Stanwell focuses on health and wellbeing
LOCAL electricity generator Stanwell Power Station (SPS) has a powerful reputation when it comes to safety.
"Our people are our most valuable asset and sending them home safe is our highest priority," SPS's Acting Site Manger, James Oliver, said.
SPS has a number of safety awards under its belt including a recent award from the Australian Psychological Association for its young workers safety program, known as YOLO. The local employer certainly sets a high safety standard.
"There is a very strong focus on safety all year round but we specifically use Safe Work Month to focus on the health and wellbeing of our people," he said.
This year SPS is welcoming inspirational guest speaker Paul Spinks to the site as a part of its October health and wellbeing initiative, 'OK'tober.
Paul is an Advanced Care Paramedic and provides a unique insight into the choices that often lead people to meet him in the back of an ambulance.
"Paul Spinks' candid presentation offers advice and insights about cardiac disease, stroke, depression and anxiety, alcohol and illicit drug use as well as areas of self-esteem and motivation," said Stanwell's Health and Safety General Manager Trevor Hooper.
"With the concerning increase in the use of illicit drugs , the introduction of a speaker such as Paul Spinks, who has seen first hand the devastating effects of this drugs epidemic, is a great way to start a very real conversation with our people," said Trevor.
"It is critical that our people turn up for work fit and well, so anything we do to increase our knowledge about drugs and their impact is important," he said.
According to the Australian Drug Foundation the cost of alcohol-related issues alone costs Aussie businesses $6 billion a year.
"While the cost is concerning, it is the cost to people's wellbeing and the impact on their families that is the most worrying," said Trevor.