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  • Latest Entries - Page 15
    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 Great new eBook on safety culture We are pleased to release our new free eBook Keeping your Business in Business with a positive safety culture what you should know about and how to start The book describes the current thinking around advanced risk management some insights into Read More by Robert O neill Friday 13 December 2013 View more featured entries 1 Subscribe to feed Latest Entries 70 000 Government Funding for WHS Research SA Safe Work Week 2013 Tweet SafeWork South Australia WHS Supplementary Scholarships is now open for application amongst new researchers who are pursuing a higher degree and for those consultants specialising in workplace health and safety Applications must be received on or before Friday the 8th of November 2013 Tags SA Advisory Council SafeWork South Australia University of South Australia WHS Supplementary Scholarships workplace health and safety 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 16 September 2013 Training and Competence Bullying in White Collar Industries Pushes More Boundaries Tweet Once it s finalised and ready for implementation a law firm warned that the

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  • Fishermen Training Sessions On Work Safety - Work Safety Hub
    stocks as well as estuary health The NSW Government wants to ensure that fishermen fully consider the safety risks when crewing their boats and know how to seek assistance from authorities to address these risks so that their lives are not put in danger He further added Every worker in this State should come home safely at the end of the working day and next week s information sessions will provide the opportunity for local commercial estuary fishermen to learn more about safe work practices and where they can go for assistance on how to improve safety Fishers will also get the opportunity to talk to their local Fisheries RMS and WorkCover officers The Minister wants the fishers to join these seminars in order for them to qualify for a Small Business Rebate of A 500 from WorkCover NSW The Minister clarified that A safe business is a sustainable one however finding the money for a safety improvement can be a challenge for a small business owner The Small Business Rebate covers a broad range of safety solutions and can be used to address manual handling slips trips and falls injuries from moving objects and specific industry items such as

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  • Mental Health Literacy and Stigma in the Workplace - Work Safety Hub
    more possible of not confessing to their superiors that they are suffering from depression based from a sample of 1 000 workers that have been studied by SANE Australia The study further revealed that Australian workers had taken 14 6 days of sick leave on the average Around 50 believe that it is more of a personal issue rather than an employer s concern Meanwhile Beyond Blue determined in their research that 3 million Australians are currently living with depression or anxiety The results of the study was further interpreted that a stigma affects mental health in Australian workplaces and it is a major issue Jack Heath who is SANE s CEO made a remark We know Australians in the workplace with depression don t feel comfortable raising the issue In Australia there was a significantly higher level of concern that Australian employers wouldn t understand the issue and wouldn t know how to support them What s interesting is that this seems to be a particular problem in the workplace because when people were asked whether they would disclose their illness to a partner or family friend we got exactly the same results in Australia as we did in Europe He added We ve been good in increasing awareness what people would call mental health literacy around depression we ve done phenomenal work around that but we haven t had the shift in the terms of stigma that we need You can do things in terms of increasing awareness and understanding but unless you get those changes in attitude around stigma then you don t get changes in behaviour Stigma in the workplace is still a lingering issue The CEO of Beyond Blue believes that the statistics are very worrying However it is unlawful for an employer to sack

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  • Standardisation of Work Health Safety Legislations - Is It Necessary? - Work Safety Hub
    health and safety laws requires a lot of work Victoria and Western Australia have not yet adopted the model harmonised WHS laws although best practice in business has a high regard for uniformity of Work Health and Safety laws across Australia The Northern Territory Queensland Victoria and New South Wales have started their model harmonised WHS laws last 1 January 2012 Majority of corporate organisations opted to see consistency on safety laws implemented across Australian states Tasmania has already started its Work Health and Safety laws earlier in 2012 After the federal election Victoria and Western Australia will strategise in implementing the model work health and safety laws The Western Australia WA may yet to consider implementing model harmonised safety laws The opinion of the WA government remains the government has consistently advised that there are four areas of the model WHS laws that would not be implemented These are Penalty levels Union right of entry Health and safety representatives capacity to direct the cessation of work Reverse onus of proof in discrimination matters A single major step in the process of harmonisation for Western Australia is establishing consistent mining and non mining work safety laws to take over the existing Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1984 and the Health Act of 1984 which have identical general duties However there are some things to be finalised like the draft model of WHS Mines Regulations and Codes of Practice for Mining that have been established by Safe Work Australia in relation with the National Mine Safety Framework Western Australia may opt to consider enforcing the model WHS laws that involve the Mines Regulations and Mines Codes of Practice One key step in the harmonisation process for WA will be implementing consistent mining and non mining safety laws to replace the current Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 which have very similar general duties The draft model WHS Mines Regulations and Codes of Practice for Mining that have been developed by Safe Work Australia in conjunction with the National Mine Safety Framework are still to be finalised When this step has occurred WA may consider implementing the model WHS laws which will include the Mines Regulations and Mines Codes of Practice Constant Safety Laws in Victoria Safework Australia said that the model WHS laws were patterned on the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Laws Because the government of Victoria informed that there will be no change from existing safety laws One unique item is the right to silence wherein individuals in a Worksafe investigation have a right to silence if replying to a question may incriminate them South Australia changed its model WHS laws to join in the right to silence in its adoption of the large portion of the model WHS laws earlier How far does organisations safety duty can extend as a person conducting a business undertaking PCBU The current WHS laws have expanded to as far as the business extends

