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Coogee Chemicals and PREMFA assessments

Shane Pugh, Operations Manager at Coogee Chemicals, and Premo Systems' Mark Armstrong

Shane Pugh, Operations Manager at Coogee Chemicals, and Premo Systems' Mark Armstrong

Coogee Chemicals has engaged Premosystems Pty Ltd to conduct PREMFA assessments to monitor the health and well-being of its work crews. This is following a very successful trial of the PREMFA process at the plant earlier this year to establish a baseline for both physical and mental health for those personnel in manufacturing, maintenance, warehousing and administration. 

Shane Pugh, Operations Manager of the North Side Operations at Coogee Chemicals, believes the PREMFA assessments will enable there to be a better match of an individual’s physical capabilities with the physical demands of the different job roles, and it will also allow informed decisions to be made about what medical and functional assessments each individual needs to undertake, if at all. Additionally it will help Shane assess what types of initiatives need to be rolled out within the organisation to sustain good physical and mental health of the workforce that he currently is responsible for at Coogee Chemicals. 

It has been our pleasure working with Shane - a forward thinker and innovator in the workplace who is always seeking out better ways of doing things whilst minimising the risk to the workforce.


Mark Armstrong (centre) from Premo Systems with Ben Antony, Electrical Team Leader (left) and Stephen Browton, Mechanical Maintenance Team Leader (right), going through the results of the recent PREMFA assessments

Mark Armstrong (centre) from Premo Systems with Ben Antony, Electrical Team Leader (left) and Stephen Browton, Mechanical Maintenance Team Leader (right), going through the results of the recent PREMFA assessments

Ongoing physical and mental health monitoring

A total of 70 assessments were conducted, and recently the Electrical group (currently includes 10 individuals) and Maintenance group (currently includes 10 individuals) went through the results of these assessments.

The PREMFA assessments were conducted retrospectively with the view of setting a baseline for both groups as part of the on-going health monitoring program that is being set up for the organisation. It is intended to conduct the PREMFA assessments annually. PREMFA has also been adopted for use as a pre-employment tool to ensure that the best match is achieved for new candidates based on their physical capabilities and the physical demands of the job.

Both team leaders, Ben and Stephen, believe that the use of the tool provides them with an opportunity to be on the front foot with respect to both the mental and physical well-being of their work teams. They both agreed their respective skill set is in the areas of electrical and mechanical maintenance, not the area of workers compensation and having to manage injured workers returning to work.

Ben and Stephen also appreciate the direct benefits of the tool as part of the recruitment process to ensure that the risk of a mismatch between the different roles physically and the individuals applying for the roles is minimized.