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November 24, 2011
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Air Force events
November 25: DITC
dining-in night, RAAF
December 2: RAAFSTT
Colour and gradua-
tion parade, RAAF Base
Wagga, from 10am.
December 2: RMIT Naval
dinner, Etihad Stadium,
December 4: Christmas
carols service, RAAF
Chapel, RAAF Williams,
Point Cook, from 6pm.
December 7: Ex-POW
luncheon, the Windsor
To confirm dates and
timings, call (03) 9256
21SQN graduation parade,
December 10-12: Illawarra
Region Camp Quality,
REVISION of the RAAFSafe sys-
tem and issue of the Air Force Safety
Manual (AFSM) has created new fun-
damental shifts in the way a safe, ac-
cident free workplace is delivered to
The new safety manual was
signed off on October 18 and has
incorporated new Commonwealth
law that is due to come into effect
from January 1 next year.
It also moves from the Air Force's
former 12-element system to the new
Defence 17-element system and a
business approach to managing safe-
ty compliance and improving safety
Deputy Director Air Force Safety
WGCDR Jason Agius said the AFSM
provided a systematic, whole-of-Air
Force approach to safety.
The 2005 RAAFSafe manual was
scheduled for rewriting and it was an
ideal opportunity to incorporate the
new Commonwealth Act and align to
the Defence 17-element system.
"Workplace health and safety is
the right thing to do and we have a
moral obligation," WGCDR Agius
"We do hazardous things and
therefore we should make sure we
have put the required controls in
He said the new Commonwealth
law introduced onerous 'officer'
duties that were new to safety legis-
An education road show is currently completing
a nation-wide tour of most major bases and facili-
ties and implementation workshops are scheduled
for February to June next year.
to next level
Get on board new system
BIG STEP TOWARDS A SAFER AIR FORCE: The new Air Force Safety
Manual will greatly enhance support to CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown's goal
of achieving zero work-related harm, deaths and injuries.
Photo: LACW Amanda Campbell
' If you have a good system, then a culture that
prioritises safety can be built on top of that.
-- WGCDR Jason Agius
lation and would apply to individuals
rather than to the organisation.
The appointment of officers
responsible for safety is a require-
ment of the new Act and at the Air
Force level CAF would be the collec-
tive 'officer' for Air Force.
Even so, under the new law, if
prosecution was brought against the
Air Force then a court of law would
decide who the suitable officer
should be in the circumstances.
The Air Force Safety
Management System described in the
AFSM has been revised in response
to create a business-based system
of due diligence that ensures CAF
has visibility of safety issues in the
WGCDR Agius said the Air Force
already had solid safety procedures
in place under the old system but
safety sometimes operated separate
to other existing processes.
"Our approach to safety is cur-
rently fragmented and lacks focus, so
we are actually putting safety inside
of existing business procedures."
Central to this, the new system
would establish a system of reporting
through three organisational tiers at
unit, FEG and Air Force-level.
WGCDR Agius said that risks,
hazards and issues would be reported
up the chain so that resources could
flow down the chain through a sys-
tem of continual improvement.
New safety management plans
are to be established but units could
combine to share resources and effort
to create a management plan compli-
ant with the new AFSM.
Section 12D of the new
Workplace Health and Safety Act
does recognise the inherent dangers
of the ADF mission in the defence
of Australia. However, a safe work-
ing area in environments such as a
workshop, kitchen or office -- even
on operations as appropriate -- would
still be required under the new Act.
"The Air Force had done a good
job under the current RAAFSafe
system and workers would not see
radical changes to their workplace,"
WGCDR Agius said.
What the AFSM did provide was
a foundation for a system that sup-
ported workers as a first step to a
"We are focusing on getting a
good safety management system in
place. If you have a good system,
then a culture that prioritises safety
can be built on top of that," WGCDR
Agius said. "It is very difficult to
build a culture without it. Step one
is embedding a good system, which
assures compliance and includes a
system for continual improvement."
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