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G - Work health and safety

Work health and safety

As required by Schedule 2, Part 4 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, this appendix includes matters related to the health, safety and welfare of Gallery employees such as initiatives taken during the year and the outcomes of those initiatives, including their impact on injury rates of employees, as well as statistics of any notifiable incidents. Table G1 lists the Gallery’s work health and safety (WHS) initiatives and the outcomes of those initiatives in 2018–19 and 2017–18, including statistics of any notifiable incidents.

The Gallery continued with a harmonised approach to risk management, through consultation and due diligence of all managers and employees. Risk assessments are conducted before and after major projects to maintain continuous improvement of process and a focus on delivering improved safety outcomes.

Table G1: WHS initiatives, 2018–19 and 2017–18

Initiative

Measure

2018–19

2017–18

WHS policies

Reviewed and amended

72

10

New

1

2

Workplace inspections

Inspections carried out

4

22

Hazards identified

3

28

% of hazards actioned

100%

100%

% of hazards corrected

70%

36%

WHS training

Staff trained

60

119

Courses attended

12

4

Health programs

Health checks carried out

0

74

Influenza vaccinations administered

142

122

Yoga classes

18

33

Other programs

0

0

Workstation assessments

Ergonomic assessments carried out

12

17

Safe work procedures and risk management

Incidents reported

44

61

Notifiable incidents

2

4

Rate per 1000 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees

0.2%

0.2%

Early intervention for lost-time injuries

Serious lost-time injuries

0

0

Rate per 1000 FTE employees (target: < 3%)

0%

0%

Average weeks of lost time

0

0

Rate per 1000 FTE employees (target: < 3.6%)

0%

0%

In 2018–19, the Gallery increased its focus on key areas of WHS, and several key initiatives have been implemented in response to a recent WHS audit.

Health and wellbeing initiatives supporting a positive workplace environment included ongoing access to the Gallery’s employee assistance provider AccessEAP, which offers a range of services, including support counselling, manager assistance, coaching and training. An upgraded online ergonomics system has been implemented, providing integrated stretch-break software into the computer network to prevent RSI and comply with health and safety requirements. Flu vaccinations and health checks were also provided to employees and volunteers.

Maintaining a collaborative and consultative workplace remains a priority. A variety of pathways are used to ensure the Gallery consults with employees, including through the Work Health and Safety Committee and regular communication with safety representatives. The Work Health and Safety Committee met twice during 2018–19.

The workplace harassment contact officers network was renewed and refreshed, and all members of the group were offered relevant training in 2018–19. All workplace health and safety representatives, first aid officers, fire wardens and contact officers are regularly provided training and access to news about relevant initiatives.

In addition to training programs and workstation assessments, a new cloud-based WHS management system called ‘Donesafe’ has been implemented. This system allows employees to report incidents and manage hazards and contractors without relying on paper forms. It also provides a central repository for all WHS reference material and templates required to manage the Gallery’s WHS obligations. Donesafe sits in a cloud environment, which makes it agile and accessible to all employees irrespective of their location.