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Michelle Baxter, Safe Work Australia CEO, invites you to join the studio audience for a broadcast on Workplace violence is not ok – keeping our emergency departments safe, presented by Tiffany Plummer, Gerard Hayes and Petrice Wallis.
Thursday 9 February 2017
Arrive at 9:45 am for a 10 am start
50 MC Theatre, 50 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra*
*Please enter via the 50 Marcus Clarke Street side access – near Alinga St.
Tiffany Plummer, a Registered Nurse, has worked at St Vincent’s in Melbourne for 27 years and now coordinates the hospital’s aggression prevention program. She trains employees in aggression prevention and management, investigates serious incidents, and chairs the Aggression Prevention Management Committee. A member of the Department of Health and Human Services Violence in Healthcare Reference Group and past member of the Department of Health and Human Services Physical Restraint Advisory group,  Tiffany also coordinates St Vincent’s peer support program, providing one-on-one support to colleagues experiencing stressful events.
Gerard Hayes has been deeply involved with the Health Services Union and the NSW health system for 30 years. Initially an intensive care paramedic and HSU delegate, he was elected Secretary of the NSW branch in 2012. Since then, he has presided over high-profile campaigns that focus on safety for workers in hospitals and other health settings. Gerard is passionate about working with health services workers to improve their security and safety in NSW hospitals.
Petrice Wallis, with a physiotherapy background, has extensive experience in delivering workplace health and safety strategy and policy in both private and public organisations. With the Coles group national Health and Safety team she delivered health and safety and injury management strategy and advice. More recently, she has led a range of health and prevention programs for WorkSafe Victoria and the Transport and Accident Commission and is currently focusing on programs specifically for the health sector.
Please respond and RSVP by 6 February 2017 to vss@swa.gov.au so we have your name upon signing in at the security door. Please let us know if you have any access requirements.
 
Registrations close by 6 February. This is a free event and places are limited
This seminar will be broadcast from the Safe Work Australia website in March 2017.

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You are invited to join the studio audience for a live webcast on the Future of Work Health and Safety, presented by Secretary Renée Leone, Dr Stefan Hajkowicz and Adjunct Professor David Caple.

 

Wednesday 16 November 2016

Arrive at 9:45 am for a 10 am start

50 MC Theatre, 50 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra*

* Please enter via the 50 Marcus Clarke Street side access.


 renee-leone Secretary Renée LeoneRenée Leon is Secretary of the Department of Employment responsible for workplace relations policy and employment services. Renée has served as Deputy Secretary in the Attorney-General’s Department and in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She also spent three years as Chief Executive of the Act Department of Justice and Community Safety.Renée was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2013 for outstanding public service to public administration and law in leadership roles in the Australian Capital Territory and the Commonwealth.

 

 dr-stefan-hajkowiczDr Stefan Hajkowicz, Principal Scientist

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz is a senior principal scientist working in the field of strategic foresight at CSIRO and leads the Data61 Insight Team. Stefan’s research and consulting work helps companies, governments and communities explore plausible futures and make wise strategic choices. Stefan is a world leading scholar in the field of decision theory and has published seminal works on the use multi-objective decision support. His decision models have guided investments worth hundreds of millions of dollars and have been used by Australia’s State and Federal Governments to make critical policy choices. Stefan is widely published in the international research literature and his most recent book titled “Global Megatrends” is available through CSIRO Publishing. Stefan has a doctorate in geography from the University of Queensland and postgraduate qualifications in economics from the University of New England. He is a current and recent member of the OECD and World Economic Forum global strategic foresight communities.

 

 adjunct-professor-david-capleAdjunct Professor David Caple

David has been a Director of David Caple & Associates Pty Ltd since 1984 and manages major Work Health and Safety (WHS) research and practice projects funded by Governments and industry groups in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Having completed his science studies in Australia and ergonomics at Loughborough University, UK, David has been a guest researcher in Sweden and USA. He is a Certified Practicing Ergonomist (CPE) in Australia, UK and USA. David Caple was the 16th President of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) 2006-2009. He was the Chair of the IEA International Development Committee and Past President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA). He was also the Chair of the IEA 2009 Congress International Advisory Committee in Beijing, China. Published research papers have been in the areas of ergonomics and occupational health and safety relating to prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, and change management in small, medium and large enterprises. Since 2000 David has been involved in the development of the WHS Strategy for large government departments and private companies. In 2012 he was the facilitator for the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012 – 2022. Since 2014 David has facilitated many of the Safe Work Australia online seminar series on emerging WHS issues.

