DMP wins a WorkSafe Gold Certificate of Achievement

Director General congratulates staff on winning a major Worksafe award
Date: Tuesday, 05 May 2015

Audit identifies significant improvements in DMP’s Safety Management System  

The Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) has won a Worksafe Gold Certificate of Achievement for its Safety Management System.

This achievement builds on the Silver Certificate of Achievement presented to DMP in 2011.

DMP Director General Richard Sellers applauded the win, saying it was a credit to the dedication and determination of staff involved in occupational safety and health .

“This is a great result and I heartily congratulate everyone involved,” he said.

“It is important to make sure we keep our eyes on the ball in the area of occupational safety and health because the wellbeing of our staff is paramount.”

An external audit last year of the Safety Management System, covering all of DMP’s metropolitan and regional locations, found the department qualified for the Gold Certificate.

The audit recorded that DMP had achieved a score of more than 80 per cent combined with a low lost time incidence (LTI) rate and had made significant improvements on its 2011 performance.

The audit outlined some of the safety management system’s key strengths, including:

  • Strong management commitment
  • Continuous improvement of the system
  • Good integration of the Facilities Services Branch and Corporate Occupational Safety and Health (COSH)
  • Strong visible presence of COSH awareness throughout the department
  • When interviewed, staff demonstrated strong knowledge of OSH, COSH and the department’s Working on Wellness Program.
  • Staff were found to have an “overwhelming perception” that safety is well managed by the department and that their concerns are considered.

The Gold Certificate, which lasts for two years, is expected to be officially presented by the WorkSafe’s Commissioner to DMP in mid-June.