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November 8, 2012
COMMANDER Australian Fleet
RADM Tim Barrett launched the
Maritime Safety Bureau (MSB) at a
ceremony held at Garden Island in
Sydney on November 1.
RADM Barrett said the MSB
would provide assurance, support
and expertise for safety oversight and
operational control of Fleet safety and
environmental management activities.
He said at full operational capa-
bility, scheduled for mid-2013, the
Bureau would contribute significantly
towards delivering the Navy's Safety
Management System within Fleet
Importantly, the MSB is to be the
centre for safety excellence within
Fleet Command and will act as the
focal point for new safety initiatives
and will drive safety change.
The existing Fleet Environmental
and OH&S Coordinating Office will
transition to the new MSB and will be
led by CAPT Howard Furness.
The MSB will be located in
Building 27 at Garden Island, Sydney.
Maritime Safety Bureau
launched in Sydney
HMA Ships Ballarat, Anzac and
Warramunga were among the Fleet
units to be awarded trophies and com-
mendations at the 2012 Navy Safety
CN VADM Ray Griggs presented
15 awards at the RAN Heritage Centre
on October 25 and stressed the impor-
tance of the awards which recognised
units, ships, establishments and indi-
viduals that had made a positive con-
tribution to Navy safety.
"The Navy Safety Awards, as has
been the case over many years, are an
opportunity to showcase the exemplary
commitment and efforts across Navy
to eliminate and manage hazards and
risks," he said.
CN said his aim was to see Navy
develop a proactive safety culture as a
way of doing business -- one that sees
risk before it becomes a safety event or
incident, and proactively manages it.
"We cannot afford to be compla-
cent -- safety is a collective responsi-
bility that is important to us as indi-
viduals, for our families and as an
essential input to capability. We need
to have a strong, robust safety culture
to be able to fight and win at sea," he
"The Seaworthiness cultural reform
we are embarking on is in many ways
a safety reform -- seaworthiness is
essentially safety at sea."
The Navy Safety Awards empha-
sised the 2012 Defence Safety Day
theme of 'know your business, manage
The CMDR Dave Allen Award
for safety excellence was presented
to Project Manager Fleet Regulatory
Review CMDR Lawrence Stubbs. He
received a trophy and framed certifi-
cate in recognition of his outstand-
ing contribution to safety in Navy
well beyond what could reasonably
be expected of his rank or experience
There were six nominations in this
category, which resulted in an addi-
tional highly commended and four
Maree Rice, of the Fleet Air Arm
Safety Cell, was highly commend-
LS Ryan Kay was commended for
the high level of professionalism
and commitment to work health and
safety demonstrated in the conduct
of his role as safety equipment sail-
or on board HMAS Anzac.
CPO Scott Wake was commended
for his role as work health and safe-
ty instructor at HMAS Creswell.
LS Chris Bailey was commended
for the strong leadership and ini-
tiative he displayed in striving to
enhance the safety culture at Fleet
Support Unit North.
Dorothea O'Connor was commend-
ed for her high level of professional-
ism and commitment to work health
and safety demonstrated in the con-
duct of her role as Command Safety
Adviser at HMAS Waterhen.
CMDR Piers Chatterton received
an award on behalf of Training
Authority Submarines for the best
workplace health and safety manage-
LCDR Tom Kenny received an award
on behalf of HMAS Warramunga for
injury and disease prevention and
Director Navy Safety Systems
CMDR Tony Powell said entries
would be nominated for the Defence
Safety Awards, scheduled to be held
early next year. This could lead to
nominations for the Comcare Work
Health and Safety Awards and the
Annual Safe Work Australia Awards.
"This year LS Natalie Irvine
won the best individual contribu-
tion to workplace health and safety
at the Safework Australia Awards
in April, and HMAS Stuart and AB
Lisa Pickstone were finalists at the
Comcare awards," he said.
THE best solution to an iden-
tified workplace health and
safety issue was presented to
CMDR Mark Muir on behalf of
the Boatswains Faculty at HMAS
Cerberus for its development
of the RHIB capsize and self-
Judging for this category was
extremely competitive owing to
the strength of the 13 nomina-
tions received, which resulted
in an additional five highly com-
mended and six commended
The Fleet Air Arm was highly
commended for its develop-
ment of the moulded commu-
nication ear plug.
HMAS Anzac was highly
commended for its radiation
hazard re-radiation elimination
Fleet Support Unit West was
highly commended for its con-
fined space and working at
heights rescue development.
HMAS Ballarat was highly
commended for its working at
HMAS Dechaineux was highly
commended for its revised
preparation for sea checks.
BEYOND EXPECTATION: Project Manager Fleet Regulatory CMDR
Lawrence Stubbs displays the CMDR Dave Allen Award for Safety
Excellence he received for his outstanding contribution to safety.
Photos: ABIS Sarah Williams
IMBEDDING THE SAFETY CULTURE: CN VADM Ray Griggs, centre, congratulates recipients of certificates
and awards at the Navy Safety Awards presentation held at the RAN Heritage Centre on October 25.
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