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This category requires you to describe an innovative solution to an identified WHS/OHS risk or issue. It can be a newly identified risk or issue (due to a change in work activities etc.) or it can be a risk or issue previously identified with a new solution that has been implemented.
Finalists of this category must demonstrate that their solution is innovative, proven to work in an organisation (showing evidence eg testimonials, photos, reports), has demonstrated a return on investment (ROI), and significantly eliminates a workplace risk.
Our business fabricates small steel tanks. When we won a contract to fabricate much larger tanks, our welders identified that our usual method of assembling and welding the tanks from the inside (bottom and four sides) introduced a new hazard of working in a confined space, with significant risk to welders of being overcome by welding fumes. Our welders recommended changing the assembly order by welding the inside with only the floor and three sides intact. In consultation with engineers, they designed a jig to turn the tank on its side thus allowing them to weld on the last end plate with the top of the tank acting as an open side to allow fumes to disperse. This assembly process takes the same time to complete and has saved the business considerable expense and lost time as working in confined spaces requires training, spotters, specialised PPE and emergency rescue plans.
PLEASE NOTE: SOME QUESTIONS HAVE ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS.
Describe the WHS/OHS risk.
What was the innovative solution/change that you implemented?
How did you implement the solution?
What barriers/problems were encountered during implementation of the solution/change?
What was the timeframe involved?
What was the effect of the solution?