Dave Williams accepts the award. Image: Safe Work Australia.

AIMS has taken out a prestigious national award for leading the way in occupational health and safety associated with a major marine science research project at a remote reef off the Western Australian Kimberley coast.

The National Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (SRCC) named AIMS the winner of its award for the Best Workplace Health ‘ Safety Management System for the Institute's safety practices as part of the Scott Reef Research Project.

The awards recognise and reward excellence in workplace health and safety. According to the SRCC, award winners are chosen for their demonstrated high level of passion, energy and commitment to making workplaces safer. The research project is a major undertaking over three years to better understand the biological and physical characteristics of an environmentally and economically significant coral reef system. Working in such a remote and potentially hazardous location poses a complex array of health and safety challenges to ensure that all personnel involved are at minimal risk.

Marine science is carried out in ocean environments that often involve special safety requirements and AIMS has long-standing expertise in dealing with the unique challenges of the marine realm.

The research project is funded by the Browse Liquid Natural Gas Development operated by Woodside Energy Ltd and the work is carried out by AIMS staff including scientists, technicians and their collaborators.