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Navy wins major safety awards.

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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon. Bruce Billson, MP Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence 048/2006 Monday, 30 October 2006 NAVY WINS MAJOR SAFETY AWARDS The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has won two awards in the 2006 Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (SRCC) Safety Awards held recently at Parliament House, announced the Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, Bruce Billson. Mr Billson said the RAN’s efforts with implementing Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) initiatives and winning these prestigious SRCC awards are in accordance with the finest traditions of the RAN and serve as a fine example of what teamwork and initiative can achieve. This year there were 31 entries across five categories of the SRCC Safety awards including leadership Award for Injury Prevention and Management; Best Workplace; Health and Safety Management System; Best Solution to an identified Workplace Health and Safety Issue; Best Individual Contribution to Health and Safety and Rehabilitation and Return to Work Award. The HMAS ANZAC Portable Pontoon entry provided the best solution to an identified workplace health and safety issue thereby winning the third category and the Fleet Intermediate Maintenance Authority (FIMA) Perth was highly commended for its workplace health and safety management system (Category 2). Mr Billson said HMAS ANZAC personnel designed a portable floating pontoon that could be placed at the base of the accommodation ladder, which is used to transfer personnel and stores to and from the ship’s boats. “As well as providing a larger, more stable and therefore safer platform for movement to and from the accommodation ladder, the pontoon can be stowed in one of the ship’s boat spaces and accessed in the same manner,” he said. FIMA Perth has over 200 naval personnel, primarily technical sailors, in 13 workshops that provide maintenance support to the ships and submarines at Fleet Base West. In 2004, FIMA Perth introduced an OHS management system that is embedded in the chain of command and not solely reliant on OHS experts. As well as providing both general and workshop specific OHS induction training, a ‘point system’ has also been introduced to reward individual workshops for their OHS commitment and performance. “FIMA Perth has seen a significant cultural change in the way that OHS is viewed and managed by all ranks. This has lead to a significant increase in the hazard identification and incident reporting with a decrease in the number of minor incidents in the workshops,” Mr Billson said. Media information: Cameron Hill (Mr Billson) 03 9781 2333 0408 239 521 Defence Media Liaison (Defence) 02 6265 3343 0408 498 664 For a free subscription to Defence Direct, the Minister for Defence's monthly e-newsletter, please follow this link