WorkSafe victoria Awards 2016 WorkSafe Victoria Awards 2017

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Find out more about the categories you can enter in the WorkSafe Awards

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Health and Safety Representative of the Year

This category acknowledges elected health and safety representatives (HSRs) (who have been elected under section 54 of the Health and Safety Act) and who have represented their designated work group in an outstanding manner.

Please note - If you are not an elected HSR then you may consider a submission in category five.

Judging criteria:

  • To what extent does the HSR demonstrate commitment to workplace health and safety and representation?
  • To what extent does the HSR foster representation and communication in the workplace?
  • To what extent does the HSR fulfil their powers and function under the Act?
  • Are the achievements outstanding considering the barriers faced?

Am I eligible?

Entry is open to organisations that hold a current Victorian WorkCover insurance policy or have a workplace in Victoria.

Find out more by reading our terms and conditions

Health and Safety Invention of the year

This category recognises individuals and organisations that develop and/or manufacture innovative solutions to health and safety issues or hazards. These solutions must not be off the shelf or imported products. The product is, or will be, made available commercially.

Judging criteria:

  • To what extent is this initiative innovative, creative, new and different?
  • How does the initiative apply the hierarchy of control? (Elimination, substitution, engineering, isolation, administrative controls).
  • What difference would the initiative make to the risk profile of a workplace as a whole?
  • What commitment is evident in the initiative? Details of resources invested in developing the solution (human and financial) and in ensuring it was successfully integrated into the business.
  • Was consultation built into the development/implementation/on-going monitoring of the initiative?
  • How effective is the initiative? Evidence of injury and risk reduction.

Am I eligible?

Entry is open to organisations that hold a current Victorian WorkCover insurance policy or have a workplace in Victoria.

Find out more by reading our terms and conditions

Best Solution to a Specific Workplace Health and Safety Issue

This category recognises individuals and organisations that have developed and implemented a solution to a health and safety issue in their own workplace. This may include solutions to a physical hazard (such as guarding of plant and machinery, working from heights) or good practices in workplace psychosocial health and safety.

Judging criteria:

  • Can this initiative be applied across other industries and workplaces?
  • To what extent is this initiative innovative, creative, new and different?
  • How does the initiative apply the hierarchy of control? (Elimination, substitution, engineering, isolation, administrative controls).
  • What difference would the initiative make to the risk profile of a workplace as a whole?
  • What commitment is evident in the initiative? Details of resources invested in developing the solution (human and financial) and in ensuring it was successfully integrated into the business.
  • Was consultation built into the development/implementation/on-going monitoring of the initiative?
  • How effective is the initiative? Evidence of injury and risk reduction.

Am I eligible?

Entry is open to organisations that hold a current Victorian WorkCover insurance policy or have a workplace in Victoria.

Find out more by reading our terms and conditions

Best Solution to a Manual Handling Issue

This category recognises individuals and organisations that have implemented an innovative solution to a manual handling issue in their workplace or industry.

Judging criteria:

  • Can this solution be applied across other industries and workplaces?
  • To what extent is this solution innovative, new and different?
  • How does the solution apply the hierarchy of control? (Elimination, altering workplace layout, re-design, substitution, engineering, systems of work).
  • What difference would the solution make to the risk profile of this workplace or industry as a whole?
  • What commitment is evident in the solution? Details of resources invested in developing and implementing the solution (human and financial).
  • What was the consultation involved in the identification of the issue and implementation of the innovative solution?
  • Has it resulted in any other benefits such as improved safety culture, productivity, return on investment?

Am I eligible?

Entry is open to organisations that hold a current Victorian WorkCover insurance policy or have a workplace in Victoria.

Find out more by reading our terms and conditions

OHS Achievement Award

This category acknowledges an individual, group or organisation who has/have achieved significant improvements to occupational health and safety within their workplace or industry or the greater Victorian community. Please note: Employee elected health and safety representatives (HSRs) should enter the 'Health and Safety Representative of the Year' category.

Judging criteria:

  • How does the individual, group or organisation demonstrate commitment to workplace health and safety?
  • Has the achievement lead to a significant improvement in health and safety?
  • Can the achievement / improvement be utilised in other workplaces?
  • Is the achievement outstanding considering any barriers faced?
  • Is the achievement a sustainable health and safety outcome?

Am I eligible?

Entry is open to organisations that hold a current Victorian WorkCover insurance policy or have a workplace in Victoria.

Find out more by reading our terms and conditions

Commitment to Workplace Health and Wellbeing

This category recognises a whole-of-organisation commitment to promoting health, safety and wellbeing at work through workplace practices that are inclusive of people of all ages and abilities. Entries may include organisational systems, policies, workplace health promotion programs, HR initiatives or activities that actively contribute to staff health and wellbeing, whilst ensuring protection of staff health and safety is upheld.

Judging criteria:

  • How committed is the organisation in supporting the program and its implementation.
  • How does the program meet the needs of workers and the workplace?
  • How does the workplace health and wellbeing program/s combine a mix of interventions for workers and individuals, group or organisation-wide activities?
  • How is the rationale and benefits of a workplace health and wellbeing program communicated, and how are upcoming events and activities promoted?
  • How is the program managed, administered and coordinated?
  • How is the program’s success evaluated? What are the outcomes?

Am I eligible?

Entry is open to organisations that hold a current Victorian WorkCover insurance policy or have a workplace in Victoria.

Find out more by reading our terms and conditions

Leading return to work practice by an employer

This category recognises, at an organisational level, an employer's outstanding efforts to support the return to work of an injured worker(s) to safe and sustainable work.

Judging criteria:

  • How effective is your organisation’s approach/initiative in positively impacting on RTW outcomes, processes, policies and practices?
  • How creative, new or different is your organisation’s RTW initiative/approach?
  • Has your organisation demonstrated a commitment to achieving better return to work outcomes, beyond RTW compliance, through the commitment of time/resources/equipment etc?
  • Is there potential for your organisation’s RTW initiative/approach to be used in other workplaces/jurisdictions?

Am I eligible?

Entry is open to organisations that hold a current Victorian WorkCover insurance policy or have a workplace in Victoria.

Find out more by reading our terms and conditions

Return to Work Coordinator Excellence

This category recognises an individual Return to Work Coordinator's outstanding achievements in returning an injured worker(s) to safe and sustainable work.

Judging criteria:

  • What did you as a RTW Coordinator do that led to a positive return to work (RTW) outcome? How has this impacted your organisation’s overall RTW culture, outcomes for injured workers and the business itself?
  • How creative, new or different is your RTW initiative/approach?
  • Is there potential for your RTW initiative/approach to be used in other workplaces?

Am I eligible?

Entry is open to organisations that hold a current Victorian WorkCover insurance policy or have a workplace in Victoria.

Find out more by reading our terms and conditions

Worker Return to Work Achievement Award

This category recognises a worker's achievements in returning to work following a workplace injury.

Judging criteria:

  • What motivated you, as an injured worker, to return to work following your injury?
  • What barriers did you overcome to get back to work following your injury?
  • What did you do to remain focused on your return to work? How has returning to work helped you in your recovery following your injury?

Am I eligible?

Entry is open to organisations that hold a current Victorian WorkCover insurance policy or have a workplace in Victoria.

Find out more by reading our terms and conditions