Wednesday 28 April is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers' Memorial Day. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on how to prevent work-related occupational diseases, deaths, injuries and illnesses. It is also a day to remember those that have died from a work-related injury or illness. While the number of work-related fatalities in Australia has been steadily decreasing over the last decade, any workplace death is tragic and unacceptable. The latest finalised data shows that in 2019, 183 workers were fatally injured at work. By raising awareness of work health and safety (WHS) issues and taking action to eliminate or minimise health and safety risks at work, we can help prevent further work-related fatalities and injuries. The World Day for Safety and Health at Work theme for 2021, as set by the International Labour Organization, is anticipate, prepare and respond to crises and invest now in resilient OHS systems. The theme acknowledges the impact that the global COVID-19 pandemic has had on our working lives and the importance of building an effective, resilient and adaptable WHS framework. Workplaces can do this by undertaking risk management that is planned, systematic and covers all reasonably foreseeable hazards and associated risks. A risk assessment can be undertaken with varying degrees of detail depending on the type of hazard and the information, data and resources that you have available. WHS risk management can be as simple as a discussion with your workers or involve specific risk analysis tools and techniques developed for specific risks or recommended by safety professionals. For some complex situations, expert or specialist advice may be useful. See our risk mitigation webpage for a step-by-step guide to managing WHS risks. It is important to remember to also manage psychological and mental health risks. Under WHS laws, you must eliminate or minimise the risk to psychological health and safety arising from the work carried out by your business or undertaking as much as you reasonably can. See our mental health webpage for more information on what you can do at your workplace. The International Trade Union Confederation have set the theme for Workers’ Memorial Day 2021 as ‘Health and Safety is a fundamental workers' right’. We encourage everyone to raise awareness about health and safety in the workplace. READ POST
THIS NATIONAL SAFETY BULLETIN HAS BEEN DEVELOPED TO PROVIDE OUR TEAM MEMBERS WITH GENERAL GUIDANCE ON HOW TO MANAGE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH EXPOSURE TO DIESEL FUMES IN THE WORKPLACE.What is Diesel Exhaust? Diesel exhaust comes from engines burning diesel fuel. It is a complex mixture of gases, vapours, liquid aerosols and particulate substances. These substances are the products of combustion. The main chemical components of diesel exhaust emissions are:Gases and vapours–these are mostly the gases found in air like nitrogen, oxygen, water vapour and carbon dioxide. There are also hazardous chemicals like nitrous oxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, and carbon monoxideFine particles known as diesel particulate matter (DPM) including fine carbon particles. Hazardous chemicals known as poly aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) adhere to the surface of the carbon particles. DPM can act like a gas and stay airborne for long periods of time. DPM can penetrate deep into the lungs because of its small sizeWorkplace Exposure to Diesel Exhaust: The major source of workplace exposure to diesel exhaust on a mine site is from heavy vehicles that use diesel fuel like haul trucks, bulldozers and excavators. Diesel exhaust may also be generated from stationary power sources like generators and winch motors including those mounted to vehicles. Levels of exposure can be higher in enclosed, poorly ventilated areas where the concentration of exhaust can build up like in heavy vehicle repair workshops or underground. Workers who may be exposed to diesel exhaust include; operators, miners, truck drivers and vehicle maintenance workers.What are the Health Effects of Exposure to Diesel Exhaust Fumes? Exposure to diesel exhaust can cause both short- term (acute) and long term (chronic) health effects. Short-term (Acute) effects Short term exposure to high concentrations of diesel exhaust can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs and cause light-headedness, coughing, phlegm and nausea. Very high levels of diesel exhaust exposure can lead to asphyxiation from carbon monoxide poisoning. Long-term (Chronic) effects Long term exposure can worsen asthma and allergies and increase the risk of heart and lung disease. Diesel engine exhaust emissions contain many known carcinogenic substances, for example PAHs adhere to the surface of the DPM. DPM is easily inhaled into the respiratory tract and there is epidemiological evidence which indicates ongoing exposure to diesel exhaust emissions may result in an increase in the risk of lung cancer.How can Diesel Exhaust Exposure be Minimised? Use better air flow, increasing air flow is a safe way to minimise worker exposure. Diesel exhaust in enclosed