MercyCare / News / MercyCare commitment to safety

MercyCare commitment to safety

During October each year, Safe Work Australia asks workers and employers across Australia to commit to safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians. The theme for National Safe Work Month this year is ‘think safe. work safe. be safe.’

To recognise Safe Work Month and continue improving safety at work, MercyCare executive renewed their commitment to safety.

“The leadership team and I are accountable and responsible for safety and health in the workplace. As part of the MercyCare team you have an important role to support a strong safety culture which includes hazard identification and prevention. I encourage all employees and volunteers to participate in improving standards of workplace safety, health and wellbeing,” MercyCare CEO Anthony Smith stated in the renewed commitment.

Staff and service users across the organisation have got involved with the month, including a Safety Drawing Competition at our Early Learning centres where the children have been drawing what safety means to them. The winning entries will be made into a MercyCare Early Learning Services Safety Calendar for 2022.

All MercyCare locations were also invited to develop a “Commitment to Safety Board” with their own safety slogan. The winning board will be selected by MercyCare Executive to win a contribution towards their next social event.

Safety Culture is in our Values

Respect: We adopt a no-fault approach to incident investigation and focus on addressing the root cause of incidents.

Compassion: We consider everybody’s unique needs, cultural factors and organisational requirements.

Excellence: We make health and safety integral to the organisation’s continual improvement and growth.

Integrity: We are clear about health and safety expectations, responsibilities and accountabilities.

Justice: We ensure equitable access to the health and safety information, resources and support.

Courage: We empower all people to step forward and speak up about health and safety.

Our Commitment

We can only achieve a high level of safety by working together. Our people will demonstrate their commitment to health, safety and wellbeing by:

  1. Ensuring compliance with all relevant legislative and accreditation requirements.
  2. Developing a strong safety culture and safety management system that encourages and supports us to apply relevant health, safety and wellbeing practices.
  3. Supporting our people with early and effective injury management and rehabilitation.
  4. Incorporating health, safety and wellbeing risk management into all organisational planning and activities.
  5. Maintaining processes for the identification of hazards, assessment of risks and implementation of control measures to eliminate or minimise risks.
  6. Encouraging and respecting the involvement of our people through effective consultation.

See the full CEO Statement of WHS Commitment here.