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Minimising workplace health and safety risks with EmpowerHR
“This ease of access and visibility has led to a major surge of interest in Health, Safety and Welfare reporting.”David Goyder, Workforce Planning Consultant and Project Manager, FESA
As Western Australia’s leading hazard management agency, the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia (FESA) performs a critical role coordinating emergency services for a range of natural disasters and emergency incidents threatening life and property. Supported by an extensive network of over 33,000 volunteers and 1,500 staff who work with the community and government, FESA has adopted an ‘all hazards’ approach to emergency management, working in partnership with the community and other government agencies to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters and emergencies.
As 83% of FESA’s staff are deployed out in the field it was critical for their staff to use a solution that required little training for recording incidents and hazards. As FESA’s staff had already embraced EmpowerHR’s internet-based self-service facility, it was a natural extension to use EmpowerHR’s WHS solution. This approach would provide a single source for people related information, mitigate risk with typical new system implementations and provide for a reduced change management program allowing faster deployment.
David Goyder, Workforce Planning Consultant and Project Manager for the WHS implementation at FESA, explains that one of the biggest benefits “is the massive increase of visibility as every staff member can now see the status of their incident report and the resulting preventative actions anywhere and anytime. This ease of access and visibility has led to a major surge of interest in Health, Safety and Welfare reporting.” This was an important consideration as FESA operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year across a vast state of 2.5 million square kilometres on land, sea and air.
David concludes that “one of the other major outcomes has been that the Health Safety and Welfare team have moved from an administrative function in spending most of their time chasing up on claims, forms, repair work etc; they are now actively becoming a business partner in working closer with the field staff, including educating staff, investigating problems (known and unknown) and putting in place improvement techniques and processes.”
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