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  • Reviews, Audits and Inspections - Work Safety Hub
    productivity Insights Download procedure and risk assessment templates ready for use at work Templates Talk to a certified OHS specialist about your workplace safety obligations Employer Helpline Courses OHS Courses to keep your skills up to date and meet your legal obligations Short Courses Short sharp and easy way to get analysis insights and expert opinion on key developments Briefings Blog About Us Contact Us Recent Searches Anything in here will be replaced on browsers that support the canvas element OHS Business Subscription Trips Chemical Reps Health Violence Bullying OHS consulting Slips exposure Procedures Hazardous Substance Manual Handling Falls Fixed Fee Support View Audits Inspections Short Courses Videos Automation Employer Subscription Subscribe to blog Work Safety Hub The Work Safety Hub blog Reviews Audits and Inspections Subscribe to this category Subscribe to feed 8 posts in this category Audit on QLD Work Health Safety Law Changes Tweet The Queensland Government is contemplating to incorporate some changes into the state s WHS laws to protect the small businesses that would be identified as financially disadvantaged Another purpose of this survey is to put a stop as well of accusing employers of putting profits before people Tags QLD Work Health Safety Law Queensland Government work health and safety Work Health Safety Law Changes work safety laws Continue reading Posted by Robert O neill Robert O neill Certified OHS Professional GradDip OHSM GradCert OHS Dip Bus QA CPMSIA RSP Aust Robert is the foun User is currently offline on Tuesday 10 December 2013 Reviews Audits and Inspections November December Most Dangerous Time of the Year Tweet According to a study conducted by WorkSafe Victoria November and December are the most dangerous periods of a year in workplaces As a result Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich Phillips made an appeal to every Victorian employer and

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  • White Collars' Health Detrimental to PC Work Related Ailments - Work Safety Hub
    typing can post a health problem We refer to this position as the action ready posture when the forearm s is in full probation over the keyboard or mouse causing muscle activation of the forearm extensor muscles the researchers wrote The Australian medical researcher further explained This may lead to the development of painful trigger points in the forearm extensor muscles a common area of complaints by computer users Activities such as reading talking thinking etc while using the computer are frequently accompanied by this action ready posture Other risks caused by this wrong posture include likelihood of injuries to the neck and shoulder area as a result of muscle overuse It is because neck and shoulder muscles are put into activity when the use of PC mouse is with the arm and extended away from the body This occurs when the monitor is very far thus pushing the chin juts forward or when the keyboard is too high while the shoulders are held at hiked positions Keeping this posture proved detrimental to the upper extremities of the body with or without keystrokes and mouse clicks To counter this problem there are some suggestions to reduce the risk of muscle and joint problems including Utilise an adjustable desk designed with computers place the monitor so that it is either at eye level or slightly lower Place your keyboard at a height that allows your elbows to rest comfortably at your side Forearms must be parallel with the floor and level with your keyboard Make some adjustments to your chair so that your feet rest flat on the floor A footstool is very useful if your feet do not rest on the floor when the chair is adjusted for good arm position It s the modern age So sit on an ergonomic chair It will aid your spine to naturally hold its curve while sitting Switch to an ergonomic keyboard to maintain your hands and wrists at a more natural holding position Lastly don t forget to take frequent short breaks or perhaps go for a walk or perform stretching exercises at your desk Stand often if necessary Eye Strain Our eyes are structurally endowed to look at objects further than six metres away So any work performed at close proximity puts extra pressure on eye muscles Fatigue can result if you focus your gaze at the same distance point for long periods The illumination coming off from the PC monitor causes eye fatigue Users of PCs may experience symptoms like blurriness and acute inability to focus on faraway objects Not to mention headaches Here are some tips to reduce the risk of eyestrain Ensure your primary light source is not shining directly into your face or the monitor Tilt the PC monitor in such a way that it slightly eliminates reflections or glare Check that your PC screen is not too close to your face Place the monitor so that it is either at eye level or slightly lower Reduce

