2019 Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards

The Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards recognise outstanding solutions and innovations to specific workplace health and safety problems in Western Australia. 

Submissions are now open to individuals, associations, partnerships, companies and other organisations operating within the jurisdiction of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS).  DMIRS strongly encourages you to submit an entry for a worthy individual, solution or organisation and would appreciate you informing your colleagues and contacts of the awards.

For the purpose of these awards, “innovation” is broadly defined as either a new initiative or an original solution to a specific health and safety problem. 

The Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards is an amalgamation and replacement of the Safety and Health Resources Sector Awards and the Work Safety Awards.

Who should enter the awards?

Entries are welcome from individuals, groups and organisations in all industries and workplaces operating within the jurisdiction of DMIRS, no matter how small the contribution has been. 

There is no limit to the number of nominations a company can submit, however the same nominations cannot be submitted under more than one category.

Why enter the awards?

Winners of the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards set an example to industry of innovation, achievements in workplace health and safety and excellence.  They will have the opportunity to share their experiences with government, industry and the community. 

The award recipients will be able to use the award logo and advertise their achievements.  Most importantly, businesses will highlight their respect for their staff and the community in which they operate, and the broader Western Australian community.

DMIRS will actively promote the winners.

What to remember when preparing your submission

  • Include a brief description of the operation/project/partnership;
  • Keep your answers succinct and to the point – make use of dot points where possible, include tables and graphs as supporting evidence;
  • Clearly address each criteria – it may help to use the STAR system – Situation, Task, Activities, Results;
  • Your submission should show why your project stands apart from other operations/projects; and
  • Include at least four high resolution photographs and your company logo for publicity purposes, and any graphs, tables, testimonials, etc that best demonstrate the main initiatives and results of your project that are relevant. 

All submissions must first pass through a screening process to ensure they are relevant to the specific criteria.

What are the key dates?

Date Action
4 April 2019 Nominations open
7 June 2019 Entries close
August 2019 Finalists notified
2 October 2019 Winners announced at awards ceremony

 

How do I enter?

Step one

Check that you are eligible to enter the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards.  Read through the terms and conditions of entry 

Step two

Select an award category; nominate the category which best suits.  This may include whether you are a small to medium organisation or a large organisation. 

Small to medium organisation is defined as an actively trading business with 199 employees or less.

Large organisation is defined as an actively trading business with 200 employees or more. 

Read through the judging criteria to find out what you need to include in your submission.

For more information contact safetyawards@dmirs.wa.gov.au or 1300 307 877

Please note the same nominations cannot be submitted under more than one category.  However, the award judges may at their discretion amend the category under which a nomination is considered.

Step three

Use the online form to complete the process.  All entries must be submitted by 5.00pm Friday 7 June 2019.

For promotional purposes, include in your submission a:

  • copy of your organisation’s logo;
  • four high resolution photographs representing your submission;
  • 200 word summary of your submission for use in DMIRS publications and website. 

Should you be selected as a finalist, you may be required to provide additional high resolution images to be used in DMIRS publications.

If you experience any problems with the nomination form please contact safetyawards@dmirs.wa.gov.au or 1300 307 877

What is the assessment and judging process?

Preliminary judging round

  • The preliminary judging round will be undertaken in June 2019.
  • All entries will be assessed by the judging panel based on the information provided in the submission.
  • A shortlist of finalists will be compiled and those entries will proceed to the final judging round as finalists.
  • All finalists will be notified in August 2019.
  • Judges decisions are final and no further correspondence will be undertaken.

Final judging round

  • In the final judging round, a panel of experts will assess the submissions based on the information provided.
  • Those being considered for an award may be required to participate in an interview and may need to be involved in a site validation.
  • Judges decisions are final and no further correspondence will be undertaken.

Award categories

Work health and safety invention of the year - recognises development of plant/equipment engineering and/or infrastructure to enhance health and safety. 

