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New Video on Zero Harm

Here is a new video created by Worksafe Queensland to promote zero harm in the workplace. We love the fact so many well respected business leaders have contributed and given their time. This is a great message about the importance of workplace safety and one that we hope others share.

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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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New Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy

New Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy

Safe Work Australia recently released it’s ‘Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022: Healthy, Safe and Productive Working Lives’ in draft form for public comment. The first of seven action areas targeted by the draft strategy is Health and Safety by Design. In this section is an outline of how structures, plant, equipment and substances […]

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Change To The Requirements For High Risk Work Licences

Change To The Requirements For High Risk Work Licences

Under the new work health and safety laws that commenced on 1 January 2012, high risk work licences are no longer required for earthmoving equipment or remotely operated bridge and gantry cranes. However, a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) that includes the use of plant must ensure the safe use and operation of […]

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The Invisible Army

The Invisible Army

Marissa Deeble from WorkSafe’s Prevention Strategy Division focuses on the safety of workers who perform cleaning tasks. Have you ever thought about the safety of the workers who clean your workshop or office and why are they referred to as the invisible army? Often we focus on the workers who perform ‘high risk’ tasks such […]

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OH&S Harmonisation Update – ACT

OH&S Harmonisation Update – ACT

In the second half of 2011, in keeping with the ACT’s commitment to the national harmonisation of health and safety laws, the Legislative Assembly passed a new Work Health and Safety Act 2011. The new Act replaces the previous Work Safety Act 2008 on 1 January 2012.  The Work Safety Act 2008 therefore ceases to […]

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OHS Harmonisation Update – NSW

OHS Harmonisation Update – NSW

Transitional arrangements have been put in place in NSW to support businesses, industry and workers move to a new system of work health and safety (WHS) laws. These arrangements start on 1 January 2012. The transitional arrangements have been based on national transitional principles agreed to by all jurisdictions. In summary, these transitional arrangements provide […]

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OH&S Harmonisation Update – QLD

OH&S Harmonisation Update – QLD

There are a number of changes to Queensland’s Codes of Practice. 1. There are 11 new codes of practice adopted by Queensland through the national harmonisation process. 2. The Recreational Diving, Recreational Technical Diving and Snorkelling Code of Practice 2010 will be remade under the Safety in Recreational Water Activities Act 2011. 3. There are […]

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WORKPLACE BULLYING – SINS OF PAST, PENALTIES IN THE FUTURE

WORKPLACE BULLYING – SINS OF PAST, PENALTIES IN THE FUTURE

Introduction There is little doubt from reading the myriad of comments made on various sites that workplace bullying and harassment continues to fuel discussion. In fact, I have just finished reading a number of comments made by some obviously very traumatised workers from the public and private sector. There are some common threads relating to: […]

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Recent Fatality in Brisbane

Recent Fatality in Brisbane

 Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is investigating a fatal incident that occurred on Monday 31 October 2011 at a construction site within the University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, Brisbane. A worker was killed while a formwork shutter was being raised to about one metre above the ground by crane. Lengths of timber were being […]

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