Thursday 26 October saw SafeWork NSW hold their 14th Annual Awards evening at Doltone House. These awards were initially established to promote high standards of workplace health and safety and return to work outcomes in workplaces throughout NSW.
Congratulations to Port Stephens Council who were awarded the ‘Excellence in Workplace Health and Safety Culture – Large Business’. In order to succeed in this category Council needed to show their excellence in safety culture at all levels of the organisation, from senior management’s commitment to health and safety, to the employees’ communication and ownership of responsibility.
Wayne Wallis, General Manager, accepted the award on behalf of Council and spoke of the level of work they have done to strengthen their WHS systems, and acknowledged the staff’s effort in making the change.
Also, congratulations to John Pearce, Works Supervisor Cemeteries, Coastal Works, of Coffs Harbour City Council who won the ‘Best Individual Contribution to Workplace Health and Safety – An individual who does not have formal responsibility for work health and safety management as part of their duties’. John was humbled by the honour and acknowledged the other finalists and their achievement to be fellow finalists.