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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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Research Says Sitting For Long Hours a Health Hazard

Australian employers could be breaching workplace health and safety laws by requiring “excessive sitting” by workers, according to Perth-led research in the Medical Journal of Australia. Research undertaken by Curtin University warn 75 per cent of office workdays were spent sitting, including multiple unbroken stints of at least 30 minutes. According to the research paper […]

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Safety Reps No Longer Able to Shut Down Unsafe Sites

Health and Safety Representatives no longer have the power to direct workers to cease unsafe work under amendments to Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws.

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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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Remote Worker Code Starts January 2014

Remote Worker Code Starts January 2014

Under the model Work Health and Safety Legislation, employers with remote or isolated workers are required to have in place processes for effective communication with remote and isolated workers by January 2014. The Model Safework Australia Code of Practice Managing the Work Environment and Facilities provides guidance for the WHS Regulation Section 48 requirement for […]

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Big Change for Our Most Popular WHS Qualifications

The very popular Certificate IV in OHS will not be available by the end of 2013. It has been replaced by a more up to date course developed in line with the new harmonised laws. However most new students are not even aware of the changes. The Cert IV Work Health and Safety (BSB 41412) superseded the […]

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New On-The-Spot Fines for ACT

New On-The-Spot Fines for ACT

New on-the-spot fines for construction site safety breaches will come into force from next Monday in the Australian Capital Territory. Under the new initiative workplace safety breaches by employers will earn fines of $3600. Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations Minister Simon Corbell said the ACT government was committed to implementing all of the recommendations of the Getting […]

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WHS Harmonisation Laws Update

WHS Harmonisation Laws Update

 South Australia and Tasmania have now enacted the WHS Act and WHS Regulations in their jurisdictions on 1 January 2013 joining the Commonwealth, New South Wales, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, and the Northern Territory. So how are the remaining states doing?

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Designer Drug Use Beats the System

Designer Drug Use Beats the System

Workplace incidents involving drug use continue to be a factor in lost time rates. One of the reasons is our failure so far to find ways to consistently identify the new family drugs being used. According to the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) designer drugs are not captured in most workplace […]

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Melbourne Construction Blitz In May

A safety blitz is being launched this month into the housing construction industry in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. Businesses have been warned to make sure their sites and work practices are up to scratch by Worksafe. WorkSafe inspectors will visit the various suburbs in Melbourne as part of Operation SafeSite, a 12-month blitz on health and safety compliance […]

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