areas including when engines are idling or under maintenance can be reduced using local exhaust ventilation (LEV), extraction or general ventilation including improved natural air flow. LEV systems remove diesel exhaust before it gets into the air you breathe. Tailpipe or stack exhaust hoses can be attached to a stationary vehicle running indoors and exhausted to outside with an exhaust extraction system where it will not re-enter the workplace or contaminate other areas. Operators must regularly monitor cabin odours/fumes and immediately report any concerns they have to their Supervisor. If during the course of work operators encounter odours/fumes entering the cabin of the equipment being used, they must immediately shut down the equipment, remove themselves from the hazardous environment and report the event to their Supervisor for immediate investigation.Use Safer Work Practices All diesel engines should: • have regular maintenance, frequent tune-ups and the exhaust system checked for leaks, • be turned off whenever possible rather than leaving them idling, and • be fitted with emission control devices (air cleaners) like collectors, scrubbers and ceramic particle traps—these should be checked often and replaced when dirty. Cracks or holes in cabins of plant with diesel engines and their doors and windows should be sealed to prevent diesel exhaust from seeping in. These should be checked regularly and repaired immediately if leaks are detected. The number of diesel-powered plant and workers in the exposure area should be reduced, where reasonably practicable. Workers should be provided with information on hazards associated with diesel exhaust and how to minimise exposure.Consider use of appropriate PPE: Respirators are the least effective method of minimising diesel exhaust exposure and should only be used when it is not possible to control diesel exhaust exposure in other ways. Respiratory protective equipment (RPE) may be appropriate in some situations however you should get advice from a competent person like an occupational hygienist if you are not sure. Specific types of respirators must be used to reduce diesel exhaust exposure. P2 disposable respirators may be suitable if the concentration of vapour in the diesel exhaust is low. Half or full-face respirators with a filter cartridge that protects against gases, organic vapours and particles are generally more suitable. Further information is available in the Australian Standards AS/NZS 1716:2012 Respiratory Protective Devices and AS/NZS 1715:2009 Selection, Use and Maintenance of Respiratory Protective Equipment.Some Additional Resources: Additional Information on managing risks of diesel exhaust exposure in the workplace is available at the following sites: Resources Safety & Health QueenslandSafe Work Australia – MiningDept Mines, Industry Regulation & SafetyThe WorkPac Group Safety and Risk Team will be providing regular updates on this important topic for you. For further information and assistance please contact your Regional Risk Manager on 1300 967 572 or ServiceCentre-OSH@Workpac.comREAD POST
THE NATIONAL SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN HAS BEEN DEVELOPED TO PROVIDE OUR TEAM MEMBERS WITH A BETTER UNDERSTANDING ON THE GENERAL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR DOZER OPERATIONS IN OPEN CUT MINING OPERATIONS.Prior to Dozer Operations:Prior to any dozer operations the site Supervisor and Operator should ensure that a task specific risk assessment such as a Job Safety Analysis (JSA) is completed before commencing work. The JSA should also be reviewed if the work conditions change (e.g. wet conditions following heavy rainfall). Pre-start Equipment Checks:Dozer Operators must complete daily pre-start equipment checks using a comprehensive checklist to identify any visual and or mechanical hazards. Any hazards identified during the inspection must be reported, documented and rectified prior to an operator commencing work tasks. Safe Work Procedures:Dozer operators must always follow the site Safe Operating Procedures (SOPs) or Safe Work Instructions (SWIs) for the tasks being completed. Operators must also be aware of their surroundings and any hazards in the immediate work areas.Basic Safe Work Practices when working near edges include:Maintaining a full blade of material between the dozer blade and the edge when pushing material over a faceAlways work up and down a slope, never across the slopeOperators must regularly inspect working edges for signs of instability such as material movement or cracksAlways maintain a safe distance from the edge of a face – if working at an elevated edge or travelling along the top of the face, the safe distances from the edge should be determined through a risk assessment process and geotechnical assessmentConsider using remote control technology to perform the job if dozers are required to work near pit edges and there is a significant risk to the operator (e.g., High Dumps or Unstable Ground Conditions)Lighting & Environment: Mine management must ensure that adequate lighting of working areas is provided at night. It is not sufficient to rely on equipment running