WorkSafe Awards 2018

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2018 WorkSafe Awards and Cocktail Evening

This night celebrates excellence in health, safety and wellbeing. Hosted by John X, the 2018 Awards and Cocktail Evening is a fantastic opportunity to connect with peers, establish new professional connections and celebrate achievements in the field.

Date: Monday 22 October 2018
Time: 6pm, formalities finish at 9pm
Location: Grand Ballroom, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart
Dress Code: Business formal /cocktail
Cost: $50. Purchase tickets on the conference website.

WorkSafe Awards 2018

About the Awards

The WorkSafe Tasmania Awards are conducted every two years to:

  • promote, encourage and publicly recognise innovation and excellence in work health, safety, wellbeing, rehabilitation and return to work
  • influence the Tasmanian community’s attitudes and values towards work health, safety, wellbeing, rehabilitation and return to work, to encourage a change to positive behaviours and broader workplace engagement.

Read on to find out about 2018’s new categories and entry criteria.

Entering the Awards

Entries for the 2018 WorkSafe Awards will open early March.

Entries will close at 11.59pm on Sunday 3 June.

You can enter the WorkSafe Awards:

  • as an organisation or individual (depending on the category)
  • if you have a relevant initiative that is in the development stage, newly implemented or fully implemented that fits one of the seven categories
  • if you have achieved positive outcomes in work health, safety, wellbeing, rehabilitation and return to work

How to enter

Entering is easy; just follow these steps:

  1. Choose your category or categories (each category will require its own entry).
  2. Prepare your entry online. You will be able to save your entry and return to it at a later time.
  3. Gather your supporting documents and evidence, including several high resolution images of your initiative and a high resolution version of your company logo in either .EPS or .JPG or .TIFF. Images embedded in other documentation will not be accepted.
  4. Complete the online checklist to ensure you have provided all the necessary information and documentation.
  5. Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  6. Submit your entry.

Awards categories

  • Category 1: Excellence in work health and safety through the implementation of an integrated systems approach
    Enter category 1 (at special external website)
  • Category 2: Excellence in developing and implementing an initiative (solution) to an identified work health and safety issue
    Enter category 2 (at special external website)
  • Category 3: Excellence in work health and safety culture
    Enter category 3 (at special external website)
  • Category 4: Best individual or team contribution to work health and safety
    Enter category 4 (at special external website)
  • Category 5: Excellence in continuous improvement of rehabilitation and return to work through the implementation of an effective injury management system
    Enter category 5 (at special external website)
  • Category 6: Excellence in an individual's contribution to rehabilitation and return to work
    Enter category 6 (at special external website)
  • Category 7: Best workplace health and wellbeing initiative
    Enter category 7 (at special external website)
  • Category 8: Leadership Excellence Award (closed category – entrants for this category are chosen from categories 1 to 7)

Assessment and judging

WorkSafe Tasmania will:

  • check all entries for possible breaches of work health and safety or workers compensation law (including whether there is a current investigation or prosecution, or there has been a conviction or sentence, or there has been a fatality)
  • check insurance information
  • validate all completed entries submitted. The validation process is the same for each category. A WorkSafe Tasmania validation officer will visit your workplace to view and confirm your entry
  • assess all entries to select the category finalists and a category winner. Finalists and winners will be announced at a special presentation during the WorkSafe Conference in Hobart in October (date to be confirmed)
  • publicise all Awards recipients through print and social media:

Terms and conditions

1 In these terms and conditions, ‘WorkSafe Tasmania’ means the Crown in Right of Tasmania represented by WorkSafe Tasmania, a division of the Department of Justice.

2 The WorkSafe Tasmania Awards (WorkSafe Awards) are administered by WorkSafe Tasmania for and on behalf of the WorkCover Tasmania Board.

3 These terms and conditions apply to all entrants and categories for the WorkSafe Awards.

4 By submitting an entry, entrants shall be taken to have acknowledged and accepted these terms and conditions and have agreed to be bound by them.

