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The Safety in Action Conference

The Safety in Action Conference is a two-day, high profile conference for Safety leaders.

5-6 September 2017 | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

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overview

The Safety in Action Conference is a two-day, high profile conference for Safety leaders. As the premier conference of the year, the Safety in Action Conference brings together Safety leaders in the health and safety profession, to encourage global involvement and networking across the two days. Over 700 delegates have attended the conference in the last two years to hear from regulators, thought-leaders and International keynotes who are making a difference in safety culture. This year’s program will explore key Health & Safety topics, by linking Safety Strategy, Leadership and Culture.

Running concurrently with the Workplace Wellness and Return to Work Conference, and in adjacent rooms, you will be able to switch sessions and plan a track to suit your requirements.

To receive updates on the conference, register your interest and we will notify you of updates as they happen.

Co-located with the three conferences is the Safety in Action Trade show, Australia’s leading occupational health and safety event. The Safety in Action Show is trade only event and is free to attend. Find out more here

 

agenda

8:25 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

MAPPING CULTURE THROUGH INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE

8:30 am

  • Safe@Transdev – everyone, always sets out a new path for all of us to improve our knowledge and awareness of what it means to be safe.
  • During 2017, this project will focus on delivering safety leadership training to 200 leaders within Australasia, providing improved incident investigation training and new processes will be developed to maximise the lessons learnt from an incident

9:00 am

This presentation looks at how Barwon Water achieved record injury rate reductions through executive level safety leadership and the use of lead indicators. The LIFE Score (lead indicator for engagement) takes the concepts of “Safety-II” and applies it to the real world, achieving remarkable results.

9:30 am

Explore how Laing O’Rourke are forming projects teams to be innovative and inspirational to their peers through workforce decision making. On the flip side how they rally around a project team that needs support and or aspires for excellence

10:00 am

  • A different paradigm that is possibly more effective to view safety with- looking at the context not a matrix
  • Research findings from the Woolworths Experiment
  • The psychology behind the experiment

10:30 am

Morning Tea

THE FUTURE OF SAFETY STRATEGY

11:00 am

  • Moving beyond the culture ladder- looking at seven dimensions of safety and risk
  • Dropping ‘one cause thinking’, determinism and linearity from safety analysis
  • Preventing WEIRDs: Safety I, Safety II, where next?

11:30 am

  • By 2020, millennials will become the largest generation in the workplace, encompassing 50% of the global workforce.
  • Across all industries, millennials will increase in the workplace making their workplace health and safety learning relevant given the emerging risks.

12:00 pm

Lunch and Safety in Action Exhibition Viewing

INFLUENCING SAFETY CULTURE THROUGH LEADERSHIP

2:00 pm

Summary:

  • Naomi presents a behind the scenes looks at delivering a safety leadership program within the world of academia, with a focus on the actions and behaviours of leaders within a leadership framework that enables the Doctor to be the hero.

2:20 pm

  • Candace is an internationally recognized voice on workplace health and safety, and has spoken to over half a million people at safety-focused companies and at summits throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.
  • She believes safety is an attitude, a state of mind, a way of life, and she shares her conviction that having the courage to care through standing up for others is a transformational concept – “If You See Something. Say Something!”

2:50 pm

  • Reviewing the need for a more holistic approach to shaping safety culture through leadership

3:10 pm

  • A comprehensive study of the HSE Risk and Assurance Framework Review Jemena conducted in 2015/16 and the impact it is having on HSE strategy, leadership and culture

3:30 pm

Afternoon Tea

THE REGULATORY LANDSCAPE IN A CHANGING PARADIGM

3:50 pm

An update on the legal developments in health and safety in Australia, including changes to transport laws, increasing penalties, focus on directors and senior leaders and prosecutions for public safety issues.

4:10 pm

The Roadmap drives state-wide activities for improvement in work health and safety in NSW. It is aimed not only at the regulator, but at peak bodies, associations, community leaders, and each employer and worker. The Roadmap has the Vision – ‘Healthy, safe, and productive working lives’ – and sets out targets to measure success. Three Action Areas will help us achieve these targets. And it is all enabled by a strong commitment from everyone who has an influence on work health and safety in NSW.

