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Appendix E: Work health and safety

We recognise the importance of our 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. We articulate our commitment to workplace health and safety through related policy and supporting documents.

Initiatives

As part of our commitment to providing a safe working environment, we delivered the following initiatives in 2015–16:

  • a network qualified first aid officers and three fully equipped first aid rooms for employees
  • a network of trained mental health first aid officers
  • a network of trained Workplace Harassment Contact Officers
  • trained rehabilitation case managers available to assist staff
  • early intervention initiatives
  • an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to provide confidential counselling to employees and their immediate family members, and
  • wellbeing program for staff including:
    • training on mental health awareness conducted by the Black Dog Institute
    • performance management training to support managers and employees for their end-of-cycle performance discussions
    • posture and flexibility classes, and
    • voluntary influenza vaccinations.

Outcomes

These initiatives led to the following outcomes in 2015–16:

  • no directions or notices were given to our agency
  • no work health and safety investigations were conducted
  • no notifiable incidents occurred
  • one worker's compensation claim was accepted by Comcare, with the case quickly resolved and closed, and
  • one claim for compensation was pending determination by Comcare at 30 June 2016.

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