Regional council goes zero harm

AS a Zero Harm organisation, Rockhampton Regional Council is focused on safety and wellbeing in everything it does.

The chief executive officer, Alastair Dawson, said the council was committed to more than just managing its statutory compliance requirements, but was actively looking to eliminate hazards by using innovative solutions within its business groups.

“Since amalgamation in March, 2008, council has implemented one workplace health and safety management system across the four previous shires.

“Given that Rockhampton Regional Council employs more than 1200 staff, over 500 volunteers, many hundreds of local contractors and council activities are wide and varied, we require a highly skilled team of workplace health and safety professionals to assist council managers with their WHS requirements,” he said.

Rockhampton Regional Council has implemented many varied innovations including a new fitness for duty program which is designed to reduce musculoskeletal injuries to council staff, where all new applicants are screened against the physical requirements of their new role.

“Council is proud to also be one of the first in Queensland to implement a new manual tasks risk assessment tool called PERFORM,” he said.

“This works well with many new controls we have put into practice for the psychosocial risks within the workplace including a new behavioural-based training package for the prevention of workplace harassment.

“The package called 'Zero Tolerance' involves managers delivering specific training packages to their work teams regarding elements of bullying, harassment and antidiscrimination; and was developed completely in-house by council staff and even featured in the Local Government Focus September issue.”

Rockhampton Regional Council, in conjunction with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and Stanwell Power Station, will present the Leading Central Queensland Towards Zero Harm Seminar on October 30 at the Rockhampton Showgrounds, where over 100 WHS professionals will hear from industry experts.

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