Implementing STAR Check
The first step in the implementation of the system is awareness-training sessions for all employees and contractors. These can be incorporated into formal Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment training sessions. This ensures that all workers understand that task assessment is an integral component of risk management and that the system is designed to help employees and employers meet their obligations.
It is emphasised that the assessments are not disciplinary but an opportunity to reinforce positive system compliance. They also can assist in identifying new, altered or residual risks.
Managers, supervisors and employees are asked to volunteer to become STAR Check assessors. These personnel were trained as STAR Check assessors in a formal one-day training course. This consists of a half day of theory that utilises the training manual and numerous group based activities. The afternoon of the training is spent out in the field conducting assessments with each of the participants. The sessions are closed out with discussion on how the assessments were performed in the workplace and what their findings were.
A key aspect is that professional trainers carry out the training. This ensures that all training meets professional standards, was consistent and was conducted in a relaxed manner.
After three months of using the system a review of the clients’ performance is arranged. The session involves an appraisal of numerous assessments and highlights key aspects of the system to ensure all assessors thoroughly understand the system. The STAR Check assessors gave feedback about the system and how it works for them.
Why is STAR Check different to other more complex and expensive systems?
Although larger, more complex and expensive review systems may be of benefit to their users/clients they still cannot give an accurate representation of performance in the key safety and health categories at the ‘shop floor’ or ‘coal face’.
| The things that make STAR Check different: Overall || |
- Considers worker behaviour as well as the effectiveness of key OHS systems
- Australian designed for Australian workplaces - demonstrates an intimate understanding of best practice in OHS management as applied to Australian industries
- Criteria to determine compliance with key OHS elements of any OHS Management System
- Non-conformances can be rectified at the ‘shop floor’ or ‘coal face’ and good OHS practices can be positively reinforced
- Key personnel have an effective tool to enable them to confidently assess a task from a health and safety perspective.
- Managers gain a clear picture of performance trends and are able to direct resources to facilitate improvements
- Database allows benchmarking within industries and with other industries
- Total package
- Modest implementation and running costs
|Audit system || |
- Easy to learn and implement
- Offers feedback and on-going training as necessary
- Raises awareness of OHS issues
- Records positive as well as negative performance indicators
- Provides permanent, secure OHS records
| Training || |
- Practical with theoretical components
| Database || |
- Externally maintained (objective)
- Ready availability of information
- Reports for departments, sites and industries produced regularly
- Progress in OHS implementation can be measured by comparing reports over time
- Benchmarking can be achieved quickly and easily
Did you know?
From 1 July 2007 all contractors in NSW are required by law to have a Contractor Safety and Health Management program. It will also be a requirement from all of the major mining companies that contractors health and safety programs meet an acceptable standard.
As a result of this the Jim Knowles Group and Mine Resilience Australia P/L have developed the content th May of a on-line training course with the support of the NSW Minerals Council, Coal Services Health and Safety Trust, Australian Institute of Quarrying Education Foundation and the University of Newcastle.
Major mining companies in Australia including Centennial, Xstrata, Anglo, BHP, Hansons and Rocla have given their support to this project.
Updated 29th May 2009