Author Archive for Joanne

Joanne Wallace is our resident "Safety Guru". Joanne has provided advice on safety management for the past 10 years and written hundreds of articles on safety issues and tips. Joanne has experience in many industries ranging from manufacturing, food processing, timber milling, retail, office and wholesaling providing her with knowledge and experience managing risk and injuries in these industries.


Keeping your Safety Data

Keeping up-to-date data and analysing incidents and near misses in the workplace are an important aspect of identifying hazards and maintaining safe practices. Recognising trends in your organisation’s incidents, injuries, near misses and hazards is critical to your company providing a safe environment for workers.  So how do you make sure you are capturing all […]


Involve Stakeholders in your Risk Assessments

  We all know that communication in the workplace is paramount to a safe environment so involving stakeholders, especially employees, in the process of assessing risks makes a lot of sense.   The employee will have a good understanding of their area of work and the risks involved. 


Don’t miss the train on training

Each state’s OHS legislation provides guidelines relating to the training that should be delivered to employees. If suitable training is not provided it leaves the organisation open to litigation, fines, low morale and bad public relations, as well as personal liability to the PCUBs for the provision of training.


Don’t let your Risk Controls become a Hazard

You are about to do your annual risk assessment, you are armed with your trustee clip board and attached is your up to the minute, totally comprehensive risk assessment check list. Or is it? There are four stages of risk management: 1. Identification 2. Assessment 3. Action 4. Control But does it end there? What […]


Safety Management System – Free Assessment

Proven Safety Management System now available for free review. The IMS Safety Management System has been at the core of one of Australia’s largest government departments’s OHS compliance for over a decade. Now you have the opportunity to introduce the same highly developed and proven safety management system to your own organisation.  The IMS Safety Management System provides full control of […]


Does your compliance walk out the door at 5pm?

Meeting your requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety laws requires that you have a safety system to comply with current OHS legislation. Many large businesses rely on systems used to control and monitor safety that in a lot of instances have been in place for some time. These safety systems may have grown by […]



Our good friend Chris Ryan has given us this article on a growing problem amongst fly in fly out workers. A leading national depression organisation has said alongside the resources boom, a hidden social problem has been created and the rate of depression among fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers is getting worse.



Christmas is here and it’s a time for celebration.  But what are your work safety obligations? For most of us Christmas involves a party or function of some kind where everyone traditionally lets their hair down and has some fun.  It is important in this time of fun and frivolity that we do not lose […]


Emergency Evacuations are Fun

We’ve all been there…. You are working away when the alarm goes off, everyone looks to each other smiling, the smile turns to a quizzical look, then there is a final look of resignation and realisation (perhaps mixed with an element of irritation) that the alarm is going for a reason and you have to […]


Silica Sand Risks for CSG

Are we worried about the airborne risks around coal seam gas production? Health concerns from natural gas production being reported in the US should ring alarm bells here. A recent Huffington Post article raised the hazards of silica dust on anyone involved in the process of “fraccing” for natural gas hidden deep beneath the ground.