To register please go to: https://www.ivvy.com/event/FNW16/

Registrations close Friday 11 November. This is a free event and places are limited.

This seminar will be broadcast live from the Safe Work Australia website as part of the Virtual Seminar Series. Ask our panellists questions on social media using #virtualWHS.

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 national-safe-work-month-logoMinister releases National Safe Work Month video message

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Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, has released a National Safe Work Month video message calling for collective action to improve work health and safety and reduce the personal and economic cost of poor work health and safety.

“Every workplace in Australia, no matter their size or industry, needs a strong commitment to the principles and practices of work health and safety,” said Minister Cash.

“Actions speak louder than words when it comes to work health and safety, and each and every worker can make a difference.”

View Minister Cash’s video message on the National Safe Work Month web page.

Safe Work Australia has developed a range of resources to help businesses promote work health and safety during October. See the National Safe Work Month web page for more information about how to get involved.

Connect with Safe Work Australia on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter and use the hashtag #safeworkmonth to join the conversation.

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Michelle Baxter, Safe Work Australia CEO, invites you to join the studio audience for a live broadcast on the facts and fallacies behind mentally healthy workplaces, presented by Ms Lucy Brogden, Dr Peter Cotton and Ms Carolyn Davis.

Monday 10 October 2016

Arrive at 10:45 am for a 11 am start

50 MC Theatre, 50 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra

 

 Lucinda Brogden Lucy brings extensive experience in psychology and has more than 25 years’ commercial experience with companies including Macquarie Group and Ernst & Young and more than ten years in organisational psychology. Specifically, Lucy has worked in trusted advisory roles with some of Australia’s leading CEOs, Managing Partners, Ministers and Chairs in investment banking, finance, law and government.
 Peter Peter is a Clinical & Organisational Psychologist specialising in how work environments influence employee mental health, wellbeing and behaviours. He works as an advisor to government and the corporate sector. Peter was the lead author of the Australian Public Service Commission and Comcare guidelines – Working as One: Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work. Peter has an ongoing part-time role with WorkSafe and Transport Accident Commission Victoria and also conducts a private clinical practice.
 Carolyn Carolyn has more than twenty years’ experience in work health and safety and workers’ compensation management, policy, advocacy and implementation. She has held senior roles in major Australian companies and in academia as well as running her own consultancy for many years. Her early qualifications and background were in industrial chemistry and occupational hygiene. Until recently, Carolyn was Director Work Health, Safety and Workers Compensation Policy in the Australian Chamber. In this role she worked to ensure practical information and support for all Australian businesses large and small, and not just in WHS. Carolyn continues to be passionate about sustainable businesses that value their people and have good systems in place to face the challenges of today. This includes sensible approaches to mental or psychological health.

 

Please respond and RSVP by 4 October 2016 to vss@swa.gov.au so we have your name upon signing in at the security door. Please let us know if you have any access requirements. If you believe this event would be of interest to any of your colleagues please feel free to extend them this invitation and ask them to also RSVP to VSS@swa.gov.au.

Your attendance at the panel is considered your consent to be filmed.

This seminar will be broadcast live from the Safe Work Australia website as part of the Virtual Seminar Series. Ask our panellists questions on social media using #virtualWHS.

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CSMF 2016 Annual Conference Registration

Trybooking.com will be used for annual conference registrations this year.

Tickets will be available for purchase from 3rd October until 28th October 2016 at the total cost to members of $150 (including fees and charges).

Full Members, and Associate – Private Sector Organisation members, will  receive one free entry under their membership via a promotion/discount code, which will be emailed prior to the tickets going on sale on 3 October 2016.

The link to the Annual Conference on Trybooking.com will be circulated prior to the tickets going on sale.

About Trybooking.com

Trybooking.com  is simple to use and holds many benefits for you, our members, including:

  • The convenience to book and pay for your tickets 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Automatically generated tickets and receipts,  to print  at your convenience

Trybooking.com charges $0.30 per ticket at the time of purchase.  This fee has been incorporated into the overall Conference fee of $150.

