Bolton Clarke’s Safety and Wellbeing team has won the National Safety Council of Australia Award for Best Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) Training Program.
The win at the 25th annual National Safety Awards of Excellence on 12 October recognised the organisation’s innovative Client Manual Handling program, implemented in 2014-15 across its residential aged care and at-home support sites in New South Wales and Queensland.
It includes a mandatory annual online training program and annual face-to-face competency-based training delivered at sites and services by designated Manual Handling Facilitators, who undertake regular skills refresher courses.
“Our objective is always to provide safe working and living environments for all our staff, residents and clients,” Group CEO Stephen Muggleton.
“As a result of this program total manual handling incidents have been reduced by 45 per cent in residential aged care and 69 per cent in at-home support.
“I look forward to the extension of this successful program into At Home Support in Victoria later this month and its continued support and success across our business.”
The National Safety Council of Australia’s National Safety Awards of Excellence celebrate organisations and people who contribute to the health, safety and well-being of their employees and show continuous improvement in their business performance.
This year is the 25th year for the awards, which cover categories covering risk solutions, safety communication, health and wellbeing, leadership and individual achievement. Through a formal judging process, organisations that have achieved excellence in their field of work by the introduction, development or improvement of health and safety standards, are recognised for their initiatives.
Winners were announced at a gala lunch in Sydney and will have their stories told nationally through NSCA Foundation’s National Safety magazine.