Problem

  • A brief description of the specific problem and the potential health and safety consequences.
  • Outline the form of risk management system or process that was used to identify the issue.
  • If the invention was not designed to respond to a specific problem, a description of how the health and safety initiative or improvement opportunity was identified or developed.

Solution/evaluation

A description of:

  • strategies and initiatives developed to address the problem;
  • methods used to assess the risks relating to the problem;
  • methods used in the development of the solution;
  • how the solution was trialled and tested;
  • how the solution was been implemented across the site/organisation and the impact on the overall operations of the company;
  • how the hierarchy of hazard controls has been applied to develop the solution. Control measures include eliminating the risk, substitution, engineering controls, administrative controls and personal protective equipment; and
  • whether an assessment has identified new hazards since implementation of the solution and subsequent management and strategies.

You may provide claims or incident/injury data and/or any other reporting as evidence.

You may provide details of resources invested in developing the solution (human and financial) and in ensuring it was successfully integrated into the business.

Consultation

  • A description of the approach and involvement of the site’s resources and employees and if appropriate outside organisations.

Benefits and/or effects

  • A description of the health and safety benefits or outcomes.
  • A description of the factors affecting its use and effectiveness.
  • Provision of supporting data demonstrating the benefits/effects achieved.

Transferability

  • A description of the potential for the innovation to be applied, modified or transferred to other settings or industries.
  • A description of any key learnings from the development/implementation of the innovation which can be shared with broader industry to promote health and safety.

Innovation

  • A description of how the invention is original and innovative.
  • The application of creative thinking to address the problem or initiative.

The design of any device entered should be checked by an appropriately qualified designer/engineer and the report attached.

Supporting material can be supplied to help demonstrate claims against the criteria.

Best solution to a work health and safety risk – recognises innovation, implementation and/or design of systems or procedures to improve health and safety.

Problem

  • A brief description of the specific problem and the potential health and safety consequences.
  • Outline the form of risk management system or process that was used to identify the issue.
  • If the innovation was not designed to respond to a specific problem, a description of how the health and safety initiative or improvement opportunity was identified or developed.

Solution/evaluation

A description of:

  • strategies and initiatives developed to address the problem;
  • methods used to assess the risks relating to the problem;
  • methods used in the development of the solution;
  • how the solution was trialled and tested;
  • how the solution was been implemented across the site/organisation and the impact on the overall operations of the company;
  • how the hierarchy of hazard controls has been applied to develop the solution. Control measures include eliminating the risk, substitution, engineering controls, administrative controls and personal protective equipment; and
  • whether an assessment has identified new hazards since implementation of the solution and subsequent management and strategies.

You may provide claims or incident/injury data and/or any other reporting as evidence.

You may provide details of resources invested in developing the solution (human and financial) and in ensuring it was successfully integrated into the business.

Consultation

  • A description of the approach and involvement of the site’s resources and employees and if appropriate outside organisations.

Benefits and/or effects

  • A description of the health and safety benefits or outcomes.
  • A description of the factors affecting its use and effectiveness.
  • Provision of supporting data demonstrating the benefits/effects achieved.

Transferability

  • A description of the potential for the innovation to be applied, modified or transferred to other settings or industries.
  • A description of any key learnings from the development/implementation of the innovation which can be shared with broader industry to promote health and safety.

Innovation

  • A description of how the system or procedure is original and innovative.
  • The application of creative thinking to address the problem or initiative.

Supporting material can be supplied to help demonstrate claims against the criteria.

Best workplace health and wellbeing initiative – recognises an organisations commitment to the health and wellbeing of their workforce.

Problem

  • A description of how the health and wellbeing initiative was identified or developed.
  • A description of the organisational health and wellbeing strategy, if applicable.

Consultation

  • A description of the approach and involvement of the site’s resources and employees and if appropriate outside organisations.

Innovation

  • A description of how this initiative is original and innovative.

Commitment

Details of how the organisation is committed to the initiative and how health and wellbeing is an organisational priority.

