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Work health and safety

 

Initiatives

As part of ongoing work to align the Clean Energy Regulator with the requirements of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, in 2013–14 the agency reviewed and revised the following elements of its work health and safety and rehabilitation framework:

  • bullying and harassment policy
  • client-initiated abuse guideline
  • early intervention and injury management policy
  • ergonomics and office safety guideline
  • first aid guideline
  • fitness for duty guideline
  • incident and hazard reporting guideline
  • risk assessment and control form
  • risk management guideline
  • work health and safety policy
  • workers compensation claims guideline
  • working from home and out of office guideline.

The Senior Leadership Team pays close attention to health and safety in the agency and considers a work health and safety report each month. In addition, the monthly performance report prepared for the Senior Leadership Team includes a section on case management and workers compensation.

The Work Health and Safety Committee develops and monitors the agency's health, safety and wellbeing programmes, providing for a participatory approach to the prevention of work-related injury and illness. Details of the committee's role and membership are provided on page 64.

In 2013–14, members of the Work Health and Safety Committee received training from Comcare on Effective Work Health and Safety Committees and the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. All health and safety representatives completed the Comcare-approved Health and Safety Representative Training Course.

Other important elements of the Clean Energy Regulator's commitment to a safe working environment include:

  • Identifying and training first aid officers. In 2013–14, the Clean Energy Regulator had six qualified first aid officers and three fully equipped first aid rooms.
  • Maintaining the Workplace Harassment Contact Officer Network, which provides confidential support and information concerning bullying or harassment. In 2013–14, the agency engaged three new contact officers. The agency assessed the nominees through specific psychometric assessments that were interpreted by a psychologist to ensure that the best candidates were selected.
  • Offering counselling to all officers and their immediate family members through the employee assistance programme (EAP). In 2013–14, the agency reviewed the requirements of the EAP service and engaged a new provider, Optimise Corporate Health, a division of Injury Treatment Pty Ltd. The provider has a strong proven background in providing EAP services to both private and government organisations, and is committed to engaging with the workforce to provide the highest level of service to meet the needs of the agency.
  • Offering health and wellbeing programmes to all officers. In 2013–14, these included information sessions and workshops on building resilience, mindfulness, and posture and flexibility.

Outcomes

During 2013–14, 16 non-notifiable incidents occurred within the Clean Energy Regulator. Two notifiable incidents were required to be reported to Comcare. No directions or notices were given to the Clean Energy Regulator and no investigations were conducted during this period.

Four workers compensation claims were lodged. Two were accepted by Comcare. Two were rejected by Comcare and are subject to appeal.

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