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Work health and safety

The Clean Energy Regulator continually seeks more efficient and effective ways of delivering on its purpose and meeting its objectives.

The Clean Energy Regulator recognises the importance of its legislative obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 to prevent work-related injury and illness. Workplace health and safety hazards can be physical or psychological and they can derive from both office-based and off-site work environments. The agency's commitment to workplace health and safety is articulated through related policy and supporting documents.

Initiatives

As part of the Clean Energy Regulator's commitment to providing a safe working environment, the agency delivered the following initiatives in 2014–15:

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delivering 62 workstation assessments to staff consisting of 37 basic assessments, 16 injury prevention assessments, five comprehensive assessments, one sit-to-stand assessment and three home-based assessments

  • completing the Rehabilitation Management System implementation in July 2014—this involved the development of several workplace health and safety policies and guidelines, including an early intervention policy
  • providing five qualified first aid officers and three fully equipped first aid rooms for agency staff
  • establishing a first aid hotline to enable all emergencies to be actioned without delay
  • continuing to develop the Workplace Harassment Contact Officer Network by identifying two new contact officers through specific psychometric assessments that are interpreted by a psychologist to ensure selection of the best candidates
  • promoting the use of counselling for staff and their immediate family members through the employee assistance programme (EAP)
  • delivering health and wellbeing programmes for staff including training on bullying and harassment, mindfulness sessions, and posture and flexibility classes, and
  • providing voluntary influenza vaccinations.

Outcomes

These initiatives led to the following outcomes in 2014–15:

  • no directions or notices were given to the agency and no work health and safety investigations were conducted during this period
  • two notifiable incidents required reporting to Comcare, well below the Australian Public Service average
  • one workers' compensation claim that was accepted by Comcare during the year was quickly resolved through a successful return to work program and the case is now closed
  • of the three existing compensable claims carried forward to the 2014–15 period, two have been closed and the third is under review, and
  • Comcare has reduced the agency's premium rate significantly for 2015–16.

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