5 Entrants who breach any of these terms and conditions will be subject to disqualification.

Submission requirements

6 Entries will only be accepted through the online awards entry form.

7 WorkSafe Tasmania reserves the right to reject incomplete entries.

8 More than one entry may be submitted by an individual or organisation in the same category, however, each entry must relate to a separate person, initiative or solution.  The same initiative or solution may, however, be entered in multiple categories.

9 Each award category has its own criteria.  Entrants must address the criteria relevant to the category for which they seek to be considered for an award.

10 Entries dealing with scientific, medical or technical achievements should be accompanied by a summary in plain English or ‘lay’ terms.

11 Each entrant must confirm that their entry, including any designs and/or inventions, is the entrant’s original work and that any intellectual property rights arising in connection with that entry does not infringe any third-party rights.

12 Additional material may be supplied at time of entry to assist in demonstrating claims to the category criteria.  This could include, but is not limited to, Workers’ Compensation claims and incident/injury data and other work health and safety reporting information, photographs, videos and links to visual media.

13 Each entry must provide a high-resolution image of their organisation’s logo and authorise its use by WorkSafe Tasmania.

14 Entrants must confirm that all information in their entry is true, accurate and complete at the time of submission.

15 Once an entry has been submitted, it cannot be amended.

16 Entries and supporting material will not be returned.

17 The closing date for entries for the WorkSafe Awards is 11.59pm on Sunday 3 June 2018.

18 Late entries will not be accepted, unless otherwise approved by WorkSafe Tasmania, at WorkSafe Tasmania’s absolute discretion.

19 If you are having difficulty completing your entry online please contact our Helpline on 1300 366 322 inside Tasmania or (03) 6166 4600 (outside Tasmania).

20 Winners will be announced at an awards presentation held during WorkSafe Tasmania month.

Eligibility

21 Entry is open to individuals, associations, partnerships, companies and other organisations operating within Tasmania; WorkSafe Tasmania and their employees are not eligible to participate.

22 Sponsors and those representing an organisation on a judging panel are ineligible to enter the WorkSafe Awards.

23 Past WorkSafe Award winners must not base their entry on the same or similar initiative as their previous award-winning entry.

24 Entries that do not comply with legislation administered by WorkSafe Tasmania may not be eligible.  A comprehensive list of legislation administered by WorkSafe Tasmania may be found at www.worksafe.tas.gov.au/laws

25 If asked, entrants must provide evidence they hold insurance, and have paid all fees, required by law, or otherwise appropriate, for the conduct of their day-to-day activities

26 Entrants (including directors) must disclose if they:

  1. have had a workplace fatality in any workplace for which they are responsible.
  2. have been prosecuted for any offence by WorkSafe Tasmania.
  3. are currently the subject of investigation or prosecution by WorkSafe Tasmania.

27 WorkSafe Tasmania reserves the right to decline, accept, or disqualify an entry at its absolute discretion, including, but not limited to, situations in which the entrant, or a related person or organisation, has breached or is under investigation for possible breaches of work health and safety laws (whether or not a prosecution is pending), or where the acceptance of the entry may otherwise be detrimental to the objectives of the WorkSafe Awards.

Judging

28 Entrants may be asked to verify their entries by way of validation.

29 WorkSafe Tasmania reserves the right to consider an entry under any of the various award categories. This may occur without the consent of the entrant; however, entrants will be kept informed of any category changes to their entry.

30 WorkSafe Tasmania reserves the right not to allocate an award in a particular category where, in its opinion, there are no entries of sufficient merit.

31 In the event that an entrant is judged to have won a category and is found to have failed to satisfy or abide by the terms and conditions of the WorkSafe Awards, that entrant will not be entitled to the relevant award. WorkSafe Tasmania may, at its absolute discretion, award the relevant award to another entrant or choose not to award the award at all.

32 The decision of WorkSafe Tasmania is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Personal Information Protection

33 Information is collected, used, disclosed and handled in accordance with the Personal Information Protection Statement (PIP) statement, accessible from the WorkSafe Tasmania website, and the Personal Information Protection Act 2004 (Tas). Individuals have the right to access personal information WorkSafe Tasmania holds about them. To do so, please contact our Helpline on 1300 366 322.

