Port Waratah Recognised for Its Health and Wellbeing Practices

Port Waratah has been recognised by the National Safety Council of Australia, 2014 National Safety Awards of Excellence for the quality of its employee health programmes.

Port Waratah was announced as the winner of the category - Best Health & Wellbeing Programme.

The company’s submission encompassed all of the employee health initiatives it has in place, including those that were a result of the Health Study Report recommendations published in 2012.

As a result of the Health Study Report recommendations, Port Waratah added company funded and coordinated bowel cancer screening and skin cancer screening to our existing employee Health and Wellbeing program. In August 2013, 180 bowel screening kits were sent to employee's home addresses and 349 employees participated in skin cancer screening. Port Waratah is aware of at least one employee who attended the skin cancer screening and detected a melanoma in its early stages as a result of the screening.

The new cancer prevention initiatives, were a valuable enhancement to Port Waratah's existing, comprehensive employee health and wellbeing initiatives including:

  • Risk Analysis and management of all health exposures;
  • Fatigue Management;
  • Hearing conservation;
  • Provision of a gym and sauna on each site and provision of instructors and get fit classes;
  • Health focus groups consisting of employees drawn from the Health Safety and Environment Committee; and
  • Alcohol and drug testing.

Our employee health programme is a result of the combined efforts of Port Waratah Leadership, the Health and Safety Committee members and the Health and Safety team and importantly, employee participation in and support of these initiatives. There were a total of 140 submissions across the seven award categories and six finalists for the Best Health and Wellbeing category.

 

For more information please contact:

Paul Chamberlin

Office: (02) 6239 7037

Mobile: 0419 233 989

Email: paul.chamberlin@endeavourconsulting.com.au