2018 Awards entry criteria

2018 Awards entry criteria

Important information: Before you enter

Before completing your online entry, you should read the following criteria for each of the awards categories. This will help you to decide which category is most appropriate for your initiative. Each criteria should then be addressed in your online entry.

Online entry will open early March.

Evidence and supporting material

Evidence and supporting material should be provided at time of entry to help support your application. This could include, but is not limited to, claims and incident/injury data, photographs, videos and other work health and safety reporting information.

Category 1: Excellence in work health and safety through the implementation of an integrated systems approach

This award recognises demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement in work health and safety through the implementation of an integrated systems approach.

A systems approach demonstrates that all elements function according to fundamental rules, that analysis of the elements can be completed with a consistent auditing approach and each part of the overall system can itself be studied as a complete system.

In a systematic approach, short-term goals are continually set and met and are seen as contributing to the ‘higher’ goal of eliminating risks to health and safety, improving the viability of the business and contributing to the wellbeing of everyone affected by the business operations.

Entry criteria

  1. How well does the system achieve a demonstrated commitment to work health and safety?
  2. To what extent was the system developed in consultation with workplace parties and, where appropriate, outside organisations?
  3. How well is the system integrated into the overall operation of the company?
  4. Explain how the system has improved work health and safety performance. How will your organisation ensure this approach is sustainable?

Category 2: Excellence in developing and implementing an initiative (solution) to an identified work health and safety issue

This award recognises excellence in developing and implementing an initiative (solution) to an identified work health and safety issue.

Entries for this category may include a product solution, design/engineering innovation, a training program, awareness raising activity or other risk control measure that reduces the risk of work-related injury and disease.

Two awards will be presented for this category:

  • Small business (less than 20 employees or full time equivalent)
  • Large business (20 or more employees or full time equivalent).

Entry criteria

  1. Describe the work health and safety issue and how it was identified.
  2. Explain in detail the initiative that was developed to address this issue.
  3. Explain in detail how your organisation went about implementing the initiative.
  4. How effective was the initiative in controlling the risks identified?

Category 3: Excellence in work health and safety culture

This award recognises demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement of work health and safety outcomes through the creation and continuation of an outstanding safety culture.

An outstanding safety culture is demonstrated through leadership, behaviours, values, workforce engagement and participation; and reinforced across the organisation.

Excellence in safety culture must be demonstrated at all levels of the organisation, from senior management’s commitment to health and safety, to employees’ communication and ownership of responsibility.

Two awards will be presented in this category:

  • Small business (less than 20 employees or full time equivalent)
  • Large business (20 or more employees or full time equivalent).

Entry criteria

  1. Describe your organisations safety culture and its key components.
  2. How do your staff and management demonstrate and take ownership of your safety culture across the organisation?
  3. How is your safety culture fully integrated into the business?
  4. How has your safety culture impacted the operation of your business?

Category 4: Best individual or team contribution to work health and safety

This award recognises those who have made an exceptional difference to work health and safety.

Two awards will be presented in this category:

  • a worker (may also include a work health and safety manager or a person with responsibility, including HSRs, for work health and safety as part of their duties)
  • a team (may also include a health and safety committee or a team with responsibility for work health and safety as part of their duties).

Entry criteria

  1. Describe the worker/team’s health and safety contributions.
  2. How did the workers/team’s contributions improve work health and safety?
  3. Describe how the individual/team’s impact on health and safety management and performance was above and beyond their immediate field/area of responsibility.

Category 5: Excellence in continuous improvement of rehabilitation and return to work through the implementation of an effective injury management system

This award recognises an employer’s outstanding efforts and continuous improvement of rehabilitation and return to work through the implementation of an effective injury management system.

Entries for this award may include rehabilitation and return to work systems that address stay at/return to work and injury reporting procedures, consultation, training, supervision, workplace culture, management commitment, and other elements to manage rehabilitation and return to work.

Entry criteria

  1. Explain how your organisation has demonstrated a strong commitment to rehabilitation and stay at/return to work of injured workers.
  2. What strategies or initiatives have been implemented to improve outcomes to injured workers and/or your business?
  3. How does your organisation create an environment that supports a positive rehabilitation and stay at/return to work culture?
  4. Provide one detailed example that best demonstrates your approach to injury management and how your organisation contributed to successful stay at/return to work outcomes for an injured worker.

Category 6: Excellence in an individual contribution to rehabilitation and return to work

This award recognises an individual’s outstanding efforts in rehabilitation and stay at/return to work, and in improving the workplace’s rehabilitation culture.

Entries in this category can include demonstrated commitment to the return to work of injured workers, innovation in return to/stay at work (including implementing new return to work solutions, systems, products or programs), improvement to an organisation’s return to work culture, or other measures that improve return to work outcomes.

To be eligible for this award you must have contributed to the successful rehabilitation and stay at/return to work of a worker. This may include but is not limited to Injury Management Co-ordinators, Rehabilitation Providers, Return to Work Co-ordinators, Case Managers, health professionals or a workplace manager or supervisor overseeing the stay at/return to work program of a worker.

Entry criteria

  1. Explain how you demonstrate excellence in service delivery and improved return to work outcomes for injured workers and employers.
  2. What strategies or initiatives have you implemented to improve services or outcomes for injured workers, your employer or the industry?
  3. How do you lead and influence your organisation, colleagues and industry to continuously improve rehabilitation and return to work strategies, outcomes and culture?

Category 7: Best workplace health and wellbeing initiative

This category recognises excellence in the successful implementation and outcomes of a workplace health and wellbeing initiative.

It recognises individual and organisational leadership health and wellbeing.

Two awards will be presented for this category:

  • an organisation
  • an individual.

Entry criteria

  1. Describe the health and wellbeing initiative and how it was developed.
  2. Describe how the initiative was implemented and why it represents a real, ongoing commitment to workplace health and wellbeing.
  3. Explain how an evaluation process was used to show that the initiative achieved its objectives.

Category 8: Leadership Excellence Award (closed category – entrants for this category are chosen from categories 1 to 7)

This award recognises leadership excellence in any of the following areas:

  • Health and Safety
  • Wellbeing
  • Rehabilitation and return to work.

A direct entry cannot be submitted for this category.

Finalists will be identified and nominated by the judging panels.

All entries in categories 1 to 7 that demonstrate strong leadership are eligible for nomination to category eight.

The winner of category 8 will be based on:

  • Leadership and fostering a positive safety culture
  • Commitment to continuous improvement
  • Engagement through participation and collaboration
  • Commitment to sharing information and consultation.