SA Mines and Energy Journal : June 2009
JUNE/JULY 2009 SA MINES & ENERGY JOURNAL 29 Lawson Risk Management Services Pty Ltd Level 7, 33 King William St, Adelaide SA 5000 PO Box 309, Rundle Mall SA 5000 Telephone: 08) 8210 2800 Facsimile: 08) 8212 9680 www.lawsonrisk.com.au Lawson Risk Management Services Protecting your Human and Financial Capital Workplace safety is critical to success. At Lawson Risk Management Services (LRMS) we are committed to assisting organisations in reducing levels of occupational risk, reduce exposure and provide a safe place of work for all persons. At LRMS we believe that good occupational health safety and welfare pays dividends in terms of reduced injury costs, development of a positive safety culture and increased recognition that a safe place of work can be achieved and is cost effective. Successful workplace health & safety strategies are dependent on a planned, systematic and ongoing commitment to providing a safe place of work in consultation with all stakeholders. We can assist in the design, implementation, review and monitoring of programmes and risk reduction strategies through: > OHS planning & development of system strategies > Conducting Risk Assessments & the Preparation of Standard Operating Procedures > Workplace Inspections > Measuring & Evaluating your OHS Program through Objectives, Targets & Performance Indicators > Hazardous Substances Audits & Registers > OHS, Injury Management & Legislative Audits COMMUNITY the evaluation concluded that participation in an Operation Flinders Wilderness Adventure Program in the northern Flinders Ranges was likely to act as a catalyst for pro-social change in at-risk youth. The foundation's success rate means most young people leave with the confidence and self-esteem to make a change in their lives. They re-establish family ties, get jobs or return to school. Feedback from the young people and from their families and teachers confirms the positive influence the experience has had on their lives. One of these young people is Daniel, who first participated in an Operation Flinders program in 2005. "I went out into the Flinders with a lot of anger problems, confidence issues and a bad attitude, " he said. "As the week progressed, I learnt to appreciate and understand what the people at Operation Flinders were trying to teach us and why what I was doing back home was wrong. I started co-operating with my team members and giving, instead of taking like I usually did. " For Daniel, the program had worked and the lessons had sunk in. "At the end of the exercise, I knew I had changed. When I returned home from the bush, people were expecting me to fall back into my old ways, but I didn't. I chose to remember the things we were taught out in the Flinders and use them in everyday life. "Operation Flinders helped me change my ways for the better and set me on a new path in life. I believe in the program; it helped me become who I am today. " Daniel has returned to the Flinders on seven occasions as a peer group mentor, helping other "first-timers" on the program. He also walked the Kokoda Track in 2008 with an Operation Flinders team, and has gained a traineeship in outdoor education. While operating only in South Australia at present, the foundation has been recognised nationally and internationally. In 2008, Operation Flinders won an Award of Excellence in the National Crime and Violence Prevention Awards presented by the Australian Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Services. Operation Flinders has a strong presence throughout South Australia. Agencies from Mt Gambier, the Riverland, Ceduna, Pt Lincoln, Whyalla, Pt Pirie, Pt Augusta and Roxby Downs often send teams of young people on the program, seeing benefits for not only the participants but also for their families, schools and communities. The foundation has a strong list of corporate, community and philanthropic supporters, including SACOME members BHP Billiton, Toro Energy and Santos. They are strongly committed to the work of Operation Flinders and giving young people another chance at life. For more information, contact John Shepherd, Executive Director, on (08) 8242 3244 or visit www.operationflinders.org.
April May 2009