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Deloitte expands its WHS practice

$60.6bn - the cost of not getting work health & safety right


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6 November 2013:  As Australia scans for the next wave of opportunities post-mining, three industries identified by Deloitte as capable of powering super growth were also spotlighted by Safe Work Australia in October’s national Work Health & Safety month as of high safety risk.

Deloitte CEO Giam Swiegers said: “In our recently launched report, Positioning for Prosperity? Catching the next wave, Deloitte economists and partners highlighted agribusiness, gas and tourism as three of five super growth areas, which with international education and wealth management will be part of the next prosperity wave for Australia over the next two decades.

“These three industries also fit the high risk sectors identified by Safe Work Australia as requiring greater focus to deliver on the health and safety workplace needs of the nation over the next ten years.  

“Deloitte is determined to help ensure Australian workplaces remain safe places to work,” Swiegers said.

Head of Deloitte Risk Services Harvey Christophers said: “As part of our strategy of investing in specialist risk areas of deep relevance to Australian businesses, I am pleased to announce today that Deloitte signed up a team of 24 specialists from the former Brief Group - to join our national Work Health and Safety risk business.”

Christophers explained that with a conservative estimate of $60.6 billion  as the cost to Australia’s GDP of not getting work, health and safety right: “The Deloitte national team was determined to find the scale to transform its successful safety practice into an end-to-end safety risk compliance and advisory business.

“By helping our clients build proactive safety risk intelligence, they can confidently invest further in new ventures aligned to growth sectors knowing that concerns around injuries and fatalities that haunt executives and boards, are being well managed.”

Brief Group CEO Tony Morris will join Andi Csontos and the Deloitte team as a partner, and will lead the Deloitte national safety risk business. Morris pointed out that those industries identified by Safe Work Australia as having high rates of injury or fatalities were agriculture; accommodation and food services; manufacturing; construction; road transport; public administration and safety; health care and social assistance.

Morris said: “It’s a comprehensive range of industries with ecosystems that penetrate Australia’s workplaces and cover key disorders such as musculoskeletal and mental, asthma, and noise-induced hearing loss. By combing the impressive work that Andi Csontos and her Deloitte team have done on the behavioural side of getting safety right, with our focus on safety compliance and the design of management systems, processes, and training, we believe we can help Australian businesses really make a difference.”

“This is what attracted us to the Brief Group,” said Christophers. “Our commitment to changing the way professional services are experienced and the group’s unique offerings are aligned. The group has a healthy business, with a clear vision, good reputation and leadership, as well as its ‘and different’ offering.

“Well known for its ‘mock court’ health and safety workshop that uses many design thinking concepts that are core to our firm’s differentiation, Tony and his team undertake role play with Boards and business leaders. They explore more than 200 scenarios that ensure that each business is ready to comply with current and upcoming Work Health & Safety legislation.”

Morris is a former Work Cover prosecution lawyer, and has focussed his national practice on safety compliance and the design of management systems and processes, along with training aimed at building and maintaining good businesses.

Morris said that organisations across all sectors are struggling to embed the model harmonisation legislation requirements that have been coming online since 2012, and are continuing to demand attention with imminent deadlines across specific areas through to 2014.

Andi Csontos said: “Although the gap between Australia and the better performing countries has reduced when it comes to work-related traumatic injury fatality rates, Australia remains in seventh place. As well as huge human and personal loss, there is also a direct and indirect cost of $15m per fatality to an organisation.

“Organisations across the board are also identifying stress and mental health issues as emerging and expensive risks, especially in white collar worker categories where safety has not traditionally been a concern.

“We still have a lot to do, and we know that safety improvement can only occur if behaviours, systems, and symbols are targeted concurrently. Organisations are starting to know the worth of safety risk management”

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Name:
Harvey Christophers
Company:
Deloitte
Job Title:
Managing Partner | Risk Services
Phone:
Tel: +61 2 9322 3477
Email
hachristophers@deloitte.com.au
Name:
Louise Denver
Company:
Deloitte
Job Title:
Director, Corporate Affairs & Communications
Phone:
Tel: + 61 2 9322 7615, +61 414 889 857
Email
ldenver@deloitte.com.au
Name:
Vessa Playfair
Company:
Deloitte Australia
Job Title:
Head of Corporate Affairs
Phone:
Tel: +61 2 9322 7576, Mobile: +61 419 267 676
Email
vplayfair@deloitte.com.au

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