HSEQ Update

Posted 10 August 2012

NSW Workcover Safety Culture Program

In our mission to create a safety system that is built and backed by our people, UEA has completed the NSW Workcover Safety Culture Program throughout the Eastern Region. The program focuses on how our people rate the current system and ways of creating a system we can all be proud of. A review of the Safety Culture Surveys completed by our people has been conducted and the following is evident:

  • Commitment from Management in Health and Safety matters is of a high priority and that sufficient resources are dedicated to this area.
  • Controlling and managing risk is paramount and exceeds the importance of other associated deadlines.

Small work groups will now commence to build and discuss new and improved ways of managing consultation and reporting. On completion of this program we envisage to have a system that all staff and subcontractors will be proud of and can take ownership of.

Cert IV in OHS completed by all UEA Supervisors and Project Managers

As part of UEA’s commitment to provide a trained and knowledgeable workforce, all Supervisors and Project Managers have completed a Certificate IV in Occupational Health & Safety. This ensures that these key personnel are aware of:

  • All legislative commitments and compliance
  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Incident handling and reporting
  • Risk management and consultation

It is our belief that safety starts with these key personnel. Supervisors are a critical interface whereby safety messages, attitudes, culture and values are transferred to site personnel. They are responsible for delivering consistency in safety expectations.

New Work Health & Safety Legislation

With the introduction of the new WHS Act 2011, WHS Regulation 2011 and associated Codes of Practice and Guidelines, UEA have conducted several in house training programs to ensure our people understand and comply with the new requirements. These training days were also attended by our subcontractors who we have a responsibility to consult with. Fortunately with a Safety Management system that already exceeded legislative requirements we were able to transition to the new legislation with very little alteration and disruption.