Health and Safety Invention of the YearUsafe Platforms are a small family run company that have been established for 4 years and run by Jamie and Julie Cook. The Tranzguard is an aluminium guardrail that has been designed to prevent falls from vehicles. Viridian Glass instructed Usafe to design a fall prevention system that could be fitted to protect their staff from falling from height. The system is lightweight and can be operated by one person without affecting daily talks.
OHS Management System of the YearBarwon Water has formed an alliance with the private sector to deliver more than 150 medium-sized water, sewerage and recycled water projects worth approximately $450 million over a number of years; part of the largest capital investment program in the organisations history. Barwon Water Alliance was established in June 2009 and the organisations key long term objective is to leave a legacy of enhanced skills and knowledge that will enable Barwon Water to efficiently deliver its ongoing capital works program.
Best Solution to a Specific Workplace Health and Safety IssueAuSAFE trains armed security officers and cash in transit guards, to reduce the potential danger to life (death) to new officers who have not used a firearm before, AuSAFE has developed the first privately owned laser simulation firing range. The simulation range uses digital projection and converted firearms that can only discharge a short laser pulse, to be interpreted by a visible laser reading camera. the student is surrounded by 6 CCTV cameras and 6.1 sound system, the student is able to review there training via the CCTV in an after action review with an instructor.
Health and Safety Invention of the YearThe REVERSE ALERT braking system detects reasonably sized objects behind a reversing vehicle and automatically intervenes to prevent a collision incident by applying the vehicles braking mechanism. Reverse Smart is a Victorian company providing vehicle reversing technology products designed for use in a broad range of vehicles, plant, and equipment, with application across all industries.
CodeSafe: A solution to literacy and communication challenges in the workplace. - CodeSafe Solutions Pty Ltd
Health and Safety Invention of the YearCodeSafe’s digital platform was developed after recognising that the majority of the workforce engages better with visual communication rather than the written word. Employees tend to disengage from written procedures due to a variety of reasons ranging from language and literacy barriers to time-management concerns. CodeSafe delivers on-demand mobile visual communication via quick response (QR) code technology to employees. CodeSafe provides organisations with engaging visual support to highlight key messages to their workforce. Our fresh approach bridges communication gaps and improves engagement with health and safety. Our reporting functionality enables organisations to target specific issues and track engagement levels.
Best Solution to a Specific Workplace Health and Safety IssueThe Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI)’s Safety and Wellbeing policy was created by our people for all employees, visitors and the communities affected by the work we do and was initiated by the former Department of Sustainability and Environment in November 2011. (The DSE became the DEPI on 15 April, as a result of a Machinery of Government change.) In summary, the safety and wellbeing of the Department’s people is fundamental to the successful delivery of the Department’s work programs – and a critical factor in supporting the organisation’s lead-agency role in public land and fire management.
Best Solution to a Specific Workplace Health and Safety IssueV/Line is Australia’s largest regional public transport operator. Each week, we operate more than 1,400 train services from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne to most regional centres. V/Line is a major employer with a workforce of 1,460, of which there are more than 390 Train Drivers and Shunters, many of whom live in regional Victoria. V/Line’s Operations Group have produced a ‘Manual Handling’ DVD for our Train Driver and Shunting staff to raise awareness about how to prevent manual handling injuries and ‘stepping up and down’ injuries, using correct manual handling and climbing techniques.
Excellence in Health and Safety ManagementI am nominating the OH&S staff representative, Vanessa McTackett. She has been the site OH&S representative, a voluntary position, for the past three years. The Child and Family Services programs care for children 0-18 years of age who have been physically and sexually abused, abandoned and neglected and who are unable to live with their birth families.
Health and Safety Committee of the YearWith over 6,000 employees we deliver programs and services at more than 150 locations every day in settings including camps, student accommodation, community recreation and sporting facilities, swimming pools, early education, schools and kindergartens, youth services and youth justice facilities.
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