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  • 2012 NSCA/GIO Workers Compensation National Safety Awards of Excellence Page 1

    22ND ANNUAL

    2014 NSCA/GIO Workers Compensation National Safety Awards of Excellence

    Celebrate your Safety HeroesEnter Today!

    www.nationalsafetyawards.com.au

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    Nomination Categories

    Key datesEntries open: Early April 2014

    Entries close: 6 July 2014

    Judging period:July to August 2014

    Awards presentation lunch:15 October 2014

    Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf, Piers 19-21 Upper Deck 26-32 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW 2009

    For more information visit:www.nationalsafetyawards.com.au

    Category 1Best Continuous Improvement of a WHSManagement System...........................................................7

    Category 2Best Solution of a WHS Risk...............................................8

    Category 3Best WHS Training Program................................................9

    Category 4Best Communication of a Safety Message.......................10

    Category 5Best Individual WHS Achievement....................................11

    Category 6Best Safety Leadership Program/Initiative........................12

    Category 7Best Health and Wellbeing Program.................................13

    Pinnacle AwardsGIO Workers Compensation Award for Excellence in WHS............................................................14

    NSCA Member of the Year................................................14

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    The NSCA is Australia’s only national, independent body promoting excellence in safety in the workplace. Accordingly, the National Safety Awards of Excellence, now in their 22nd year, is Australia’s premier safety awards program celebrating organisations and people that recognise WHS as a cornerstone of elite business performance.

    Whilst your Safety Heroes are leading the charge in best practice in safety, the benefits of maintaining this focus and ‘breaking new ground’ are far reaching for organisations and individuals. These benefits are not limited to health and safety personnel but have positive outcomes for:

    • Human Resources• Marketing• Business Development• General ManagementIn summary, the Awards are a celebration of Best Practice, Best People and Best Performance.

    Here are just a few reasons to get involved…

    Best Practice• Raise the profile of your organisation and people

    in a national forum• Share specialist knowledge and network with

    industry leaders• Great opportunity to review and re-assess your

    health and safety objectives and benchmark against industry leaders

    • Achieve broad reaching recognition

    Best People• Enhance your recognition as an Employer of Choice• Leverage your Award winning credibility to attract,

    retain and motivate employees• Create a loyal and passionate workforce• Encourage innovation and improvement amongst

    your employees

    Best Performance• Utilise your Award winning status to enhance

    business development• Enjoy the support of the NSCA in marketing

    your organisation• Benefit from your focus on safety to increase

    productivity and generate sustainable competitive advantage

    • Develop your reputation as a leader and good corporate citizen

    We encourage individuals and organisations, regardless of industry or organisational size, to get involved and to benefit from that involvement. We want to share your safety story with Australia.

    Enter Today!

    Why Enter?

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    2013 Awards Winners

    I would strongly encourage other businesses/individuals to enter the awards. They help to showcase safety talent in a diverse range of industries, and being a winner (or even a finalist) helps to raise your profile, with recognition from highly regarded safety professionals across Australia.

    Daniel Smith Health and Safety Compliance CoordinatorRoyal Automobile Club of Western Australia (Inc.)

    Winner of Category 5: Best Individual WHS Achievement

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    Shaun CummingAlliance ManagerBarwon Water Alliance

    Winner of Category 1: Best Continuous Improvement of a WHS Management System; and Overall Winner: Award of Excellence in WHS

    Being recognised by our industry peers has given the entire team validation that the hard work everyone has put into building and maintaining our strong safety culture has been worthwhile. We found the simple process of just documenting our safety journey was a powerful and energising output for our team and the fact we actually won an award was just icing on the cake.

    “ “

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    2013 Awards Ceremony

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    Australia is truly the lucky country in that everyday our millions of workers return home safely to their families. We must not take for granted the hard work and dedication taking place behind the scenes in providing safe workplaces. I urge you to celebrate the heroes that contribute to the health, safety and wellbeing of your employees and the continuous improvement of safety in your business performance.

