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OH&S Harmonisation Update – SA

South Australian Parliament voted to adjourn debate on the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Bill until 14 February 2012. Accordingly the new WHS legislation will not begin in SA on 1 January 2012 as previously planned. SA Government has every confidence that the nationally harmonised legislation will be approved by Parliament when it resumes in […]

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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

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

 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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The Importance of Safe Storage

Fatally unsafe stacking system costs Fonterra Australia $300,000 fine and a conviction. Unsafe storage has resulted in an industry-wide warning from WorkSafe after dairy products manufacturer, Fonterra Australia Pty Ltd was today convicted and fined $300,000 in the Melbourne County Court. WorkSafe’s General Manager for Operations, Lisa Sturzenegger, said all businesses had to ensure they […]

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Safe Airconditioning Installation

Gordon Harris is an auditor and contract investigator for the Plumbing Industry Commission. He has worked in the air conditioning installation industry for 46 years as a refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic, trainer, engineer and most recently, contract investigator. Here Gordon writes of his experience and recommendations for the safe installation of air conditioning units: […]

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Reducing The Risk Of Fire In Vehicles and Mobile Plant

This alert highlights the importance of inspection and maintenance to reduce the risk of fire in vehicles and other mobile plant.  Background In the first half of 2011, NT WorkSafe received in excess of 20 notifications of fires in vehicles and other mobile plant. The incidents have occurred throughout the Territory, with the bulk of […]

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Overview of WHSQ interventions for 2011-2012

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland each year identifies problem areas to focus audit and compliance measures over the next 12 months. Here is a sneak peek at the 2011-2012 campaigns. For 2011-12, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland interventions will target industries and work practices where statistics show more needs to be done to protect workers. […]

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Model Work Health and Safety Regulations and Codes of Practice Update

Safe Work Australia has reviewed over 1300 submissions made as part of the public comment period for the draft model Work Health and Safety Regulations and 12 draft model codes of practice. Issues raised in these submissions were considered by jurisdictions and employer and union representatives. Plans for the final package of model Work Health […]

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Shift Work – Tips on How to Manage It!

This information bulletin has been produced for workers on nightshift by WorkSafe NT. Understanding the difference shift work makes to the way the body functions can help adjust to a different pattern of life. Why is shift work different from day work?  The basic problem with shift work is having to work at times the […]