Page 26

Forest NSW Annual Report 2012

Safety – our first priority Self insurance safety audit Regional safety initiatives Forests NSW underwent a surveillance audit Macquarie Region, in conjunction with Forests NSW released a new three-year by WorkCover as part of the requirements the timber industry in the Central West, Health and Safety Strategy — ‘First Priority of our self insurer’s licence. The audit was held a start-up safety breakfast in January 2011–14’ — to continue towards our conducted in Hume Region, in accordance to welcome people back to work after objective of being the safest commercial with the National Self Insurer’s Operational the holiday break and to put safety at the forest manager in Australasia. The new forefront of their minds from the first dayHealth and Safety (OHS) Audit Tool. strategy was delivered to all employees’ WorkCover reviewed two elements of the back at work. homes to ensure that safety objectives Health and Safety System over a four-day are clearly understood at all levels of the audit covering management responsibility A health and wellbeing program was rolled organisation. and risk management. out in Hume Region to assist staff to move to better nutritional and exercise based The strategy continues to focus on creating Forests NSW performed well, scoring 96 per lifestyles. The program consisted of an initial a sustainable safety environment, by looking cent in the area of management responsibility, health check to benchmark staff health at not only at occupational behaviours, but by which reviews planning, responsibility and the start of the program as well as a second viewing responsible safety as a way of life. accountability within the organisation. health check to assess improvement over a The new strategy maintains the three key According to WorkCover, this is a high three-month period.   A series of seminars was pillars of safety – engagement, leadership level score and demonstrates an excellent conducted during the program to provide and systems and processes. management commitment to health and staff with general information on health and The table on page 25 shows how Forests safety. In the element of risk management, exercise as well as to maintain enthusiasm for NSW performed in 2011–12 against the where the audit reviews the risk assessment dietary and exercise changes adopted during activities identified in the new strategy. process including hazard identification, risk the program. The program was well received assessment and control of risk, a score of and has resulted in early identification of Changes to work, health and safety 86 per cent was achieved. some health issues among the staff that Legislation were referred to health professionals. Some The results of the audit highlighted that our A new Work, Health and Safety Act 2011 safety management system has matured and elements of the program have been adopted and Regulation came into effect in January provides access to numerous tools that support in other Planted Forest regions. 2012. The object of the new legislation is operational business groups in improving Planted Forest Operations also focused on to provide for a balanced and nationally safety performance. The result ensures that the inclusion of contractors in their safety consistent framework to secure the health Forest NSW can maintain its WorkCover self program and engaged with them on a variety and safety of workers and workplaces. insurer’s licence and that the current three-year of issues including static rollover thresholds, The safety team is working with local health audit cycle remains in place. overloading and incident reporting. The and safety committees on implementing safety branch now tracks contractor recordable representation in line with a new element injury frequency rates and gets involved inPositive performance indicators in our Health and Safety Strategy reflecting From July 2011, a range of positive investigations of serious contractor incidents. legislative changes. performance (lead) indicators were introduced There has been an enormous improvement to the monthly health and safety incident in the incidence of truck overloading by Safety performance reporting snapshot. The positive performance haulage contractors since the introduction of This year Forests NSW achieved very good indicators were designed to focus on activities the overloading policy three years ago. safety results with all key indicators showing that positively impact on safety. These positive Native Forest Operations also had a significant improvements. Importantly, performance indicators included the following: dramatic improvement in the performance Forests NSW achieved its primary target of ■■ performance development scheme safety of harvesting contractors reporting safety a 35 per cent reduction in the recordable discussions held (not inductions); statistics this year, an important step toward incident rate, ending the year at 3.1 against a ■■ hazard and risk assessment forms being able to analyse trends and identify target of 3.6. This was an excellent effort and completed and submitted; opportunities for improvement. a credit to everyone in the organisation for making safety the first priority. ■■ ‘Take 2’ observation forms returned; All Forests NSW operational regions met ■■ health and safety committee meetings the corporate standard for independent The lost time incident rate reduced from 2.9 in held; and audit of contractor safety systems and safety June 2011 to 0.5 in June 2012. in operations. ■■ incident investigations undertaken. There were only four lost time injuries recorded The log truck safety project, 1800 LOGHAUL, Current health and safety performances in this year, which is a considerable reduction began in Hume and Macquarie Regions this simple graph form are located on the home from the 21 lost time injuries incurred last year. year. More information about this initiative page of Forests NSW intranet. Every time a While this in itself is an excellent result, the can be found in the case story on page 27. staff member accesses the intranet they can severity of this year’s injuries were also reduced see how many days have gone by since the An engineering review was conducted on with only 16 lost days recorded compared to last lost time injury or medical treatment. all fire tower structures. The purpose of this 2010–11 where there were 233 days lost due to Comprehensive monthly health and safety review was to ensure the structural integrity workplace injuries. statistics are also available on the intranet to of each tower, identify any potential safety Workers compensation claims also reduced ensure that every employee has access to the risks and develop appropriate measure to from 50 in 2010–11 to 32 in 2011–12. latest performance data. control risks. 26 Forests NSW Annual Report 2011–12 Social, Environmental and Economic Performance


Forest NSW Annual Report 2012
To see the actual publication please follow the link above