    Regardless of whether your safety initiative is big or small, if it’s making a positive difference to workplace safety and culture, we want to hear about it. With eight safety awards on offer now is the chance to recognise your safety heroes, build your brand and reputation and showcase your thought leadership and commitment to the work health and safety industry.

    We are delighted to have GIO Workers Compensation as the Major Sponsor again this year as well as the ongoing support of the category sponsors Ansell Healthcare, Brookfield Multiplex Constructions, ManpowerGroup, Queensland Rail, Pro-Visual Publishing, Safe Work Australia and Stowe Australia.

    I am proud to open the 2014 NSCA National Safety Awards of Excellence to all Australian organisations and individuals and strongly encourage you to enter and use the process both as an opportunity to do a health check on your business and to leverage off the national profile the Awards offer to entrants.

    Safe Regards,

    Adam Baldock NSCA CEO & Managing Director

    Message from the CEO

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    Best Continuous Improvement of a WHS Management SystemThis category requires you to describe an improvement you have made to your WHS/OHS management system and the effect it has had on your staff and business. Finalists of this category must demonstrate that the improvement is part of an on-going process.

    Examples of improvements could include new ways of integrating with other organisational systems and incorporating change management, managing new and emerging risks and upgrading compliance systems.

    Category 1

    For entry into this category your submission must answer the following:

    1. Why did you need to improve your WHS/OHS Management System?

    2. How did you improve your WHS/OHS Management System?

    3. What barriers were encountered during the process?4. What was the timeframe involved?5. What was the effect of the improvement?6. Is the improvement and its effect sustainable?

    Sponsored by

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    2014 NSCA/GIO Workers Compensation National Safety Awards of Excellence

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    Best Solution of a WHS Risk Nominations and awards will be split into the following two groups and judged accordingly:

    A. Small business: 1-50 employeesB: Medium to large business: 50+ employees

    This category requires you to describe an innovative solution to an identified WHS/OHS risk or issue. It can be a newly identified risk or issue (due to a change in work activities etc.) or it can be a risk or issue previously identified with a new solution that has been implemented.

    Finalists in this category must demonstrate that their solution is innovative, proven to work in an organisation (showing evidence eg. testimonials, photos, reports), has demonstrated a return on investment and significantly eliminates a workplace risk.

    Category 2

    For entry into this category your submission must answer the following:

    1. Describe the WHS/OHS risk.2. What was the innovative solution that you

    implemented?3. How did you implement the solution?4. What barriers/problems were encountered during the

    implementation of the solution/change?5. What was the timeframe involved?6. What was the effect of the solution?7. Is the solution and its effect sustainable?

    Sponsored by

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    Best WHS Training ProgramThis category requires you to describe an innovative WHS/OHS training program that has been implemented in your organisation. The training program can be one-off or ongoing.

    Finalists of this category must demonstrate that their training program has led to sustainable improvement in workplace behaviour/performance/processes.

    Category 3

    For entry into this category your submission must answer the following:

    1. Why was the training required?2. Describe the process for developing and delivering

    the training program.3. What barriers were encountered during

    implementation of the solution/change?4. What was the time frame involved?5. What was the effect of the training program?6. Is the training program and its effect sustainable?

    Sponsored by

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    Best Communication of a Safety MessageThis category recognises organisations who have effectively and innovatively communicated a WHS/OHS message to their workforce. The communication of a message can be a one-off event or an ongoing program.

    Finalists of this category must be able to demonstrate that their communication methods and processes have led to sustainable improvement in workplace behaviour/performance/processes.

    Category 4

    Sponsored by

    For entry into this category your submission must answer the following:

    1. Why was the safety message required?2. What was the safety message?3. Describe the process for developing and delivering

    the safety message.4. What barriers were encountered during

    implementation of the solution/change?5. What was the time frame involved?6. What was the effect of the safety message?7. Is the safety message and its effect sustainable?

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    Ian Chisholm Award for the Best Individual WHS AchievementThis category recognises the outstanding contribution of an individual (with or without formal WHS/OHS responsibilities). To be nominated the individual must have played a significant role in a recent WHS/OHS initiative and gone above and beyond their normal duties, which has resulted in a sustainable improvement within an organisation (or area they work or volunteer).Please note: No self nominations. Individuals must be nominated by their peers, work colleagues, managers and/or organisation.