As payments will be made by credit card, we understand that the integrity of the site and its security features are important. The payment site is a secure ‘https’ website and Trybooking.com assures customers that “any personal information that may be used by the TryBooking Site in order to carry out its necessary functions is stored on a physically separate computer that is protected by Firewalls. The data itself is also encrypted to further reduce any risk that your information will be obtained and used by unauthorised access.  We do not store your full credit card number, only the four digits are kept and this is to show you which card you have used to make the booking.”

If you have any questions about this or the Annual Conference, please email us on conference@csmf.net.au.

Renew your CSMF Membership before the 30 June 2016 to make 50% savings on future renewals.

The General Meeting of 4 May 2016 approved an Executive Committee proposal to increase Membership Fees for the first time in 14 years. This increase has become necessary as our overall expenses to run the Forum have increased especially with regard to governance costs such as audit, taxation, and insurance. Other costs have also increased including web services and software for the Membership Database. The new Membership fees will come into effect on 1 July 2016.

As you would be aware, membership renewals can be made for one, two or three years, and you may wish to renew your current membership early in order to get in ahead of the price rise on 1 July, and/or for greater than one year in order to avail yourself of the discounts for multiple year memberships.

A list of both the current and new fees payable from 1 July 2016 is available on the Membership Page together with a membership renewal form. Remember, to make the substantial savings, you must have your application processed before 30 June.

Please forward renewals to treasurer@csmf.net.au.

Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals update

Comcare has recently released an information sheet providing advice to Commonwealth duty holders on implementing the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

This information sheet is the forerunner to other resources in development by Comcare, and other Regulators, to assist persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) to fully transition to the GHS by the implementation date of 1 January 2017.  Additional resources are expected to be release in the near future.  The Comcare GHS portal is located here.

 

Changes to the Executive Committee

There have been a number of changes to the CSMF Executive, and the interim arrangements in place until the next AGM and general election are set out below.

Susan Allen and Kylie Grady have resigned as members of the Executive, due to recent changes in their employment situations.

Interim arrangements:

The Executive Committee met recently, and in accordance with the Constitutional provisions for casual vacancies, Yvette Mueller was endorsed as interim Chair. Additionally, Susann Kodila-Jones, former Executive member, has been co-opted to the Executive to perform the role of interim Secretary. Please send all communications or emails for distribution to secretary@csmf.net.au.

Additionally, John Smith will be retiring from the role of Treasurer this year, and we are looking for a suitable replacement.

A further vacancy remains on the Executive committee. If you are interested in joining the Executive, please let us know. We would love to have you join us.

On behalf of the Executive, I thank Kylie for nominating and contributing to the CSMF.

I also thank our former Chair, Susan Allen, for her tireless work on improving the governance, oversight and operations of the CSMF and the CSMF Executive, and wish her well in her new role with the Victorian State Government.

Yvette Mueller
Chair
22 January 2016

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We have created a new Key Documents page so members can easily find the documents relating to the functioning and governance of the CSMF. Look in the top horizontal menu pane for the heading Key Documents or click here.

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Safe Work Australia

Safe Work Australia 2015 Virtual Seminar Series – program and promotion pack

Safe Work Australia have finalised the program for the 2015 Virtual Seminar Series and created some materials to assist with internal promotion of the seminars within your Agency / Organisation.

Please refer to the following pages on the Safe Work Australia website:

Program: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/australian-strategy/vss/pages/2015-program

Promotion pack: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/australian-strategy/vss/pages/2015-promotion-kit

 

 

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 Work health and safety—Remember. Prevention.

 28 April 2015

 Today is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day — a day to focus on taking actions which can prevent future work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses, and a day to remember those that have died from a work-related injury or illness.

“28 April provides us with the opportunity to reflect on ways we could prevent work-related injury and illness” said Safe Work Australia Chair, Ann Sherry AO.

“Under the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 governments, unions, industry and business leaders are striving to improve work health and safety and we all have an important role to play.

“I know leaders can have a significant impact on improving work health and safety as well as improving the bottom line. Business leaders routinely manage a range of risks and can prevent injury and illness by actively managing safety risks.

“We need to reduce workers’ exposure to hazards and risks. By using good design principles we can minimise exposure by designing out the risk from the beginning – this is integral to prevention.

We have come a long way in reducing the numbers injured or killed at work but there is more we can and must do. In 2014, 185* Australians lost their lives through injury at work. This is not acceptable.

