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First round of Champions announced for 2012 WorkSafe Awards

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A veteran surgeon who is educating his peers on mainstream workplaces, a major dairy company and a Melbourne council have been given Champion status by WorkSafe Victoria
Their efforts are being recognised as part of the 2012 WorkSafe Awards process and acknowledge their commitment to safety, health and wellbeing and return to work for those who’ve been hurt at work.

The three champions, covering safety, health and wellbeing and return to work are: 
  • Edward Schutz established the "Occupational Medicine Bridging Course for Surgeons" in 2007 through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. 
  • Parmalat’s Rowville site has introduced a Health Education program and a Healthy Wednesday, once per month, with baked potatoes, casseroles and salad platters replacing unhealthy foods.  Other initiatives include offering advice and ongoing programs on health and wellbeing including quitting smoking and dealing with depression.
  • Glen Eira City Council’s health and safety committee has been instrumental in raising awareness of the importance of health and safety at work, with initiatives that include Safety Week for staff and promoting good news stories about safety on the organisation’s intranet. Other initiatives include input into safety improvements of plant and equipment and a review of driver comfort in fleet vehicles. 
According to WorkSafe’s Ross Pilkington, those who enter the Awards help put the importance of health and safety and return to work at the forefront of people’s minds.

"No matter how big or small the initiative, if it’s making a difference to health and safety in the workplace, we want to hear from you," he said. 

"We come across many first time entries who thought they’d ‘give it a go’ after hearing about it, and ended up winning."

"The WorkSafe Awards not only acknowledge the great work many people are doing in health and safety, but it also provides an opportunity to showcase and share great initiatives and solutions with other businesses."

A record number of entries has been received this year, with almost 200 businesses and individuals submitting an entry.

The 2012 WorkSafe Victoria awards open until 27 July.

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