34 WorkSafe Tasmania will ensure that there is no disclosure to any third party of any information provided by an entrant and marked ‘confidential’, except with the prior consent of that entrant or where such a disclosure is authorised or required by law.

35 All entrants authorise WorkSafe Tasmania to use the information contained in entries, including (but not limited to) contact names, phone numbers and photos for any purposes WorkSafe Tasmania see fit.

36 WorkSafe Tasmania will not use the personal information of entrants for any other purpose without the prior consent of the entrant, or unless authorised or required to do so by law.

General provisions

37 The assessment, conduct and results of the awards do not create any legal obligations between entrants, WorkSafe Tasmania and the Crown in Right of Tasmania.

38 Winning an award does not signify endorsement of a particular product or a particular health and safety practice by WorkSafe Tasmania

39 In the event of any inconsistency between any information provided by WorkSafe Tasmania in relation to the WorkSafe Awards these terms and conditions will prevail, followed by the online entry form, other information available on the website and any other relevant material, in that order.

40 Entrants acknowledge that they may be requested to participate in presentations and media interviews in respect of their entry and agree to take all reasonable steps to make themselves available for, and actively participate in, such presentations or media interviews.

2018 Awards entry criteria

WorkSafe Awards 2018

Important information: Before you enter

Before completing your online entry, you should read the following criteria for each of the awards categories. This will help you to decide which category is most appropriate for your initiative. Each criteria should then be addressed in your online entry.

Online entry will open early March.

Evidence and supporting material

Evidence and supporting material should be provided at time of entry to help support your entry. This could include, but is not limited to, claims and incident/injury data, photographs, videos and other work health and safety reporting information.

Category 1: Excellence in work health and safety through the implementation of an integrated systems approach

This award recognises demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement in work health and safety through the implementation of an integrated systems approach.

A systems approach demonstrates that all elements function according to fundamental rules, that analysis of the elements can be completed with a consistent auditing approach and each part of the overall system can itself be studied as a complete system.

In a systematic approach, short-term goals are continually set and met and are seen as contributing to the ‘higher’ goal of eliminating risks to health and safety, improving the viability of the organisation and contributing to the wellbeing of everyone affected by the organisation operations.

Entry criteria

  1. How well does the system achieve a demonstrated commitment to work health and safety?
  2. To what extent was the system developed in consultation with workplace parties and, where appropriate, outside organisations?
  3. How well is the system integrated into the overall operation of the organisation?
  4. Explain how the system has improved work health and safety performance. How will your organisation ensure this approach is sustainable?

Enter category 1 (at special external website)

Category 2: Excellence in developing and implementing an initiative (solution) to an identified work health and safety issue

This award recognises excellence in developing and implementing an initiative (solution) to an identified work health and safety issue.

Entries for this category may include a product solution, design/engineering innovation, a training program, awareness raising activity or other risk control measure that reduces the risk of work-related injury and disease.

Two awards will be presented for this category:

  • Small business (less than 20 employees or full time equivalent)
  • Large business (20 or more employees or full time equivalent).

Entry criteria

  1. Describe the work health and safety issue and how it was identified.
  2. Explain in detail the initiative (solution) that was developed to address this issue.
  3. Explain in detail how your organisation went about implementing the initiative (solution).
  4. How effective was the initiative (solution) in controlling the risks identified?

Enter category 2 (at special external website)

Category 3: Excellence in work health and safety culture

This award recognises demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement of work health and safety outcomes through the creation and continuation of an outstanding safety culture.

An outstanding safety culture is demonstrated through leadership, behaviours, values, workforce engagement and participation; and reinforced across the organisation.

Excellence in safety culture must be demonstrated at all levels of the organisation, from senior management’s commitment to health and safety, to workers’ communication and ownership of responsibility.

Two awards will be presented in this category:

  • small business (less than 20 employees or full time equivalent)
  • large business (20 or more employees or full time equivalent).

Entry criteria

  1. Describe your organisation's work health and safety culture and its key components.
  2. How do your workers and management demonstrate and take ownership of your work health and safety culture across the organisation?
  3. How is your work health and safety culture fully integrated into the organisation?
  4. How has your safety work health and culture impacted the operation of your organisation?