“The important task for all of us is to work together to prevent further work-related death, injury and illness.

“So today, I encourage everyone to prevent further tragedy and make work health and safety your focus.”

For more information visit the Safe Work Australia website.

 

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Help raise awareness of work health and safety this 28 April

Tuesday 28 April 2015 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day.

On this day we remember those who have died to workplace incidents and disease, and help prevent future deaths by raising the awareness of work health and safety.

In 2014, 185* workers have been killed while at work. The deaths of these workers would have affected not only family members, friends and colleagues but the broader community.

By raising the awareness of work health and safety we can help prevent workplace incidents and death.

What can you do?

To get involved, you could:

  • attend a memorial event in your state or territory
  • hold a one minute silence to remember those who have died
  • organise a morning/afternoon tea to talk about work health and safety
  • arrange for a safety expert to speak at your workplace, or
  • host a toolbox talk.

For more information or to download an electronic resource kit to help you promote activities in your workplace visit the Safe Work Australia website.

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Make work health and safety your New Year’s resolution

5 January 2015

 Today Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer Michelle Baxter encouraged all Australians to make work health and safety their 2015 New Year’s resolution.

“The beginning of the year signifies the ‘fresh start’ the majority of us use to make personal improvements or strive to be better,” said Ms Baxter.

“So in 2015 rather than committing to just a personal change, focus on something that will also benefit your work-mates, family and the broader community. Improvements to workplace health and safety don’t have to be difficult or expensive tasks. They can increase productivity, and could save someone’s life.”

If you have not already done so, introduce a system of managing the health and safety risks in your workplace using a risk management approach. The model Code of Practice on ‘How to manage work health and safety risks’ provides a step by step guide to:

  • ·        identifying hazards
  • ·        assessing risks
  • ·        controlling risks, and
  • ·        reviewing risks.

If you want to improve your management of health and safety, you could:

  • ·        make health and safety the first agenda item on both your management and team meetings
  • ·        review your risk management systems
  • ·        consult workers to identify areas for improvement
  • ·        organise training or refresher training
  • ·        organise speakers from work health and safety regulators, industry associations or professional bodies relevant to your workplace, or
  • ·        host or attend work health and safety training sessions or events.

You could also view some of the educational presentations and information from the Australian Strategy Virtual Seminar Series on the Safe Work Australia website, or visit the Commonwealth, state or territory work health and safety authorities for resources.

“Getting people committed to health and safety only happens if they really understand why it matters to them, their workmates and their employers. This year why not make sure everyone at your workplace knows the real costs of getting safety wrong and the real benefits when we do it right,” said Ms Baxter.

“By focusing on these issues employers, workers and the broader community can bring about real change not only for the New Year but for years to come—helping us all achieve the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 vision: healthy, safe and productive working lives.”

For more information or to view the Australian Strategy Virtual Seminar Series presentations visit www.swa.gov.au.

Contact details for the Commonwealth, state and territory work health and safety authorities are outlined below.

 

Work Health and Safety Authority Contact details
Comcare www.comcare.gov.auPhone: 1300 366 979
WorkSafe ACT www.worksafe.act.gov.auPhone: 02 6207 3000
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland www.worksafe.qld.gov.auPhone: 1300 362 128
Victorian WorkCover Authority www.vwa.vic.gov.au1800 136 089
WorkCover NSW www.workcover.nsw.gov.auPhone: 13 10 50
SafeWork SA www.safework.sa.gov.auPhone: 1300 365 255
WorkSafe WA www.commerce.wa.gov.au/WorkSafe/Phone: 08 9327 8777
NT WorkSafe www.worksafe.nt.gov.auPhone: 1800 019 115
WorkSafe Tasmania www.worksafe.tas.gov.auPhone: 1300 366 322

 

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Howe Farming – pick of the bunch

9 December 2014

Today Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer, Michelle Baxter announced the winner of the inaugural Workplace Participation Reward—Howe Farming Enterprises.

The banana growers from Queensland beat over 60 entries to take out the prize for demonstrating outstanding commitment, participation and creativity to raise the awareness of work health and safety throughout Safe Work Australia Month in October.

In congratulating the winner on their achievements, Ms Baxter said “Howe Farming Enterprises have shown a creative and inspiring approach to work health and safety.”

“Their entry highlighted some simple yet effective activities that not only raise awareness of some of their key work health and safety issues but will have a lasting impact.

