FWBC places a high priority on work health and safety. FWBC recognises the importance of developing and maintaining safe working conditions and practices, and the importance of keeping Work Health and Safety (WHS) policies and standards in our workplace under constant review.
All employees are responsible for maintaining a safe work environment. This is achieved through the cooperation of staff, FWBC Health and Safety Representatives and the Health and Safety Committee (HSC).
Health and Safety Management Arrangements
FWBC has joint Health and Safety Arrangements (HSAs) with the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO). The FWBC and FWO HSAs have been developed in consultation with workers to establish arrangements for a number of WHS matters including:
- clarifying responsibilities of all those involved in 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.
FWBC supports a number of initiatives aimed at improving and maintaining the overall health of the FWBC workforce. These include:
- free flu vaccinations to all staff
- six-monthly WHS inspections in every FWBC office
- providing employees with a reported health concern, with a workstation assessments 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 FWBC state offices to promote safety awareness and participation in community initiatives.
The FWBC’s Comcare average worker’s compensation premium rate has increased from 1.89 per cent in 2011-12 to 2.56 per cent in 2012-13.
See Table 3.12. This increase is due to an increase in current compensation claims and higher claim costs.
FWBC takes a precautionary approach to reporting incidents to Comcare. During the reporting period, three incidents were reported to Comcare.
Investigations conducted during the year
Under Part 10 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 FWBC is required to report details of any investigations that have taken place including details of all notices given to the entity during the year. During the reporting period no Comcare investigations were conducted and no notices were issued to the agency.
TABLE 3.12 COMCARE PREMIUM RATES