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CASA Annual Report 2003 04 Part 5: Statutory reporting requirements

Statutory reporting requirements

Occupational health and safety

Further to the overview of activities provided in the People report, the following information about occupational health and safety is provided in accordance with the requirements of section 74 of the Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act 1991.

Occupational health and safety policy

CASA’s current occupational health and safety (OH&S) policies have been reviewed to make OH&S more strategic. A new policy, strategy and agreement have been drafted to bring these documents into line with the requirements of an OH&S management system that identifies, assesses and controls OH&S risks.

Establishment of committees to deal with occupational health and safety

CASA has in place 16 Designated Work Groups.

These are as follows:

New South Wales Kingsford Smith Airport Office, Mascot
Bankstown Airport Office
NSW Country Office, Tamworth Annex
Victoria Melbourne Office
Moorabbin Office
Queensland Service Centre, Bowen Hills
Hendra Office
Townsville Office
Cairns Office
Western Australia Perth Office
South Australia Adelaide Office
Northern Territory Darwin Office
Australian Capital Territory Novell House
CASA Building
NSW Country Office, Canberra Annex
Sverdrup House

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Selection of health and safety representatives

Each Designated Work Group listed above has in place a Health and Safety Representative, Deputy and CASA nominee.

Measures taken to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of employees and contractors

CASA examined the findings and recommendations from the major Job Safety Analysis of the Aviation Safety Compliance Division undertaken in 2002–03 and began an implementation process.

In addition, CASA took a number of OH&S initiatives and continued the key OH&S measures during the year as follows:

  • established a Minor Incident Reports register and database, which enables a prompt corrective and preventative response to minor incidents and near misses
  • conducted an ergonomic assessment of the proposed IT refresh program, a pre-purchase check to ensure purchase of appropriate equipment
  • continued to make OH&S an integral part of induction programs run throughout the year
  • conducted regular workstation assessments
  • continued to promote awareness of the Employee Assistance Program.

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Accidents or dangerous occurrences during the year

There was two notifiable accidents or dangerous occurrences during 2003–04 that arose out of the conduct of undertakings by CASA and that required the giving of notice under section 68 of the Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act 1991.

Investigations conducted during the year that relate to undertakings carried on by the employer

In 2003–04 there was one official investigation conducted and one Provisional Improvement Notice issued.

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