The Work Health and Safety Committee met four times during 2014–15. The committee’s role is to assist AFMA to develop, implement, review and update policies and procedures in relation to work, health and safety, incident reporting and consequent prevention measures, improving the cooperation between AFMA and its staff on work, health and safety issues and helping AFMA to distribute work, health and safety information.
AFMA continued to recognise the importance for a heathy workplace including mental health and general wellbeing. The 2015 health and wellbeing program offered staff specific initiatives including onsite health checks and influenza vaccinations. The program also included various lunch time seminars and workshops on topics including mental health awareness, healthy heart, being sun smart and a healthy eating and cooking demonstration.
A Beyond Blue mental health information session was provided internally to increase staff awareness and understanding of anxiety and depression and to reduce the associated stigma that goes with this. Raising awareness and understanding can assist in reducing the impact of anxiety, depression and suicide in the workforce and in the general community. In addition a session was held to introduce New Access, a Beyond Blue initiative which offers free and confidential support to help tackle day—to—day pressures, through the guidance and support of trained Access Coaches.
All new starters to AFMA are provided with an assessment of their workstation as part of their new starter induction. The Human Resources Section undertook basic workstation assessments for all new starters and any other staff as requested. Eight workstation assessments were conducted in 2014–15 by an external assessor and as a result of these assessments a variety of measures were implemented, including specialised equipment.
AFMA’s workers compensation premiums have slightly increased. There were no injuries or incidents that were required to be notified to Comcare that fell within the definition of a Dangerous Occurrence under the Work Health and Safety Legislation.
We have continued to successfully rehabilitate a number of staff who incurred an injury with the potential to become more serious.
In 2014–15 AFMA recorded 19 incidents, accidents or near—misses (see Figure 03). This rate is slightly up from 15 in 2013–14 and was dominated by minor incidents. There were only two personal injuries resulting in two or more weeks absence.
No investigations were conducted by Comcare under the Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011. In addition, there were no notices issued in relation to work, health and safety representatives and no prohibition notices issued.Figure 03: AFMA work health and safety incident reports comparison
In working towards AFMA’s goals and objectives, staff are expected to maintain the highest standards of business and personal ethics. These expectations are underpinned by: