Our services include all sizes bin cleaning which is approved by EPA and South East Water. Our Odour Control service include odour control pads for waste bins our Vapour Odour Eliminator which eliminates the odour in the air via vapour phase using no chemicals or toxins. Our product consists of minerals, essential oils and earth using absorbent method.

Service truck lifting gantry for minor plant - Comdain Gas Pty Ltd (Aust)

Best Solution to a Specific Workplace Health and Safety Issue - 2014 Awards

Comdain Gas (AUST) Pty Ltd is a leading construction and maintenance service provider in the gas sector. Delivering over $200M of gas infrastructure for both the private and government sectors over the last five years. The health and safety of our staff is paramount in everything we do. We see the big picture and understand our roles and responsibilities in creating a brighter future for everyone. Comdain is proud of their tri-certification in Quality, Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Management Systems in Victoria.

The publishing of entries on the WorkSafe Awards website and or/the granting of an award does not constitute any endorsement by WorkSafe Victoria of a product, method or service, or the occupational health and safety performance of the workplace. All entries must undergo expert review to progress through to the stringent validation and judging process and can only progress to the next stage of entry once WorkSafe are satisfied that the entry/entrant has met the relevant award category criteria and terms and condition of entry.