lights. Fixed lighting or trailer mounted lighting plants should be maintained at all working locations. Planned Maintenance: To ensure all equipment is maintained to a high standard the Mine must ensure that appropriate planned maintenance and fault repairs are completed, coupled with immediate, management-supported and mandated equipment shutdown in cases where problems cannot be fixed immediately.Site Layout & Pit Geography:All Operators must be familiar with the site layout and pit geography. This is essential where long distance commute systems of work are in place, as crews may need to be updated on changes to their workplaces during their time off sites. This should also be done after any other extended site absences such as annual leave.Planned Movements & Positive Communications: The Mine site must also have rigorously controlled procedures for movement of equipment from one location to another within the pit/working environment. Special emphasis should be placed on movement of slow-moving equipment, such as excavators and tracked dozers, with positive communication protocols prior to any planned equipment movements and confirmation when movements are complete. Event Reporting: It is essential that incidents or unusual and unexpected conditions are immediately reported to the site supervisor. In particular, it is important to be vigilant in examining areas near the edges of benches for cracking or slumping which may indicate potential failures of bench faces.The condition of the face of the bench above the working horizon should be regularly checked for signs of instability, both local, and more widespread. Signs may include cracking and small volume rock failures, as well as bulging or swelling of the face or toe of pit walls. Strong hand torches will be needed at night to spot any ground hazards. It is important that checks are made regularly, and always after blasting and after rainfall events. Also, any new water noticed from the ground or changes in existing ground water volume should be reported too.Mine Site Operating Practices: Operating practices established by the individual mine for bulldozers must be understood, adhered to and regularly monitored by the Dozer Operator. The specific practices and procedures are determined by the individual mine management in consultation with the equipment supplier and the plant operators. These practices will take account of the capacities and limitations of each unit type and include working grade limits and specific precautions, as well as safe use of all implements. All standard procedures need to be developed within an effective risk management framework by the Mine site.The Mine must ensure strict enforcement of the wearing of seatbelts by all operators of and passengers in mobile plant, at all times when the equipment is operating.Where adequate procedures are already in place, the requirements of the management and supervisory team should be emphasised and made plain to employees, and rigorous enforcement of clearly articulated policy and practice should be ensured at all levels of the organisation. At all times, the risks associated with these types of operations need to be properly assessed and appropriate controls put in place to ensure the safety of employees.Some Additional Resources: Additional Information on Dozer Safety in Mining is available at the following websites:Resources Safety & Health QueenslandSafe Work Australia – MiningDept Mines, Industry Regulation & SafetyThe WorkPac Group Safety and Risk Team will be providing regular updates on this important topic for you. For further information and assistance please contact your Regional Risk Manager on1300 967 572 or ServiceCentre-OSH@Workpac.comREAD POST
Long weekends have traditionally been times of high risk, due to an increase of traffic on the road. With all the excitement of Easter time, it’s easy to become complacent or forget the importance of safe driving.The Safety & Risk Team at WorkPac Group wanted to remind you that if you’re travelling long distances to see family and friends, stay focused on the task at hand and make sure you follow these simple safety tips to ensure your safe arrival and return home. Check your tyre treadWhen was the last time you checked your tyres? They’re often overlooked (maybe because there’s no warning sign for them on the dashboard!).Your tyres must have 1.4mm or more tread depth to be legal. Tyre wear can increase through incorrect tyre pressure, so make sure you routinely check them – especially before a long journey. Get some polarised sunglassesIt’s good to feel the warmth of the sun on your skin but it’s not so good when the sun is creating a nasty glare that may inhibit your vision when driving. Invest in some good quality polarised sunglasses and keep them handy for the car rides ahead. Remember those drinks from the night beforeYou’re still labelled a drink driver if you drive under the influence the morning after a night out. It’s a common scenario: the morning after a gathering, you think you’re fine to drive. You’re stopped to be breathalysed to discover you’re over the limit.Up to 25% of fatal crashes are caused by drivers over the legal