TasWater’s effort to further embed safety into everyday operations has been recognised, with water services operator Rachael Evans awarded best individual contribution to work health and safety at the WorkSafe Tasmania Awards 2018 last night.
“This is an exceptional outcome for Rachael and TasWater and highlights how our staff think about safety in everything that they do, every day,” TasWater People and Safety General Manager Cathy Cuthbertson said.
“Rachael has been a committed health and safety representative for her region for the past three years and has embraced every challenge that comes with working in a remote area.
“Her passion for keeping colleagues and the community safe are obvious and this flows through the broader team she works with.
“Thank you Rachael for your courage to question people and processes and for taking ownership of one of the most important aspects of our business.”
Rachael, who was also selected as a finalist in the Leadership Excellence category, has been the health and safety representative for the west coast for the past three years, represents the West Coast in statewide HSR meetings, and is also an active representative on our statewide Central Safety Committee, having input into strategic direction and key initiatives.
She has identified and implemented multiple improvements around chemical handling and storage, ensuring staff know of and understand policies, procedures and permits, checking staff and contractors have the appropriate qualifications and permits for the tasks they are doing, and removing unsafe equipment from operation.
TasWater submitted several entries to this year’s awards and while these didn’t win their categories, they showcase a range of projects that demonstrate how our staff take an innovative approach to recognise and redevelop practices to improve safety for not only themselves but the broader community around them.
Other entries were:
 A safety shower/eye wash to maintain consistent water temperatures across locations and seasons and meet necessary requirements – Nigel Clure
 New procedures to reduce the time workers are exposed to traffic and other hazards when replacing manhole covers – the Huntingfield team
 Redesign of a purpose-built trailer to manage works on pipes containing asbestos, and staff training – Martin Judd