Safety and Health Workshops 2016

Welcome to the 2016 Safety and Health Workshops.

If you are a business owner, employer, manager, supervisor, safety and health representative or an OSH manager, book now for the 2016 Safety and Health Workshops.

You will have the opportunity to hear and learn from presenters with a wealth of occupational safety and health industry experience and expertise, as well as gain tools, techniques and strategies to take back to your workplace.

Brought to you by the WorkSafe Division of the Department of Commerce, the workshops are extremely popular and spaces fill quickly, so book early.

Important information

Registration will be processed when payment has been received. An email including a tax invoice/receipt will be sent as confirmation of registration. In the case of multiple bookings from the one organisation, registration submissions must be completed for each participant.

Tickets must be presented at the workshop registration desk on the day.

For enquires email worksafersvp@commerce.wa.gov.au 

Tuesday 4 October 2016 

Morning session : Excellence in Safety Leadership

Safety is a result of everything that happens in a business, and more than any other factor, Leadership will define the culture of safety that exists in an organisation. Leadership though is not just about what happens at the executive table, it is about the way every level of leadership in the organisation conducts itself and encourages others around them to prioritise safety. This workshop explores the role of leadership, and provides an introduction to the competencies of effective safety leaders. It will provide you with an opportunity to reflect on your approach and to identify areas where your leadership can be developed.

Date: Tuesday 4 October

Time: 8:00am for an 8.15am start – 11.30am - Morning tea provided

Venue: Seminar Room 1, Technology Park Function Centre, 2 Brodie Hall Drive, Bentley

Cost: $40 per person plus booking and handling fee

Presenter: Mathew Bowen: Director, Sentis Australia

Mathew is a Director with Sentis Australia, and has been working in the field of safety and health for more than a decade. He is a registered psychologist with post graduate qualifications in change management, and has partnered with organisations throughout Australia, Africa, Europe and North America to strengthen and improve safety culture.

Eventbrite - Excellence in Safety Leadership 

Afternoon session:  Enhancing participation and engagement in organisational wellness programs

This practical workshop focuses on enhancing participation and engagement in wellness programs. Methods that focus on what the employer can do to enhance participation in wellness programs will be discussed.  Ali will explain and assist participants on how write a high-level business case to support the design, delivery and routine evaluation of an organisational wellness program.

Date: Tuesday 4 October

Cost: $40 per person plus booking and handling fee

Time: 12:00 noon for a 12.15 pm start – 3.30 pm - afternoon tea provided

Presenter: Dr Ali Burston: Director Metisphere

Ali is a Director with Ali is a Director with Metisphere and has managed various organisational development, team development, executive coaching, wellness program design and management, psychometric assessment and culture projects for her clients. Additionally, Ali has contributed to gender parity through her industry projects with Women in Mining by facilitating mentoring to hundreds of female mining professionals throughout Australia. She is the CPD Portfolio Coordinator with WA COP, committee member with WIMWA and University Liaison Consultative member with Murdoch University.

Eventbrite - Enhancing participation and engagement in organisational wellness programs

Wednesday 5 October

Employers Session: Harmonious workplaces - Preventing and managing unhealthy workplace behaviour

Are there signs of unhealthy workplace behaviour in your workplace, where staff are not getting on or they feel they have been treated unfairly? While each of us are human and act respectfully most of the time, there are occasions when behaviours can get out of hand and the mental health of those involved can be affected.

The importance of sound leadership, effective communication and healthy workplace cultures for harmonious workplaces will be emphasised during this session. In addition this session will provide information for employers on:

  • what negative workplace behaviours are (such as bullying behaviours and conflict);
  • risk factors associated with negative workplace behaviours;
  • risk management approach;
  • examples of risk assessment tools; and
  • responding and managing negative behaviours in the workplace.

Date: Wednesday 5 October 2016

Time:  9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Venue: Mason Bird Building, 303 Sevenoaks Street, CANNINGTON WA

Cost: Free

Presenter: Justine McGillivray: Senior Inspector/Scientific Officer, Human Factors and Ergonomics, WorkSafe Division, Department of Commerce.

 Preventing & managing unhealthy workplace behaviour - Employers 

Thursday 6 October

Afternoon session: Diesel as a carcinogen - Control, management, study into effects and innovations

Alison, Susan and Renee, will present the results of the 2012  Australian Work Exposures Study, or AWES, which investigated the current prevalence of exposure to occupational carcinogens among Australian workers and how exposure varied among ethnic groups. The AWES investigated exposure to 38 carcinogens, including diesel engine exhaust. Brian and Mark will discuss measurement techniques and issues and also provide a review of practicable control measures and technologies.

