With the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, release of the SIA annual report and announcement of the new SIA Board, this week has been a big one in the Safety Institute of Australia calendar.
I would like to acknowledge and thank the Board members of 2011-12 who have made a significant contribution to the future of the SIA, and welcome in the new Board members who I look forward to working with in further progressing the SIA and representing members and the safety profession across Australia.
The Safety Conference Sydney 2012 is also drawing to a close, and feedback suggests that the event has been a resounding success. Keynote speakers such as Lisa McInnes-Smith drew significant attention, with her observations that leaders at all levels of an organisation must strive daily to create a culture in which workers feel it is safe to ask for help. She also affirmed that injury rates will decline while wellness levels will improve if leaders are persistent in their efforts to build safe working cultures in their organisations. View The Safety Conference Sydney 2012 photo gallery.
I would also like to acknowledge SIA Fellow Kevin Jones, whose SafetyAtWorkBlog has been honoured as one of LexisNexis’ Top 25 Blogs for Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Issues for 2012. Well done to Kevin for this accolade.
As I noted in the SIA annual report, the SIA fundamentally remains a volunteer organisation. I would like to thank everyone for their dedication and hard work in furthering the goals of the SIA, and look forward to more of the same for the remainder of 2012 and into next year.