Category one - Best solution to an identified work health and safety issue

This award recognises excellence in developing and implementing a solution to an identified work health and safety issue. This may include a product solution, design/engineering innovation, training program, awareness raising activity or other risk control measure that addresses a specific work health and safety issue, reducing the risk of work related injury and disease.

Don't forget! Check criteria for category six (Best demonstrated leadership in work health and safety) and keep these in mind when you’re preparing your entry. Finalists for category six will be nominated by the judging panels for categories one to five, with all entries that demonstrate strong leadership in work health and safety eligible for nomination.

View the category one example entry. (PDF, 465.34 KB)

View the 2017 category one winners

Entry criteria

(Note: This information is in the online entry form)

  Entry criteria Use these questions to help write your response
(Handy hint - they correspond to each judging criteria)

Describe the work health and safety issue and how it was identified.

What was the issue?

How did you know it was an issue (e.g. injuries, lost productivity, feedback, complaints)?

How did it impact the organisation (consider its impact on safety, operations, productivity, costs and suppliers).


Explain in detail the solution that was developed to address this issue.

Provide a timeline for the development of the solution, from identification to implementation.

How was the hierarchy of control (elimination, substitution, engineering, administrative or protective equipment) applied to the development of the solution? (See page 14 of How to Manage Work Health and Safety Risks Code of Practice 2011 (PDF, 1018.6 KB) for more information).

Describe how the solution works including what it looks like, what it entails, how it has become part of your business and how it is used and operated (include photos or videos if possible).

What were some of the challenges or barriers involved and how did you overcome them (business size, resources, geography)?

List the people involved (internally and externally, and including senior management) and their roles in developing the solution. Explain how they would meet and/or how they were consulted.


Outline how successful the solution was and how it improved work health and safety.

How effective was the monitoring of the solution (testing, evaluation, adjustment)?

Explain the effect the solution had on training, morale, productivity and safety culture.

Provide evidence of how the solution has directly improved injury rates, workers’ compensation premiums, housekeeping/site appearance, and monitoring, assessment and reporting processes.

Can (or has) the solution been applied and adapted in other workplaces, and if so, what feedback have you received?

What makes your solution different or more innovative than similar solutions available?

Last updated
18 October 2017