Participation

  • A description of how the people in the workplace got involved and their attitude towards participating.
  • A description of how the organisation has integrated health and wellbeing in the organisation’s plans, policies and communications and enacted the health and well-being strategy through operational/work activities.
  • A demonstration of how the organisation has enabled employees at all levels to have an opportunity to participate in the decision-making processes and practices.

Evaluation

  • A demonstration of the benefits in the workplace as a result of the health and wellbeing initiative.
  • A description of the learnings from the review of the initiative and how these will be implemented as part of a continuous improvement strategy.

You may provide details of resources invested in developing the solution (human and financial) and in ensuring it was successfully integrated into the business.

Supporting material can be supplied to help demonstrate claims against the criteria.

Leadership excellence award – recognises an organisations excellence in leadership in improving health and safety in the workplace. 

Achievements

A description of how leadership has:

  • demonstrated commitment to promoting and supporting safety and health representatives in their role;
  • committed to the improvement of health and safety in the workplace above and beyond compliance requirements;
  • generated new and better ways to solve workplace safety issues;
  • developed new initiatives that add to the success of the business and the employees; and
  • created a positive work culture.

Consultation

  • A demonstration of how leadership has enabled employees at all levels to have an opportunity to participate in the decision-making processes and practices.
  • A demonstration of how leadership has gained the support of staff in fostering a positive health and safety culture.

Commitment

  • Details of how the organisation is committed to the initiative and how health and safety is an organisational priority..

Evaluation

  • A demonstrated improvement in the health and safety in the workplace as a result of the initiative.

You may provide details of resources invested in developing the solution (human and financial) and in ensuring it was successfully integrated into the business.

Supporting material can be supplied to help demonstrate claims against the criteria.

Safety and health representative of the year – recognises an elected safety and health representative who has made a significant contribution and demonstrable difference to safety and health in the workplace.

Achievements

  • A description of the individual’s work health and safety achievements/contributions and how they were accomplished.

Representation

  • A description of how the safety and health representative fosters a safe work culture in the workplace though representation and communication.

Functions

  • A description of how the safety and health representative fulfils their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act and Mines Safety Inspection Act 1994.

Commitment

  • Outline the extent of the commitment the safety and health representative has demonstrated to workplace health and safety.

Supporting material can be supplied to help demonstrate claims against the criteria.

Referee

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The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is proud to announce the establishment of Western Australia’s most prestigious workplace health and safety awards.

Bringing together the Work Safety Awards and the Safety and Health Resources Sector Awards, the new Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards are now launched.

The Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards recognise outstanding solutions and innovations to specific workplace health and safety problems in Western Australia.

For the purpose of these awards “innovation” is broadly defined as either a new initiative or an original solution to a specific health and safety problem.

Entries are welcome from individuals, associations, partnerships, companies and organisations in all industries and workplaces, no matter how small the contribution has been. 

There is no limit to the number of nominations a company can submit.

The Department encourages you to submit an entry for a worthy individual, solution or organisation.

There are five nomination categories in the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards.  There will be two winners in each category, an award for a small to medium organisation and another award for large organisations, but more about that later.

The five nomination categories are…

Category 1 - Work health and safety invention of the year.  This category recognises development of plant and equipment engineering and/or infrastructure to enhance health and safety.

Category 2 - Best solution to a work health and safety risk.  This category recognises innovation, implementation and/or design of systems or procedures to improve health and safety.

Category 3 - Best workplace health and wellbeing initiative.  This category recognises an organisations commitment to the health and wellbeing of their workforce.

Category 4 - Leadership excellence award.  This category recognises an organisations excellence in leadership in improving health and safety in the workplace.

And lastly we have Category 5 - Safety and health representative of the year.  This category recognises an elected safety and health representative who has made a significant contribution and demonstrable difference to safety and health in the workplace.

Now that you know the categories, what next? 