Date: Thursday 6 October

Time: 12:00 noon for a 12.15 pm start – 3.30 pm - afternoon tea provided

Venue: Seminar Room 1, Technology Park Function Centre, 2 Brodie Hall Drive, Bentley

Cost: $40 per person plus booking and handling fee

Presenters: Associate Professor Alison Reid, School of Public Health, Curtin University; Dr Susan Peters, Senior Research Fellow, School of Population Health, UWA; Dr Renee Carey, Research Fellow, School of Public Health, Curtin University, Dr Brian Davies AM, Honorary Principal Fellow, School of Health & Society, University of Wollongong and Mark Lewis Inspector/Scientific Officer, Health Hazards and Plant Safety, WorkSafe Division, Department of Commerce.

 The Australian Work Exposures Study (AWES)

Associate Professor Alison Reid, School of Public Health, Curtin University

Alison’s work examines the occupational causes of disease and risks among sub groups of the population. Specifically she is interested in the working conditions and hazard risks of migrant workers. She has examined whether the incidence of fatal and non-fatal work-related accidents and injuries differed among foreign and Australian-born workers and whether exposure to workplace carcinogens differs by ethnicity, country of birth or language spoken. Her other area of interest is low dose asbestos exposure and asbestos-related diseases and she has studied these among women and children exposed to blue asbestos at Wittenoom, Western Australia.

Dr Susan Peters, Senior Research Fellow, School of Population Health, UWA

Susan’s work is focused upon exposure assessment and its methodology within occupational epidemiology. Her research activities are primarily concentrated on occupational causes of cancer, but also of other chronic illnesses, such as non-malignant respiratory and neurodegenerative diseases. Susan is currently leading several studies on occupational exposures and adverse health effects in the Australian mining industry. Further, she has been involved in the exposure assessment and risk analyses in various Australian and international case-control and cohort studies.

Dr Renee Carey, Research Fellow, School of Public Health, Curtin University

Renee Carey is a postdoctoral research fellow with a particular interest in lifestyle causes of cancer. She was previously the project coordinator of a large-scale epidemiological survey investigating current occupational exposure to carcinogens, the Australian Work Exposures Study (AWES). Her current research looks at the future burden of cancer resulting from current occupational and lifestyle exposures.

Dr Brian Davies AM, Honorary Principal Fellow, School of Health & Society, University of Wollongong NSW 

Brian’s interest in diesel particulate began in 1988 in his then role as Chief Occupational Hygienist for BHP Co Ltd, and he has been an active researcher in the field since 1990, completing his PhD on the control of diesel particulate in coal mines in 2004. Brian has had a long history of monitoring diesel emissions and has been involved in a number of projects to develop instrumentation & software to better measure and manage diesel emissions. In 2005 Brian was honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia for his contributions to the health of coal miners.

Brian is currently an Honorary Principal Fellow at the University of Wollongong where he supervises PhD students conducting research in diesel emissions and respiratory protection.

Mark Lewis Inspector/Scientific Officer, Health Hazards and Plant Safety, WorkSafe Division, Department of Commerce

Mark is a Scientific Officer who has worked with WorkSafe for 12 years. He has worked across the different Inspectorate teams including the Services Industries Branch and now works within the Occupational Hygiene Team. He performs compliance and education activities across a wide range of subjects including asbestos, Legionaries disease, chemical safety and other biological hazards.

Prior to this he worked for the Department of Health for 12 years.

The Health Hazards team work across the health science area for a range of industries such as  construction, manufacturing, healthcare, transport, education and personal services.  

Tuesday 11 October 2016

Morning session: Safe movement of vehicles and mobile plant - More than line markings

On average over the past five years  1,759 people have been injured  in Western Australian workplaces from being hit by moving object/s such as vehicles and plant.  The movement and interaction of vehicles, plant and pedestrians is common at most workplaces.

Some common areas where vehicles, mobile plant and pedestrians interact include:

  • Car parks
  • Moving between work sites or areas
  • Maintenance / service areas/ bays
  • Loading and unloading areas

In discussing the legislative requirements  and looking at past incidents, this session will provide attendees with an understanding of the risk assessment process and what practical control measures may be suited for to their workplace.

Date: Tuesday 11 October

Time: 8:00am for an 8.15am start – 11.30am - Morning tea provided

Venue: Seminar Room 1, Technology Park Function Centre, 2 Brodie Hall Drive, Bentley

Cost: $40 per person plus booking and handling fee

Presenters: Sharon Kerr, WorkSafe senior inspector

Sharon Kerr Senior Inspector, Services Industry Team, WorkSafe Division, Department of Commerce

Sharon has been with WorkSafe for 6 years working across a variety of industries  in the Services Industries and Transport and Retail Team.  Prior to this she has worked within the health and retail sectors in a range of roles including safety, injury management and workers compensation.

