WorkSafe Victoria Awards Awards 2020 WorkSafe Victoria Awards 20209

Judging criteria

Improve your entry by finding out what our judges are looking for in a winning entry.

The following criteria will be used when determining which entries proceed through to the validation process. It may help to keep this in mind when writing your entry, and if you are asked for further information from the Awards team.

Health and Safety Representative of the Year

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

Commitment

To what extent does the HSR demonstrate commitment to workplace health and safety and representation?

Representation

To what extent does the HSR foster representation and communication in the workplace?

Functions

To what extent does the HSR fulfil their powers and function under the Act?

Achievements

Are the achievements outstanding considering the barriers faced?



Health and Safety Invention of the Year

Transferability of entry

Can this initiative be applied across other industries and workplaces?

Innovation

To what extent is this initiative innovative, creative, new and different?

Risk Control

How does the initiative apply the hierarchy of control? (Elimination, substitution, engineering, isolation, administrative controls).

Risk Profile

What difference would the initiative make to the risk profile of a workplace as a whole?

Commitment

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.

Consultation

Was consultation built into the development / implementation / on-going monitoring of the initiative?

Evaluation

How effective is the initiative? Evidence of injury and risk reduction.



Best Solution to a Specific Workplace Health and Safety Issue

Transferability of entry

Can this initiative be applied across other industries and workplaces?

Innovation

To what extent is this initiative innovative, creative, new and different?

Risk Control

How does the initiative apply the hierarchy of control? (Elimination, substitution, engineering, isolation, administrative controls).

Risk Profile

What difference would the initiative make to the risk profile of a workplace as a whole?

Commitment

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.

Consultation

Was consultation built into the development / implementation / on-going monitoring of the initiative?

Evaluation

How effective is the initiative? Evidence of injury and risk reduction.



Best Solution to a Manual Handling Issue

Transferability of entry

Can this solution be applied across other industries and workplaces?

Innovation

To what extent is this solution innovative, new and different?

Risk control

How does the solution apply the hierarchy of control? (Elimination, altering workplace layout, re-design, substitution, engineering, systems of work).

Risk profile

What difference would the solution make to the risk profile of this workplace or industry as a whole?

Commitment

What commitment is evident in the solution? Details of resources invested in developing and implementing the solution (human and financial).

Consultation

What was the consultation involved in the identification of the issue and implementation of the innovative solution?

Evaluation

Has it resulted in any other benefits such as improved safety culture, productivity, return on investment?



OHS Leadership/Achievement Award

Commitment

How does the individual, group or organisation demonstrate commitment to workplace health and safety?

Achievement

Has the achievement lead to a significant improvement in health and safety?

Transferability

Can the achievement / improvement be utilised in other workplaces?

Perseverance

Is the achievement outstanding considering any barriers faced?

Evaluation

Is the achievement a sustainable health and safety outcome?



Commitment to Positive Workplace Mental Health and Wellbeing

Consultation and Engagement

How were employees involved in identifying issues and risks within the workplace?

and

How did employees contribute to the development and implementation of the safe systems of work / strategies / policies / programs addressing the risks?

Work related factors*

Which work-related factors* does the safe system of work / strategy / policy / program seek to address:

  • Low job control
  • High and low job demands
  • Poor support
  • Poor organisational change management
  • Poor organisational justice
  • Low recognition and reward
  • Low role clarity
  • Poor workplace relationships
  • Poor environmental conditions
  • Remote and isolated work
  • Violent or traumatic events

* Work related factors (also known as psychosocial hazards) are anything in the management or design of work that increases the risk of work-related stress, which can lead to physical injury, mental injury or even both at the same time.

Prevention-led approach

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?

Organisation commitment

How has senior leadership supported the safe system of work / strategy / policy / program and its implementation?

Evaluation and continuous improvement

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?



Leading Return to Work Practice by an Employer

Return to Work Impact

How effective is your organisation’s approach / initiative in positively impacting on RTW outcomes, processes, policies and practices?

Innovation

How creative, new or different is your organisation’s RTW initiative / approach?

Commitment to return to work

Has your organisation demonstrated a commitment to achieving better return to work outcomes, beyond RTW compliance, through the commitment of time / resources / equipment etc?

Transferability

Is there potential for your organisation’s RTW initiative / approach to be used in other workplaces / jurisdictions?



Return to Work Coordinator Excellence

Return to Work Impact

What did you as a Return to Work (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?

Innovation

How creative, new or different is your RTW initiative / approach?

Transferability

Is there potential for your RTW initiative / approach to be used in other workplaces?



Worker Return to Work Achievement Award

RTW motivation

What motivated you, as an injured worker, to return to work following your injury?

Overcoming RTW barriers

What barriers did you overcome to get back to work following your injury?

Determination

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?