WorkSafe Victoria Awards Awards 2020 WorkSafe Victoria Awards 20209

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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

Please ensure you complete one entry for every health and safety representative nominated.

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.

Note: If you are not an elected HSR, you may consider a submission in the category OHS Leadership / Achievement Award.

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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. The product is, or will be, made available commercially.

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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 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.

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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.

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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 Leadership / Achievement Award

This category acknowledges an individual, group or organisation that has/have personally or collectively achieved or influenced, significant improvements to occupational health and safety within their workplace or industry or the greater Victorian community.

Notes:

  • Employee elected health and safety representatives (HSRs) should enter the Health and Safety Representative of the Year category.
  • Entries that focus on solutions based outcomes should enter either of the 2 'Best Solution' categories.
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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 Positive Workplace Mental Health and Wellbeing

This category acknowledges an organisation demonstrating a prevention-led commitment to creating a mentally healthy workplace through the development and implementation of safe systems of work, strategies, policies or programs which purposefully address the work related factors that can lead to mental injury. Entrants must present evidence of a collaborative approach to building a workplace culture that promotes mental health and wellbeing and prevents mental injury.

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Judging criteria:

  • How were employees involved in identifying issues and risks within the workplace?
  • How did employees contribute to the development and implementation of the safe systems of work / strategies / policies / programs addressing the risks?
  • Which work-related factors does the safe system of work / strategy / policy / program seek to address?
  • How do the safe systems of work / strategy / policy / program address the root cause(s) of workplace mental injury and/or risks to mental health and wellbeing?
  • How has senior leadership supported the safe system of work / strategy / policy / program and its implementation?
  • How will the safe systems of work / strategy / policy / program be measured in terms of its impact?
  • What impact has it had on the workplace culture?
  • What opportunities are there for improvement(s) or wider application to include more staff or workplaces and industries?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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