Publication date: Wednesday, 16 November 2016
More than a year after smoking was banned in correctional centres throughout NSW, Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) staff have been recognised for their efforts with a 2016 TMF Award for Excellence in the 'Frameworks and Systems' category.
The TMF Awards for Excellence recognise and celebrate leading risk management practices within the NSW public sector.
Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin thanked staff for the smooth transition to a smoke-free prison environment. "Staff have been very open to the changes, which have benefitted the health of staff, inmates and visitors," Commissioner Severin said.
The Commissioner said he was pleased that there have been no major incidents since the ban was introduced last August. He attributed this to the extensive planning and consultation carried out before 'smoke-free' was introduced.
Cathryn Hellams from the Department of Justice's Strategic Human Resources Branch said the award reflected the strong governance and leadership from the combined CSNSW and Justice Health and Forensic Mental Network team that implemented the 'Smoke-Free' policy.
"Delivering a smoke-free environment to all our correctional centres would not have been possible without the hard work of the front-line staff who implemented all the changes," Ms Hellams said.
The Smoke-Free implementation strategy included a comprehensive communication plan, engaging staff, establishing local smoke-free workplace committees and creating implementation plans that were relevant to local conditions.
Part of the implementation strategy was a security management plan to review security within correctional centres, update contingency plans, and provide additional staff training as well as managerial support.
Find out more about smoke-free prisons.