National safety award goes to GHD

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28 April 2010

One of the world’s leading engineering, architectural and environmental firms, GHD, was awarded the nation’s Best Workplace Health and Safety Management System – Private Sector honour at the Safe Work Australia Awards at Parliament House in Canberra on April 28.

The awards, in their fifth year, recognise demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement of workplace health and safety through the implementation of an integrated systems approach. Finalists in the private sector for 2010 included Crowne Plaza Australia (ACT) Perth Clinic (WA), Rio Tinto Alcan (TAS), S&N Civil Constructions Pty Ltd (QLD), Transfield Services (NSW) and GHD (SA). GHD’s South Australian operations won the state award, qualifying the company for national recognition.

Speaking at the event, GHD Health & Safety Manager Clayton Harrison said “This is a tribute to a diverse and dedicated team. We have developed a safety culture within GHD, extending through our projects, to clients and far beyond the workplace for our people.

“Our systems are able to be implemented across a global network - our staff and clients can take comfort in knowing we provide a consistent approach to safety, worldwide.”

GHD’s Operational Health & Safety Management System incorporates an electronic network accessible to all employees. It contains a workflow element to ensure that the necessary safety analysis and reporting is undertaken across every stage of the project lifecycle. During the tender process, specific responses may identify significant risk and the electronic system will not allow for the tender to continue. The technical prowess of this system is supported by an innovative training curriculum that is rolled out via e-learning, web-based training and face to face sessions delivered by the GHD Business School.

The award winning system has allowed GHD to secure national and international certification (AS/NZ 4801 & OHSAS 18001) and perform for periods of 2.8 & 3.5 million hours without Lost Time Injury (LTI). GHD proudly reports a 67% reduction in LTIs and a 69% reduction in Medical Treatment Injuries since June 2007. GHD was also a finalist for the Best Safety System Award (NSW) in 2010.

The Safe Work Australia Awards form part of a safety campaign driven at government level that includes Safe Work Australia Week; a national week to focus attention on workplace safety issues around Australia. It aims to encourage all working Australians to get involved in, and concentrate on safety in their workplace to reduce death, injury and disease. 

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