Hornsby Council Wins SafeWork Award

Best workplace health and safety (WHS) management system

Hornsby Shire Council’s work health and safety practices have been recognised as some of the best in the industry at the SafeWork Awards 2014.

Council’s Safety and Wellness Services Team won in their category of best workplace health and safety (WHS) management system in the public sector.

They were competing against fellow finalists from the NSW Public Works team and St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Sydney Archdiocese.

Steve Russell
Hornsby Mayor Steve Russell

“This is an amazing achievement on behalf of our Safety and Wellness Services Team, and I congratulate every one who has contributed towards making Hornsby Shire Council a safer place to work,” Hornsby Mayor Steve Russell said.

“Every employee deserves to have a safe environment to work in, and I am incredibly proud that Hornsby Shire Council is leading the pack in work health and safety practices.”

The award was received for Council’s efforts in developing and implementing an overall WHS Management System and, in particular, undertaking an 18-month comprehensive audit of the organisation’s safety practices and culture.

The audit identified numerous gaps in the system, including 746 areas of non-compliance.

As a result of the audit, Council has implemented major improvements to WHS practices and resolved 87 per cent of the issues previously identified.

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