The ABCC placed a high priority on workplace health and safety. The ABCC recognised the importance of developing and maintaining safe working conditions and practices, and the importance of keeping WHS policies and standards in the workplace under constant review.
All employees were responsible for maintaining a safe work environment. This was achieved through the cooperation of staff, ABCC Health and Safety Representatives and the Health and Safety Committee (HSC).
Health and Safety Management Arrangements
The ABCC had joint Health and Safety Arrangements (HSAs) with the FWO. The ABCC and FWO HSAs were been developed in consultation with workers to establish arrangements for a number of WHS matters including:
- clarifying responsibilities of all those involved n WHS
- monitoring of WHS risks, hazards and incidents
- detailing WHS consultation arrangements
- establishing WHS committee/s
- identifying Health and Safety Representatives
The purpose of the HSA is to facilitate the continuous improvement of WHS management systems and reduce the risk of workplace injury and illness.
The ABCC supported a number of initiatives aimed at improving and maintaining the overall health of the ABCC workforce. These included:
- free flu vaccinations to all staff
- six-monthly WHS inspections in every ABCC office
- providing all new employees, and any existing employees with a reported health concern, with a workstation assessment conducted by a qualified occupational therapist
- posting regular information on the intranet to promote health and safety in the workplace including the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- targeted WHS training for staff with specific safety responsibilities
- WHS events held in all ABCC state offices to promote safety awareness and participation in community initiatives.
The ABCC’s Comcare average workers compensation premium rate increased from 1.21 per cent in 2010-11 to 1.92 per cent in 2011-12. See Table 3.9. This increase was due to an increase in compensation claims and higher claim costs.
The ABCC took a precautionary approach to reporting incidents to Comcare. During the reporting period four notifiable incidents were reported.
Investigations conducted during the year
Under Part 10 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 the ABCC was required to report details of any investigations that have taken place including details of all notices given to the entity during the year. In 2011-12 no Comcare investigations were conducted and no notices were issued to the agency.
TABLE 3.9 COMCARE PREMIUM RATES