Piper Alderman team named finalist in Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards


Piper Alderman partner and Head of our Perth office, Shane Entriken, with Consultant, Graham Short and Dr Vince Hughes CEO of Crime Stoppers WA have been recognised as finalists in this year’s Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards.  The team is recognised in the “Leadership excellence award” category for their work, leading the development and deployment of the anonymous reporting tool Safe2Say.

Safe2Say is an anonymous reporting platform which has been developed leveraging off Crime Stoppers WA’s 25 years of experience and expertise to enhance organisational culture, reputation and worker wellbeing by providing a safe, external, trusted platform to report concerns or inappropriate behaviour such as fraud, sexual assault, bullying or other troubling behaviour.

It is unique in that the platform provides a two-way chat facility and guaranteed anonymity to the person making a complaint.  The reporter cannot be traced, unlike internal reporting processes that falsely claim to be confidential (as distinct from anonymous).  It is a cost effective, user-friendly reporting platform for both parties, and assists entities to meet their legislated whistle-blowing and work place health and safety obligations (including psychosocial harm).

The platform has no industry or geographical boundaries and can be used anytime, anywhere in the world.  This tool will enable culture change across workplaces in industry and government. Safe2Say is also currently implemented by the Department of Corrective Services (in prisons), and used by ScamNet (a government body) to protect the community from scams.

Joint submissions by Crime Stoppers WA and Piper Alderman were made to both inquiries, as well as to a Review of the WA Local Government Act.  Representatives from Crime Stoppers WA and Piper Alderman partner Shane Entriken also presented before a Hearing of the WA Parliament Inquiry.  Safe2Say was presented as a best practice tool in these inquiries, and is supported by various governments.

Piper Alderman provides one hour free legal advice for each sale to ensure Safe2Say is implemented correctly. For further details