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Category: Workplace Health

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Community Care in the home – is the workplace safe?

Community Care in the home – is the workplace safe?

As the number of people aging or with a disability increase there is a greater demand for services that allow them to stay in their own homes within the community.  The range of providers, including carers, nurses, cleaners, housekeepers and property maintenance personnel highlights an increased need for guidance in managing Occupational Health and Safety […]

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2009 – 2010 OHS Statistics

2009 – 2010 OHS Statistics

This infographic based on 2009-2010 statistics highlights the facts and figures of worker incidents as they relate to safety in the workplace. In particular it highlights the following: • There has been a drop in workers compensation claims showing new standards for safety are working. • Transportation, manufacturing and farming/agriculture industries have the highest number […]

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OHS Compliance Drops in ACT Construction

OHS Compliance Drops in ACT Construction

A reduction in Worksafe inspectors has been blamed for a significant fall in OHS compliance by construction firms in the Australian Capital Territory. A recent study revealed that just 35 per cent of inspected businesses complied with health and safety laws in 2011-12, compared with 54 per cent in 2009-10. This is a serious deterioration on previous years’ […]

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Death From Heat on Construction Site

Death From Heat on Construction Site

A construction company with no meaningful safety policy has been slammed over the worksite death of a young man working on a building site. The worker collapsed from heat stroke and later died after the building contractor he was working for showed a casual approach to safety.  The man had little experience in insulation when […]

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Nurses Feel More Risk Than Construction Workers

Nurses Feel More Risk Than Construction Workers

Nurses, doctors and community service workers feel less confident about health and safety in their jobs than construction workers, according to a national survey.   The findings about workplace attitudes towards health and safety come from a five-year study of more than 8000 workers by the University of Sydney research director Professor John Buchanan.

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Asia Adopting Workplace Safety Standards

Asia Adopting Workplace Safety Standards

Malaysia and Singapore have both joined the ranks of developed nations by ratifying the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention on Occupational Safety and Health. Both countries agreed to be under ILO’s scrutiny on matters related to safety and health measures at work places and adhere to its high standards.

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Safety Not a Cost to Business

Safety Not a Cost to Business

A new US report says it costs no more to maintain a safe workplace than an unsafe workplace. The community at Safety Concepts have been saying for years that following the disciplines laid down by best practice protection of workers enhances productivity and can deliver cost savings and now a new study released in the US […]

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Securing Loading Ramps for Mobile Plant

Securing Loading Ramps for Mobile Plant Purpose The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risks associated with not effectively securing loading ramps for mobile plant. Background In October 2011, a worker was killed after being crushed by a forklift that toppled while being unloaded from a trailer. In the same month, an […]

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Free Work Method Statement

Free Work Method Statement

 A Work Method Statement is developed by the employer for their employees or by a sub-contractor for work that they are performing. It details how specific risks in the workplace will be managed. A work method statement, sometimes referred to as a safe work method statement is a part of a workplace safety plan. It […]

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Public Comment and Consultation

Public Comment and Consultation

Public comment period open for five new model Codes of Practice: Five new national work health and safety model Codes of Practice are currently open for public comment. They are: Safe Design, Manufacture, Import and Supply of Plant Working in the Vicinity of Overhead and Underground Electrical Lines Traffic Management in Workplaces Scaffolding Work Formwork […]

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