4:30 pm

  • An overview of the current Victorian H&S regulatory landscape and trends;
  • Implications for a non-traditional approach to H&S regulation;
  • Impacts on enforcement activity and future directions; and
  • Elements of WorkSafe’s Strategy 2030.

4:50 pm

Push to the side what you know and are biased to believe to consider setting the Safety Intentions that will offer the opportunity to reshape how you show up and deliver in the workplace.

INTERACTIVE PANEL Q&A

5:50 pm

Closing Remarks from Chair

6:00 pm

Networking Drinks

7:30 pm

End of Day One

8:30 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair || Stream: STREAM A: MANAGEMENT, PRACTICE & DESIGN

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair || Stream: STREAM B: EDUCATION, DIVERSITY & DEVELOPMENT

MANAGEMENT APPROACHES TO PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY || Stream: STREAM A: MANAGEMENT, PRACTICE & DESIGN

A REFLECTIVE LOOK AT THE ROLE OF THE MODERN SAFETY PRACTITIONER || Stream: STREAM B: EDUCATION, DIVERSITY & DEVELOPMENT

8:40 am

Managing Mental Health || Stream: STREAM A: MANAGEMENT, PRACTICE & DESIGN

Lucy Brogden, Mental Health Commissioner, National Mental Health Commission

  • Every organisation has a culture that influences safety. Identify the gaps between your ideal state and the current values, beliefs, and behavioural norms of your organisation.
  • Organisational practices drive how your employees are expected to behave. Communication, involvement, motivation and leadership all play vital roles in promoting constructive behaviours.
  • Recognise the impact culture has on safety. You don’t want a major incident to be the first sign of a defensive culture.

9:00 am

CASE STUDY | Introducing Effective Mental Health Services in the Workplace || Stream: STREAM A: MANAGEMENT, PRACTICE & DESIGN

Catherine Kennedy, Mental Health Service Project Lead, Chartered Accountants, ANZ

9:10 am

  • Safety practitioners are usually thought of as conservative advocates for safe choices and reduced risk
  • Many safety practitioners spend their spare time in activities with a non-trivial risk of serious injury or death
  • Practitioners proudly list their risky pursuits, but immediately justify why they are actually safe
  • Do safety practitioners have an unusual approach to taking, thinking and talking about risk in their personal lives?
  • What does this say about how they help organisations make and explain risk decisions?

9:20 am

Nice Guys Don't Have to Finish Last - Habits of a Psychologically Safe Manager || Stream: STREAM A: MANAGEMENT, PRACTICE & DESIGN

Pedro Diaz, CEO, The Mental Health Recovery Institute

9:40 am

CASE STUDY: Social Connection as a Mental Health Solution || Stream: STREAM A: MANAGEMENT, PRACTICE & DESIGN

Tony McManus, Senior Ambassador, R U OK?

Everyone talks about the safety ‘hierarchy of controls’, but most safety professionals don’t actually use it. Or even understand it. Therefore, people are injured at work.

There is evidence that 80% of safety interventions are carried out at the least effective end of the hierarchy of controls – and are therefore optimistic at best, useless at worst. My research highlights this and investigates why it is so; and what can be done about it.

10:00 am

ROUND UP PANEL || Stream: STREAM A: MANAGEMENT, PRACTICE & DESIGN

Lucy Brogden, Mental Health Commissioner, National Mental Health Commission

Pedro Diaz, CEO, The Mental Health Recovery Institute

Tony McManus, Senior Ambassador, R U OK?

10:10 am

Safety is taking a much more central role in the emerging world, but safety professionals who remain rooted in their past successes and approaches may find themselves becoming less and less relevant. This presentation explores the challenges that safety professionals are experiencing, the new skills they must possess, and the obstacles they will face if they remain stagnant.

