HUME Doors and Timber Thornton is heading into 2020 on a high after winning the 2019 award for Best WHS Improvement (Large Organisation).
The Hunter regional branch is part of the Hume Group, a 100 per cent Australian-owned group of companies which has grown to be one of the nation's largest door manufacturers and timber importers.
Doors and manufacturing excellence are at the core of everything the team at Hume Doors and Timber do.
Hume WHS advisor Wendy Blencowe said the company proudly provides innovation in doorway technology and products and remains determined to offer a premier range of timber products for all sectors within the building industry.
"Our Thornton branch currently has 39 employees and offers local distribution of Hume door and timber products and servicing to Newcastle, Hunter Valley and Central Coast areas," she said, adding the branch entered the awards as a way of acknowledging the safety evolution of the business.
"Continual consultation, training and step by step change management have led to an environment where safety comes first in all of our operations.
"Our workers are focused on performing activities not only efficiently and accurately, but even more importantly, they perform them safely."
Wendy said safety was part of the everyday work environment with workers incorporating safety elements into everything they did.
"This growth in the development of our safety system and the increased level of engagement that has occurred in our workers has seen a complete mindset change, whilst they still need to focus on production and quality targets they do so only after considering their safety and that of their fellow workers.
"All our workers have worked very hard to adapt to the step by step changes that occurred throughout our safety journey and we felt it would be good to recognise this by nominating for the award in order to demonstrate their commitment to the Hume WHS systems and processes."
Wendy said the improvements included the development, introduction and strengthening of an integrated systems approach to WHS and the associated nurturing of a positive safety culture within the branch.
"The commitment and encouragement evident from our workers during this huge growth in our safety systems and processes deserved recognition and appreciation, such inroads could not have been made without their support," she said, adding next year will see staff work to transition from AS/NZS 4801 to the recently released international standard for safety ISO 45001.
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