alcohol limit. Unsure if you’re OK to drive? You probably aren’t – use public transport or grab a cab. Keep a safe distanceWith busy roads come frustrated drivers, you won’t get there any quicker by tailgating. As soon as you start to feel annoyed about the traffic ahead, take a deep breath and slow down until you’re a safe distance away from the car in front. This should be roughly a two second gap, or four seconds if conditions are poor. Make sure you get some sleepIt’s a busy time of year, full of family gatherings and trips away. Have you ever fallen asleep for a split second behind the wheel? Sleep experts call this a ‘microsleep’ and it can be fatal.Signs of fatigue include yawning, squinting and blinking more than usual. You may also wander into a daze, forgetting the last few kilometres. Sound familiar?If you experience any of these signs it’s always better to avoid driving. Take another mode of transport or, if already driving, take a break and have a nap if needed. Use indicators properlyIndicators are designed to warn the car behind that you’ll be turning soon. Too often drivers will brake or start to turn before indicating, which is pointless.Not only is this frustrating for the car behind but it’s dangerous. Assume that every other car on the road isn’t paying attention and give them plenty of opportunity to react. Do not swerve to avoid animalsAnimals on the road can be a huge hazard. There are many videos on social media showing drivers stopping to let animals cross the freeway, or swerving dangerously only to miss them by inches. Although it’s nice to know an animal is saved, it could quite easily have turned out differently. Don’t risk your own and other road users lives by swerving. Put your phone out of sightOur phones are now integrated into most aspects of our lives – they travel with us to work, to school and out socialising on a weekend. One place they don’t belong is in direct line of sight while driving.According to the RAC, texting while driving at 100km/hr is the equivalent of driving the length of the MCG blindfolded.Replying to a message can always wait. If it can’t wait, pull over at a safe place. To avoid distraction entirely, just put the phone in the glove box until you arrive.On Behalf of the WorkPac Group we wish you and your loved ones a very happy and safe Easter 2021. READ POST
Whether you’re on the hunt for a new job or you’re currently working for us, myworkpac can make life a bit easier! As a job seeker, you can update your contact details, quickly add in any tickets or licenses, and tell us your industry industry and occupation to help us match you with work. If you’re a WorkPac employee, you can easily and securely view and download your payslips, access your employee benefits, and more! Keep reading to learn how myworkpac can help you.For Job SeekersGetting started with myworkpacFirst things first! Do you have a myworkpac account? Or do you have an account but aren’t sure how to use it? Just follow the simple steps below to get started:Update your details anytime, anywhere!So, your account is set up. Have you:Started or ended a roleUpdated your resumeGot a new ticket or licenceMoved towns/citiesIf so, then keep us updated so we can match you to the right roles. We’ve made it easy for you to log in on any device – whether it be your mobile, tablet, laptop or desktop – and quickly and easily make those changes. Once you’ve logged into myworkpac, just follow these two steps:Select ‘My info’ on the homepageThen select ‘My Job Seeker Profile’Once you’re in your job seeker profile you can select the section that you want to update.Get matched for workWhen you have a myworkpac account, you become part of a secure database that our recruiters use to find candidates for rolesSay one of our recruiters is doing a search to find a fitter in Darwin. If you’ve set up your myworkpac account with your current location as Darwin and your work history has been kept up to date with any previous fitter roles you’ve worker, you’ll be more likely to show up in that recruiters search and can be contacted for that role.So, by setting up your profile and taking those few minutes as needed to quickly update your details, you will increase your chances of landing a new job!For EmployeesEasily access and download your payslipsPayslips are available online through myworkpac, in line with industry best practice for secure delivery of payslips and sensitive data, as myworkpac is far more secure than other methods like email. It also makes it easy for you to access your payslips, as you can use any device (mobile, tablet, laptop or desktop), and you can get all current and historical payslips in the one place. To access your payslips in myworkpac, just follow the steps below! And to learn more, check out our payslip process blog.You can also make this process even easier by setting up quick access to payslips in myworkpac. Just follow these steps:MyrewardsYou can also use myworkpac to access myrewards, which offers discounts and assistance for a range of products including Financial Services, Health and Life Cover, Superannuation and Telco.To access myrewards, just follow these three steps!