“Congratulations—it is through the efforts of organisations like Howe Farming Enterprises and others that participated in Safety Month that we will achieve our vision of healthy, safe and productive working lives.

During the month Howe Farming Enterprises undertook a different activity each week at their three banana farms:

  • ·         Sun Safety-Wear a Hat—targeting skin cancer avoidance, sun safety and hydration
  • ·         Work-Readiness-Morning Stretches—targeting work fitness and avoidance of musculoskeletal injuries
  • ·         Healthy eating-Nutrition— targeting food, energy and nutrition, and
  • ·         Emergency first Aid- Injury Impact—which focused on workplace policies and incident responses.

 

They also arranged a presentation from a Work Health and Safety Queensland inspector to discuss the trauma and financial hardship experienced by families of injured workers.

This was the first time Howe Farming Enterprises participated in Safe Work Australia Month. For their efforts the second generation, family-owned company receive a prize pack valued up to $5000 which includes entry into a 2015 work health and safety conference, expo or event based in Australia.

For more information on Howe Farming Enterprises’ winning entry or the Workplace Participation Reward visit www.swa.gov.au.

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Safe Design Saves Lives

10 November 2014

 Data released today by Safe Work Australia in the Work-related fatalities associated with unsafe design of machinery, plant and powered tools, 2006-2011 report indicates a high number of work-related fatalities could have been avoided if risks had been eliminated through safe design.

Of the 523 fatalities examined in this study, 36 per cent or 188 fatalities were found to be either definitely or possibly design-related. This means that design issues were specifically noted in the Coroner’s, prosecution or police reports or that there are existing solutions for these design issues that could have been applied and might have prevented the fatality.

“It is awful to think that the 188 people who lost their lives could still be with us if safe design principles were used,” said Michelle Baxter, Safe Work Australia’s Chief Executive Officer.

“Good design—safe design—is the most effective and durable way to keep workers safe. If we can eliminate hazards and risks during the design of new machinery and equipment or by including an aftermarket enhancement then we can reduce injuries and fatalities in the workplace.”

According to the report the most common causes of design related deaths were:

  • ·         inadequate guarding (21 per cent)
  • ·         lack of roll-over protection structures/seat belts (15 per cent)
  • ·         lack of residual current device (12 per cent)
  • ·         lack of interlock (eight per cent), and
  • ·         driver obstructed vision (eight per cent).

“The findings in this report should act as a serious reminder to all employers and managers to re-evaluate the safety of the machinery they use. An inexpensive modification or aftermarket add-on could save a worker’s life,” said Ms Baxter.

Healthy and safe by design is one of seven action areas identified in the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022.

For more information on safe design or to download the report Work-related fatalities associated with unsafe design of machinery, plant and powered tools, 2006-2011 visit www.swa.gov.au.

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Leaders for challenging times

Date 23 October 2014

Michelle Baxter, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Safe Work Australia encourages Australians to tune into the Australian Strategy Virtual Seminar Series on the 24th October.

The live and interactive panel discussion Leadership and work health and safety in challenging working environments will feature three of Australia’s business leaders: Ann Sherry AO FAICD, Chair of Safe Work Australia, CEO of Carnival Australia and non?executive roles at Sydney Airport Corporation, ING Direct (Australia), The Myer Family Company Holdings Pty Ltd, Australian Rugby Union and Jawun, Diane Smith-Gander, Chairman of Transfield Services, and Penny Bingham-Hall, Non-executive Director, DEXUS Property Group and BlueScope Steel.

“These women each have stellar careers leading multi-million dollar organisations accountable to not only shareholders, but the community,” said Ms Baxter.

“In this live discussion the panellists will explore how they achieve good work health and safety even when operating in challenging Australian and international environments.

“Their experience, expertise and knowledge will make for a lively discussion.”

Leadership and work place health and safety in challenging working environments broadcasts on 24 October from 10:30 am AEDT. To join the discussion visit www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/vss. You can also ask questions through social media using #virtualWHS.

The Australian Strategy Virtual Seminar Series is a free, online seminar series run throughout Safe Work Australia Month in October. It showcases the latest work health and safety thinking, developments, innovations and research by work health and safety regulators, experts, business leaders, and academics.

