• Bethesda receives state’s highest honour again

    Bethesda Health Care has again been awarded platinum status by WorkSafe Western Australia, making it the only private hospital in the state to have received the accolade.

    Two years on from first achieving platinum status in 2013, the hospital announced on Friday that it had again received top marks.

    To gain platinum status, organisations must receive a score of 90 per cent or more in every area of the WorkSafe Plan.

    The areas include management commitment, planning, consultation, hazard management, and training and supervision.

    Organisations must also show that their rates of work-related injury and disease are reducing or kept at low levels.

    Bethesda Health Care chief executive Yasmin Naglazas said the award was a tremendous achievement by the hospital’s hardworking staff.

    “To achieve another platinum level is a challenging task, particularly for hospitals given the nature of the work we do,” Ms Naglazas said.

    “It takes an ongoing commitment by everyone at the hospital to keep our injuries at a low rate, with our ultimate goal being to achieve and maintain a rate of zero injuries.

    “I believe it demonstrates our commitment to creating a safe work environment, and it is an outstanding achievement for our OSH committee as well as our management and staff to be again be externally recognised for our practices at the highest level.”

    The hospital will be presented with an official award in the coming weeks.