Excellence in Safety

You’re thinking about entering the Excellence in Safety Category? Excellent!

Nominations are open for consideration of the Excellence in Safety at the annual Hunter Manufacturing Awards.

Registration takes 5 minutes. Applications are open from 8 May and close 19 July. If you have been unable to meet the deadline, please contact HMA to make an alternate arrangement.

Please read the following definition before completing your application form to ensure you are submitting in the correct category.

Definitions & Guidelines

To assist you with this application the judges have provided some guidelines.

When providing your answers, the “For Example” / guidelines we have suggested for each question are not intended to be exhaustive. They are designed as examples and prompts to help you understand the judges’ requirements. It is important that where you state that you have evidence in support of the specific question you are answering, you need to provide that evidence – usually, a generic brochure or company overview is not sufficient.


HMA is keen to see initiatives that have been identified, driven and resolved within our region (Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast).

Nominations are open to any manufacturing company that has introduced an innovative safety program that has contributed to an improvement in the health, safety and well-being of employees, customers or the community (please provide evidence of this where requested, e.g. lost Time Injury / Medical Treatment Injury figures, number of injuries and near misses, number of day’s injury free, impact on workers compensation policy, sick days, etc.).

The judges will look for examples of innovation in safety and safety systems demonstrated by, but not limited to, ‘out of the ordinary’ safety systems approach, positive impact on employee safety, health and well-being, improved employee motivation and morale, evidence of the development of a ‘safety culture’, hazard and / or risk / accident reduction and increased awareness of WH&S procedures/policies.

Note – Applicants may find that their application into the Excellence in Safety category may also be a ‘fit’ for another category, such as People Skills and Development, Manufacturing Process, etc. By adapting the information to fit the criteria of other categories you give yourself the opportunity for your product, process etc to be profiled in more than one sector.

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Example Information Required

Each of the listed criteria must be addressed and where possible, evidence provided

Photographs, drawings, etc, may be included as an attachment to this application form and should be labelled clearly for the judges. E.g. Question 3 – evidence provided

Please address the following criteria and restrict the content of each criteria response to 200 words or less. For example; Question 1 can only have a maximum of 200 words.

Maximum File Size

The entry form allows a maximum file size of 20MB to be uploaded. If you are having issues with the size of your example files, please contact Carol McEwan on info@hma.org.au or call 0438 242 899 to make an alternate arrangement to send your file(s).

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Judging Criteria & Values

Below is a breakdown of each question, the criteria judges will be looking for and the value of each question.

Question Judging Criteria Value
  1. Outline the safety program or initiative that your organisation has implemented.
  • How was your program identified and developed?
  • What does it do?
  • What has it fixed?

20 / 100

  1. Demonstrate how the program has been developed and implemented.
  • What has been done?
  • What was the process used?

20 / 100

  1. Describe the involvement of your employees in the implementation of the program.
  • What level of involvement was there from the ‘shop floor’?
  • What was the level of consultation across site?
  • Was it driven by Management or the workers?

25 / 100

  1. What improvements have resulted from the implementation of the program?
  • What evidence is there of your programs success?

15 / 100

  1. Explain how you ensure that line management personnel are delivering a consistent message across all departments.
  • Who holds people accountable to the program?

10 / 100

  1. Explain what process is used to identify risks and how control measures are implemented to reduce the identified risks. This may include Risk Management Training, Corrective Action Registers, Auditing, etc.

10 / 100

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Previous Year's Winner

Excellence In Safety – Liberty Wire

2018 Winner – Liberty Wire

A refreshing new approach where Waratah fencing have recognised that safety is not only something that must be addressed in the workplace.

They have included the distribution, transport and end user of their products and adopted all of these people as part of their ‘family’ who they are responsible for in ensuring their safety

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Please Register first before completing your application form. Registration takes 5 minutes and close 30th August 2020.

Follow the below link to start the registration process.

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