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  • Ergonomics - Work Safety Hub
    to know about hazards in the workplace Fact Sheets Learn the tips and tricks to deal with workers compensation reduce your premium and improve productivity Insights Download procedure and risk assessment templates ready for use at work Templates Talk to a certified OHS specialist about your workplace safety obligations Employer Helpline Courses OHS Courses to keep your skills up to date and meet your legal obligations Short Courses Short sharp and easy way to get analysis insights and expert opinion on key developments Briefings Blog About Us Contact Us Recent Searches Anything in here will be replaced on browsers that support the canvas element OHS Business Subscription Trips Chemical Reps Health Violence Bullying OHS consulting Slips exposure Procedures Hazardous Substance Manual Handling Falls Fixed Fee Support View Audits Inspections Short Courses Videos Automation Employer Subscription Subscribe to blog Work Safety Hub The Work Safety Hub blog Ergonomics Subscribe to this category Subscribe to feed 2 posts in this category White Collars Health Detrimental to PC Work Related Ailments Tweet Recently published health journals provide organisations with health insights on how to protect workforce from health related risks arising from prolonged computer use Tags Australian medical researchers health journals health related risks PC Work Related Ailments White Collars Continue reading Posted by Robert O neill Robert O neill Certified OHS Professional GradDip OHSM GradCert OHS Dip Bus QA CPMSIA RSP Aust Robert is the foun User is currently offline on Wednesday 01 May 2013 Ergonomics Sitting costs nearly as much as cancer Tweet This infomercial was released by BackJoy recently in a local campaign to promote their range of orthotic aids in the workplace and at home The infomercial is a terrific engaging and compelling way to communicate to a diverse workgroup Complex statistical information is difficult to get across but

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  • Bullying in White-Collar Industries Pushes More Boundaries - Work Safety Hub
    subject public review last July 15 The comment was made in an article titled Australia Harmonised WHS Laws Pushing Boundaries Into White Collar Work The legal experts elaborated further While Work health and safety laws apply to all industries in practice the regulatory burden and risk of criminal prosecution is concentrated in dangerous industries such as construction manufacturing and mining The Bullying Code while relevant to all Australians pushes the boundaries of work health and safety law into white collar work Key Legislation As it is currently drafted The Code defines workplace bullying as repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or a group of workers that creates a risk to health and safety Additionally it should address instances of overt and subtle behaviours that could potentially equate to workplace bullying Legal Proceedings It will be the concern of the relevant state Commonwealth and territory WHS ministers to approve it and give it legal effect in their jurisdiction once it is finalised as said by Ball and Trembath It is acceptable in prosecution proceeding and it may be used by a tribunal or court to identify what could have done by a defendant to shield employees from bullying even if the Code is not a law That said there is nothing to prevent an employer from adopting another method outside a Code of Practice that is equivalent to or of a higher standard than the standard required in a Code they added Industry Practice The Code will establish Australia s standard for best practice taking into consideration the management of workplace bullying It should be seized upon by workplace lawyers and HR consultants as mentioned by Ball and Trembath The Code will also support the reforms to the Fair Work Act 2009 Cth which will permit the Fair Work Commission FWC to give solutions on workplace bullying complaints from 1 January 2014 Business organisations are advised that the Bullying Code and FWC s new anti bullying function will be tagged as the catalyst for modifying behaviours in the workplace Avoiding Claims The legal experts of DLA Piper gave business organisations and consultants the following guidelines in order to prevent claims 1 Avoiding claims of bullying by workers who believe that they have been exposed to complaints and unjustified criticism Managers should be critical before criticising or complaining about an employee He must conduct a structured meeting with the employee instead of saying ill thought out remarks in front of concerned employee and others 2 Avoiding claims of bullying by workers who believe they are doing jobs unreasonably below or beyond their skill level Job descriptions play an important role and this should be handed out to the employees at the start of their work Annual written performance reviews should also detail the required skill level and tasks It should also outline mundane tasks such as photocopying or otherwise the more difficult tasks as well 3 Avoiding claims of bullying for over scrutiny Escalating certain issues to a more standard