While at WorkSafe Sharon has conducted proactive and reactive compliance and advice to a wide variety of industries – from local and state government, waste management facilities, transport companies, accommodation, through to hair and nail salons and mechanical workshops.

Eventbrite - Workplace traffic management planning - More than line markings

Afternoon session: Safety and health representatives forum

This session provides Safety and Health Representatives with the opportunity to update their communication skills and network with like minded people from other organisations.  Vicki will  explore effective safety and health communication methods in the workplace that will assist Safety and Health Representatives to resolve matters in a timely and cooperative manner. Most lost time injuries in Australia are caused by hazardous manual tasks and successfully controlling the risk of injury from manual tasks requires consultation between employers and employees.  Safety and Health Representatives have a fundamental role in this consultation and Kath will provide some real life examples of how effective communication can directly reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace.

Date: Tuesday 11 October

Time: 12:00 noon for a 12.15 pm start – 3.30 pm - afternoon tea provided

Venue: Seminar Room 1, Technology Park Function Centre, 2 Brodie Hall Drive, Bentley

Cost: $40 per person plus booking and handling fee

Presenters: Vicki Smith and Kath Jones

Vicki Smith (B.Sc. Occupational Health and Safety, CPMSIA - Certified Generalist OHS Professional)

Vicki has been involved in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in Western Australia for the past 22 years. She has managed safety and health for large national organisations and introduced innovative and practical solutions in what was then, a relatively unknown discipline of work place management.

Vicki was the Managing Director at Professional Workplace Trainers Pty Ltd for 10 years and in that time facilitated training in OSH for industries such as mining, construction, retail, maritime and transport.  Her on-site experience has given her skills and knowledge in best practice organisational policies, procedures and strategies.

KathJones Senior Inspector/Scientific Officer

Kath Jones is a Senior Inspector / Scientific Officer in the Human Factors and Ergonomics team at WorkSafe WA and has extensive experience in providing advice to employers and employees on manual task solutions across a number of industries.  Kath has provided presentations and workshops for WorkSafe Forums for a number of years and has recently coordinated and presented at the Health and Community Sector OSH industry Forums on prevention of injuries from manual tasks. Kath has been an active committee member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia for nearly a decade and continues to provide professional development sessions on physical and cognitive ergonomic risks. 

Eventbrite - Safety and health representative forum

Tuesday 18 October 2016

Morning session: Sustainable Safety Culture

Mature safety cultures exist where there is an explicit agreement among everyone in the organisation on the value of safety, and an alignment between all of the parts of the business that affect safety performance. This session explores concepts of change and individual engagement as they relate to building safety culture, as well as a look at how to create and sustain systems that support a shift in attitudes and behaviour across a business. It will provide you with some simple ideas that can assist with any change you are looking to make in your safety culture.

Date: Tuesday 18 October

Time: 8:00am for an 8.15am start – 11.30am - Morning tea provided

Venue: Seminar Room 2, Technology Park Function Centre, 2 Brodie Hall Drive, Bentley

Cost: $40 per person plus booking and handling fee

Presenter: Mathew Bowen: Director, Sentis Australia

Mathew is a Director with Sentis Australia, and has been working in the field of safety and health for more than a decade. He is a registered psychologist with post graduate qualifications in change management, and has partnered with organisations throughout Australia, Africa, Europe and North America to strengthen and improve safety culture. 

Eventbrite - Sustainable Safety Culture

Afternoon session: Plant safety: piecing together a catastrophic accident

While under pressure, a tank (a pressure vessel) had a catastrophic failure causing the death of two workers.

This workshop examines in detail the background to the event, the cause of the explosion and practical guidance on the inspection of pressure vessels.

OSH advisors, managers and supervisors who deal with plant in the workplace have a unique opportunity to work through an investigation and examine some of the evidence.

Date: Tuesday 18 October

Time: 12:00 noon for a 12.15 pm start – 3.30 pm afternoon tea provided

Venue: Seminar Room 2, Technology Park Function Centre, 2 Brodie Hall Drive, Bentley

Cost: $40 per person plus booking and handling fee

Presenter: Geoffrey Kennedy, Plant Inspector, Plant and Engineering, WorkSafe Division, Department of Commerce

Geoffrey is a certified in-service plant inspector with experience in petroleum and mining. He is on the executive committee of the Australian Institute of Engineering Surveyors.

Much of Geoffrey’s work involves plant-related investigations where there may be a fatality or injury or failure within the plant which includes pressure equipment, lifts, showground rides and cranes.

 piecing together a catastrophic accident 

Thursday 20 October 2016

Morning session: Fatigue Risk Management

Fatigue refers to mental or physical exhaustion that stops a person from being able to function normally. This workshop is designed to help organisations and employees work together to understand and mitigate fatigue risk. Participants can expect to gain:

  • An understanding of physical fatigue versus mental fatigue;
  • An understanding of sleep and why it is important to fatigue management;
  • An understanding of hours of work and roster characteristics that increase fatigue risk;
  • The body clock and circadian rhythms; and
  • Applying a risk management approach to fatigue.

