KCA wins National Safety Council award
Kimberly-Clark Australia has been recognised as the winner of the ‘Best Health and Wellbeing Program‘ award at the National Safety Council Awards (NSCA) ceremony held at the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney, last Thursday.
The award recognised Kimberly-Clark’s impressive submission for its first-of-a-kind, ground breaking Early Intervention Program (EIP) which offers evidence based ‘test-retest’ approach to evaluate the effectiveness of employee health, risk factors for chronic conditions, movement function, injury prevalence and injury severity.
The EIP program was developed by Kimberly-Clark’s Ingleburn manufacturing team, in partnership with the Heath Solutions Group to introduce a better approach to employee health and wellbeing through early intervention and in response to the slow recovery rate of the aging workforce.
“We’re extremely pleased to accept this prominent industry award in conjunction with our 2015 Safety Week.” explains Robbert Rietbroek, Managing Director. “I wanted to congratulate all of our cross-functional teams who worked closely together to develop and implement our Early Intervention Program.”
Kurt Fittler, Managing Director & Principal Exercise Physiologist of Health Solutions says: “We worked closely with Kimberly-Clark to identify the key objectives which would help eliminate employee injuries at the facility. The participation and outcomes from the program were phenomenal whereby we saw maximum engagement from employees and some fantastic results within the evaluation stage. Moving forward, we are very excited to look at ways to work together to help improve the quality of their employee health across the various company sites in Australia.”
Rietbroek adds: “Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our employees, and at Kimberly-Clark we believe that occupational injuries and illnesses are preventable and can be eliminated – no production goal, cost saving, time saving or competitive advantage is worth an injury of any kind.”
Now in its 23rd year, these awards continue to celebrate Australian organisations and people that actively promote Work Health and Safety (WHS) as a cornerstone of elite business performance. Through a formal judging process, organisations that have achieved excellence in their field of work by the introduction, development or improvement of health and safety standards, are recognised for their initiatives.
(l-r) Kurt Fittler (Health Solutions), Juanita Nolan, Marion Ripolles and Jose Perez