10:30 am

Morning Tea || Stream: STREAM A: MANAGEMENT, PRACTICE & DESIGN

Morning Tea || Stream: STREAM B: EDUCATION, DIVERSITY & DEVELOPMENT

MANAGEMENT & DESIGN: PRECONDITIONS FOR A SAFE WORKING ENVIRONMENT || Stream: STREAM A: MANAGEMENT, PRACTICE & DESIGN

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT || Stream: STREAM B: EDUCATION, DIVERSITY & DEVELOPMENT

11:00 am

Managing Fatigue in the Modern Workplace || Stream: STREAM A: MANAGEMENT, PRACTICE & DESIGN

Dr Kirsty McCulloch, Principal Consultant, Human Systems Group

Discussing:

  • the importance of education and awareness
  • availability of WHS subject matter experts
  • clearly defined policy and procedure. Collectively, these provide a closed loop WHS system which approaches leading practice.

11:20 am

An Ergonomics Lens: A Must Have in a Safety Professional’s Toolbox || Stream: STREAM A: MANAGEMENT, PRACTICE & DESIGN

Luke Byrnes, SHE Manager & Ergonomics Lead, Nestle

One of the issues many safety professionals struggle with it lack of real commitment from Senior Management. We expect our leaders to be perfect ((if not a superhero) and struggle to understand when they are and fail that to err is human also for leaders. I think safety professionals are losing a lot of energy in this space trying to convince their leaders and are disappointed if they are not. There is research that acknowledges that leaders are imperfect and provides two strategies for them or organisations to improve / support them. One being training (i.e. coaching and based on the individual needs rather than general executive management programs) and ensuring that they are surrounded by people that are strong in the areas the leader is not strong.

We are doing some work at Macquarie in this space under the theme “let them shine” to make sure that our directors on the board of Macquarie owned or managed investments ask the right questions and can grow out to great safety ambassadors.

11:40 am

How Ergonomics Can Help Manage an Ageing Workforce || Stream: STREAM A: MANAGEMENT, PRACTICE & DESIGN

Ted Dohrmann, Managing Director, Dohrmann Consulting

A review of how Newcorp Australia have achieved consitant results in achieving safety excellence, highlighted through winning the 2016 Best Continuous Improvement of WHS Award.

12:00 pm

  • Everyone is encouraged to write down one or two things they’d like to do differently in their own organisation under each heading. Something they’d like to start doing, stop doing, do more of, do less of.
  • They are then asked to discuss in their groups, and individually pick two that they would really like to do.
  • They are then asked to imagine in 12 months’ time that they are back at the conference, having done nothing. What stopped them? They write down these barriers, and discuss them in the group again.

12:10 pm

Lunch Break || Stream: STREAM A: MANAGEMENT, PRACTICE & DESIGN

MANAGING ABUSE IN THE WORKPLACE || Stream: STREAM A: MANAGEMENT, PRACTICE & DESIGN

12:30 pm

Lunch Break || Stream: STREAM B: EDUCATION, DIVERSITY & DEVELOPMENT

EDUCATION & DIVERSITY || Stream: STREAM B: EDUCATION, DIVERSITY & DEVELOPMENT

2:00 pm

Workplace Violence: Strategic Approaches to Risk and Management || Stream: STREAM A: MANAGEMENT, PRACTICE & DESIGN

Atticus Maddox, Doctoral Candidate, The University of Sydney

Grant Porter, General Manager / Head Consultant (Central South West Team) at Framework Group Injury Management

  • is tertiary education necessary? Is this advancing quality or stifling talent?
  • the university OHS education system, and the declining number of courses in recent years: what does this mean for the next generation of safety practitioners?

A short and long term look at safety professionals linked to this:

  • who are our current safety professionals; where have them come from? do they have safety backgrounds? do they represent a cross section of society, and if not is this a limitation?
  • where are the next generation of safety professionals coming from, and who are they? How do we encourage wider involvement?

2:30 pm

CASE STUDY | 7 Golden Rules for an Effective Bullying Investigation || Stream: STREAM A: MANAGEMENT, PRACTICE & DESIGN

Jason Clark, Associate Director, Worklogic

2:40 pm

This presentation showcases how a Global Manufacturer used culturally resonating film mediums to communicate a common set of safety leadership behaviours.

