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Welcome to the Safety Seminars page. Here you will find the 2014 seminar schedule and speakers. If you would like to speak at a future Safety in Action show then please contact safety@informa.com

DAY 1: WEDNESDAY 11 JUNE 2014
Chairman: Greg McLoughlin, Director, Health by Design
9.30
PANEL DISCUSSION: Mine Safety
Simon Ridge, Executive Director & Resources Safety, Department of Mines & Petroleum WA
Nicole Roocke, Director, Chamber of Minerals & Energy Western Australia
Tom Martin, Special Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright

Mine Safety should always be at the forefront of our minds.

The Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) continues in its endeavours to provide appropriate services in an ever changing landscape of new technology and expectations. This is central to the RADARS approach that aspires to establish the WA Department of Mines and Petroleum as a leading practice regulator.

We are therefore delighted that DMP’s Executive Director of Resources Safety, Simon Ridge has agreed to take part in our opening panel discussion on Mine Safety at 9:30 on Wednesday 11thJune.

Joining him will be Nicole Roocke from The Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA. Nicole has responsibility for the portfolios covering Occupational Safety and Health, Land Access, Environment, Infrastructure and the North West and Kimberley Regions and has been with the Chamber for over ten years.

Finally, Tom Martin makes the third member of the panel. Special Counsel with Norton Rose Fulbright, Tom specialises in Occupational Health, Safety and Security.


10.30
PANEL DISCUSSION: The Definition of a Workplace Bully
Tom Martin, Special Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright
Jacquie Hutchinson, Lecturer, University of Western Australia
Rod Astbury, Executive Director, WA Association for Mental Health

According to the Productivity Commission, workplace bullying costs Australian businesses between $6 billion and $36 billion annually. Part of the problem with eliminating bullying or fixing the problem, according to Dr Jacqui Hutchinson from UWA, is that currently explanations are too narrow.

According to her research and a federal parliamentary inquiry into workplace bullying, a broader definition is required. Dr Hutchinson’s research indicates that entire organisations and not just individuals may be to blame for workplace bullying. Issues such as workloads, redundancies and pay scales, as well as the more commonly recognised behaviours such as abusive language may all contribute to workplace bullying.

Dr Hutchinson, together with Tom Martin of Norton Rose Fulbright are two of the panellists on our Workplace Bullying panel discussion at 10:30 am on Wednesday 11th June and they will be looking at how the law recognises a workplace bully.


11.30
The benefits & risks associated with implementing safety management software
Adrian Manessis, Business Development Manager, myosh

Session Overview

The seminar discusses what safety management software is, and how to best implement software in your organisation. Where do people go wrong with implementations and how to best avoid the pitfalls? The seminar discusses features and functions of good safety management software and how to evaluate software including the use of mobile and new technologies.

Topics covered

  • What is safety management software
  • What can I do with safety management software
  • Benefits of software driven solutions
  • Meeting Legislative requirements

12.30
Are you ready for the revised AS1657 on walkways, ladders and platforms?
Carl Sachs, Managing Director, Workplace Access & Safety

The revised Australian Standard AS1657 for fixed ladders, platforms and walkways released in October 2013 plugs some serious holes. Guard rails made of rubber, for example, are now explicitly unacceptable.

While absurd, rubber guard rails technically complied with the 21-year-old AS1657 and the example shows just how sorely an update was needed.

The biggest changes to AS1657 concern selection, labelling, testing and the design of fixed ladders.

This session deals with the major changes to the Australian standard that safety professionals need to consider.


13.30
How to future-proof an ageing workforce against sprain and strain injuries
Terry Wong, General Manager, Move 4 Life

Sprains & strains constitute the highest proportion of workplace injuries in Australia; regularly occupying between 40 and 60% of an organisation’s workplace injury profile. They have wide-ranging effects on productivity, employee morale and the bottom line. Add in the compounding effect of an ageing workforce and we face a significant problem in years to come (if not already).

During Terry’s interactive seminar, come along to discover...
1. Successful sprain & strain prevention strategies from Australia’s leading companies
2. What habits increase the risk of sprains & strains and how to change them
3. Secrets to ageing well within the workplace


14.30
Safety budget success - How to plan it, fund it and get everyone on board
Brenton Hampson, National Sales Manager, Workplace Access & Safety

Launching the speaker series, Brenton Hampson will reveal the secret to funding and managing large OHS projects:

"OHS is often perceived as a cost rather than an investment and a tangled web of red tape. Ironically, occupational health and safety professionals are better equipped than most to present a compelling business case for capital expenditure. Like so many things, the key to success may just be simplicity."

OHS professionals tend to be idealistic, as they should. Capital expenditure decision makers, on the other hand, are often a tad more hard-nosed. Both find the other's approach immensely frustrating and that can be a big problem when it comes to funding safety related capital intensive projects.

Surprisingly, the secret to finding common ground lies in the OHS professional's stock in trade – the risk assessment. The pure logic of combining probability with consequences to assign a risk rating is something that resonates with many senior company officers, who are increasingly attuned to risk management in an uncertain global business environment.

