Date: 9th - 10th Oct 2002
Session Title: Evaluating the effectiveness of strategies for preventing work injuries
Presented By: Joe Maglizza, Safety, Health & Environment Manager - CSR Construction Materials (WA/NT)
For the last 5-7 years CSR Readymix have been focussing on implementing a comprehensive and evolving Safety, Health and Environment System. Like all systems the focus has been on:
Ensuring plant and hardware meet regulatory and basic safety requirements (eg: guarding, emergency stops etc.)
Implementing procedures and compliance kits on high risk activities such as Fixed Plant Isolation, Mobile Plant, Confined Spaces, Silica Dust Management, etc
Implementing a Training System focussing on Managers/Supervisors responsibilities, Skill based assessments (eg; mobile plant), generic OHS Training (eg; noise)
Having both a strategic planning and site based planning approach to SHE management etc.
The results to date verified by third party Audits on most of our sites has seen a high degree Compliance with this System. In 2000 we became conscious of the fact that while plant and Procedural issues were being addressed a People centred approach focussing on individuals Beliefs, Attitudes and Behaviours were not addressed as directly as opposed to any vicarious route through generic training. In fact we were reluctant to address this issue, as we needed to get our "fundamentals" right first. That is, we had to demonstrate we could manage the basics prior to taking on a more sophisticated approach or enhancement given that safety improvements generally follow (or should) some form of maturation over a period of years. After looking at various interventions such as "Behaviour Based Safety" we decided to utilise a program developed by People and Quality Solutions Pty Ltd (PaQS). This was chosen considering our Business context, structure and the fact that we did not want another Management System at the site level.
Pre-Training Statistical Data - September 2000
These graphs show how safety performance had levelled prior to training