There is no doubt that workplace health and safety (WHS) plays a key role in organisations across Australia. However, in any sector, there are businesses going above and beyond the call of duty – developing innovative WHS processes and demonstrating outstanding best-practice.
Hunter Safety Awards
As such, it's vital that the industry as a whole commends these businesses and showcases their achievements for the wider region. This is exactly the sentiment that the inaugural Hunter Safety Awards represent – highlighting both business leaders and individual companies in a gala awards night to be held on March 18 at Wests New Lambton.
According to Hunter Safety Awards founder, Sarah-Jane Dunford, the awards have been 18 months in the making with support coming from various corners around the globe. Mrs Dunford noted that selecting the finalists for the 11 key categories was a difficult process.
"It was exciting to learn about the innovative WHS activities that are being undertaken by organisations and individuals in the Hunter region," she said.
"The finalists represent a wide range of industries and sectors and the calibre of entries was impressive. It was an honour to be able to read about and research how companies are developing world-first products or creating a culture of change for their organisation or inspiring others to embrace WHS."
Greencap sponsoring a key category
We are proud to be the main sponsor for the Best WHS Management System (Large Organisation) category. This award is close to our business philosophy and represents one of our core offerings.
The finalists for the award we are sponsoring are:
- Compass Housing
Each finalist has become industry-leaders in their own right and there is certainly a number of lessons for all organisations from these four examples. We look forward to announcing the winner on the night and are sure it is too close to call at present.
Newcastle Greencap Consultant Mark Reggers explained that WHS needs to be an integral part of any organisations culture as people are their most important asset.
"Good WHS systems, practices and culture have a positive effect on people performance as well as bringing bottom line benefits to organisations," he said.
"Greencap comes across great WHS initiatives and programs in many organisations that are positively impacting many workers and their families in Newcastle and the Hunter Region and these efforts should be recognised."
For more details of the inaugural Hunter Safety Awards, log onto the Hunter Safety Awards website.