Best workplace health and safety management system
WINNER - Inghams Enterprises
A household name in food, particularly poultry, Inghams employs 2300 people and deals with more than 250 contractors in NSW.
Its work health and safety (WHS) management system is based on the national self-insurer WHS tool (NAT). each work site is audited on an 18-month rotating basis against the NAT while the system is externally audited every 12 months for improvement and benchmarking purposes. Over the past three years, Inghams has achieved a five per cent reduction in claims, a 38 per cent reduction in the number of incidents and a 35 per cent reduction in lost time injuries.
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Orange City Council
The impetus for better management of workplace health and safety came from the Australian Government's promise of funding for completion of a distributor road network by the Council contingent on its accreditation to standard AS/NZS4801. Several years down the track and the Council has become the first local government authority to achieve accreditation under the Office of the Federal Commissioner for its work health and safety management system.
Workers compensation claims have declined since the initial commitment to developing a systematic approach to managing workplace safety. In taking its focus on work health and safety to a new level, the Council has also identified a pathway for other organisations to follow.