Work health and safety
CASA strives to provide a work environment and systems of work that are safe. CASA has implemented systems that provide early identification of risks, and actively works to minimise the impact of risks on the health, safety and wellbeing of CASA employees and contractors.
The maintenance of a comprehensive health and safety management system to prevent the onset and impact of workplace injury and illness is a key strategy in the CASA People and Performance Business and Risk Management Plan 2011–12.
The designated work group (DWG) structure facilitates local communication and consultation on work health and safety (WHS) matters. Every DWG has an elected Health and Safety Representative and Deputy Health and Safety Representative, and a DWG Manager appointed by the Director of Aviation Safety.
DWGs have the capacity to refer matters to the National Health and Safety Committee, which comprises four management representatives and four employee representatives and is chaired by the Head of People and Performance. Outcomes from the National WHS Committee are reported to the regular Executive Managers meeting. Four meetings were held by the National WHS Committee, in August and December 2011 and February and June 2012.
Health and safety management arrangements
CASA is committed to providing a work environment and systems of work that are safe and without risk to the health, safety and wellbeing of CASA employees and contractors. CASA continued to maintain a comprehensive health and safety management system to prevent the onset and impact of workplace injury and illness during 2011–12.
Prior to the replacement of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991 by the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, CASA undertook a gap analysis to identify key changes and differences in the legislation and developed a management plan to ensure all health and safety strategies would result in compliance with the requirements of the new Act.
CASA’s health and safety management system embodies the principles of risk management, to identify and control hazards in the workplace and ensure that all reasonable and practicable steps are taken to protect the health and safety of CASA employees at work.
Table 6 describes the specific measures undertaken by CASA to ensure the wellbeing at work of its staff and contractors in 2011–12.
|Audits, risk assessments and reviews||
A desktop audit was performed to monitor the application of the Hazard Inspection Program at all CASA worksites, to identify hazards and implement strategies to control risks. All sites completed the program.
An organisational health and safety risk register was developed to identify emerging and known risks and record the actions taken to either eliminate or reduce the risks. The register will form part of the overall organisation risk management plan.
Hazard identification and risk assessment were conducted to provide guidance and training on topics relevant to the newly established drug and alcohol testing team.
Hazard identification and risk assessments and risk mitigation plans arising from causal factors were completed. Risk mitigation strategies were implemented to prevent recurrence of workplace incidents.
Detailed risk assessments were provided for people travelling to high-risk overseas destinations.
|Information and training||
Health and safety information sheets were published in response to potential risks associated with travelling to remote Australian locations or high-risk overseas destinations.
Updated safety and security alerts were issued in response to natural disasters and heightened security threats.
The work health and safety training module was revised to reflect the changes implemented by the new legislation and will be made available to all employees through the new learning management system format, CASA Learning Academy for Safe Skies.
Training on the new Work Health and Safety Act 2011 for managers and employees, provided by Comcare, was translated to CASA’s e-learning format for release in 2012–13.
The National Health and Safety Committee met four times, in August and December 2011 and February and June 2012, to oversee, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the CASA health and safety management system.
The designated work group (DWG) structure was reviewed and extended in response to the realignment of some organisational functions and the change in legislative requirements.
Election and selection processes for health and safety representatives (HSRs) were conducted as vacancies occurred. New appointees were provided with the prescribed training.
Nominated managers were appointed as DWG managers, and were provided with induction training on their role and responsibilities, the DWG framework, the role of HSRs, communication and consultation mechanisms, and issue resolution.
Communication and consultation processes were reviewed. A new mechanism was introduced to provide for local consultative forums, to provide an avenue for management to consult with employees and an opportunity for employees to raise health and safety matters at the local level.
First aid officers and deputy first aid officers were appointed as vacancies arose, and received training in compliance with the approved code of practice. Continuing officers were provided with refresher training.
Mechanisms were commenced for consultation with staff on matters relating to the transition to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.
Staff participated in ongoing consultation and received expert advice to anticipate and plan for potential health and safety issues arising from relocation of offices and major refurbishment plans, and to respond to hazard reports.
The Board receives a work health and safety report at each meeting and has separately put in place appropriate monitoring and training arrangements to ensure CASA meets its statutory duties.
A seasonal influenza vaccination program was provided for staff.
Notices were sent to staff to promote key national events pertaining to individual health and wellbeing.
Early intervention support was provided to staff in relation to personal health and wellbeing issues, to prevent the onset or aggravation of work-related injury or illness.
Suitable equipment and instructions on equipment use were provided through the workstation assessment program, preventing the onset and minimising the impacts of occupational overuse and other musculoskeletal injuries.
The following activities were undertaken to provide CASA with indicators of WHS performance for the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012:
- A total of 60 employees received workstation assessments.
- Health, safety and security risk assessment were provided for 170 overseas travellers.
- A total of 326 workers, from across all CASA worksites, participated in the 2012 seasonal flu vaccination program.
The CASA Employee Assistance Program continued to provide support to staff for both work-related and personal issues.
All new CASA staff were required to complete the online training module ‘OHS in the Office’.
Lost-time occurrence incidence rate
At 30 June 2012, CASA’s annualised lost-time occurrence incidence rate was 0.87, with an average of 2.03 days per lost time occurrence. This is a decrease compared to the result for 2010–11 (lost-time occurrence incidence rate of 1.02, with an average of 4.25 days).
Claims for workers compensation
There were five claims for workers compensation for 2011–12. This was two less than in 2010–11.
Workers compensation premium
CASA’s premium rate for 2011–12 was revised from 0.73 per cent to 0.67 per cent of the total percentage of payroll. An estimate is provided at the beginning of each year for the premium rate, which is then revised at the end of each year.
Accidents or dangerous occurrences
Two dangerous occurrences were reported to Comcare for the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012 in line with section 35 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. CASA responded by initiating immediate action plans to prevent a recurrence and minimise the impact on employees.
Investigations conducted by Comcare
There were no investigations conducted or notices issued arising out of CASA’s undertakings as an employer in accordance with Part 10 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.