Hume Doors & Timber Thornton is the Hunter region’s branch of the Hume Group, a 100% Australian owned timber door manufacturer.

Hume Thornton has an overriding commitment to health and safety and has worked hard to create a positive safety culture.

So, it comes as no surprise that Hume Thornton has taken out the Best WHS Improvement Award (Large Organisation) at the 2019 Hunter Safety Awards.

“As a leader in our industry, we continue to work hard in all areas of the business and part of this success is working ‘The Hume Way’. Particularly, in relation to keeping our most important asset, our people, safe," Hume Thornton WHS Advisor, Wendy Blencowe said.

“Being safe in everything we do is one of our company values and we strive for excellence in the area of WHS.”

Following an incident in 2013, Hume Thornton have proactively worked towards ensuring the prevention of workplace fatalities, injuries and illness.

They have been able to achieve this through the development, introduction and strengthening of an integrated approach to WHS.

This has extended to nurturing a positive safety culture within the branch, resulting in a safer and happier team.

“We have built a high-level of importance on safety beliefs, values and attitude. And these are shared by our workforce and characterised as ‘The Hume Way’ – the way we do things.”

The team worked with Safe Work NSW on a three-year enforceable undertaking which was successfully discharged in May 2018.

Hume worked towards and achieved the safety certification they were aiming for, during this undertaking.

“We achieved certification in AS/NZ 4801 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems in December 2017 – a pinnacle which is not an easy feat.”

“The commitment and encouragement from our workers during the huge growth in our safety systems and processes deserves recognition and appreciation, as this could not have been done without their support,” Wendy continued.

“It is very fulfilling to be able to present to our team the Best WHS Improvement Award (Large Organisation) in recognition of their commitment and continuing improvement efforts.”

Click here to enter the 2020 Hunter Safety Awards.