Annual Report 2018–19

Tabled: 29 August 2019

Appendix B. Workplace health and safety

VAGO's commitment to workplace health and safety (WHS) continued in the 2018–19 financial year. We strengthened and embedded our appropriate behaviour resources, including development and delivery of VAGO‑specific resources and bespoke face-to-face appropriate behaviour training that is mandatory for all employees.

In 2018–19, there were 17 WHS incidents reported—three more than in 2017–18. The incident rate per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff in 2018–19 was 10.95.

There was one standard WorkCover claim lodged in 2018–19, as shown in Figure B1.

Figure B1
WorkCover claims

Claims and rate

2015–16

2016–17

2017–18

2018–19

Number of standard claims(a)

2

1

2

1

Rate per 100 full-time equivalent

1.20

0.53

1.12

0.64

(a) Standardised claims are those that have exceeded the employer excess or are registered as a standard claim and are open with no payments as at 30 June 2019.

Source: Data supplied by the Victorian WorkCover Authority (VWA).

In 2018–19, there were no lost-time claims, as shown in Figure B2.

Figure B2
Lost time and average cost of claims

Lost time and cost

2015–16

2016–17

2017–18

2018–19

Number of lost-time claims(a)

2

0

1

0

Average cost of claims(b)

$211 807

$725

$20 421

$10 377

(a) A lost-time claim is one with one or more days compensated by VWA (after employer excess) as at 30 June 2019. They are a subset of standardised claims.

(b) Based on claims reported between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019. Claims include employer and VWA payments to date, plus an estimate of outstanding claims costs (further costs as calculated by the VWA's statistical case estimate model).

Source: Data supplied by VWA.

During 2018–19, the Health and Safety Committee:

  • organised workplace inspections of the whole office to identify hazards and agree on solutions to remove or minimise them
  • promoted wellbeing events to all staff
  • organised free flu vaccinations for staff
  • considered the nature of injuries and incidents that occurred during the year, including identification of hazard management strategies.

Our performance against our WHS performance indicators is shown in Figure B3.

Figure B3
Workplace health and safety performance against indicators

Performance indicator

Performance

All new and existing staff are offered ergonomic assessments and required products are sourced and purchased

All employees are provided with access to a 'Safe Workstation Set-up' online module upon commencement. An ergonomic assessment can be arranged if there are still concerns after the module is completed.

All claims received are lodged with WorkCover within 10 working days

100 per cent

All reported incidents and accidents are followed up within 24 hours and closed as soon as is practicable

100 per cent

Return-to-work plans are in place as soon as is practicable, and regularly monitored until complete

100 per cent

A report on the number of claims and costs is provided to the Operational Management Group as required

Reported as required

Health and Safety Committee meets quarterly

Four meetings were held in 2018–19, which meets the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.

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