B.10 Work Health and Safety

Introduction

The Directorate remains focused on continuous improvement and leadership in building a workplace safety culture that provides safe and healthy workplaces for all employees, volunteers and others involved in delivering services. During the reporting year, the Directorate continued its commitment to Work Health and Safety (WHS) by delivering on a range of activities and initiatives which include:

  • Integrating the five priority areas of the ACT Public Sector Work Health, Safety and Wellbeing Strategy 2019-22 into its safety management system.
  • Launching the JACS Work Health, Safety and Wellbeing Plan 2020 –24, which sets objectives and targets for the Directorate and is aligned with the ACT Public Sector Work Health, Safety and Wellbeing Strategy 2019-22.
  • Launching the Director-General Work Health and Safety Statement of Commitment. The statement reaffirmed the executive’s commitment to providing strong visible leadership to embed and sustain a robust safety and wellbeing culture that enables safe and healthy workplaces.
  • Providing ongoing training in WHS Legislation and due diligence obligations to the leadership team.
  • Providing ongoing WHS specialist advice and supporting the JACS Incident Management Team during the initial phase and throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • Delivering training programs including Root Cause Analysis and Due Diligence.
  • Providing ongoing WHS Reporting to the Strategic Management Committee and Business Units.
  • Developing and implementing WHS documents:
    • Work Health and Safety Permit to Work System Hot Work – Guideline
    • Hazardous Chemicals – Guideline
    • WHS Duties of Officers – Fact sheet
    • Exposure to occupational heat and hot environment guideline
    • JACS Safety Management System Framework
    • First Aid Standard Operating Procedure 
    • Work Health and Safety Risk Management Policy
    • Electrical Safety Standard Operating Procedure
    • Hazard Identification and Risk Management Procedures
    • Commenced developing an Occupational Violence Framework in line with the ACT Government Management Occupational Violence Policy.
  • Conducting risk assessments and accident/incident investigations over the past 12 months covering
    a broad range of hazards such as occupational violence falls from height and notifiable incidents.
  • Reviewing slip, trip, falls of persons ascending and descending the internal stairs of the Magistrates Court Building leading to level 1.
  • Providing ongoing ergonomic advice and support to business units throughout the Directorate.
  • Assisting business units in investigating notifiable incidents.
  • Reviewing business unit COVID-19 risk assessments, including end of year functions during the COVID-19 Pandemic crisis.
  • Coordinating the Flu Immunisation program.
  • Undertaking a review of the management of sharps and internal cleaning of vehicles for ACT Ambulance Service.
  • Providing feedback and comment on Whole of Government WHS policies, procedures, guidelines, and risk assessments.
  • Supporting National Safety Month in October 2020 by coordinating several online events due
    to COVID-19 restrictions.