The Dobbie Dico Meter Company is a modern, innovative Australian owned foundry and engineering facility located in Malaga, Perth WA. Established in 1940, Dobbie has been manufacturing Waterworks Fittings & Valves, Fire Protection Equipment and Castings for the Mining & Locomotion Industries in Australia and New Zealand for more than 75 years. Dobbie has 70 highly skilled and dedicated staff of technical, administrative and tradespeople engaged in the design, manufacture, machining and distribution of our products. Dobbie continually strives to promote a safe, productive, healthy and ethical workplace environment.
Health and Wellbeing Profile
Dobbie's Workplace Health and Wellbeing Program is overseen by the OHSE Coordinator and has been running for more than 3 years.
Dobbie commenced their Workplace Healthy and Wellbeing Program with launching a General Management statement and Policy in regards to staff health and wellbeing. A Health and Wellbeing Coordinator was appointed and undertook HWWA Coordinator Training. Following this, health and wellbeing committee members were recruited and staff consultation was undertaken to assess health and wellbeing needs of the workplace, and goals for the future. Finally, a Workplace Health and Wellbeing Action Plan addressing smoking, nutrition, alcohol and physical activity was developed.
Health and Wellbeing Highlights
Dobbie's Workplace Health and Wellbeing Program include the following initiatives and activities:
Smoke-free workplace policy with no designated smoking areas, supported by the provision of free smoking cessation support for employees wishing to quit smoking or cut down
Kitchen and cooking facilities for staff to prepare and store fresh food
Review of on-site vending machines and healthier options introduced (such as water and cheese)
Preferred healthy caterer identified and healthy recipes distributed to staff
Flexible working hours and end of trip facilities such as shower, change facilities and secure bike racks to encourage and support physical activity before, during and after work
Distributing Health Works E-newsletters and including health and wellbeing as a standard agenda item at ToolBox and Committee meetings
"Fried and deep-fried food options are no longer available at Dobbie. These options have been replaced by roasted, grilled and raw food options," says Erick Campello, OHSE Coordinator.
Since launching their Workplace Health and Wellbeing Program, Dobbie has observed: significant improvement in employee enthusiasm, morale and attitudes; increase in work productivity; and a decline in absenteeism and injury rates.
"Dobbie employees experience a physically demanding and stressful workload. Investing in the health and wellbeing of our employees has delivered improvement with participant‘s enthusiasm and attitude and influenced other staff members to join the program. By introducing a workplace health and wellbeing program, Dobbie has enjoyed a major improvement in employee morale and production. Now with improved and proactive actions, we hope to improve not only physical but also the mental health of our employees."