3:00 pm

Navigating Around Substance Abuse Traps that Challenge Drug Testing and Safety in the Workplace || Stream: STREAM A: MANAGEMENT, PRACTICE & DESIGN

Dr Charles Appleton, Director of Biochemistry and Toxicology, Western Diagnostic Pathology

ROUND TABLE WORKSHOP: Contemporary Issues in OHS Education and Diversity || Stream: STREAM B: EDUCATION, DIVERSITY & DEVELOPMENT

Richard Coleman, CEO, The Interchange

Dave Cant, Director & Principal Consultant, DC Safety Consultancy Services Pty Ltd

Kelly Lovely, Health, Safety & Environment Specialist, Non Executive Director, KRLM

3:30 pm

Afternoon Tea || Stream: STREAM A: MANAGEMENT, PRACTICE & DESIGN

INNOVATION IN INJURY PREVENTION || Stream: STREAM A: MANAGEMENT, PRACTICE & DESIGN

Afternoon Tea || Stream: STREAM B: EDUCATION, DIVERSITY & DEVELOPMENT

BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN THEORY & PRACTICE || Stream: STREAM B: EDUCATION, DIVERSITY & DEVELOPMENT

4:00 pm

  • Understanding and developing our safety culture
  • Endeavour Energy’s journey in the last three years
  • How has this had an effect on our safety performance
  • Where to from here?

The Safety II conversation is taking over the profession. Businesses now find themselves being told to ‘throw out’ the old approach to safety management. But what does that mean for organisations achieving legal compliance?

In this session, health and safety partner Alena Titterton will examine the role of legal compliance in the context of disruption. The session will consider both the threats and opportunities that such disruption may present for legal compliance. This session will explore the following questions:

  • Is legal compliance a health and safety objective?
  • What is Safety II/Safety Differently trying to achieve?
  • How does disruption impact the law?
  • What does the law say anyway?
  • What are the legal ramifications for adopting a new approach to safety?

The session will end with thoughts on a model for ensuring legal compliance while innovating in health and safety.

4:20 pm

CASE STUDY | Monetising Injury Prevention || Stream: STREAM A: MANAGEMENT, PRACTICE & DESIGN

Jillian Hamilton, Managing Director, Manage Damage (pending availability)

4:40 pm

Manual handling - review and revision of risk control measures || Stream: STREAM A: MANAGEMENT, PRACTICE & DESIGN

Alison Gembarovski, Principal Ergonomist & Manager of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Unit, WorkSafe Victoria

What is safety culture? Why is this so difficult to change within an organisation?

People bring a wide range of beliefs to the workplace. Because these beliefs strongly influence their behaviour, belief definition is an integral part of any safety culture. The challenge lies in aligning these beliefs so they are well defined and support the high-performance outcomes demanded in today’s workplace.

5:00 pm

CONCLUSIONARY PANEL || Stream: STREAM A: MANAGEMENT, PRACTICE & DESIGN

Alison Gembarovski, Principal Ergonomist & Manager of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Unit, WorkSafe Victoria

Jillian Hamilton, Managing Director, Manage Damage (pending availability)

Christine Edwards, HSE Strategy & Systems, Endeavour Energy

A conclusory presentation summarising the key concepts covered over the conference and an analysis of where safety culture is leading, and how we should excel in the future.

5:30 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair || Stream: STREAM A: MANAGEMENT, PRACTICE & DESIGN

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair || Stream: STREAM B: EDUCATION, DIVERSITY & DEVELOPMENT

pricing

Packages Price
Package(Two Days) $1495+GSTEarly Bird

Event Pricing

  • Standard registration pricing: $1,495 + GST

Co-Located Conferences

– presented by Safety in Action

With the three conferences running in adjacent rooms, you will be able to switch sessions and plan a track to suit your requirements.

The third annual Workplace Wellness Conference

This year’s program will hear from industry leaders identifying strategies to enhance the mental and physical wellbeing and productivity of the Australian workforce. From state initiatives to stress management and promoting healthier lifestyles, this conference will focus on the best-practice case studies in Mental Health & Wellbeing. Find out more here

The Return to Work Conference

All employers are required under workplace health and safety laws to have in place policies and plans for the return to work of injured workers. The Return to Work Conference will look into the best practice strategies that support employees through the process of rehabilitation and manages their return to the workplace in a timely and safe manner. Find out more here

Safety in Action Tradeshow

The three conferences are held concurrently with the Safety in Action Show. The Safety in Action Tradeshow is Australia’s leading Occupational Health and Safety event dedicated to the safety, security and well-being of the Australian workforce. Thousands of OH&S professionals across the industry have visited Safety in Action to discover new solutions to help them achieve their goals in creating safer workplaces.