Enter category 3 (at special external website)

Category 4: Best individual or team contribution to work health and safety

This award recognises those who have made an exceptional difference to work health and safety.

Two awards will be presented in this category:

  • an individual worker (may also include a work health and safety manager, a health and safety representative, or a person with responsibility for work health and safety as part of their duties)
  • a team (may also include a health and safety committee or a team with responsibility for work health and safety as part of their duties).

Entry criteria

  1. Describe the individual/team health and safety contributions.
  2. How did the individual/team contributions improve work health and safety?
  3. Describe how the individual/team’s impact on health and safety management and performance was above and beyond their immediate field/area of responsibility.

Enter category 4 (at special external website)

Category 5: Excellence in continuous improvement of rehabilitation and return to work through the implementation of an effective injury management system

This award recognises an organsation's outstanding efforts and continuous improvement of rehabilitation and return to work through the implementation of an effective injury management system.

Entries for this award may include rehabilitation and return to work systems that address stay at/return to work and injury reporting procedures, consultation, training, supervision, workplace culture, management commitment, and other elements to manage rehabilitation and return to work.

Entry criteria

  1. Explain how your organisation has demonstrated a strong commitment to rehabilitation and stay at/return to work of injured workers.
  2. What strategies or initiatives have been implemented to improve outcomes to injured workers and/or your organisation?
  3. How does your organisation create an environment that supports a positive rehabilitation and stay at/return to work culture?
  4. Provide one detailed example that best demonstrates your organisation's approach to injury management and how your organisation contributed to successful stay at/return to work outcomes for an injured worker.

Enter category 5 (at special external website)

Category 6: Excellence in an individual's contribution to rehabilitation and return to work

This award recognises an individual’s outstanding efforts in rehabilitation and stay at/return to work, and in improving the workplace’s rehabilitation culture.

To be eligible for this award individuals must have contributed to the successful rehabilitation and stay at/return to work of a worker. Individuals may include but are not limited to Injury Management Co-ordinators, Rehabilitation Providers, Return to Work Co-ordinators, Case Managers, health professionals or a workplace manager or supervisor overseeing the stay at/return to work program of a worker.

Successful rehabilitation and stay at/return to work of a worker may include demonstrated commitment to the return to work of injured workers, innovation in return to/stay at work (including implementing new return to work solutions, systems, products or programs), improvement to an organisation’s return to work culture, or other measures that improve return to work outcomes.

Entry criteria

  1. Explain how you demonstrate excellence in service delivery and improved return to work outcomes for injured workers and organisations.
  2. What strategies or initiatives have you implemented to improve services or outcomes for injured workers, your organisation or your industry?
  3. How do you lead and influence your organisation, workers and industry to continuously improve rehabilitation and return to work strategies, outcomes and culture?

Enter category 6 (at special external website)

Category 7: Best workplace health and wellbeing initiative

This category recognises excellence in the successful implementation and outcomes of a workplace health and wellbeing initiative.

It recognises individual and organisational leadership health and wellbeing.

Two awards will be presented for this category:

  • an organisation
  • an individual.

Entry criteria

  1. Describe the workplace health and wellbeing initiative and how it was developed.
  2. Describe how the initiative was implemented and why it represents a real, ongoing commitment to workplace health and wellbeing.
  3. Explain how an evaluation process was used to show that the initiative achieved its objectives.

Enter category 7 (at special external website)

Category 8: Leadership Excellence Award (closed category – entrants for this category are chosen from categories 1 to 7)

This award recognises leadership excellence in any of the following areas:

  • Health and Safety
  • Wellbeing
  • Rehabilitation and return to work.

A direct entry cannot be submitted for this category.

Finalists will be identified and nominated by the judging panels.

All entries in categories 1 to 7 that demonstrate strong leadership are eligible for nomination to category eight.

The winner of category 8 will be based on:

  • Leadership and fostering a positive safety culture
  • Commitment to continuous improvement
  • Engagement through participation and collaboration
  • Commitment to sharing information and consultation.