Workers also have duties under the WHSA

posted on April 7, 2017

In a recent tragic incident a worker was fatally injured when a co-worker drove with his raised forklift into the other worker. The company had a system in place to ensure that workers were competent to operate and not just holding a ‘ticket’. Training included ensuring traveling with the forklift Read More

Drug & Alcohol monitoring in the workplace

posted on October 4, 2016

If you are considering implementing a Drug & Alcohol policy in your workplace, there are some considerations that should be worked through prior to the introduction of the policy. Though there is case law available that has supported employer’s decision to terminate a worker, there are as many cases where Read More

Safe Work Australia – National Safe Work Month

posted on October 4, 2016

Safe Work Australia have launched this year’s National Safe Work month that aims to improve awareness of work health and safety, encourage discussion about safety at work and share positive workplace stories from across Australia. Safe Work Australia are continuing to support the National Safe Work Month with a range of Read More

Consultation, Cooperation and Coordination

posted on September 20, 2016

Changes to the WHS Legislation with the Harmonised law appears to be lending more weight to the need for the PCBU to consult, cooperate and coordinate their activities with other PCBUs who have a WHS duty in relation to the same matter, following a recent conviction over a failure to Read More

Are your SOP’s still current?

posted on April 25, 2016

Any document that is developed as part of a safety management system should be reviewed to ensure that is remains consistent with the legislative requirements. Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) should be reviewed at least annually to ensure they accurately reflect the task as it is undertaken, and that it identifies Read More

Contractors and their employees are now defined as workers and you may have responsibilities!

posted on April 25, 2016

This is not a new requirement of Health and Safety but a more detailed outline of the shared duties of persons in a workplace. As these persons begin work in your organisation you could ask yourself “Have you done all that is reasonably practical in relation to ensuring the health Read More

Do you know what a “Code of Practice” is?

posted on April 25, 2016

Codes of Practice provide practical guidance on how to meet the standards set out in the WHS Act and the WHS Regulations. Codes of Practice are admissible in proceedings as evidence of whether or not a duty under the WHS laws has been met. They can also be referred to Read More

Incident Notification – a near miss carries the same weight as an injury!

posted on April 25, 2016

Incident notifications to the Regulator are required for a number of notifiable situations being the death of a person, a serious injury or illness of a person; or a dangerous incident. Dangerous incidents are prescribed events that expose a worker or any other person to a serious risk to a Read More

Do you know when you must prepare a Safe Work Method Statement?

posted on April 25, 2016

Persons who are to complete a number of activities that relate to high risk construction work, must develop a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS). Refer  WHS Regs s291 The SWMS must state: the hazards relating to the high risk construction work and risks to health and safety associated with those Read More

If you manufacture or import chemicals, have you updated all your Safety Data Sheets to comply with the new classification system?

posted on April 25, 2016

Australia is progressing to a new classification system developed by the United Nations. This system is presently in place across a number of countries and is planned for implementation in Australia by January 2017. Manufacturers and importers should be commencing the implementation process of this change to ensure that their Read More

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