Engage in three dedicated safety zones, network with over 120 exhibitors, learn from industry experts during free safety seminars, source the latest innovative products and services and get involved in the interactive opportunities the Show has to offer. A must-attend for every OH&S professional. Safety in Action is trade only event and is free to attend. For more information, visit the Safety in Action Show website. For more information, visit the Safety in Action Show website.

Supporting Partner

speakers

Professor Patrick Hudson

Delft University

Candace Carnahan

Safety Motivational Speaker

Kurt Warren

Head of HSE - Southern Region, Laing O'Rourke

Jason Clark

Associate Director, Worklogic

Paul Fowler

Director- Enforcement Group, Worksafe Victoria

Stacey Williams

Executive Director - Self Insurance at Gallagher Bassett

richard-coleman

Richard Coleman

CEO, The Interchange

Kurt Spanswick

Coordinator of Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Barwon Water | NSCA Best Safety Leadership Program 2016

jodie-deakes

Jodie Deakes

Director of Operational Capability, SafeWork NSW

Luke Byrnes

SHE Manager & Ergonomics Lead, Nestle

Michelle Oberg

Academic, Griffith University

Naomi Kemp

OHS Advisor (HSW Strategy & Leadership) and Founder of Safe Expectations, Queensland University

Rob Sheers

Vice President, Executive Consultant, Asia Pacific, DEKRA Insight

Stephen Young

Post Graduate Program Coordinator for VIOSH, Federation University

Steve Bell

Partner: OSH, Herbert Smith Freehills

Wayne Richards

General Manager Group Health & Safety, Quality & Environment, Transdev

alena-titterton

Alena Titterton

Partner, Clyde & Co.

catherine-kennedy

Catherine Kennedy

Mental Health Service Project Lead, Chartered Accountants, ANZ

fiona-murfitt

Fiona Murfitt

Group HSSE Manager, Viva Energy Australia

Dr Kirsty McCulloch

Principal Consultant, Human Systems Group

Katrina Gray

Research Candidate, Griffith University

Alistair Schuback

Safety Culture, Specialist Aframes Safety

Dr Tessa Keegel

Lecturer (Ergonomics, Safety and Health), La Trobe University

David Cant

Director & Principal Consultant at DC Safety Consultancy Services Pty Ltd

Rob B. Lowe

Founder and Leader, The Maximum Life Club

Ian Sutcliffe

Manager Return to Work Inspectorate, WorkSafe Victoria

Alison Gembarovski

Principal Ergonomist & Manager of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Unit, WorkSafe Victoria

Atticus Maddox

Doctoral Candidate, The University of Sydney

Grant Porter

General Manager / Head Consultant (Central South West Team) at Framework Group Injury Management

leonie-terhorst

Leonie Terhorst

Human Risk-Senior Analyst, Jemena

kelly-lovely

Kelly Lovely

Health, Safety & Environment Specialist, Non Executive Director, KRLM

christian-frost

Christian Frost

Head of Workplace Health & Safety, NewsCorp

Pedro Diaz

CEO, The Mental Health Recovery Institute

Tony McManus

Senior Ambassador, R U OK?

David Ninnes

Group Head Health, Safety & Wellbeing, Westpac

lucinda-brogden

Lucinda Brogden

Commissioner, National Mental Health Commission

ashleigh-smith

Ashleigh Smith

Leadership, Team & Culture Development, Human Synergistics Australia

Sherill Lepp

Future Systems Safety, Project Controls Directorate, Department of Defence

christine-edwards

Christine Edwards

HSE Strategy & Systems, Endeavour Energy

Joachim Geussens

Associate Director - WHSE, The Macquarie Group

Ted Dohrmann

Managing Director, Dohrmann Consulting

when & where

05 - 06 Sep 2017

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf VIC 3003
03 9235 8000
www.mcec.com.au

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
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contact

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Conference Producer
Jamie.Birch@informa.com
02 9080 4300

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Andrew.Sinkovich@informa.com.au
02 9080 4008

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