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  • Take10@10 - Take time out for safety at work - Work Safety Hub
    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 Friday 12 October 2012 Occupational Health and Wellbeing Take10 10 Take time out for safety at work Tweet WorkCover NSW launched a new online competition today to get workplaces thinking about safety in the lead up to Safe Work Australia week General Manager of WorkCover s Work Health and Safety Division John Watson said the take time out for safety at work initiative is designed to promote the importance of safety and the wellbeing of workers A safe and healthy workplace can have a positive impact on employee morale health and productivity Mr Watson said Simple things like walking around the office stretching to relieve muscle tension and using the stairs instead of an elevator can make a huge difference to the overall wellbeing of staff Workplaces can get involved by doing such things as providing a healthy and nutritious morning tea or use pedometers to challenge staff to increase the number of steps they take in a single day he said During Safe Work Australia Week workplaces can enter the Take 10 10 online competition to win one of four Apple iPods and be in the running to win the major prize an Apple iPad 3 For competition details terms and conditions visit the WorkSafe HomeSafe Facebook page http www facebook com Worksafe Homesafe Read more of the media release here Tags Awareness Campaign Occupational Health and Wellbeing Subscribe to updates Print Bookmark Related Posts Sitting costs nearly as much as cancer This infomercial was released by BackJoy

    Original URL path: http://www.worksafetyhub.com.au/blog/entry/take10-10-take-time-out-for-safety-at-work (2014-01-05)
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  • Occupational Health and Wellbeing - Work Safety Hub
    compassion E books Tools Fast facts businesses need 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 Subscribe to feed Viewing entries tagged Occupational Health and Wellbeing Take10 10 Take time out for safety at work Tweet WorkCover NSW launched a new online competition today to get workplaces thinking about safety in the lead up to Safe Work Australia week Tags Awareness Campaign

    Original URL path: http://www.worksafetyhub.com.au/blog/tags/tag/occupational-health-and-wellbeing (2014-01-05)
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  • WorkSafe Heads Up for Sydney Road Melbourne - Work Safety Hub
    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 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 Friday 12 October 2012 Planning Objectives and Legal Obligations WorkSafe Heads Up for Sydney Road Melbourne Tweet Heads Up for Businesses in Sydney Road Melbourne WorkSafe is coming to see you WorkSafe Victoria plans to target businesses in Sydney Road Melbourne in a week long blitz on uninsured employers Starting on 22 October WorkSafe will visit businesses in and around Sydney Road to ensure they are meeting their workplace insurance obligations WorkSafe s Director of Premium Leanne Hughson said mandatory premium payments by employers were the pillar of the WorkSafe scheme By making sure all employers pay the appropriate premium we can continue to enforce the highest standards in workplace safety in Australia and guarantee every ill or injured Victorian worker has proper access to their entitlements she said WorkSafe picked up over 800 000 in unpaid insurance premiums and associated penalties last financial year Read more here Tags Awareness Campaign Subscribe to updates Print Bookmark Related Posts Sitting costs nearly as much as cancer 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 info By Robert O neill on Jul 26 in Ergonomics Work Safe Week 2012 22 October to 1 November Work Safe Week 2012 is locked

    Original URL path: http://www.worksafetyhub.com.au/blog/entry/worksafe-heads-up-for-sydney-road-melbourne (2014-01-05)
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  • Work Safe Week 2012 - 22 October to 1 November - Work Safety Hub
    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 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 Friday 14 September 2012 Communication Consultation and Involvement Work Safe Week 2012 22 October to 1 November Tweet Work Safe Week 2012 is locked in for 22 October to 1 November We have enjoyed many many very informative presentations at Work Safe Week and highly recommend you take the time out to attend and learn about health and safety in your workplace There ll be over 100 free seminars and events taking place all over Victoria covering topics such as manual handling return to work health and wellbeing and heaps more Watch the video to find out what it s all about With 98 of attendees talking about their Work Safe Week experience and 72 of attendees in 2011 returning to their workplaces and making changes to improve health and safety after attending Work Safe Week is your opportunity to learn the latest and stay up to date Learn more here Tags Awareness Campaign Conferences Subscribe to updates Print Bookmark Related Posts Sitting costs nearly as much as cancer 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 info By Robert O neill on Jul 26 in Ergonomics 2012 Comcare Conference to focus on psychological injuries The Australian Comcare Conference

    Original URL path: http://www.worksafetyhub.com.au/blog/entry/work-safe-week-2012-22-october-to-1-november (2014-01-05)
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  • National Statistics - Page 2 - Work Safety Hub
    facts businesses need 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 National Statistics Subscribe to this category Subscribe to feed 3 posts in this category Accommodation food services workers more likely to be injured Tweet New research from Safe Work Australia found that workers in the Accommodation food services industries 2009 10 were more likely to experience injury than any other industry

    Original URL path: http://www.worksafetyhub.com.au/blog/categories/listings/national-statistics?start=2 (2014-01-05)
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  • Process for Anti-Bullying Complaints Released - Work Safety Hub
    stating whether the case involves some potential jurisdictional issues the origin of the alleged conduct to determine whether if it fits the process of mediation reasons that may point out the depth of urgency and other important factors that would arrive at a decision regarding the process of said application Proper consideration will be given to decide whether the employee has used options for internal resolution or if there is still a need for any on going internal investigation The Panel Head will have the final decision if the matter will be delegated to a Member for determination or mediation Mediation This is voluntary and confidential and will only be presented if necessary with reference to the nature of the parties and the allegations made as indicated in the application The goal of mediation is to offer solution to the issues so that the parties can have a co operative and constructive relationships with each other The complaint will immediately proceed to hearing once mediation is not a solution or it does not solve the complaint It will be a public hearing The Member will then convene a preliminary conference of the concerned parties to comprehend the issues involved the parties position and the workable approach to the matter Either mediation or conciliation may also utilised at this stage Feedback There will be no fixed date for comments to be submitted However the Commission has decided that it would be appreciative of any feedback towards mid to late December of 2013 just in time for the commencement of the new anti bullying jurisdiction set on 01 January 2013 The Commission recognises this is a fresh territory for everyone Hence it will evaluate the new system in July 2014 and July 2015 There has been some friction about the potential complexities