    Category 5

    For entry into this category your submission must answer the following:

    1. Describe the situation/work task/activity/behaviour of the workplace prior to the nominee’s contribution.

    2. Describe the contribution the nominee has made.3. Did the nominee require management approval for the

    contribution? If yes, describe the process for gaining the approval.

    4. What barriers were encountered during implementation of the solution/change?

    5. What was the time frame involved?6. Describe the effect that the nominee has had on the

    work activities/tasks/behaviours.

    7. Is the nominee’s contribution and effect sustainable?8. Explain how the nominee has gone above and beyond

    their normal duties. Compare and contrast the nominee’s achievement with their position description.

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    This award is named in recognition of Ian Chisholm AM who dedicated nearly thirty years of service to the National Safety Council of Australia.

    Ian Alexander Chisholm1928 - 2012

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    Best Safety Leadership Program/InitiativeThis award recognises the decisions and actions of directors, CEOs and/or executive managers to make safety a business priority.

    This category requires you describe how your directors, CEO and/or executive managers have made safety a business priority and the impact it is having on the organisation.

    Finalists of this category must demonstrate that their organisation’s program/initiative is on an equal footing with other business priorities, is integrating safety with other parts of the business and eliminated or significantly reduced psychosocial as well as physical workplace risks.

    Category 6

    For entry into this category your submission must answer the following:

    1. Why did you need to implement the program/initiative?2. What was the program/initiative that your organisation

    implemented?3. How did your organisation implement the program/

    intiative?4. What barriers were encountered during implementation

    of the solution/change?5. What was the time frame involved?6. What was the effect of the program/initiative?7. Is the program/intiative and its effect sustainable?

    Sponsored by

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    Best Health & Wellbeing ProgramThis category requires you to describe an innovative health and wellbeing program that has resulted in improvements within your organisation. The program can be a one-off event or an ongoing program.

    Programs include, for example, reducing ‘presenteeism’, addressing mental health issues, tackling bullying and harrassment and improving physical health.

    Finalists of this category must demonstrate that their health and wellbeing program has had a positive effect on the participants and/or the workplace through changes in workplace behaviour/performance/processes.

    Category 7

    For entry into this category your submission must answer the following:

    1. Why did you need to improve the health and wellbeing of your workforce?

    2. How did you improve health and wellbeing?3. What barriers were encountered during implementation

    of the solution/change?4. What was the time frame involved?5. What was the effect of the health and wellbeing

    program?6. Is the health and wellbeing program and its effect

    sustainable?

    Sponsored by

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    Award for Excellence in WHSThis prestigious Judges’ Choice Award is presented annually to the most outstanding achievement in work health and safety of an organisation, alliance or individual. This award is not open for nomination, instead it is the eight category winners who progress to this final stage to claim the top honours at the awards ceremony.

    Pinnacle Awards

    NSCA Member of the Year This award recognises a NSCA Individual or Corporate member who has demonstrated commitment and leadership in work health and safety. It could be the implementation of a safety management system, project, program or a solution that reduces the risk of work-related injury and disease.

    Regardless of whether your safety initiative is big or small, if it is making a positive difference to work safety and culture, we want to hear about it.

    This award is open for entry by NSCA members only and is selected by the NSCA Board of Directors.

    Sponsored by

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    Who can enter?The awards are open to any Australian operating business, organisation, alliance or individual in the public or private sector with a workplace health and safety initiative that complies with one of the eight categories.

    Regardless of organisational size (with exception of Category 2 & 5), entries are judged on the innovation and excellence of the health and safety initiative and how well it meets the criteria.

    Nominees from previous years are eligible to enter again with the same initiative however, must prove a significant increase in return on investment and improvement in the health and safety initiative since the previous submission.

    Any third party suppliers/contractors utilised in the development of the organisation’s initiative must be recognised.