The key is to present the information in a format that very clearly reflects the organisation's objectives, whether they are prudent corporate governance, reputation management or sheer compliance.

Brenton Hampson draws on 15 years of experience in safety, and reveals the secrets to getting projects approved and under way.

 

DAY 2: THURSDAY 12 JUNE 2014
9.30
PANEL DISCUSSION: Drinks, Drugs and Work don't mix
Phillip Collins, Head of Workplace Services, Australian Drug Foundation
Matthew Fry, Director, Rapid Test
Leigh Cleary, Senior Workforce Development Officer, Drug & Alcohol Office, Government of Western Australia
Dr Johan Conradie, Director Biochemistry & Drug of Abuse Laboratory, Western Diagnostic Pathology
Dan Johnson, Sales Specialist & Training Officer, Alcolizer Technology

More than one in 20 Australian workers admit to having worked under the influence of alcohol and almost one in 50 report attending work under the influence of psychoactive drugs, according to a 2011 survey entitled Intoxicated Workers: Findings from a National Australian Survey. Furthermore, these alarming rates are even higher for some industries, such as the hospitality industry, construction, and financial services.

These findings impact all Australian workers and raise concerns around legal and privacy issues, efficiency and effectiveness of processes and procedures and raise questions such as how, when and how often can you test?

These issues, concerns and questions will be covered in our panel discussion on Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace with Phillip Collins, Matthew Fry and Leigh Cleary at 9:30 on Thursday 12th June.


10.30
5 Essential Steps to a Health & Injury Prevention Programme
Eoghan McKenna, Exercise Physiologist, Logic Health

Logic Health implements injury prevention health and wellbeing programmes to assist companies reduce workers compensation premiums.

This seminar session will show you how to implement these programmes into your business successfully, thus reducing workers compensation premiums and looking after employees.

The five key steps in designing a health & injury prevention programme to reduce workers compensation premiums are
- Essential research you must first conduct.
- Know your measurables.
- Identifing high risk areas.
- Implemention.
- Measuring your success.

You will return to your workplace empowered to run these programs or at least to be able to initiate your own in house programme.


11.30
PANEL DISCUSSION: Building Safety
Dr Susanne Bahn, Senior Lecturer, Edith Cowan University
Joanne Garlick, Consultant, Conexus Consulting
Ian Munns, Director Policy & Education, WorkSafe

The building and construction industry in WA has a poor safety record due, in the main, to the many unique challenges it faces. Included among them are a tendency towards subcontracting, an influx of unskilled workers (which in itself has its own safety implications) and of course, working at heights.

Our panellists will consider and discuss the key safety issues facing the building industry and its workers in WA and identify the best strategies to overcome and mitigate the risks involved.

Our panellists include Ian Munns (WorkSafe), Dr Susanne Bahn and Joanne Garlick (Connexus Consulting).


12.30
Are you ready for the revised AS1657 on walkways, ladders and platforms?
Carl Sachs, Managing Director, Workplace Access & Safety

The revised Australian Standard AS1657 for fixed ladders, platforms and walkways released in October 2013 plugs some serious holes. Guard rails made of rubber, for example, are now explicitly unacceptable.

While absurd, rubber guard rails technically complied with the 21-year-old AS1657 and the example shows just how sorely an update was needed.

The biggest changes to AS1657 concern selection, labelling, testing and the design of fixed ladders.

This session deals with the major changes to the Australian standard that safety professionals need to consider.


13.30
Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012 - 2022
Ian Munns, Director Policy & Education, WorkSafe

The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 builds on the earlier 2002-2012 National OHS Strategy and has been endorsed by the Workplace Relations Ministers Council, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Australian Council of Trade Unions. The strategy provides the framework for a broad range of national activities to improve the health and safety of workers in Australia.


14.30
Safety budget success – How to plan it, fund it and get everyone on board
Brenton Hampson, National Sales Manager, Workplace Access & Safety

Launching the speaker series, Brenton Hampson will reveal the secret to funding and managing large OHS projects:

"OHS is often perceived as a cost rather than an investment and a tangled web of red tape. Ironically, occupational health and safety professionals are better equipped than most to present a compelling business case for capital expenditure. Like so many things, the key to success may just be simplicity."

OHS professionals tend to be idealistic, as they should. Capital expenditure decision makers, on the other hand, are often a tad more hard-nosed. Both find the other's approach immensely frustrating and that can be a big problem when it comes to funding safety related capital intensive projects.

Surprisingly, the secret to finding common ground lies in the OHS professional's stock in trade – the risk assessment. The pure logic of combining probability with consequences to assign a risk rating is something that resonates with many senior company officers, who are increasingly attuned to risk management in an uncertain global business environment.

The key is to present the information in a format that very clearly reflects the organisation's objectives, whether they are prudent corporate governance, reputation management or sheer compliance.

Brenton Hampson draws on 15 years of experience in safety, and reveals the secrets to getting projects approved and under way.