Scouts NSW Health and Safety Committee announced

After receiving a number of high-quality nominations, we are excited to announce the members of the new Scouts NSW Health and Safety Committee (HSC). The Committee is responsible for representing you and your workgroup on health and safety discussions.

While responsibility for managing work and recreational health and safety at the local level remain unchanged, the HSC will be a more strategic, consultative forum and may be requested to help find solutions for specific issues if they remain unresolved. The broader benefits of this consultative approach include the sharing of knowledge and the ability to find more effective solutions to health and safety issues across the Association.

Please congratulate the committee members below, and be on the lookout for their communications in future about health and safety matters.

Joey, Cub, Scout and Venturer Scout Section - Suzanne Day

Current role within Scouts:
CSL NCR (Grafton Cub Pack)

Will use the following approach:
Working with others and trying to get the best outcome for our youth members within the scouting community, by networking with the members of the committee via either phone, Skype (for those out of the Sydney Basin) or email contact, to help get everyone's ideas and how to understand where they are all coming from.

Interested in representing the workgroup on health and safety matters because:
I love the idea of helping where I can to better the name of Scouting, and help making scouting fun and safe for all members of the community.

Has first-hand experience in health and safety through:
Within the last 5 years as a CSL and a prior 2 years as a Group Chairperson, having been involved in making sure all things go according to plan within the group at the hall, camps, out in the community, also through writing the Risk Assessments for Activities and Camps that we have had. I also work as an SLSO (teachers aide) in the local Juvenile Justice centre so all things are about being on the constant watch of all things HS as well. Being on the watch for the small things that can make big things happen, without becoming all about bubble wrap.

Rover Scout Section (under 30 years member) - Harry Lantry

Current role within Scouts:
State Commissioner - Rovers

Will use the following approach:
Good time management skills as well as good interpersonal skills along with a diligent attitude to creating a better and safer environment.

Interested in representing the workgroup on health and safety matters because:
I believe that the safety of members is Paramount this also extends to members health something I am particularly passionate about.

Has first-hand experience in health and safety through:
My work with mental health first aid, regional member support and interactions with rovers.

Adult Supporters - Gus Lloyd

This HSC member will represent volunteer supporters and advisers, who in general are non-uniform

Current role within Scouts:
Honorary Treasurer 2nd Armidale Scout Group

Will use the following approach:
Participating in meetings and exercises as an active listener taking on board as much information as possible to assist with making a well thought out response and action that is indicative of informed and positive outcomes for all parties concerned. My available time as a disabled pensioner is far greater than when I worked and offers more access to those who need my assistance.

Interested in representing the workgroup on health and safety matters because:
I have a strong 25 year background in both uniform and support work within the organisation starting at Group level and progressing to an eventual National appointment. I now have time to commit more fully to Scouts and see that my current work as an administrator for the diversity and inclusion as well as the culture workgroups within Scouts NSW will be of value as an input source as well.

I have had first hand experience in health and safety through:
Working as an employee as well as my own company presenting and authorised by Workcover NSW regarding workplace induction, workers compensation, OHS Committee training for approximately 35 years in Australia but primarily NSW. I was also a member of the quality society of Australia and NZ as an OHS Lead Auditor. I alternatively was a consultant on both OHS/WHS matters as well as Environment issues. I hold fully recognisable qualifications in OHS, Business Management, Training. I believe I am a suitable candidate that can bring on board a wealth of experience.

State and Region Activity Centres and Campsites - Anthony Pritchard

Current role within Scouts:
Regional Commissioner Personnel, Safety and Compliance - South Coast and Tablelands Region

Will use the following approach:
In my role with the oversight of SCT regional camp sites, I have undertaken the process of unification of the various management and WHS structures that have been in place for some time at SCT Region Scout Camps, with a clear direction towards a consistent application of the regional directions for the safe operation of the camps.  This included the development of Safe Work Methods Statements and safe operating procedures that can be used across all of our regions camps. We now have a focus on the review and analysis of incident reports for the camps and the region I would seek to explore additional opportunities to improve safety processes for adoption across all camps and activity centres across the state.

