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VICSES Safety Champion finalist #5

VICSES Safety Champion finalist #5

Published 29/10/2019
Meet our fifth VICSES Safety Champion finalist, Emerald Unit volunteer Bronwyn Portes.

Meet our fifth VICSES Safety Champion finalist, Bronwyn Portes from Emerald Unit.

Bronwyn has been a part of Emerald Unit for just over six months. With a background in wellbeing, health and safety, Bronwyn took on the role of the Unit Health & Safety Representative, and spent time learning, practicing and observing the range of tasks undertaken by the unit before consulting with the members to understand what did and didn’t work. By firstly focusing on high risk tasks or areas, Bronwyn has led risk assessments and improvements around machinery and hazardous chemical management. As part of this process, Bronwyn introduced a tag out system for chainsaws to help reduce the risk of injury from faulty equipment. 

Bronwyn ‘s respectful, inclusive and understanding approach has raised safety awareness within the unit and established a more consistent approach to the topic, encouraging people to speak out about their concerns and learn from mistakes. She also strongly believes that safety isn’t just about risk and equipment, but also about improving mental and physical wellbeing. With this in mind , she was team captain for Step it Up and led her 16 person team through plenty of steps and dance activities, putting  a smile on everyone’s faces.