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Have you completed your
Application for Relocation (AFR)?
Toll Transitions Case Managers are standing by to help.
It is important to complete your relocation documentation
as soon as possible, especially if you are relocating
during the peak posting period and your preferred
moving dates are to be met.
You must include your preferred dates on your
AFR, as until we have actual dates we cannot start
Complete your AFR online now at www.tolltransitions.
com/defence and your Case Manager will contact you
to get things moving.
If you have any immediate questions or concerns,
please contact us on 1800 819 167.
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Made in Australia
AS a society we have introduced
a variety of chemicals into our
homes and workplaces. We now
know these chemicals are poten-
tially harmful to our own health and
well-being and the environment.
Many of these chemicals exist
in Defence and play an important
role in our day-to-day business.
There is a legal requirement,
across Defence, to take all reason-
able steps to eliminate or minimise
the hazards and risks associ-
ated with the handling, storage,
use and disposal of hazardous
As the result of Comcare
identified deficiencies, Defence
established a project to develop
and implement a consistent, com-
prehensive and inclusive system
for the management of hazardous
The Defence Hazardous Chem-
icals Project has been running
for two years and is now focused
on implementing the upgraded
Defence Hazardous Chemicals
To support that work, a Navy
Hazardous Chemicals Manage-
ment Remediation Plan has been
issued. This plan will focus on
improving the receipt, storage,
use and disposal of hazardous
chemicals. It will minimise the risk
of personnel exposure to the as-
sociated hazards and risks so far
as it is reasonably practical.
The Navy Hazardous Chemi-
cals Project will conduct inspec-
tions in a large number of work-
places over the next six months
to ensure Navy is managing
hazardous chemicals in a safe and
While Navy personnel face
challenges and risks not experi-
enced in other professions, due to
the unique nature of our business,
this only serves to strengthen the
argument for Navy to operate with-
in a strong safety culture, therefore
ensuring the safety of our people
through adopting industry best
Commanders and leaders have
clear responsibilities with respect
to the handling of hazardous
chemicals. While they can take
responsibility for workplace safety
culture, true hazardous chemi-
cal reforms cannot be achieved
without the support of personnel at
Everybody is urged to lead
from the front by getting involved,
getting to know their chemicals
and controls, and conducting the
necessary risk assessments.
As the leader of the Navy I have
a primary responsibility to safely
deliver effective Navy capability.
It is my moral and legal obliga-
tion to ensure Navy's activities do
not expose people to unnecessary
risk.I take my safety responsibili-
ties seriously and expect all Navy
personnel to be similarly commit-
ted. We should all strive for a safe
work environment for all those
engaged in Navy business and to
protect our people and assets from
Removing hazards is
Message from the Chief of Navy, VADM Ray Griggs
FLEET Command took an important
step towards meeting the safety chal-
lenges of the future when it launched
the Maritime Safety Bureau at Sydney's
Garden Island on November 1.
Officers and senior sailors attend-
ed a ceremony at Building 27 where
Commander Australian Fleet RADM
Tim Barrett unveiled the Maritime Safety
Bureau (MSB) as the new centre for safety
"I am personally committed to improv-
ing safety within Fleet Command and the
MSB is part that commitment," he said.
"The MSB is the principle and
driving force behind safety leadership
within Fleet Command and will provide
systematic and comprehensive safety
assistance across the Fleet."
RADM Barrett said the MSB
had evolved from the existing Fleet
Environmental and OH&S Coordinating
"The establishment of the MSB was
brought about not because of any fail-
ing on the part of the FEOHSCO team,
but more as a response to the changing
safety landscape and recognition of the
need to develop a stronger more capa-
ble organisation," he said. The MSB is
the safety champion tasked with deliv-
ering RADM Barrett's safety vision
and with implementing Navy's Safety
It will provide support to units and
the Force Commands by ensuring they
have access to dedicated, trained and
skilled safety practitioners.
The MSB will have the ability to
coordinate additional support to assist
Fleet ships and bases as required and
importantly, it will provide safety exper-
tise and support at the water front.
RADM Barrett said the MSB would
provide assurance that Navy's safety
systems were working effectively and
efficiently, keeping our people safe and
our Fleet seaworthy.
"This delivers confidence to
Government, our Fleet personnel and
all Australians that the Fleet is being
managed effectively and can undertake
its primary task if called upon to do so
-- that is 'fight and win at sea'," he said.
RADM Barrett said the MSB would
result in safer workplaces, with fewer
and less severe safety incidents occur-
ring during activities, improved reputa-
tion management within Navy and in
the public domain and the development
of a positive safety culture.
SAFETY HOUSE: RADM Tim Barrett addresses guests at the Maritime
Safety Bureau launch.
Photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez
November 22, 2012
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