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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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http://www.worksafeawards.com.au/browse-entries/entries/10-years-of-ensuring-a-safe-working-environment http://www.worksafeawards.com.au/browse-entries/entries/10-years-of-ensuring-a-safe-working-environment

Suzanne Smith - 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.

http://www.worksafeawards.com.au/browse-entries/entries/confined-space-i-surveillance http://www.worksafeawards.com.au/browse-entries/entries/confined-space-i-surveillance

Confined Space i-Surveillance - Toxfree Solutions Ltd

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

Toxfree Solutions Ltd (Toxfree) is one of Australia's leading integrated environmental, waste management and industrial service providers. Our core values, " Safe, Reliable and Sustainable" , underpin our commitment to offer our customers the safest, most reliable and sustainable waste management solutions available. Our range of onsite industrial services includes industrial cleaning, vacuum loading, contaminated site remediation, high pressure water jetting, tank cleaning, non-destructive digging, emergency response services and disaster recovery a portion of which is carried out in a confined space. Our national network of waste management facilities and treatment technologies ensures Toxfree can provide innovative and sustainable waste management solutions for all types of waste including commercial, household, industrial, construction and hazardous waste. Toxfree’s Industrial Services have experienced personnel and specialist equipment to guarantee every job is completed safely and efficiently. The Industrial Services division consist of a large range of industrial cleaning and materials handling services particularly catered to the mining, oil and gas, local government and manufacturing industries. For the many tasks carried out in a confined space, Toxfree have introduced the i-Surveillance system to monitor work via Wi-Fi to a smart phone or tablet so hazards and risks can be resolved with the customer in a real time environment.

http://www.worksafeawards.com.au/browse-entries/entries/commitment-to-workplace-health-and-wellbing http://www.worksafeawards.com.au/browse-entries/entries/commitment-to-workplace-health-and-wellbing

Early Intervention Strategies - Greater Shepparton City Council

Commitment to Workplace Health and Wellbeing - 2014 Awards

Greater Shepparton City Council (GSCC) strives to deliver best practice management, governance, administrative and financial systems that support the delivery of council programs to the community of Greater Shepparton. Council’s strategic vision is the driver to develop programs that deliver social connectedness, physical and mental health and wellbeing, education and participatory opportunities in order to improve liveability and a greater range of community services. As our employees are a part of that community, Council developed a project plan with a commitment to increase the health and wellbeing of their workers.

http://www.worksafeawards.com.au/browse-entries/entries/safety-shovel-holder http://www.worksafeawards.com.au/browse-entries/entries/safety-shovel-holder

Safety Shovel Holder - G J Bennett and Sons

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

I am a beef and sheep farmer and Daryl a retired bus driver and inventor. This entry was invented at the start of July when a unlucky mishap eventuated when going to repair a fence while carrying steel fence posts on a tractor the same way as a shovel resting by the brake pedals along side the mudguard. This day a steel post slipped off caught the rear tractor wheel and tore a 500mm tear in my strides leg, I was very lucky . This made us think we have to overcome this problem and make it work safe to carry a shovel or steel posts on a tractor by making a permanent fitted dual purpose holder.

http://www.worksafeawards.com.au/browse-entries/entries/return-to-work-capability-register http://www.worksafeawards.com.au/browse-entries/entries/return-to-work-capability-register

Crown Coaches - Crown Coaches Pty Ltd

Employer Excellence in Return to Work - 2014 Awards

Crown Coaches is an accredited Bus and Coach Operator providing passenger transport solutions by way of contracted school runs to The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), prestigious private schools within the Eastern Suburbs and corporate charter services. With a fleet of 130 vehicles and an employee base of 250 drivers, disability carers and maintenance staff we are always focused on the safety and well-being of all individuals within our organisation. 2014 has seen us take another step towards continually improving our injury management and the return to work process of our valued employees. This step has been by way of introducing a "Restrictions" component into our internal software suite. What this tool allows us to do is select certain areas of an employee’s duties and place restrictions of them. These restrictions allow us as an employer to ensure that we are not placing employees in a position that they will hinder their own return to work by aggravating any injury that they have and more importantly slow their recovery.

http://www.worksafeawards.com.au/browse-entries/entries/fitness-classes2 http://www.worksafeawards.com.au/browse-entries/entries/fitness-classes2