There are a few steps to follow to enter your submission.

Step one – Check that you are eligible to enter the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards.  Read through the terms and conditions of entry found on the Department’s website.

Step two – Select an award category, nominate the category which best suits.  This includes whether you are a small to medium organisation or a large organisation. 

Small to medium organisation is defined as an actively trading business with 199 employees or less.

Large organisation is defined as an actively trading business with 200 employees or more.

Read through the judging criteria to find out what you need to include in your submission.  Nominations cannot be submitted under more than one category.  However, the award judges may at their discretion amend the category under which a nomination is considered.

Step three – Use the online form on the DMIRS website to complete the process.  Submissions close on 7 June 2019 at 5pm.

In order to make your submission stand out, there are things you can remember when preparing your nomination:

Include a brief description of the operation, project and partnership.

Keep your answers succinct and to the point.  Make use of dot points where possible, including tables and graphs as supporting evidence.

Clearly address each criteria. 

It may help to use the STAR system when addressing the criteria.  Ask yourself about… 

The Situation – describe the situation or the task that was accomplished

The Task – what were the goals?

Action  - describe the actions that addressed the situation

And the Result – describe the outcome of the actions.

Your submission should show why your project stands apart from other operations and projects.

And lastly, include at least four high resolution photographs, your company logo and any graphs, tables and testimonials that best describe the main initiatives and results of your project that are relevant, as well as a 200 word summary of your submission for use in DMIRS publications and website.

All submission must first pass through a screening process to ensure that they are relevant to the specific criteria.  All nominations will be advised in August 2019 if their submission is accepted.

The assessment and judging process will take place in two rounds.

The preliminary judging round will be undertaken in June 2019

All entries will be assessed by the judging panel based on the information provided in the submission.

A shortlist of finalists will be complied and those entries will proceed to the final judging round as finalists.

All finalists will be notified in August 2019.

Judges decisions are final and no further correspondence will be entered into.

Nominations will be notified if they have made the final judging round in August 2019.

A panel of experts will assess the submissions based on the information provided.

Those being considered for an award may be required to participate in an interview and may need to be involved in a site validation.

Judges decisions are final and no further correspondence will be entered into.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 2 October 2019 at Optus Stadium. 

The award ceremony is a free event, however registration will be necessary.

For more information on the awards ceremony, registration and general information please visit the DMIRS website, subscribe to our news alerts and follow us on social media Twitter @DMIRS_WA and LinkedIn Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Past winners of Western Australia health and safety awards include:

Perth Airport Pty Ltd for Lighted Runway Closure Markers. These can be deployed and packed up by one person with minimal manual handling.

Roy Hill Holding for Lightning Protection System LPS. LPS benefits people by allowing them to safely move around facilities during lightning red alerts, by capturing lightning strikes at preferred points then redirecting the energy to a grounding system.

Rio Tinto Iron Ore for Emergency Response Reduction Initiative.  Best practice, Airborne Contaminants, Risk, Reduction, Initiative and Operation, or ‘BARRIO’, is an effective and practical solution to mitigate the risk of exposure to fire based atmospheric contaminants that have been identified as health risks.

Watertight Robotics Pty Ltd designed an Electronic Underwater Cleaning Robot. The use of robotic cleaning revolutionises potable water asset maintenance by removing the need for divers to undertake dangerous cleaning and inspection activities.

Why should I enter the awards?

Winners set an example to industry of innovation and achievements in workplace health and safety excellence. 

They have the opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge with government, industry and the community.

The award recipients will be able to use the award logo to promote their achievements and success.

Most importantly, businesses will highlight their respect for their staff and the community in which they operate, and the broader Western Australian community.

DMIRS will actively promote the winners.  For more information or if you need help please contact

safetyawards@dmirs.wa.gov.au or 1300 307 877. 

Visit the DMIRS website for more information. 

 

Are you ready to submit an entry?

Remember entries close 7 June 2019.

Nominate now 

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