YoursinSafety: Health and Safety News - RMIT College of Business
Best solution to a workplace health and safety issue - 2012 Awards
YoursinSafety is a new Health and Safety Newsletter for the College of Business, with the aim of improving health and safety communication and employee engagement. The RMIT College of Business comprises of six teaching schools and over 400 staff, and is one of the largest business teaching facilities in Australia.
What was the issue/s at the workplace?
The importance of consultation and communication to staff on health and safety issues is well-known. While consultation and communication processes have been in place within the College of Business through Health and Safety Committees and elected Health and Safety Representatives, a goal was established to improve and strengthen employee engagement and awareness of health and safety happenings throughout the College of Business.
What did you do to control it/resolve it?
A new approach to health and safety communication was proposed through the development of a regular newsletter to the College of Business staff. In developing the newsletter RMIT branding was sought to ensure it aligned with current and future internal communications, prior to issuing the inaugural issue.
Who did you talk to about the issue/s or who helped you resolve it?
To secure RMIT branding approval, Marketing and Communications was consulted with, for confirmation of the use of logo, devices and fonts. Once branding was approved the newsletter was published on the staff intranet and also linked to from the College of Business e-newsletter - Business on Bourke.
What was the outcome? How is the workplace better now?
The YoursinSafety newsletter has been published throughout 2012, with staff awareness of health and safety issues improving. Feedback to date has been positive from a range of stakeholders.
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. Monthly Champions 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.