    NSCA Awards Department

    Telephone: +61 2 9213 6299

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: www.nationalsafetyawards.com.au www.nsca.org.au

    Suite 901, Level 9, 418A Elizabeth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

    How to enter:a) Submission ProcessEntering the 2014 awards is simple and free of charge:

    1. Visit www.nationalsafetyawards.com.au, click on the “How to Enter” button and follow the instructions to create an online account

    2. Download the required official nomination template/s within your online account

    3. Complete the nomination template and submit it via your online account by uploading it before Sunday 6 July 2014. Additional electronic attachments supporting your answers can also be submitted via your account.

    b) Nomination templateAnswers must be submitted:• On the official nomination template• Within the answer box provided and be no more than 450

    words in length per question• According to format (1.5 line spacing, Arial font, size 11).

    Attachments (photos, incident/injury data, operational material, reports etc) that support your answers and strengthen your claims are encouraged and can be referenced in your answer. Up to 10 attachments (max. 5mb each) in Word, PDF, Powerpoint, Excel or Jpeg format can be uploaded at time of submission. Where supporting attachments cannot be uploaded, three hardcopies may be posted to the NSCA Awards Department (See left for details).

    Please do not state “refer to attachment” as your only answer, instead elaborate and clearly explain the reason for its inclusion.

    Applicants should provide adequate objective information to enable the judging panel to form a clear view of the integrity and performance of the submission. Clarity should be the prime consideration. Do not leave any answers open to interpretation - Judges will not “read between the lines.” For HINTS & TIPS see page 17.

    Entry Details

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    c) Terms, Conditions and Agreements of Nomination Submissions

    • The National Safety Council of Australia Ltd (NSCA) reserves the right to revoke any nomination made should it come to its attention that required information was not disclosed or an entry is deliberately incomplete or contains false information which would have affected the panel’s decision

    • The judges’ decision will be final and no further correspondence will be entered into

    • The grant of an award does not constitute NSCA’s or a sponsor’s endorsement of a product, or of the applicant’s total health and safety performance

    • Nominees from previous years are eligible to enter again with the same initiative however, must prove a significant increase in return on investment and improvement in the health and safety initiative since the previous submission

    • Any third party suppliers/contractors utilised in the development of the organisation’s initiative must be recognised

    • The panel may, at its discretion, move a nomination to a more suitable category which is different from the nominated category

    • Any supporting documents or material will not be returned to entrants, unless specifically requested

    • The judges reserve the right not to allocate an award in a particular category if in their opinion there are no entries of sufficient merit

    • Applicants shall not have had a workplace fatality or prosecution in the year for which they are nominating

    • All entries must be original. The entrant must, where

    applicable, own the intellectual property rights in the work, design or invention

    • Entrants acknowledge that they may be required for further questioning, presentations and media interviews in respect to their entry and agree to take all reasonable steps to make themselves available

    • In keeping with the spirit of sharing knowledge to promote Work Health and Safety management, winners agree to share their successful case studies with the public

    • Please note: The panel does not necessarily have the knowledge of the details and background of the organisation or the submission topic. Therefore, please provide as much relevant information as possible

    What is the judging process?A panel of expert assessors appointed by the NSCA conduct the judging throughout July and August. The panel will consider the nominations on the basis of the written evidence submitted, taking into account the nature of the work being carried out. To ensure the progression of your nomination, please ensure your answers are informative and clear with any supporting evidence referenced.

    Under certain circumstances, the judges may require further imformation about your submission. Award finalists may be selected based on a worksite assessment/inspection and/or further questioning via in person or teleconference. All nominees must take reasonable steps to make themselves available for further questioning.

    Entry Details

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    Before you start• Focus on what you do well from a work health and safety

    perspective.

    • Decide which of the eight categories best suit your initiative. You can nominate:

    • In one category

    • Across more than one category with the same initiative and/or

    • More than once within the same category with separate and unrelated initiatives.

    • Consult with your team and management.• If you have questions or need more information please

    contact the NSCA Awards Department – email [email protected] or phone (02) 9213 6299.

    Preparing your nomination• Plan your time to include discussion with relevant

    colleagues, request specific information, answer all the questions, gather evidence and other supporting material and undertake a final review.