Date: Thursday 20th October

Time: 8:00am for an 8.15am start – 11.30am morning tea provided

Venue: Theatrette, Technology Park Function Centre, 2 Brodie Hall Drive, Bentley

Cost: $40 per person plus booking and handling fee

Presenter: Jason van Schie: Managing Director, People Diagnostix

Jason holds a Masters of Applied Psychology (Occupational), and has been working as a registered psychologist in Australia since 2005. He has approximately 10 years’ experience consulting to organisations in the areas of employee fitness for work with a particular focus on sleep health, fatigue risk management and mental health/wellness and is a board member of the Sleep Health Foundation of Australia.

Eventbrite - Fatigue Risk Management

Afternoon session: The importance of safe design

Those responsible for the design phase of a building or structure may need to consider which hazards or risks are evident and whether these might be eliminated or controlled as part of the design process. This thought provoking  workshop includes presentations by relevant industry stakeholders on safe design.

Date: Thursday 20th October 2016

Time: 12:00 noon for a 12.15 pm start – 3.30 pm afternoon tea provided

Venue: Theatrette, Technology Park Function Centre, 2 Brodie Hall Drive, Bentley

Presenters: Renae Harding, Special Counsel - Jackson McDonald; Chris Kirwin, Director - Construction, Regional and Primary Industries, WorkSafe Division. Department of Commerce; Mark Lommers,  Chair of the Western Australian Committee of the Australian Institute of Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating;Andrew Peppercorn, Board Member Master Builders Association of Western Australia; and Davis Wright, Tremco.

Eventbrite - The importance of safe design  

Friday 21 October 2016

Employers Session: Harmonious workplaces - Preventing and managing unhealthy workplace behaviour

Are there signs of unhealthy workplace behaviour in your workplace, where staff are not getting on or they feel they have been treated unfairly? While each of us are human and act respectfully most of the time, there are occasions when behaviours can get out of hand and the mental health of those involved can be affected.

The importance of sound leadership, effective communication and healthy workplace cultures for harmonious workplaces will be emphasised during this session. In addition this session will provide information for employers on:

  • what negative workplace behaviours are (such as bullying behaviours and conflict);
  • risk factors associated with negative workplace behaviours;
  • risk management approach;
  • examples of risk assessment tools; and
  • responding and managing negative behaviours in the workplace.

Date: Friday 21 October 2016

Time:  12:00pm - 3:30pm

Venue: Mason Bird Building, 303 Sevenoaks Street, CANNINGTON WA

Cost: Free

Presenter: Justine McGillivray: Senior Inspector/Scientific Officer, Human Factors and Ergonomics, WorkSafe Division, Department of Commerce.

 Preventing & managing unhealthy workplace behaviour - Employers

Tuesday 25 October 2016

Safety and health forum - Bunbury

WorkSafe inspectors will present:

  • Harmonious workplaces: Preventing and managing unhealthy workplace behaviour  
    Presenter
    :  Helen Mott - Senior Inspector/Scientific Officer, Human Factors and Ergonomics, WorkSafe Division, Department of Commerce.
  • Plant in the workplace 
    Presenter:
     Geoffrey Kennedy, Plant Inspector, Plant and Engineering, WorkSafe Division, Department of Commerce
  • Safe movement of vehicles and mobile plant - More than line markings
  • Q Fever  -  Are you at risk? 
    Presenter: 
     Gwen Dempsey Senior Inspector / Occupational Health Nurse – Health Hazards Branch, WorkSafe Division, Department of Commerce.
  • The importance of safe design 
    Presenter: 
    Chris Kirwin – Director - Construction, Regional & Primary Industries, WorkSafe division, Department of Commerce
  • Panel discussion

When:  Tuesday 25 October 2016

Time: 8:30 for 8:45 start – concludes 1.00pm -  morning tea provided

Location: 10th Floor Conference Room - Bunbury Tower 61 Victoria Avenue  BUNBURY WA 6230

Cost: $20.00

Eventbrite - Safety and health forum - Bunbury

Cancellation policy

Workshop sessions cannot be changed or transferred once booked and paid for. If you wish to change your workshop session selection, please cancel your booking and you will be refunded as long it is within the cancellation time frame. To select a new workshop (if places are still available) simply follow the registration process again and pay.

If you are unable to attend a workshop session a substitute participant can attend at no extra charge, but they must bring the original session ticket to the workshop. New tickets will not be issued.

A full refund will be made for cancellations received up to one week prior to the selected workshop. Any cancellations made after this period will not be refunded.

For enquires email worksafersvp@commerce.wa.gov.au 

 

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