Key benefits of using STAR Check
Regular feedback from our clients regarding their use of the STAR Check system indicates the following:
- The importance of providing the whole workforce with awareness training prior to implementation of a new system. This encourages all workers to view the system as a positive OHS initiative with the majority welcoming assessment and feedback.
- The need for interactive activity based training. This approach enables assessors to gain an excellent understanding of the OHS Management System. Upon completion of the training high quality assessments are being performed from the onset.
- The value of reviewing performance a few months after implementation. This provides feedback to assessors on their performance, ensures their understanding of the system and helps them to maintain enthusiasm for the process and for OHS.
- The opportunity to correct of non-compliances can occur on-the-job in a non-threatening way
- The workforce has taken ownership of the program. They have a practical and effective tool where they can see immediate and long-term benefits and as a result are more enthusiastic about OHS.
- A comprehensive system that is not complicated or costly to implement or maintain
A STAR Check Audit being conducted
A sample of Risk Rating of Tasks Assessed
The STAR Check database allows companies to see trends emerging with regard to each of the 10 elements. They can then identify opportunities for improvement under different categories.
In some areas such as isolation procedures there can be very little tolerance for non-compliance. Even the smallest deviations from Safe Work Procedures can be identified and training can be conducted to improve compliance.
A STAR Check Sample of compliance by STAR element
This graph is an example of a company’s current site performance. It clearly highlights strengths and those areas needing improvement.
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