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  • Planning, Objectives and Legal Obligations - Work Safety Hub
    Sheets Learn the tips and tricks to deal with workers compensation reduce your premium and improve productivity Insights Download procedure and risk assessment templates ready for use at work Templates Talk to a certified OHS specialist about your workplace safety obligations Employer Helpline Courses OHS Courses to keep your skills up to date and meet your legal obligations Short Courses Short sharp and easy way to get analysis insights and expert opinion on key developments Briefings Blog About Us Contact Us Recent Searches Anything in here will be replaced on browsers that support the canvas element OHS Business Subscription Trips Chemical Reps Health Violence Bullying OHS consulting Slips exposure Procedures Hazardous Substance Manual Handling Falls Fixed Fee Support View Audits Inspections Short Courses Videos Automation Employer Subscription Subscribe to blog Work Safety Hub The Work Safety Hub blog Planning Objectives and Legal Obligations Subscribe to this category Subscribe to feed 11 posts in this category OHS consultants must be Certified Professionals Tweet Tags AOHSEAB Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board Certified OHS Professional Legal Requirements OHS Body of Knowledge OHS BoK OHS Professionals Professional Advice Safe Work Australia Safe Work Australia Safety Institute of Australia SIA WorkSafe Victoria Continue reading Posted by Robert O neill Robert O neill Certified OHS Professional GradDip OHSM GradCert OHS Dip Bus QA CPMSIA RSP Aust Robert is the foun User is currently offline on Monday 02 December 2013 Planning Objectives and Legal Obligations Amendments to Aussie Federal Discrimination Law in the Workplace Tweet After the amendment by the Sex Discrimination Amendment Sexual Orientation Gender Identity and Intersex Status Act 2013 the legislation now states that it is now unlawful to discriminate against people on the basis of gender identity intersex status and sexual orientation or relationship status which include employment Tags Aussie Federal Discrimination Law

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  • A look at effective Hazard Management for SME's - Work Safety Hub
    support the canvas element OHS Business Subscription Trips Chemical Reps Health Violence Bullying OHS consulting Slips exposure Procedures Hazardous Substance Manual Handling Falls Fixed Fee Support View Audits Inspections Short Courses Videos Automation Employer Subscription Subscribe to blog Work Safety Hub The Work Safety Hub blog Posted by Robert O neill Robert O neill Certified OHS Professional GradDip OHSM GradCert OHS Dip Bus QA CPMSIA RSP Aust Robert is the foun User is currently offline on Wednesday 05 December 2012 Hazard and Risk Management A look at effective Hazard Management for SME s Tweet Risks and hazards exist in all workplaces and managing them is vital to address the health and safety requirements of your business Not only from a compliance perspective but also in small to medium enterprise from a self preservation point of view Imagine this you have mortgaged the house begged borrowed and stolen funds from your family and friends worked your backside off for what seems like 24 hours a day for an eternity all to build your exciting new profitable business Then out of the blue a staff member is seriously injured A hazard is a potential source of harm and a risk is a judgment on the potential consequence of a hazard Generally when making a judgment about a hazardous situation the likelihood consequence and exposure to the hazard is considered to prevent further incidents Effective risk and hazard management has to be an active collaboration between internal and external stakeholders at each step of the process By approaching it with a focus on consultation rather than a one way flow of communication you establish a mutual understanding WorkSafe Victoria encourages medium businesses to integrate safety into their business management systems to ensure they practice prevention rather than reaction and gain commitment from owners directors to the process Often owners and directors are unaware that systematic prevention based health and safety management and promotion leads to reduced WorkCover premiums and many other cost reductions However many people feel that safety management systems are too complex for the medium segment they want the cost reductions but not the complexity that comes with it This is why the Seven Pillars of Safety has been developed The sixth pillar Hazard Management ensures hazards are identified and risks controlled in a systematic way using the hierarchy of control A workplace free of unacceptable risk is a happier and more productive workplace So how does your workplace measure up Read more about how you can manage hazards in your workplace efficiently and effectively in our article for Dynamic Business magazine Tags Management Systems Risk Management Safety Culture seven pillars of safety Subscribe to updates Print Bookmark Related Posts A look at the seven pillars of safety WorkSafe Victoria has recently implemented a medium segment intervention strategy to address the alarming workers compensation statistics in the med By Robert O neill on Sep 15 in Management Systems Do you measure up to the first pillar of workplace safety The current

