FWBC places a high priority and workplace health and safety. FWBC recognises the importance of developing and maintaining safe working conditions and practices, and the importance of keeping 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 HSC.
Health and Safety Management Arrangements
FWBC has joint Health and Safety Arrangements (HSAs) with the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO). 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; and
- 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:
- offering free flu vaccinations to all staff;
- undertaking six-monthly WHS inspections in every FWBC office;
- providing employees with a reported health concern with a work station 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);
- targeting WHS training for staff with specific safety responsibilities; and
- holding WHS events in all FWBC state offices to promote safety awareness and participation in community initiatives.
FWBC’s Comcare average workers compensation premium rate has increased from 2.56% in 2012-13 to 2.67% in 2013-14. This increase is due to an increase in continuing compensation claims and higher claim costs.
FWBC takes a precautionary approach to reporting incidents to Comcare. During the reporting period, no 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.
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