WorkSafe Victoria Health and Safety Committee of the Year 2006
Central Highlands Water provides water and sewerage services to 116,000 customers in the Central Highlands region around Ballarat.
The organisation actively cultivates a culture that focusses its 170 staff, employed across three divisions and five sites, on being proactive about safety, rather than reactive.
Staff are encouraged to work collaboratively on devising solutions to specific risks in the workplace. They are supported in this by 11 health and safety representatives and five management representatives who meet bi-monthly, rotating the meeting venue across the different sites.
The objective is to provide a framework and avenue for discussion and resolution of OH&S issues. An interactive Safety intranet site accessible to all staff is regularly updated and maintained to ensure the emphasis remains focussed on innovation.