Health and safety

GWA continues to ensure that it provides a safe workplace for employees, contractors, visitors and customers, whilst driving a positive safety culture and actively reducing and mitigating risk.  GWA’s objective remains to ensure everyone is safe….every day.  GWA is committed to “Caring for Each Other”, as central to the newly developed Cultural Pillars.

The GWA management structure for Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) follows a central-led approach with a National WHS Manager and Regional Safety Specialists (Northern and Southern). The National WHS Manager addresses the Board and Executive Leadership Team (ELT) on a regular basis to discuss all matters relating to WHS.  This provides an opportunity for updates, scope discussions and to monitor progress of the WHS strategy and performance.

The ELT members each continue to sponsor key risk areas aligned with our business risk profile. These include Chain of Responsibility, Health and Wellbeing, Environmental and Waste.

As a new safety initiative for FY17, GWA introduced a Safety Interactions Program which is a program to develop and drive safety behaviour engagement between employees and business ‘safety’ leaders.  The intent is to acknowledge and celebrate safe demonstrated behaviour, whilst engaging and addressing at-risk behaviour.

A Due Diligence and Awareness training program was introduced in FY17 which was delivered at the inaugural Senior Leadership Team Summit by the National Safety Manager in September 2016.  This program provided the GWA business ‘safety’ leaders with the tools and knowledge needed to drive the safety focus throughout the business.

In FY17 GWA rolled out the new Move 4 Life manual handling program into the Supply Chain Division.  Included in the plan for FY18 is a tailored program for the remainder of the business.  To accompany this initiative, and similar to the Safety Interactions initiative, GWA has introduced Move Interactions to address physical and movement behaviour.  Daily routines have been introduced at most sites called the ‘60 Seconds Investment’ to prevent workplace injuries.

In FY18 GWA will continue to drive its WHS strategy with commencement of initiatives such as Environmental and Waste Management with zero waste being the aim.  Also within the next 12 months a new Distribution Centre will be established in Sydney and two new Concept Centres in Sydney and Adelaide, which the Safety Team are centrally involved with planning and execution. Driver Safety is another item on the safety agenda to improve risk management in this space.

GWA recently re-launched the SafetyOne online site to enhance the internal experience including simpler navigation, ease of reporting and recording and ensuring the information required is easily accessible.  For FY18 the new online Safety reporting system, Myosh, will be implemented. This is set to change the way in which we report and record safety events, hazards, create and complete actions, manage visitors and contractors, training and other important features.

Safety Performance Indicators

GWA measures a range of balanced safety performance indicators.  Proactive ‘LEAD’ indicators such as number of Safety Interactions conducted, hazards reported and actions closed were measured in FY17.  GWA also measures key ‘LAG’ indicators that measure lost time and medically treated injuries, hours lost due to injury and total injuries which represents a combination of lost time and medically treated injuries.

In FY17 GWA did not achieve its key LAG indicator targets, with a final Total Injuries (TI) result of 14 against a target of 9.  This comprised of 7 Lost Time Injuries (LTI) and 7 Medically Treated Injuries (MTI) against targets of 5 LTIs and 4 MTIs respectively.  Despite not achieving the TI LAG target for FY17, substantial progress was made to improve the Group’s safety culture with a number of safety initiatives implemented, and ownership and accountability for safety existing at all levels in the business.  The Board and management remain focussed on initiatives to improve the Group’s safety performance and culture with the aim of an injury free workplace.

GWA Total Injury Frequency Rate (TIFR)

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GWA Injury Severity Rate (ISR)

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