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Hospital safety comes first

Monday, 4th November, 2013

Safety committee members (from left) Coral Bennett, Morgan Morris, Fleur Scown and Jane Baker, spent Friday testing staff knowledge of safety practices and assessing each department’s decorations. Safety committee members (from left) Coral Bennett, Morgan Morris, Fleur Scown and Jane Baker, spent Friday testing staff knowledge of safety practices and assessing each department’s decorations.

By Erica Visser

From a gruesome Halloween twist on safety, to a Melbourne Cup inspired gambling warning, Broken Hill Hospital wards set the bar high for a work health and safety day on Friday.

The Safe Work Week event is held annually at the hospital, to remind staff about the importance of safe practices in their everyday work.

An underlying theme for the “Be Safe” event, was the black and yellow colours of the mascot safety bee.

Work, Health and Safety Committee Chairwoman, Morgan Morris, is spending her first year in the role.

She said that staff members were outdoing themselves on the day every year.

“It just keeps getting bigger and better every year,” Ms Morris said.

“We’re going around quizzing staff on their knowledge of safety procedures. They can pick a question out of the bowl.”

But staff need not have feared; it was all in the name of good fun.

“No, you don’t get penalised if you get it wrong. You still get a lolly if you get the answer wrong!”

But the day did have somewhat of a competitive edge. 

“Right now we are walking around the departments, judging for the best decorated department, the best-dressed female and the best-dressed male,” Ms Morris said.

The winners received a small prize for their efforts.

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