AFMA is committed to fostering a proactive and collaborative approach to the management of work health and safety in the workplace.
AFMA’s Work Health and Safety Committee comprises staff and management representatives. The committee focuses on continuous improvement in the management of workplace health and safety issues and provides a consultative mechanism for employees and their representatives to raise and address workplace health and safety concerns.
AFMA is dedicated to promoting a healthy workplace including mental health and general wellbeing. Health and safety initiatives during 2015–16 included:
AFMA has also introduced a Work Health and Safety and Rehabilitation Management System Commitment Statement. The statement outlines AFMA’s commitment to ensuring compliance with, and implementation of, the rehabilitation management system. The system is the framework of processes and procedures used to ensure that AFMA can achieve its rehabilitation objectives. AFMA’s rehabilitation management system:
AFMA’s policies and procedures seek to protect all our employees. Promoting safe practices is a fundamental and inherent part of how we think about our operations and procedures. AFMA has developed and implemented a series of work health and safety fact sheets as part of our long term commitment to improving the physical and mental health of staff. These fact sheets included:
AFMA continued to provide high quality and timely rehabilitation assistance and support to employees with an injury or illness.
Our commitment to promoting and monitoring a strong health and safety culture within our workforce coupled with our proactive management of injury or illness cases has seen AFMA’s workers compensation premiums for
2015–16 decrease by 31 per cent from the previous financial year.
Graph 3 compares work health and safety statistics from 2014–15 to 2015–16. A total of 22 incidents were reported in 2015–16, with ‘body stressing’ accounting for the highest proportion (41 per cent) of all reported incidents. The total number of reported incidents has increased slightly compared to those reported in 2014–15.
Graph 3: AFMA work health and safety incident reports comparison
Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 AFMA is required to report ‘notifiable incidents’ to Comcare where the incident results in:
There was one notifiable incident reported to Comcare for 2015–16, relating to an at-sea boarding activity. This incident was subsequently investigated by Comcare along with the owner/operator of the vessel with AFMA being advised by Comcare that the matter was finalised with no further action being required from AFMA.
This incident resulted in an increase in our ‘notifiable incident’ reporting to Comcare from last year where there were no notifiable incidents reported.
There were no notices issued by work health and safety representatives and no compliance actions such as improvement or prohibition notices issued by Comcare.
Figure 34: Warp deflectors are used to scare birds away from fishing gear – Photo courtesy of Will Hansen, AFMA.