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CSMF 2014 Annual Conference

2014 CONFERENCE AGENDA – Draft

 

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Mentally healthy workplaces for a healthier business

Date 10 October 2014

This World Mental Health Day, Michelle Baxter Acting Chief Executive Officer of Safe Work Australia encourages all Australians to focus on making a positive difference to mental health by creating a mentally healthy workplace.

Recent analysis by Price Waterhouse Coopers estimates that untreated mental health conditions cost Australian employers nearly $11 billion a year through increased absenteeism, lower productivity and compensation claims.

“The good news is that successful implementation of effective actions at the workplace can make a big difference not only to the health of workers but to the bottom line,” said Ms Baxter

“Price Waterhouse Coopers found that for every dollar spent on implementing appropriate actions to create a mentally healthy workplace, there is on average a positive return of $2.30 to the organisation.

“World Mental Health Day and Safe Work Australia Month provide the perfect opportunity for businesses to address this issue.”

To help organisations address this issue Safe Work Australia has a range of resources available including the:

  • ·         Australian Strategy Virtual Seminar Series video presentations that explore the issue of mental health and productivity:

o   High performing sustainable workplaces and mental health by Dr Chris Stevens, and

o   Leaders: Heads Up on mental health! by Liz Tobin

  • ·         factsheet Preventing Psychological Injury Under Work Health and Safety Laws aimed at persons conducting a business or undertaking and workers to address psychological risks, and
  • ·         factsheet Workers’ Compensation Legislation and Psychological Injury that provides a general overview of the employer’s role under workers’ compensation legislation.

Safe Work Australia is a founding member of the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance which together with beyondblue has developed the Heads Up initiative, designed to help businesses take action across three broad areas:

  • ·         raising awareness and reducing stigma
  • ·         supporting staff with mental health conditions, and
  • ·         reducing risks to mental health and promoting a positive working environment.

To access the Safe Work Australia Virtual Seminar Series presentations or factsheets visit www.swa.gov.au. For more information and resources including the Price Waterhouse Coopers report visit www.headsup.org.au.

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Lowest compensated fatality rate in a decade

9 October 2014

Data released today in Safe Work Australia’s latest Comparative Performance Monitoring report shows work-related compensated injury fatalities are at their lowest level since 2002.

The 16th edition of the report provides trend analysis on the work health and safety and workers’ compensation schemes operating in Australia and New Zealand.

In releasing the report, Michelle Baxter, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Safe Work Australia recognised the progress Australia has made but noted there was still room for improvement.

“Over a decade ago Australia set a national target of reducing the incidence rate of compensated injury and musculoskeletal disorder fatalities by 20 per cent by 2012. This report shows that as a nation we not only achieved, but surpassed this target, with a 41 per cent reduction in fatalities,” said Ms Baxter.

“While this is a good result, there were still 178 compensated injury and disease fatalities recorded in Australia for 2012–13. More work is needed to improve work health and safety and reduce this figure even further.”

The report revealed that in 2012-13, 11 out of every 1000 workers were injured seriously enough to require one week or more off work. While there has been a 26 per cent improvement since 2002, the target of a 40 per cent reduction in the rate of injuries by 2012 was not achieved.

“To continue to see a decrease in injury and disease in the workplace we must stay committed to work health and safety and set high targets to ensure safer workplaces for all Australians,” said Ms Baxter.

“It is through raising awareness of work health and safety and encouraging workers to speak up about hazards that these figures will continue to drop. Safe Work Australia Month is the perfect opportunity to do this.”

To view the Comparative Performance Monitoring report or to find out more about how you can raise awareness of work health and safety at your workplace this Safe Work Australia Month visit www.swa.gov.au

 

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Work health and safety in an adaptive age

Date 1 October 2014

Michelle Baxter, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Safe Work Australia encouraged everyone to tune-in to Professor Dennis Else’s presentation on the history and challenges for workplace health and safety.

“Professor Else’s presentation draws on his over four decades of experience in the work health and safety academic and business community, taking us on an inspirational journey through the five ages of safety,” said Ms Baxter.

“From our first humble attempts to protect workers’ lives to our current more sophisticated approaches I am pleased to have Professor Else present his insights. His engaging presentation will be of great interest to anyone who cares about workers’ safety.”

Professor Else said “we must ensure work is designed to respect and accommodate our human variability. This is often an untapped business asset, if used wisely it can help us become more innovative – solving issues and contributing to better health and safety, business productivity and sustainability.”

Professor Else is currently Executive Director, Sustainability, Safety and Health at Brookfield Multiplex Australasia and he is also a board member of the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living based at the University of New South Wales. Professor Else was also Chair of the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission, and Dean of Engineering and Science and pro vice-chancellor at the University of Ballarat.

Professor Else’s presentation Past, present and future work health and safety challenges and opportunities is part of the Australian Strategy Virtual Seminar Series and will be broadcast at 10am AEST, 2 October 2014 from www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/vss.

The Australian Strategy Virtual Seminar Series is a free online seminar series run throughout Safe Work Australia Month in October. It showcases the latest work health and safety thinking, developments, innovations and research by work health and safety regulators, experts, business leaders and academics.

It supports the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 and its vision for all Australian workers to have healthy, safe and productive working lives.

For more information on the Virtual Seminar Series, to register for updates or download the full program visit www.swa.gov.au

2014 Annual Conference

The 2014 Annual Conference of the CSMF will be held on

Friday 21 November 2014

at the

Federal Golf Club, Red Hill ACT,

with registration commencing at 8.30am and the Conference itself commencing at 9am, and ending at 5pm with refreshments after.

The theme of this year’s Conference is Managing Health and Safety in a changing environment (and other current issues). We already have speakers lined up from Safe Work Australia, WorkSafe ACT, Norton Rose Fullbright and many more. It promises to be a very topical Conference with practical tips for managing WHS and Rehab/Comp in the new environment.

Registration fees are still an amazingly low $100 per person (with Full Members being FOC) for the full day Conference, morning and afternoon teas, hot lunch and refreshments at the bar afterwards.

Numbers are limited and registrations are on a first come, first served basis.

Register now.

Watch this space for more updates.

Auditor’s Report for 2014 available

The 2014 Audit Report on the finances of the CSMF has been completed by Parkhill Accounting and was tabled at the AGM on 3 September 2014.

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Seminar on Leadership 3 October 2014 in Canberra – Full Details

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This October is Safe Work Australia Month (safety month) – a time to promote the importance and raise the awareness of work health and safety in Australia.

As part of safety month Safe Work Australia is hosting the first Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy Virtual Seminar Series (VSS)—a free online event aimed at those with an interest in work health and safety.

The VSS supports the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022—the ten year framework for improvements in work health and safety—and its vision: healthy safe and productive working lives.

Each weekday in October the VSS will showcase some of the latest work health and safety thinking, developments, innovations and research by work health and safety regulators, experts, business leaders, and academics.

The themes for the VSS are

  • ·         leadership and culture
  • ·         responsive and effective regulation
  • ·         agriculture and road freight transport industries, and
  • ·         small business.

Safe Work Australia encourages you to get involved and spread the word about the VSS and work health and safety. This can be done by:

  • ·         sending an all staff email or posting something on your intranet page (Virtual Seminar Series – Suggested email or intranet content)
  • ·         forwarding this information onto your contacts who might be interested in the VSS
  • ·         mentioning the VSS in your social media conversations using #virtualWHS, or
  • ·         requesting an information kit–containing a printable information sheet, poster and website button by sending an email to australianstrategy@swa.gov.au.

You can also register to receive updates for this free online event, information on the program and the keynote speakers, by filling out your details at www.swa.gov.au.

The details for the VSS will also be available through the Safe Work Australia Safety Month smart phone app which can be downloaded from the Apple App store or through Google Play by searching for “Safe Work Australia Safety Month”.

For more information on Safe Work Australia Month, the VSS or to download the draft program visit www.swa.gov.au.

Dr Peta Miller
Director
Australian Strategy
Review and Engagement Branch Safe Work Australia

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Draft Minutes from general meeting 23 July 2014 now available

The draft minutes from the general meeting held on 23 July 2014 have been uploaded to the CSMF Meetings and Conferences page.

Attachments to the draft minutes include various documents related to the Comcare presentation.

Click here for more information

Members Portal

Work is currently under way to finalise the members portal. Once this task is complete, all current financial members will be contacted with their log-in details and password. Advice will be placed on this site when that has happened.

Please ensure your membership is current and financial, and if not, renew as soon as possible so your access can be granted. Renewals can be sent direct to treasurer@csmf.net.au with your payment.

 

 

 

 

 

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