At the 2019 Recruitment International Awards on the 10th of April, we were the proud winners of the award for ‘Best Large Recruitment Company to Work For’ in a room of over 400 industry peers.Managing Director, Mr Praanesh Prasad said the win was due to several factors including our organisations positive culture around advancing and rewarding employees at all levels of the business.“One of our core values is ‘valuing people’, this means building long term relationships both within our organisation and externally, with relationships based on performance, transparency integrity and trust.”“Each year we recognise and celebrate standout examples of the passion and pride shown by our teams at our annual Dudley Awards.”“This isn’t just about rewarding people for reaching business goals, it’s also about recognising those who take that extra step to give back to their communities, strive towards the best safe work practices, as well as our leaders in innovation and service.”“Another part of our submission centred on career progression and our focus on developing and promoting staff internally.”“Our General Manager for Industrial, Tasha Stratford is just one of the many examples we used to illustrate our proven career progression for staff who often start as recruitment coordinators.”Prasad says this career progression is not just due to opportunities provided, but the ongoing training and support our employees receive.“We want each of our employees to excel in their role and ongoing training gives every individual the best chance to do that.”Prasad also congratulated the other nominees and award winners.If you'd like to know what makes WorkPac an employer of choice and why you should choose WorkPac for your next career move, contact our Talent Support team via TalentSupportTeam@Workpac.com or check out our vacancies here https://www.workpacgroup.com/current-vacancies
Easter is one of the most high risk times for fatigue accidents and for a high number of people driving under the influence.Do you plan on a taking a road trip this Easter Long Weekend? Maybe a break up the coast for some waves or a fish, heading bush to camp out, or a pilgrimage to see friends or family. We have identified your biggest hazards and offer some WorkPac tips to stay safe over on the roads this long weekend.The biggest hazards of driving on rural roads are generally higher travel speeds, longer travelling distances, higher single vehicles crashes (such as run offs) so:Be aware of fatigue. If you choose to drive in the early hours of the morning when your body is programmed to sleep, you should be aware of the signs of fatigue: bloodshot eyes, frequent blinking, and yawning. Once fatigue has set in the only cure is sleep;Plan ahead with a route you are going to take and the locations you will stop for a rest;Lower quality road conditions such as unsealed roads, and less forgiving environments of trees, embankments and drop offs can be a real hazard. Stay within speed limits;Travelling and expect to be only car on the road for some time, ensure you stay alert for cattle and other wildlife. Delays in retrieval and accessing medical treatment increase the severity of rural crash outcomes. Always carry water;If towing check your boat trailers and caravans. Ensure all the plugs and attachments including chains are secure. Don’t overload your vehicle;REMEMBERDRIVE DEFENSIVELY WITH A FOCUS ON SAFETY AND RESPECT FOR ALL ROAD USERS.Let’s all Target ZERO on the roads this Easter and not be touched by road trauma.Share these suggestions with your family, and from WorkPac we wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy Easter!
