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Appendix B: Work health and safety

Executive commitment

The Commission is committed to safeguarding the health and safety of its employees, workers and visitors by providing and maintaining a safe working environment. The Commission aims to eliminate all preventable work-related injuries and illness through systematic management. The Commission is also committed to supporting and promoting the wellbeing of its employees.

Rehabilitation management system

The Commission monitors and reviews its rehabilitation management system as part of its commitment to continuous improvement.

Health and wellbeing

The Australian Public Service Commission Enterprise Agreement 2011−14 provides a commitment to promote health awareness among employees through funding annual programs focusing on employee health. Initiatives under the health and wellbeing program are developed in consultation with employees and the Workplace Relations/Health and Safety Committee.

Initiatives during 2014−15 included influenza vaccinations.

The Commission continues to reimburse employees who require assistance to quit smoking or who require glasses for visually demanding tasks.

First aid officers are located throughout the Commission to ensure that immediate assistance is available when required.

The Commission has a no-tolerance approach to bullying and harassment and has developed the Respectful Relationships at Work policy, which sets out the Commission's expectations about behaviour in the workplace. The Commission also has a number of contacts available if an employee or manager requires advice on an instance of bullying or harassment, including workplace contact officers, the employee assistance program and the Ethics Advisory Service.

The Commission has implemented an injury prevention and early intervention policy, which is designed to work in conjunction with the reasonable adjustment and rehabilitation policies. Employees are provided with comprehensive assistance to return to work following an injury or illness.

Notifiable incidents, notices and investigations

In 2014−15, no notifiable incidents occurred at the Commission under Part 3 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. No notices were issued to the Commission under Parts 5 or 10 of the Act.