    Original URL path: http://www.worksafetyhub.com.au/blog/entry/process-for-anti-bullying-complaints-released?tmpl=component&print=1 (2014-01-05)
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  • A Safety Net of Terms and Conditions - Work Safety Hub
    holiday pay and shift loadings in setting the merit rates and conditions This was greatly opposed by the business groups and the employers gave violent reactions saying that loosening up on penalty rates would undercut ongoing legal cases for changing the penalty rates system The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry likewise contradicted the idea accusing the government plan as a kick in the guts for small businesses that are already struggling against the burden of penalty rates Employer unions have argued that traditional notions of the weekend have been replaced by consumer expectations of 24 7 services in industries It is one sided barracking for the trade union movement on penalty rates doing union bidding as if small business employers shops restaurants cafes and tourism operators are constituencies that don t exist said Peter Anderson ACCI s chief executive The terms and conditions of the new rate system would allow some level of benevolence to staff workers to educate them that doing shift work or working unsocial unpredictable or irregular hours or even working on weekends should be properly compensated with extra pay as explained by Prime Minister Julia Gillard Recalling what Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten said last year additional compensation should be paid for working unsociable hours and that employers had not proved their economic case The penalty rates vary among industries but usually require time and half for Saturdays double time pay for Sundays and a loading of 15 to 30 for night shift differentials It s another way of saying that Prime Minister Gillard is promoting the notion of the traditional laid back Aussie weekend rather than coercing sudden changes on employers wage system According to Prof Andrew Stewart a workplace legal consultant at the University of Adelaide the plan to secure penalty rates was impossible to have any short term effect He said there was no suggestion the commission would step away from the policy that penalty rates should be rewarded in many industries for working unsociable hours But given the broader perspective the long term benefit of the proposed amendment it already legislated the importance of penalty rates into the Australian wage system However Professor Stewart still believes that there are still gray areas that could trigger debates The changes made in the Act did not indicate what penalties should be set The objectives of the award system require that Fair Work Commission implement a fair and relevant minimum safety net of terms and conditions after taking into account a number of industry considerations For the record working time lost to industrial disputes increased by 13 in 2012 Data from Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed 273 000 working days were lost during the year versus 241 500 in 2011 Approximately 55 of this lost time was the result of extensive bargaining period among teachers and nurses and state governments NSW and ACT comprised 87 of the lost time Master Builders Association of Victoria MBAV reported that time lost to disputes in construction went

    Original URL path: http://www.worksafetyhub.com.au/blog/entry/a-safety-net-of-terms-and-conditions (2014-01-05)
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  • Ex-Safety Rep's Risky Move Alarms WHS - Work Safety Hub
    performing and failing to communicate which is punishable by dismissal It was documented under MC versus Best Bar Pty Ltd of FWC 2064 An employee of Best Bar Pty Ltd who is a plant operator last September 2012 was dismissed He was found neglectful of his duty after he disconnected a device that is critical for the safe use of a machine that manufactures steel mesh He did this without permission and then failed to communicate his actions to the concerned staff no verbal or written request The employees applied claims in the Fair Work Commission FWC for unfair dismissal The dismissed employee admitted to taking off the machine s safety switch The reason why he removed such switch is because it won t stand on its own in an upright position The employee did not know that the switch has a safety function Most importantly he denied of putting any life in danger FWC Commissioner Bruce Williams gave the opinion that the sole purpose of the switch is to prevent the risk of injury It thus controls the machine from unexpectedly ejecting the next pack of steel mesh on the bed of rollers strapping table while another labourer was still working on putting ties to the first The Commissioner rejected the dismissed employee s plea stating that he was never aware that the device was a safety switch It was proven that he had been aware that the device at the time the switch was installed and commissioned in 2011 Aside from that the employee being the safety rep not to mention the five days of formal job training that he underwent to fulfil this role The company viewed the employee as having sufficient appreciation and understanding of work safety issues at his workplace Best Bar further confirmed that the dismissed employee is knowledgeable of the process and procedures for reporting safety hazards He actively did it in the past The employee s actions were deviant to Best Bar s policy on tagging out equipment that are hazard risk or not working properly It was clear enough that this policy had been communicated to the employee earlier in 2012 He is conscious of any repairs or maintenance required to the safety switch and this should have been reported to the maintenance supervisor Commissioner Williams said that Best Bar s decision is valid reason for dismissal The fact that his action in removing the switch made the situation more more serious and the fact that he did not communicate this modification to his fellow machine operator the supervisor or maintenance staff This allowed employees operating the machine exposed at greater risk because if they had not noticed that the switch had been removed then they may have worked in a manner believing they were protected by the switch thereby increasing their risk of injury should the machine have ejected a second pack of mesh unexpectedly onto the roller table said the FWC Commissioner The employee had undergone due process Hence

    Original URL path: http://www.worksafetyhub.com.au/blog/entry/ex-safety-rep-s-risky-move-alarms-whs (2014-01-05)
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