prOHnewS - Newsletter of the Health and Safety Professionals Alliance (HaSPA) - May 2011

Sunday, 22 May, 2011 - 10:00
Industry news

We are pleased to forward for the information of all SIA members the following HaSPA prOHnewS newsletter.   

Welcome to the 11th edition of prOHnewS.

WorkSafe's owner visit program has now delivered 90 six-hour free OHS consultancies. This has resulted in newly developed safety improvement plans (SIP), which have been sponsored by directors and owners of medium-sized businesses.

This work is having a very positive impact within participating organisations. However, what is having an even greater impact is the Inspectors' ongoing interaction with OHS professionals and the shared outcomes they're producing - this demonstrates the benefits of forming partnership programs and working together to solve problems.

For those working in OHS in the construction industry, the 9th SIA OHS construction forum will be held on July 11 there will be a speaker from Safe Work Australia who will discuss the national work health and safety reform.

I hope you enjoy this issue and continue to assist the development of the profession.

Clarke Martin
Chair, HaSPA
WorkSafe Victoria

Owner visit program update

WorkSafe provides six hours of free independent OHS consultancy by approved consultants. These consultants meet with owners/directors of medium-sized businesses to review existing OHS management systems, identify improvement opportunities and develop safety improvement plans (SIPs).

The SIPs are developed by the businesses but fleshed out using advice from the consultants. They map out activities for managers to use in line with agreed timelines. The owners/directors sponsor these projects and ensure they are properly implemented. WorkSafe Inspectors follow up with workplace inspections to monitor the progress and to see if hazards are being controlled.

The owner visit program has ramped up activity and is on track to complete 200 owner visits by the end of June. So far, the program this year has delivered 175 owner visits, 90 six-hour consultancies and 49 completed SIPs.

There are now 29 employers who have finished all aspects of the owner visit intervention process. These employers are all tracking well and have now adopted the seven pillars of safety in their business.

We've received positive feedback from directors, jugglers, Inspectors and OHS consultants. Early analysis suggests companies that participate in the program are achieving better OHS and return to work outcomes.

For further information contact Sandy Ashton on 96411426 or email .

Enter the 2011 WorkSafe Victoria Awards

Now in their 23rd year, the WorkSafe Awards give you a chance to be recognised for making a difference, no matter how small. The Awards provide a platform to share workplace improvements and showcase innovation and leadership.

This year, the WorkSafe Awards are not only a recognition system, they are an online community. You can enter your initiative, browse through others, learn about concepts you can adopt in your workplace, vote for them and share them.

Click here to register your initiative.

WorkSafe's on the road

WorkSafe are holding information sessions to bring you up to date with the latest news and developments in return to work, health and safety and your WorkSafe premium.

We'll be talking about national heath and safety reform and what it means for Victoria, our current workplace safety priorities such as musculoskeletal injury prevention, workplace bullying, and changes to the Accident Compensation Act.

Sessions will run throughout Victoria during May and June. Check locations and dates and book at .

OHS construction forum

The Safety Institute of Australia is holding the 9th SIA OHS construction forum.

Safe Work Australia's Plant and Structures Director, Neil Storey will present model work health and safety legislation and its impact on the Construction Industry

Where: RMIT University City Campus Building 10 Level 13 Room 03 (10.13.03).
When: Monday 11 July 2011, 11am - 1:30pm
RSVP: 4th July 2011

To find out more visit the SIA website.

Safety in Action 2011 video

Highlights from this year's Safety in Action conference are available online. The conference featured more than 50 Australian and international speakers who discussed the latest safety news.

Practicing OHS professionals took part in an interactive workshop to determine how research information can be better accessed by OHS professionals.

The video is available via YouTube and provides a snapshot of this year's conference from speakers and attendees.

Full reports from the conference are available via

Three-minute thesis competition winner 2011

The thesis competition at this year's SIA conference highlighted a range of exciting research projects across Australia. Seven student and five professional researchers presented dynamic and compelling overviews of their research projects in three minutes.

Elise Crawford from CQ University won the student category for her thesis, Optimising new technology in cognitively complex environments.

Dr Helen Kelsall from Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health was awarded the professional researcher award for Risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders in Australian nurses' work and health study.

In the people's choice awards, Monash University student Philip Wadick won for his thesis, The work health and safety triangle.

Dr Rasa Ruseckaite from Monash University's Institute of Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research received an award for Repeat workers' compensation claims: risk factors, costs and work disability as did Dr Paulo Borges from CSIRO for his thesis, Pedestrians and vehicles: Dealing with blind spots to avoid accidents.

Congratulations to all entrants. Full details of the competition, entrants and their research will be available at

Professional coaching program launched

The Safety Institute of Australia's new professional coaching program will be launched in Victoria next month. Other divisions will begin the program soon after.

Coaching is available to all SIA members and all graded members (ie CFSIA, FSIA or CPMSIA) are encouraged to apply to coach. The program will provide a supported and structured approach to developing professional skills for those being coached and those providing coaching. Participation will earn CPD points for both coaches and participants.

To find out more visit the SIA website .

New SIA members

SIA members can now access research databases with over 24,000 journals, books and reports as well as five learning centres with content from over 2000 journals.

To find out more visit the SIA website.

Return to Work compliance code

Returning injured workers to work can reduce the financial and emotional impacts on the employer, worker and the worker's family.

WorkSafe has released four compliance codes to provide practical guidance for employers and hosts who have return to work obligations under the Accident Compensation Act 1985 (the Act.) These publications provide Victorian employers and Return to Work Coordinators with certainty and assistance in meeting their obligations.

Download here
Providing employment, planning and consulting about return to work
Return to Work Coordinators
Return to work information
Cooperating with labour hire employers about return to work    


A northern suburbs caravan manufacturer has pleaded guilty to six counts of failing to comply with safety improvement notices issued by WorkSafe.

Empire Caravans Pty Ltd was fined $5500 without conviction and ordered to pay $2000 in costs.

Read more  

Gary Lawson-Smith
Chief Executive Officer
Safety Institute of Australia Ltd