WHS Brochure 2019



Australian Retailers Association The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the Australian retail industry’s peak body, representing over 7800 ARA members in more than 40,000 locations. The ARA’s key services give retailers the power to face change, to understand the retail environment, and to build on talent and best practice to capture emerging opportunities. A strong and proactive advocate for retailers, The ARA promotes and protects employer interests.

The Committee

The Workplace Health and Safety Committee identifies and co-ordinates strategies, programs and projects to improve health and safety outcomes for the ARA membership and for the wider retail industry. The Committee consults, educates, advocates and provides an essential link between industry and government in working to improve health and safety in the retail industry sector. The Workplace Health and Safety Committee consists of key WHS professionals from a range of retail businesses.


Through its Committees, the ARA can uncover emerging or pressing issues affecting retailers.


I’vebeen luckyenough tobe involvedwithandhave chaired theCommittee for over five years. In that time, we’ve seen the Committee grow in participation, grow its reputation with regulators and contribute to the state of industry safety knowledge. It has been an absolute pleasure to hear and see the success of retailers in their efforts to make their workplaces healthier and safer for teammembers, customers and contractors. “ ” Keith Govias - National Health and Safety Manager, The Reject Shop


The ARA’s Workplace Health and Safety Committee brings together diverse representation from the retail industry and encourages the sharing of best practice work, health, and safety initiatives. The Committee encourages retailers to identify topical health and safety matters and work collaboratively to design and deliver guidance and solutions that benefit retail organisations and their workforces. The Committee has developed excellent rapport with health and safety regulatory bodies, enhancing the quality and practicality of regulator programs and guidancewithin the retail sector. “ ” Amy Towers - Culture and Engagement Risk Expert, Risk Collective

Committee Achievements

Over the past few years, the Committee has helped achieve many positives for the retail industry: • Networking to allow members to establish key industry connections • Sharing information on managing mental health • Providing policy feedback to regulators and government bodies • Represented at Safe Work Design Working Group andWorkSafe Victoria • Improved regulatory engagement in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria • Nominating candidates for Young Workers Forum SafeWork NSW • Facilitating guest presentations • Facilitating regulator presentations

• Producing a Loss Prevention in Retail guide • Development of ladder selection guide • Sharing WHS data

• Industry case law reviews • Benchmarking best practice • Webinar on Chain of Responsibility law changes • Sharing technology and supplier information regarding safety innovations • Exchanging information of commonality regarding suppliers

In 2019, the focus will be on strategies around Mental Health in the Workplace.

The Committee see this a as key issue which is impacted by multiple factors in the workplace, including workplace culture, job design, workload, and work/life balance, as well factors such as crime, verbal abuse, and physical safety.

Meetings The committee meets twice a year and hosts a work health and safety forum for members once a year.

1. Retail WHS Initiatives and Programs 2. WHS Regulator Programs 3. Guest Speakers 4. WHS Grants and Funding 5. Legislation, Regulatory and Case Law Update MEETING AGENDA (SAMPLE)

Mariam Veiszadeh, Advisory Director DCA as Keynote Speaker

Panellists at the“Diversity 101”HR Retail Forum

“The Millennial Movement”HR Retail Forum

July 2019 WHS Committee Meeting

Industry Consultation Meeting

Industry Lunch Briefing

Rosemary Jacob MEMBER ENGAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER rosemary.jacob@retail.org.au


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