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Annual Safety Conference theme looks at how personal ownership can improve safety beyond compliance

The 2021 Safety Conference promises to deliver practical tools and information pertinent to workplace safety while sharing expertise to delegates on how to put their new knowledge into action in their own workplaces.

The annual conference remains a powerful tool in helping businesses create and maintain safe work environments and this year’s event is no different with the theme “Safety Evolution: From compliance to ‘my’ safety ownership”.

Scheduled for March 25 & 26 in Mackay and organised by Resource Industry Network, the event boasts an impressive line-up of industry leading experts to ensure conference-goers are up to speed with the latest information on their respective safety topics.

Guest presenters include Australian Barrister John Tate, paediatric social worker Liz Crowe, medical practitioner Dr Jenny Brockis, Department of Natural Resources, Mining and Energy (DNRME) chief operating officer (Resources, Safety & Health) Robert Djukic, psychologist Naomi Armitage, and more.

Clayton Stansbie from Glencore Newlands will also join Anglo American’s Marc Kirsten and BHP Broadmeadow Mine’s Kevin Meyer in a panel discussion around a variety of safety topics, which will be facilitated by TAFE Queensland chair Annabel Dolphin.

Resource Industry Network WH&S Group Chair Ian Gray said the Safety Conference was an annual reminder as to the importance of safety for the resources sector and broader community.  

“It’s no secret that workplace safety has been cast under a huge spotlight this past couple of years. Workplace accidents take an enormous toll on families, work colleagues, and the extended community,” Mr Gray said.

“Given we were unable to host the Safety Conference last year to due Covid-19 restrictions, it is even more critical that business and industry invest their time to attend this year.

“Our theme in 2021 looks at the evolution of safety and how personal ownership can improve safety beyond compliance. Our goal with the conference is to motivate and educate attendees such that everyone can take away practical actions which will help drive mental and physical safety improvements in their workplace,” Mr Gray said.

“We consistently have great feedback from the day, and it is well supported by the mining houses, industry contractors and local suppliers, all striving for safer workplace outcomes.

“Safety is about leadership. If you want to achieve improvements in health and safety, connect more effectively with your workforce, and learn some very practical skills along the way, the 2021 RIN Safety Conference is a must-do event,” Mr Gray added.

The day will also include a selection of eight breakout workshop sessions in which delegates can choose to attend. Facilitators of these workshops include Barrister John Tate, WHSQ Safety Leadership and Culture manager Shane Stockill, Impress Solutions’ managing director Christian Young, Dr Jenny Brockis, consultant Deb Rae, Focus Training Centre’s Travis Toar, and Onsite Safety Training Compliance director Nathan Corbett.

The annual Safety Conference is a solid platform for the resources sector to broaden its knowledge on a range of different safety topics. Therefore the Safety Conference remains a powerful tool, a decade after its inception, in helping businesses create safe work environments.

Major partners of the Safety Conference this year include Diacon Australia, Aurizon, Mackay Regional Council and Queensland Government’s Office of Industrial Relations. Our breakout session partners include Bravus Mining & Resources, Local Buying Foundation, Blackwoods, and G&S Engineering Services.

NETWORKING DRINKS ONLY:          March 25th
WHERE:                                                   BB Print Stadium                   
TIME:                                                       5.00pm – 7.00pm
TICKETS:                                                  $35 Members /   $50 Non-Members
TO REGISTER:                               

CONFERENCE:                                March 26th
WHERE:                                                   Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre                    
TIME:                                                       6:45am – 4pm
TICKETS:                                                  $300 Members /   $400 Non-Members
TO REGISTER:                               

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