Health and Safety

We have always felt that one of the most critical aspects of our work is ensuring the health and safety of our employees. This is why we strive to not just meet standards in our industry, but rather to exceed them. Following is an overview of some of the ways in which we maintain a healthy, safe workplace.

The cornerstone of our health and safety efforts is based on our formal OHS & W plan / OHS policy, itself developed, maintained and implemented by our OHS&W Officer, Alf Dennis.

Some of the key aspects of this plan include:

  • Comprehensive induction of new staff, including apprentices and work experience assignees. This helps ensure that all staff are well-versed in our organisation's health and safety policies, starting literally on their very first day at Williams.
  • Regular audits of safety procedures. This signifies our strong desire to take a proactive approach to preventing potential problems before they occur.
  • Maintaining an organisational culture that both consistently uses PPE (personal protective equipment) and regularly ensures that equipment is in optimal condition for protecting our employees.
  • Detailed investigations of any health, safety or employee welfare incidents. Although the old saying an "ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is true, sometimes incidents do occur. It's critical that in those occasions, things are fully investigated and changes made so they do not occur again.
  • Our Drug and Alcohol Policy, which ensures that employees do not work while under the adverse effects of drugs or alcohol.
  • Regular License checking (Drivers, Electrical and Refrigerant Handling), performed monthly, to ensure all staff licenses have not expired, and to provide reports to workers whose license renewal is imminent.
  • We are currently working towards meeting AS4801:2001. This Australian Standard provides guidelines regarding OH&S management system set up, helps empower continuous improvement, and assists in selecting required resources. The fundemental aim of an OH&S management system (and hence AS4801:2001), is to minimize workplace illness and injuries, and thereby reduce financial and social costs to organisations. By demonstrating conformance to AS4801, we demonstrate to employees and customers alike our complete commitment to overall safety.
  • Our Training Plan, spanning two years, that encompasses essential training such as first aid & confined space work, as well as other important aspects in our trade, such as working at heights, and energy lock-out procedures. The plan is regularly reviewed to ensure timeliness and relevance.
  • Site Safety Reporting, which involves regular inspections of our employment sites and buildings using checklists. This helps ensure all hazards are identified, and in turn, enables us to implement hazard controls whenever issues are discovered.
  • Apprentice work rotation, which allows our apprentices to experience a diverse range of systems and environments during their apprenticeships, providing the type of much-desired variety that both keeps work stimulating and offers a diversity of experience.
  • Electrical appliance/RCD Testing, resulting in all RCDs being tested and tagged on a six-month basis. Any non-compliant devices/appliances are repaired, disposed of, or tagged "out of service." We also strive to ensure that, during every toolbox meeting, workers are reminded to have new appliances tested and tagged.