What is a RAP?The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program is a framework for organisations to realise their vision for reconciliation, supporting the national reconciliation movement. RAP’s are practical plans of action built on relationships, respect and opportunities, creating social change and economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.There are four types of RAP that an organisation can develop: Reflect, Innovate, Stretch, Elevate. Each type of RAP is designed to suit an organisation at different stages of their reconciliation.Reflect – Scoping reconciliation A Reflect RAP allows organisations to spend time scoping and developing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders, deciding on their vision for reconciliation and exploring areas of influence, before committing to specific actions or initiatives.Innovate – Implementing reconciliationAn Innovate RAP outlines actions that work towards achieving an organisation’s unique vision for reconciliation. Commitments within this RAP allow organisations to be aspirational and innovative, helping them to gain a deeper understanding of its area of influence, and establish the best approach to advance reconciliation Stretch – Embedding reconciliationA Stretch RAP is focused on implementing longer-term strategies and working towards defined measurable targets and goals. Organisations are required to embed reconciliation initiatives into business strategies to become ‘business as usual’.Elevate – Leadership in reconciliationElevate RAP organisations have a strong strategic relationship with Reconciliation Australia and actively champion initiatives to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and create societal change. Organisations are required to have greater transparency and accountability through independent assessment of their activities. Why do organisations develop them?Reconciliation Plans make a difference. Throughout Australia the RAP framework is enabling workplaces, educational institutions, government and community organisations to contribute to reconciliation by fostering and embedding respect, building and encouraging relationships and developing opportunities or services to improve socio-economic outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. By developing a RAP organisations can;Drive reconciliation through practical actionsFormalise organisations good intentions by committing to reconciliationEnable staff to develop greater cultural awareness strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait islandersBuild a more dynamic and diverse workforceGain access to new markets and better engagement with existing marketsEnsure more effective and relevant service delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.Join a dynamic, supportive and fast growing network of organisations committed to reconciliation WorkPac Group Reconciliation Action PlanMarch 2019 will see the launch of our second Reconciliation Action Plan. In the last two years The successes we have seen throughout our RAP journey have been very rewarding. Sharing these successes with our local communities and within our organisation, allows us to build our team’s knowledge, skills, and cultural understanding and foster both respect and opportunity.At WorkPac Group we are in a unique position to reach communities all over Australia, and are committed to ensuring that all members of the communities in which we operate are given the opportunity to participate in employment and further develop and acquire new skills. Our reconciliation action plan outcomes are underpinned by producing greater employment and training outcomes as well as being more involved with community engagement events and activities.We will now strive to reach a new level of engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. Our interaction and involvement from multiple parties including local Traditional Owners, Indigenous Ambassadors and Aboriginal Health services will continue to improve.The development of our RAP is through great collaboration across all our teams and the understanding and respect for each other stands out as the main drivers in achieving employment and training outcomes. We look forward to further solidifying our relationships with all our stakeholders and we are thankful for the assistance and support provided by all our staff across Australia in ensuring our commitments made are delivered in full.Our RAP now forms part of the fabric of our entire organisation, it is a key part of our culture and we endeavor to continuously improve on how we can make a meaningful contribution in the communities we operate in. For an update on what we achieved during our 2017/2019 RAP click here
Works sites are busy, hectic places. Employees are constantly moving around undertaking their various roles and tasks. The use of Danger Tags and Out of Service Tags helps to ensure the safety of all the employees on site at any given time. So, what do these tags mean for you?Danger TagsA danger tag is designed for your personal protection.Many of our employees roles involve the operation of heavy machinery and other types of dangerous equipment and because of this, danger tags are needed whenever there would be a possible risk.Danger tags must be attached to the main isolating switch, valve, or similar of equipment whenever there would be danger posed to someone if that switch was turned on.If during your course of duties, you come across a danger tag that prevents you from carrying out your duties, please stop work immediately and report your findings to your supervisor.You must not under any circumstances remove the danger tag, tamper with the danger tag or attempt to operate the machine that the danger tag relates to.Your supervisor will be responsible for conducting any on-site removal policies of the danger tag if deemed necessary.Out of Service TagsThe Out of Service tags indicate a piece of machinery that is not to be used until the nominated component has been repaired. Out of service tags do not replace or mean the same as danger tags.When to Place an Out of Service TagIf you come across equipment, machinery, power tools, etc that are faulty; orIf an item is inoperable or unsafe or if it’s continued use would cause further damage or create a hazard.Always apply the tag in a prominent place for all other personnel to clearly see. For example, a tag at the bottom of a ladder is not easily seen by someone who may proceed to climb that ladder.Removal of an Out of Service TagOnly the following personnel can remove this tag from a piece of equipment:The person who completes the repairs or component replacement; orThe supervisor upon satisfaction that the equipment is now safe and operational. This is general information only, please consult with your site supervisor for site specific safety procedures.WorkPac is focused on Zero Harm, the safety of our people is our absolute priority. To report an injury please call us on 1300 967 572
The awards are being run by Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) and the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) in celebration of International Women’s Day.WorkPac are proud to be attending the WIMARQ/QRC Resources Awards for Women as finalists for the Excellence in Diversity Programs & Performance award.The Women in Resources Awards seeks to recognise the individuals and organisations who are helping break barriers towards gender equality in the sector.Julian Genn, national manager for WorkPac’s Indigenous division JobTrail, said the nomination is the result of one of our more recent initiatives with a client.“The mining industry has been historically male dominated, with women only accounting for 15.7% of the workforce in Australia”“Alongside our internal goals as a business to rise above that average and deliver pathways for women to enter male dominated fields, we’ve also been fortunate enough to work with clients who are equally committed to fixing the gender disparity in the sector”“We are proud to be working with our clients to help them reach their gender equality goals”“To help them reach their goal we coordinated an all-female intake of twenty new to industry haul truck operators”“The JobTrail team were closely involved in the recruitment process, as all the candidates put forward were Indigenous”Mr. Genn, WorkPac, and the JobTrail team, are looking forward to attending the awards and meeting with the other nominees today.“Regardless of the outcome, being named as finalists is a positive indication that we are heading in the right direction towards our aim of creating a more fair and inclusive future”.“There are a lot of outstanding individuals and companies up for awards this year, in our category we are up against another client so I’m really looking forward to attending the breakfast and meeting the people leading change within our industry”The Resources Awards for Women are behind held on the 8th of March. For more information on the awards, head here.