Interested in representing the workgroup on health and safety matters because:
I find something incredibly satisfying about acting in a way that is consistent with my personal values, whilst providing a safer environment for young people and leaders to participate in Scouting. Being able to say I changed something in Scouting, to improve WHS within Scouting, gives me great satisfaction and enables me to use my skills to improve the lives of others. For me, it changes my life from being self-centered to being something with meaning for others, too. 

Has first-hand experience in health and safety through:
I have been a management representative of organisational WHS committee on several occasions over many years throughout my career. I am currently working with the senior leadership team of SCT in the overall management of incident reports and WHS issues and professionally I am a member of the CatholicCare WHS and Quality Committee.

Leaders whose Primary Appointment is  to a Youth Section - Grant Whitehorn

Current role within Scouts:
State Adviser (transferring to RC role in SCT Region) & Camp Warden/Staff, Camp Coutts

Will use the following approach:
Openly consult and communicate with other Leaders and Adult Supporters about their WHS concerns and help them to identify the risks and controls to prevent injuries so they can participate in a safe Scouting environment and deliver a quality program for our youth members.

Interested in representing the workgroup on health and safety matters because:
I believe I have the necessary skills, experience and knowledge of WHS legislation and best practice to help my workgroup understand what our regulatory compliance obligations are and share ideas about how to improve safe practices for all volunteers and employees across Scout NSW. I would also like to advocate on behalf of volunteers and employees to ensure their views and concerns are properly addressed and considered as part of all WHS decision-making processes.

Has first-hand experience in health and safety through:
I started my journey in WHS in 1993 when I first became a member of the local Health & Safety Committee and a Health & Safety Representative for my workplace. This early experience turned into a life-long passion for championing safety and was the catalyst for my career in risk management and WHS. Over the past 26 years I have consulted to many organisations and held several leadership roles including Chief Risk & Safety Officer for NSW Ambulance, Chief Risk Officer with NSW Dept. Planning & Environment, Head of Risk & Business Resilience for Vodafone Australia and Director Enterprise Risk Management for the Dept of Defence. I also championed risk management and safety issues in my former role as CEO of the Risk Management Institute of Australasia, the professional Association for risk managers in Australia. My current role is National Enterprise Risk Manager for Pacific National, which has a very keen focus on the health, safety and wellbeing of a predominantly blue collar workforce. I am also the Deputy Chair of the HSC at Pacific National.

State and Region Office Employees - Tracey Hansford

Current role within Scouts:
Research Officer, State Office

Will use the following approach:
Liaising regularly with workers to hear and act upon their WHS issues.

Interested in representing the workgroup on health and safety matters because:
Although I no longer have an active role in WHS, I still have a passion for safety and maintaining safe work places for all employees and members. I practice safe work methods in Outdoor Recreational Activities and teach young people how to assess risk and identify hazards related to Outdoor Recreation.

Has first-hand experience in health and safety through:
My interest and involvement in WHS began in 1988 when I started work with Brambles Australia.  As a part of my duties, I attended a number of in house courses related to WHS Management in the Transport Industry.  I was responsible for day to day management of Health and Safety Issues and initiating safe work methods within the transport (Removals Operations) at the Grace Domestic Removals Head Office in Lidcombe NSW.  My role then expanded to encompass NSW WHS Management along with my other duties.

I moved to GBC Australia in 1999 and became a staff representative on the WHS committee in a large manufacturing and wholesaling warehouse situation.  I spent 7 years on this committee.

I came to Scouts Australia NSW in August 2007 and was tasked with the responsibility of introducing safe work methods into Scouts NSW.  I wrote the first WHS Manual in 2012 and Spoke at the National Safety Conference on introducing formal WHS practices, compliant with the legislation of the day, into a workplace that had largely informal WHS practices and lacked documentation.  I introduced monitoring of WHS incidents and reporting on incident management to the then Scoutsafe Committee.

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