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Top honour for Broken Bay at National Safety Awards

The Catholic Schools Office of the northern Sydney Diocese of Broken Bay was named overall winner of the 2004 National Safety Council of Australia/Telstra Safety Awards of Excellence at this week's awards ceremony.

Before a large crowd, the Broken Bay Diocesan Schools Office also received the National Safety Award of Excellence in the category of 'Best Implementation of an OHS Management System' (for a large business) against a number of nationally recognised and high performing companies and organisations.

"We are very proud to have received such prestigious honours at a national level," commented Director of Schools Br Tony Whelan. "These awards are a reflection on the professionalism and commitment to safety improvement across the entire Diocese."

According to the Safety Council website, the Diocese's commitment to a positive safety culture has seen all 44 diocesan schools "take ownership of their OHS Management System".

"They have chosen to combine several audit tools on which to base their management system to strive for best practice," it says. "At every development milestone the Catholic Schools office consulted key school personnel to ensure that the developing OHS Management system optimally addressed local school issues. This ensures that no school or personnel are required to implement any safety activity without support, resources and adequate training."

The Council says these factors "have created a powerful blue print that other educational organisations have since embraced".

Australia's only independent and national awards for workplace health and safety were instituted in 1992 and are open to any individual or organisation that has contributed to better workplace health and safety management in Australia. The overall Award for Excellence in Occupational Health and Safety is presented annually by judges for the most outstanding achievement in health and safety by a company or organisation.

Past winners of this respected award have included, Ford Motor Company Ltd, Bayswater Colliery and Namoi Cotton Co-operative.

"Last night's awards are an excellent result for Broken Bay," said Br Whelan. "They could not have been achieved without the dedicated work of staff, particularly Mary Gow (Catholic Schools Office OH &S Consultant) and Susan Berg (Diocesan Curia OH &S Co-ordinator), in collaboration with Pat Dwan (Toowoomba Diocesan OH&S Consultant).

"The Catholic Schools Office of Broken Bay is committed to providing safe and productive work environments for all our people," he added. "We share last night's honours with the staff in our schools and parishes, whose strong support continues to raise our Diocesan OH&S standards to best practice level."

Broken Bay Takes Out Top Honour at National Safety Awards (Catholic Communications, Diocese of Broken Bay 20/10/04)
Winner - NSCA/Telstra Award for Excellence in OHS - Catholic Schools Office, Diocese of Broken Bay

National Safety Council of Australia
Catholic Schools Office, Broken Bay

21 Oct 2004