Fitness & Wellbeing classes - Aitken College

Commitment to Workplace Health and Wellbeing - 2014 Awards

Christine, with support of the college runs circuit classes for staff after school, two to three times a week. Circuits involve boxing, weights or cardio work. She has a different routine every week. We meet in the gym and we work out as colleagues and friends.

http://www.worksafeawards.com.au/browse-entries/entries/employee-advocacy-and-wellbeing http://www.worksafeawards.com.au/browse-entries/entries/employee-advocacy-and-wellbeing

Fanol Isai - Catholic Homes

Return to Work Coordinator Excellence - 2014 Awards

Catholic Homes is a medium sized not for profit provider of aged care services including residential aged care, day respite, home care, retirement living and low cost housing rental for people who are financially and socially disadvantaged. Operating for no more than 50 years in Victoria, Catholic Homes is a values based organisation with a strong commitment to health and safety including excellence in return to work management.

http://www.worksafeawards.com.au/browse-entries/entries/looking-after-the-bulla-family http://www.worksafeawards.com.au/browse-entries/entries/looking-after-the-bulla-family

Looking After the Bulla Family - Bulla Dairy Foods

Commitment to Workplace Health and Wellbeing - 2014 Awards

Trusted and loved by Australian families since 1910, Bulla Dairy Foods is 100% Australian family owned and has been run by the same three families for six generations. Our business prides itself on delivering delicious, real dairy taste by producing products made from fresh milk, cream and other quality ingredients, and has done so with passion and expertise for more than 100 years. Being a family business it’s not unusual to find employees that have worked at Bulla for more than 30 years along with multiple generations of the same family. Bulla's management team have shown great commitment to employee health and well-being through weekly fruit deliveries throughout site canteens,monthly BBQ’s, flu vaccinations,massages monthly fitness programs / seminars corporate games, fun runs Melbourne age run relay for life Healthy Winter Soup program with free soup at each site every Thursday with recipes and nutritional information provided early intervention as well as providing an employee assistance program.

http://www.worksafeawards.com.au/browse-entries/entries/making-work-a-healthy-place-to-be-a-and-l-windows-and-doors http://www.worksafeawards.com.au/browse-entries/entries/making-work-a-healthy-place-to-be-a-and-l-windows-and-doors

Making work a healthy place to be – A&L Windows and Doors - A& L Windows

Commitment to Workplace Health and Wellbeing - 2014 Awards

With over 30 years' experience, A& L is Australia's window and door expert. A& L supplies a variety of doors and windows to the building industry and are one of Australia's major national suppliers of double glazing doors and boutique windows. Since completing the WorkHealth Checks in 2009, A& L Windows and Doors health and wellbeing program has gone from strength to strength. A& L Windows employ approximately 490 staff in Victoria, with the head office based in Dandenong South.

http://www.worksafeawards.com.au/browse-entries/entries/monash-residential-services-mental-health-program2 http://www.worksafeawards.com.au/browse-entries/entries/monash-residential-services-mental-health-program2

Monash Residential Services - Mental Health Program - Monash Residential Services

Commitment to Workplace Health and Wellbeing - 2014 Awards

Monash Residential Services (MRS) provides on campus accommodation to over 2,000 students across four Victorian campuses of Monash University Australia (www.mrs.monash.edu). One of Monash Residential Services Mission Goals is to provide and develop an environment within each location on campus which provides care, support and enrichment for the residential community in academic, cultural, personal, social and recreational matters. In keeping with these goals, MRS instituted Mental Health First Aid TM (MHFA) training into its core training programs during 2007 inviting all MRS general staff, residential support staff and student volunteers to become trained. The then Director of MRS, became a qualified MHFA instructor himself to proactively roll-out the program. In recognising the increasing importance of mental health awareness, the training became mandatory in 2008 for all MRS general staff and MRS Residential Support Team members and there are now a total of six MRS staff members who are also MHFA instructors. In 2012, MRS added the safeTALK alertness to the training regime. safeTALK assists participants in becoming more aware of the signs of suicidal thoughts, and help them develop skills to approach people and connect them with appropriate services.

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The publishing of entries on the Victorian WorkCover Authority (VWA) Health and Safety Awards website and or/the granting of an award does not constitute any endorsement by VWA 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 VWA are satisfied that the entry/entrant has met the relevant award category criteria and terms and condition of entry.