SafeWork Australia announces award winner for workplace OHS and WHS program

by Kylie Field

Dec 18, 2017

Safe Work Australia has announced the Workplace Reward 2017 has been awarded to Comdain Infrastructure for running a successful National Safe Work Month initiative.

Safe Work Australia’s chief executive officer Michelle Baxter congratulated the infrastructure business, which specialises in the gas and water sectors, for its ‘Safety Leaders’ initiative.

“Comdain’s leadership campaign was inclusive, engaged all levels of staff, empowered them to make good safety choices, and maximized knowledge retention across the organisation,” said Baxter.

“Comdain is to be particularly commended on their education program designed specifically to address WHS concerns within their business.”

According to Safe Work Australia, in an effort to raise awareness and improve safety outcomes, Comdain initiated an education program with the tagline ‘Take the lead. Everyone. Every day,’ and held activities across all sites focused on change management and a new high-risk activity each week.

The safety initiative was so well received by the organisation’s 450 staff that the education program will now continue on a monthly basis.

“Comdain’s safety initiative demonstrates a strong long-term commitment to WHS and places a particular emphasis on the safety of their workers,” said Baxter.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition from Safe Work Australia. The key to our success was simple messaging delivered by our people with passion and genuine care,” said Comdain Infrastructure’s chief operating officer Jim Gaha.

“Everyone got involved and the outcomes were beyond our expectations.”

​ Joint runner-ups for the awards included Coca-Cola Amatil and Taronga Conservation Society Australia, with highly commends going to Americold Logistics Ltd and the University of Western Australia’s Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences for their high-quality entry this year.

 


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