Did you know that currently only 16.7% of those working in mining across Australia are female?We know that’s a number that can and must be improved, which is why we’ve taken part in many initiatives with both our clients and independently to play our part in changing the industry, with our percentage of female employees in mining sitting above the national average at 21%.Mining has always had a pretty blokey image, however, the industry is starting to change. Each year the opportunities for women to build careers in the industry are increasing. One such woman is Kym, one of our employees out on site at Clermont Coal, who is not only a hard-working operator but a devoted mother. Kym’s site manager Samantha caught up with her to talk about working in the mines, and the key to balancing the job with parenthood.What is your background?After leaving school I spent a couple of years as an apprentice carpenter before moving into some sales positions. For the last 5 years I’ve focused on being a mum and being active in our local community with the local fire service and the SES.How do you balance being a mum and working on a mine site?The key is to focus on a plan and get organised. I have to meal prep a week in advance and be ready with school lunches. Letting go of the Mum guilt is the hardest, but I keep telling my girls and myself that my role in mining is benefiting our family and helps us afford the lifestyle we live and the holidays we take. With that, I’ve accepted that there will be good days and there will be bad days. We are very fortunate to have wonderful childcare- my mum looks after our children while we are on shift, so we know that they are in very capable hands. When I’m on night shift I will try to video call the girls before bed if my crib breaks line up. My mum is great for sending through photos and little updates during the day of what their up to as well! Then on days off we try to plan something special as a family to make up for the time away from them.How did you get your start in mining?I am lucky enough to live local and know quite a few people at Clermont coal. A very good friends husband handed my resume into the haulage superintendent at a time they were hiring greenies (new to industry). Within days I was lucky enough to get a call from WorkPac.What do you think are (if any) the main barriers are for women in mining, and how do you think they overcome the setbacks?I don’t believe there are any setbacks for women in mining. There are plenty of women on our site, from haulage, workshop, field maintenance and administration. Working your way to the top will not be an easy or a quick task, but that does not mean it cannot be done. So long as you focus on working hard and presenting yourself in a positive light to other people, you will have a good shot at successfully achieving everything that you want to in the mining world.What do you enjoy about work and why did you choose mining?I love coming to work each day, there hasn’t been a shift I haven’t wanted to be here. I get to be more than just mum. I get to drive 200 tonne dump trucks and get paid for it! Clermont isn’t really a huge place and jobs are very far between. My husband works at Clermont Coal, so does his brother, my sister and her husband, so I guess it’s the family tradition now.What is your 5-year goal?Our five-year goal is to still be here in Clermont and chipping away at those financial goals we set before moving here. I would love to be multi skilled on equipment by then and be part of the Emergency Response Team. One day I aspire to be a leader in our industry, showing women that anyone can do and be whatever they want.
