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    Local Buy Queensland Appoints Safety Concepts

    Local Buy Queensland Appoints Safety Concepts

    Safety Concepts has recently been appointed to Local Buy’s Council Business Systems contract in Queensland. Local Buy is legislatively entitled to establish Local Government Association arrangements on behalf of Queensland’s local government authorities. The Local Buy system was established by the Local Government Association of Queensland and provides cost effective and efficient procurement services. Local […]

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    WA and Harmonised WHS Laws

    WA and Harmonised WHS Laws

    The Western Australian version of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Bill will be introduced into the current spring session of state parliament. This will be in the form of a Green Bill, which will be released for public comment until the end of this year. The Western Australian version of the model WHS […]

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    LOGOSS Delivers Savings to Gladstone Council

    LOGOSS Delivers Savings to Gladstone Council

    Gladstone Regional Council [GRC] has achieved stunning results by taking a proactive approach to safety with the help of LOGOSS software. In the first nine months since go live, the Council has a reported bottom line improvement of $250,000 from the strategic initiatives implemented in 2013 – 2014. It is estimated a further $200,000 has […]

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    Company Director Fined For WHS Breach

    Company Director Fined For WHS Breach

    An ACT company director has become the first officer of a corporation charged under the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws and his company faces a maximum fine of $1.5 million.

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    Budgeting for Workplace Health and Safety

      Managing health and safety is an important part of good business management, yet often seen as a ‘cost’ to a business.  Although some initiatives require little or no capital expenditure, effective management of WHS does require money to be spent.  In this article Jo Kitney explains the importance of making good business decisions on […]

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    Exciting New Way to Boost Safety Induction Engagement

    Moving to online safety inductions for new staff and contractors is the fastest growing way for employers to meet their key WHS obligations. And the reasons are pretty clear. First off, it offers flexibility to staff and employers alike. Because they can attend classes and courses whenever and wherever there is a tablet, phone or […]

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    How Good is Your Reporting?

    How Good is Your Reporting?

    Better management reporting is the key to a business verifying WHS compliance. The ability to produce timely and accurate reports forms a foundation to the elements of the due diligence process. Yet many organisations do not invest in proper reporting systems. Instead relying on “ask and receive” reports built from disparate sources of data and […]

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    WHS Management Planning

    WHS Management Planning

    The beginning of the year is a good time to take stock for workplace health and safety and decide on a WHS plan for the coming year, as explained by our good friend Jo Kitney – Director of Kitney OHS.

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    Free Health Checks for Truck Drivers

    Free Health Checks for Truck Drivers

    Truck driver health checks are being offered as a joint initiative of Safe Work Australia, the National Transport Commission, preventionXpress and the Institute for Breathing and Sleeping. From 26 January – 10 February 2014 free health checks will be conducted for heavy vehicle drivers at various locations in New South Wales and Victoria. It is […]

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    Don’t Ignore Bullying in the Workplace

    Don’t Ignore Bullying in the Workplace

        From 1 January 2014, a worker, for example an employee, contractor, apprentice or volunteer who reasonably believes they have been bullied at work may apply to the Fair Work Commission for an order to stop the workplace bullying.

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    The Mobile Workplace

    When using a car for business use that car is seen as a workplace under the OHS Act. As such employers have an obligation to ensure that workers are trained in safe operation of the car. Yet very few employers invest in safe driving courses, defensive driving programs or refresher projects for their workers. Instead […]

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    Event Company Fined under WHS Laws

    An ACT event hire company has been convicted under the harmonised work health and safety (WHS) laws. Mashera Pty Ltd, trading as Barlens Event Hire, pleaded guilty to breaching section 33 of the ACT Work Health and Safety Act 2011. The Industrial Magistrate recorded a conviction and fined the company $37,500.

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    Bullying and Stress in Public Service

    Public servants make over 4000 serious workers compensation claims each year in Australia, with stress and bullying claims the fastest growth area. The trend continues despite the fact Australia has legislated that it is against the law to injure or harm an employee.

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    Safety Alliance Announced

    Safety Alliance Announced

    The Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) has launched a new initiative called the Workplace Safety Alliance, which aims to raise awareness of safety at work through sport. Organisations from the transport, mining, construction and manufacturing sectors are being encouraged to join in support of Australian Paralympic athletes who engage employees through their own personal stories.

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