WorkSafe victoria Awards 2016 WorkSafe Victoria Awards 2017

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.

To jump to a category’s criteria, please choose one of the categories below:

Health and Safety Representative of the Year

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?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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OHS 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?

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Commitment to Workplace Health and Wellbeing

Motivation and identified needs

How does the initiative meet the needs of staff of all ages and abilities and contribute to the creation of an inclusive workplace environment?

An integrated approach to health, safety and wellbeing

How does the initiative address both individual and organisational level changes, and consider health promotion along with occupational health and safety (OHS), and human resources (HR)?

Organisational commitment

How committed is the organisation (including senior leadership) to supporting the initiative and its implementation?

Staff engagement

How is the initiative promoted and communicated to staff, and how is equitable access for all staff achieved?

Evaluation and continuous improvement

Is the initiative regularly evaluated to measure impact, what have been the key outcomes to date, and how are opportunities for improvement considered?

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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?

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Return to Work Coordinator Excellence

Return to Work Impact

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?

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?

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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?

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