    • Read all the questions thoroughly and outline what information you will include in each question to demonstrate the safety issue/s, consultation, development, implementation, progression, outcome and review of your initiative.

    • Answer all parts of the questions asked – use the examples provided as a guideline if needed.

    • Measurable evidence is essential to support your answers – results should be substantiated by facts and figures. E.g. ensure that evidence is provided wherever successful solutions or benchmarks are identified.

    • When explaining your objectives, ensure they are S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Action orientated, Realistic and relevant, Time based).

    • Demonstrate to judges that your strategies are based on sound research, planning and consultation with stakeholders. E.g. outline your consultation methods,

    results and feedback, and provide evidence where necessary.

    • Answers should always be logical, concise and relevant. Use bullet points and subheadings to present your case. Jargon should be avoided and acronyms must first be explained.

    • Provide your answers within the answer box (max 450 words per answer), using the correct font (Arial) and font size (11pt). Photos/images of your initiative are encouraged and can be inserted within the answer box or attached separately at submission.

    • Attachments can be included at time of submission, but please don’t write “refer to attachment” as your only answer, instead elaborate and clearly explain the reason for its inclusion.

    • Allow time for a review process, proof-reading (by someone other than you) and final editing.

    • Use all of the word count - and make each word count. Take the opportunity to promote your initiative, enthusiasm and passion for your safety achievement.

    • Assume nothing – you can only be judged on what you state in your nomination so please spell it out.

    Submitting your nomination• Include any relevant supporting evidence as attachments

    (you will be prompted to include additional attachments at the time of submission). This could include reports, manuals, images, photos of the initiative and of the responsible team and evidence including surveys, evaluations, or statistics in graph, chart or table format.

    • If you are unable to attach information electronically please post three copies of each to the NSCA Awards Department to be received by the closing date.

    • Your nomination can be edited as many times as you like, as long as it is before the submission deadline of Sunday 6 July 2014 (AEST). Access to edit is via your online account.

    Hints & Tips

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    NSCA is a national, member-based, not-for-profit organisation thatprovides safety and risk consulting, auditing and training services toorganisations and individuals.

    With over 86 years of tried and trusted experience, our professional team, the industry experts in all things WHS, work with you in providing sustainable solutions and protecting your most important asset – people.

    NSCA offers a range of services including:

    ConsultingNSCA’s team of expert consultants cover a wide variety of industries and backgrounds. Services include WHS management system development and implementation, compliance reviews, workplace inspections, hazard identification, risk management, incident investigation, emergency procedures, safety culture, gap analysis, property, plant and construction safety, manual handling and ergonomics.

    AuditingOur WHS Management Systems audit services include desktop and site verifications, legal, policy and procedural compliance, gap analysis, National Audit Tool, contractor and supplier audits, risk profiling and audits tailored to clients’ requirements

    TrainingNSCA is a registered training organisation (RTO) offering a wide range of training either at our facilities or at your organisation’s location. Courses include nationally recognised OHS/WHS qualifications including Certificate IV and Diploma, approved jurisdictional OHS/WHS training (eg Health and Safety Representatives), and training in WHS Harmonisation and Due Diligence, general WHS awareness, hazard specific, fire and emergency and customised courses.

    MembershipNSCA members access a great range of benefits including expert advice, member only discounts on training, consulting and auditing services, industry information, subscription to Australia’s leading safety magazine National Safety and career development opportunities.

    EventsNSCA conduct regular Breakfast Seminars ensuring members, students and clients stay abreast of industry changes and can network with like minded professionals. The prestigious annual National Safety Awards of Excellence recognise excellence in WHS.

    WHS OutsourceThe NSCA can assist your organisation cover WHS positions nation-wide by providing qualified and experienced staff for short or long term contracts across all industries.

    About National Safety Council of Australia

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    Major Sponsor

    Category Sponsors

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    Sponsors

    Thank You!The 22nd Annual National Safety Awards of Excellence would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. NSCA are proud to be associated with the below prestigious group of companies. We thank our sponsors for their support and ongoing commitment to advancing work health and safety in Australia.

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