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  • How Australian Standards are used to determine the seriousness of OHS offences in court - Work Safety Hub
    is the principal factor to consider in sentencing under occupational health and safety legislation It is the business operator s responsibility to be aware of and conform to applicable Australian Standards This is a pro active non delegable duty We suggest that the model Codes of Practice under harmonised Work Health and Safety laws will be treated in a similar way by the Courts particularly given they carry even more weight than Australian Standards under those laws Background This decision arose from a guilty plea to a prosecution under section 8 2 of the former Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 NSW The defendant operated a business involving the hiring of go karts to the general public which were driven on a specifically designed track at the premises The offence arose from a fatal incident in which unrestrained fabric from a hijab worn by the driver of a go kart became entangled in moving parts of the go kart she was driving Two Australian Standards applied to the business of the defendant AS 3533 1 2009 Amusement rides and devices Part 1 Design and construction and AS 3533 2 2009 Amusement rides and devices Part 2 Operation and maintenance Relevant to the circumstances of the incident AS 3533 1 provided that go kart riders were not to wear loose fitting clothing or accessories that could become entangled in any part of the kart and AS 3533 2 advised that persons with such clothing accessories or unrestrained hair were not permitted to participate where there is a risk of entanglement Wearing a loose garment whilst go karting presented a risk of the garment becoming caught in the moving parts and potentially causing physical injury to the wearer The hijab worn during the go karting was loose and unrestrained and the employee manager took no steps to manage the risk caused by the loose clothing Judgment In sentencing the defendant the Industrial Court of New South Wales found that the risk could have been avoided through the defendant taking specific measures within his control It was found that there were no systems in place prior to the incident intended to eliminate or avoid the risk The defendant submitted that at the time of the incident he was unaware that the relevant Australian Standards existed though accepted that as operator of the go karting business it was his responsibility to be aware of and conform to the applicable standards The defendant had the responsibility as owner and operator of the go karting business to ensure the safety of the workplace this could not be delegated to employees It was accepted that the Australian Standards showed that the risk was reasonably foreseeable and that there were a range of easily identifiable simple remedial measures available to the defendant prior to the incident which would have removed the risk The objective seriousness of an offence is a primary factor in sentencing for safety offences The existence of a reasonably foreseeable risk and the availability of

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  • Prosecutions - Work Safety Hub
    your premium and improve productivity Insights Download procedure and risk assessment templates ready for use at work Templates Talk to a certified OHS specialist about your workplace safety obligations Employer Helpline Courses OHS Courses to keep your skills up to date and meet your legal obligations Short Courses Short sharp and easy way to get analysis insights and expert opinion on key developments Briefings Blog About Us Contact Us Recent Searches Anything in here will be replaced on browsers that support the canvas element OHS Business Subscription Trips Chemical Reps Health Violence Bullying OHS consulting Slips exposure Procedures Hazardous Substance Manual Handling Falls Fixed Fee Support View Audits Inspections Short Courses Videos Automation Employer Subscription Subscribe to blog Work Safety Hub The Work Safety Hub blog Prosecutions Subscribe to this category Subscribe to feed 21 posts in this category Petroleum Leasing Company Punished for Faulty Pipeline Installation Tweet Due to a fatality caused by attempts to dislodge underground pipe with a chain connected to an excavator a coal seam gas company CSG was convicted and fined Hence it led to the arrival of the decision from Industrial Court of NSW to fully implement the NSW safety laws for the coal seam gas industry Tags coal seam gas company coal seam gas industry Faulty Pipeline Petroleum Leasing Company Continue reading Posted by Robert O neill Robert O neill Certified OHS Professional GradDip OHSM GradCert OHS Dip Bus QA CPMSIA RSP Aust Robert is the foun User is currently offline on Monday 11 November 2013 Prosecutions Prosecutions in Work Health Safety Resumes in Parliament Tweet A legislation was initiated to resume the work health and safety prosecutions by solicitors and to empower jurisdiction in the Local and District Courts to conduct hearing in the Parliament on matters about Work Health and Safety

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