A confidential counselling service can help us to deal with issues we are experiencing and get us back to leading a happy and productive life at home and work, but what you may not know is that many employers have this service available and it is free to access.At WorkPac our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is provided through Gryphon Psychology.So, what is an EAP?An EAP provides free, professional and confidential counselling services to assist you, your partner and any dependent children through both personal and work related problems, including:work pressure issuesemotional stress, anxiety, conflict, tension, and depressionchild and family issuesseparation, divorce, or relationship difficultieshealth and lifestyle issues (including drugs, alcohol and gambling)financial and legal referral.personal traumagrief and bereavementIs it confidential?YES. Confidentiality is of the highest importance under the EAP program. Absolutely no information can or will be passed to us or any other person without your written consent. The only time information could be passed on without your consent is when the failure to disclose this information may place yourself or others at risk.Who can use this service and what does it cost?The EAP is a free service available for all WorkPac Group employees, partners and dependent children.What can I expect?A counselling session will normally last for around one hour. Under your EAP you will have a limited number of sessions available to you. Your psychologist will advise you more on this in your first session. If further assistance is required your Gryphon Psychology will approach us for approval. Alternatively, a referral may be made to a more specialised or long term assistance program.How do I access the service?To make an appointment call the 24/7 number 1800 056 076, and an appointment will be made with one of the Gryphon Psychology’s professionals in your area. If you are unable to attend your appointment please provide 24 hours notice, failure to do this may mean one of your sessions will be deducted from your allocated amount.
Stay safe this cyclone season by making sure you’re well prepared and understand the processes to follow if a cyclone hits your area. Keep reading for WorkPac’s full guide to cyclone season 2018/19.Where can I get information?The main sources of cyclone information are radio and television stations. During a cyclone threat, some stations keep local staff on duty 24 hours a day to broadcast cyclone information. Because of the high chance of the power supply being disrupted, it is important to have a battery-operated radio to listen for cyclone advices.The Bureau of Meteorology provides the latest watches, warnings and supporting information on this website and through its telephone service.Bureau of MeteorologyAutomated Telephone Messages: Cyclone Advices (Watch/Warning):QLD: 1300 659 212NT: 1300 659 211WA: 1300 659 210Emergency services agenciesEmergency Management Australia: Emergency Response AssistanceWestern Australia: Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) Cyclone action advicePhone: 132 500 (see local phone directory for regional offices)Northern Territory: Northern Territory Emergency Services ( NTES) Cyclone action advicePhone: 131 444Queensland: Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) Phone: 132 500 (see local phone directory for regional offices)NSW: State Emergency Service (SES)
When it comes to a job interview, the first impression you make is crucial.In research conducted by Classes and Careers involving over 2,000 hiring managers, 33% said they know if they’ll hire someone within the first 90 seconds of an interview. One simple way to make a positive impression from the get-go is wearing the right outfit, so keep reading for our dos and don’ts of interview wear!Do: tailor your outfit for the company/roleThe way you dress for the interview will depend on both the type of role you’re going for and the company you’re interviewing with.If you’re going for a professional role in an office environment, stick to business wear. However, if it’s for a role in a work environment with a less formal dress code, such as hospitality, retail, or trades, business casual will be suitable. Business casual is more flexible, but there’s a few basic rules you should follow: nice pants or a skirt, a nice practical shirt, and smart shoes.Do: wear appropriate footwearNo matter the role you’re interviewing for, leave the thongs and sneakers at home! For men, dress shoes or a smart pair of boots are the way to go. For women, a nice pair of shoes like loafers, heels or ballet flats are usually your best bet.Do: prepare beforehandYou should never leave it until the day of the interview to decide what you’re going to wear. Take the time a few days before (in case an item you want to wear needs a wash) to pick out an outfit.Don't: forget to iron!It’s one thing to have an outfit prepared for your interview, but always make sure you take that extra step and iron the night before if needed. If you’re rushing out the door on the day of the interview you may not get the time to do it, and crinkled clothing will make you look unprofessional.Don't: underdressIf you’re really not sure what to wear, remember that it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed! As a general rule, clothing such as singlets and shorts are too casual and won’t be considered appropriate interview wearDon't: forget basic grooming beforehandWhile wearing the right outfit is important in making a great first impression, also be sure that you’ve done any necessary grooming beforehand. Make sure that your hair looks neat and tidy and wear some perfume or cologne (just be sure not to use too much)!For more tips, check out our infographic which cover 34 crucial tips for your next job interview.