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AIR Force members were among the
winners at the annual Defence OHS
Awards ceremony in Canberra on
WGCDR Paul Klose accepted a
Defence Commendation Certificate on
behalf of the Officers' Training School
(OTS) at RAAF Base East Sale for
restructuring the school.
The award was for "Best Solution
to an Identified Workplace Health and
OTS identified a trend in minor
and major injuries occurring as
a result of mismatched recruitment
screening, poor training practices and
ineffective testing procedures.
Consequently, the school imple-
mented new strategies such as delay-
ing intense, physically demanding
field exercises and conducting thor-
ough assessment of students' fitness
abilities before school entry, to reduce
the chance of injury.
Prospective students were also
properly informed of the physical
nature of training and advised on
A Defence OHS Award Trophy
and Certificate was presented to
FSGT Brian Lawrie, of RAAF Base
Darwin, for the Combat Support
Group (CSG) reporting system.
FSGT Lawrie's award was in the
category "Best Individual Contribution
to Health and Safety (an outstanding
contribution by a person with responsi-
bility for OHS as part of their duties)".
He identified a shortfall in the
CSG safety review board process and
developed and delivered an easily
managed closed-loop safety report-
ing system, increased CSG personnel
awareness and understanding of the
process, and developed a quick-refer-
ence user-guide flowchart.
Entries in this year's awards repre-
Safety award winners
sented a cross-section of the ADF and
public service and the widest range of
Secretary for Defence Dr Ian
Watt, VCDF LTGEN David Hurley
and DGOHS Lindsay Kranz presented
several awards in a range of categories.
Mr Kranz said the field of 26
entrants from across Defence was tes-
tament to the growth in commitment
to occupational health and safety gen-
"While it is great to reward indi-
viduals and units on an occasion like
the OHS awards ceremony, it is even
more rewarding to see the commit-
ment across the board," he said.
"When you realise that just eight
short years ago, the inaugural OHS
awards attracted just four entrants,
and this year we had 26 very strong
contenders, I think that reflects a
growing awareness and acceptance of
OHS across the organisation."
The Defence OHS Awards are a
recognition and reward program sup-
ported by senior Defence leaders and
designed to recognise outstanding
performance by individuals, groups
and organisations within Defence in
creating safer working environments.
CONGRATULATIONS: CAF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin and VCDF LTGEN David Hurley are flanked by
SQNLDR Stuart Wheal, WGCDR Paul Klose and FSGT Brian Lawrie.
Photo: Lauren Black
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