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Reducing Noise Risk in the Workplace

Reducing Noise Risk in the Workplace

We get asked all the time about workplace noise and what can be done to reduce the risk of long term loss of hearing. Construction sites and manufacturing centres in particular can be very noisy places and it’s important that employers and staff take necessary precautions to ensure they do not risk damaging their hearing […]

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Check you’ve thought of everything for your Work Christmas Party

Check you’ve thought of everything for your Work Christmas Party

  This is an article written by our friends at the Skills Shack.

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YOUR SAFETY OBLIGATIONS AT THE XMAS PARTY

YOUR SAFETY OBLIGATIONS AT THE XMAS PARTY

We first published this article in 2012.  We thought we would re-post as a timely reminder to be mindful of safety when celebrating the festive season! 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 […]

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Is Resilience the Answer To Workplace Stress?

Is resilience a new buzzword for employers who think the only reason staff are stressed at work is that they’re just not tough enough? An article published as part of National Stress Awareness Day in the United Kingdom recently highlighted the issues surrounding workplace stress and how lately there has been an implication that it’s […]

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Aged Care Health And Safety Report Card

Aged Care Health And Safety Report Card

Aged care workers in Australia are at a high risk of injury from performing manual handling tasks according to the latest Aged Care Workforce Survey. More than 240,000 workers are employed in direct care roles in the aged care sector. Of these 147,000 work in residential facilities, and 93,350 in community outlets. Personal Care Attendants […]

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Construction Firms Fined for WHS Breach

Construction Firms Fined for WHS Breach

Construction company John Holland has been fined $360,000 over the death of a worker at the Perth City Link rail project. In December 2011, an employee on a John Holland site was hit and killed by an out-of-control hi-rail vehicle that had been built by John Holland Rail. The Federal Court found two John Holland […]

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Smartphone Key to Worker Safety

Smartphone Key to Worker Safety

Experts at a recent international Safety Conference predicted the use of technology in WHS compliance will increase the next ten years. Panelists at the Alberta Health & Safety Conference in Edmonton, said the biggest trend for safety professionals is around data and analytics, and a worker’s most important tool is his smartphone. For example, employees […]

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Singapore Tightens Up Safety in Construction Industry

Singapore Tightens Up Safety in Construction Industry

Officials in Singapore are making sure workplace safety is a priority in the construction industry. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) recently took action against 79 companies following a special enforcement operation conducted this summer. The enforcement operation targeted the construction industry, with a focus on unsafe lifting practices and crane operations. A total of 80 […]

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UN Announces Ebola Emergency Response

The Ebola outbreak in west Africa has been declared by the UN Security Council a threat to international peace and security. UN’s secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, announced a new United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) would be deployed after 193 members of the General Assembly voted a resolution. This is the first time that […]

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WA Tables Draft WHS Bill

The draft Work Health and Safety Bill 2014 (‘the Green Bill’) has been tabled in Western Australia’s Parliament. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch has now called for public comment on the Bill, the WA version of the national Model Work Health and Safety Bill, the harmonised legislation developed by Safe Work Australia for implementation across […]

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