Thought leadership, insight and innovation were what set the 2013 OHS Leaders’ Summit apart from the crowd, according to some of the biggest names in the industry.

The presentations and discussion groups were ‘a fantastic opportunity’ to keep up with “the contemporary issues with health and safety and the future that our industry and profession needs to take” according to Yusef Khali of Chubb Fire & Security Australasia.

Grace Singh, Suncorp’s Executive Manager for Safety valued the chance “to hear from other leaders and collaborate in terms of emerging issues and trends that we’re all considering in our organisations.”

Presentations were focussed on safety leadership explained Wayne Harris, the Chairman of ISQEM and Board Director of World Safety Organisation and the Master of Ceremonies at the 3 day event attended by 120 Occupational health and safety leaders at the stunning Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa, Queensland, on the Sunshine Coast.

Presentations and discussion groups covered many of the major issues facing the industry today and into the future.

Rio Tinto’s Brett McIntosh, General Manager Health and Safety Iron Ore (Global), described the ‘deep dive’ into safety undertaken by the mining giant in response to the deaths of two workers at their Pilbara operation.

Jason Allison, of insurers GIO and Prof Philip Taylor of Monash University talked about how Australia’s Workers Compensation system looks set to take on a significant percentage of our ageing population’s health care costs because we’ll be working longer. As the workforce increases by a further 25% over the next 4 decades only about 5% will come from workers aged less than 54 years old, whilst more than 200% growth is expected for workers aged 65 years and over.

The Summit also heard about how new early intervention strategy to reduce workplace bullying, grievances and stress claims at the Department of Sustainability and Environment has resulted in a significant drop in the number complaints, a 50% decrease in WorkCover stress claims and a reduction in WorkCover premium.

Other presentations covered medical care in remote locations, the use of storytelling in safety education, and how business can maintain a ‘zero harm’ mindset, to name a few. Representatives from many of Australia’s largest companies including the Commonwealth Bank, David Jones, Fonterra, Queensland Rail, Woolworths and Westpac sat on the discussion panels.

“I found the summit really informative and very useful for the thought leadership of people who lead safety in very, very large organisations “commented Malcolm Deery, Group General Manager of the Programmed Group. He described it as a chance to ‘calibrate’ and ask yourself “Are we working on the right things, the same things, the productive things?’

Rio Tinto’s Health & Safety Manager for the global corporate function division Patrick Murphy valued the range of suppliers present. “It was definitely an effective way of understanding what some of the suppliers have to offer us but … perhaps most importantly, understanding some of the emerging suppliers coming into the market with innovative services and goods to offer.”

Sponsors and suppliers were given the opportunity to schedule one on one meetings with a number of senior occupational health and safety leaders over three days, allowing them to get in front of some of the most influential OHS directors across a range of industries.

Commonwealth Bank’s Executive Manager OH&S Ben Sheidow said “The one to one business meetings work really well. It’s an opportunity for us to sit down with suppliers who also provide goods and services that we need to invest in and have a look at how we could tailor those solutions within our business.”

The 30 minute one on one format means there’s no wasted time according to Chandra Clements the CEO of Sentis. “It’s really quite punchy, short, sharp. You get in, you have your meeting then I can get back to my business. It is really effective.”

Bookings are already filling fast for 2014’s OHS Leaders Summit. Tyron McGurgan, CEO of Media Corp International and Director of the OHS Leaders Summit announced that “given the success of 2013’s event and the high demand we have received, we have already opened up positions for suppliers to attend next year’s event.” If you feel your company has the relevant criteria to offer OHS directors, then you should enquire today, as they are open to exploring your company.

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The OHS Leaders Summit is a 3 day closed door event which brings together 150 of Australia’s leading OH&S professionals to discuss critical new legislation and changes currently affecting the day to day operations of their business. The event is held in a very relaxed and captive environment allowing all involved to interact in targeted and personalised workshops, keynotes, panels, think-tanks, roundtables and 1-1 meetings. It also gives senior safety leaders an opportunity to learn about the latest technology and service offerings along with understanding and exchanging ideas with their peers through targeted workshops and sessions. For more information visit:

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