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  • Work Health Safety Legislations - Work Safety Hub
    how well your business is doing in 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 Work Health Safety Legislations Standardisation of Work Health Safety Legislations Is It Necessary Tweet Not all states in Australia are adopting the harmonised model of WHS laws This is still a work in progress as consistency in work health and safety laws requires a lot of work Victoria and Western Australia have not yet adopted the model harmonised WHS laws although best practice in business has a high regard for uniformity of Work Health and Safety laws across Australia The Northern Territory Queensland Victoria and New South Wales have started their model harmonised WHS laws last 1 January 2012 Majority of corporate organisations opted to see consistency on safety laws implemented across Australian states Tags safety laws WHS laws Work Health and Safety laws Work Health Safety Legislations Continue reading Posted by Robert

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  • Latest Entries - Page 16
    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 Great new eBook on safety culture We are pleased to release our new free eBook Keeping your Business in Business with a positive safety culture what you should know about and how to start The book describes the current thinking around advanced risk management some insights into Read More by Robert O neill Friday 13 December 2013 View more featured entries 1 Subscribe to feed Latest Entries Rail Safety Week Delves On Labourer Safety Tweet The Australian Transport Safety Bureau ATSB composed a video that offers information on the hazards and risks of working on a railway as part of Rail Safety Week It was held last 12 to 18 August 2013 with the goal of raising awareness on safety issues surrounding the Australasian Rail Industry Tags ATSB Australasian Rail Industry Australian Transport Safety Bureau Rail Safety Week 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 September 2013 Facilities and the Working Environment Job Hazard Analysis Made Easy Tweet Opportunities from technological solutions are pacing up on rapid progress

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  • Life Savers At Risk On Violent Situations - Work Safety Hub
    in which a driver acted out an intimidating behaviour by following an ambulance for 20 minutes until he was caught by the police There were 57 serious workplace injuries which needed ambulance officers or fire fighters to take five days or more off work or be treated at hospital The injuries ranged from manual handling injuries to a cut finger in the lunch room to a certain extent like mental stress from paying attention on workplace bullying Like in this case a fire fighter had a post traumatic stress condition after witnessing a motor vehicle accident where a family friend had been killed Transport Workers Union s Ben Sweaney noted that there are much more incidents of workplace violence that have not been reported This is really just the tip of the iceberg There s a real fear in ambulance culture of reporting these types of incidents when it comes to workplace violence either for fear of retribution from managers or being labelled weak He added the statistics should sound alarm bells For the size of this jurisdiction especially the instances where officers have claimed workplace violence and the ACT Ambulance Service has failed to foster a safe working environment

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  • Federal Regulators Took a Stance Against Work Bullies - Work Safety Hub
    of a company It is bullying when it brings danger and threat to the recipient s health and safety Now the behaviour may be identified unreasonable depending on the circumstances in which the alleged bullying occurred The person who manifested the behaviour or who is commonly called the Bully is deemed unreasonable if his her act happens to be victimising humiliating intimidating or threatening to another person or to a group of people Otherwise the behaviour cannot be considered bullying In effect the bill will impose discipline especially to company managers and employers who are abusive to their employees Now they will have to make sure that they are making the right decisions and that they are directing work lawfully and in fairness to employees The bill will create equal treatment between the relationship of the employer and the employee But who determines if it is bullying or not The FWC will determine if the case filed is about bullying or not They will take the preliminary step of informing the department for every application submitted Depending on the case of the considered applications the FWC may conduct a conference between the parties involved or they may hold a formal hearing for resolution If the FWC is satisfied of the evidences that the complainant worker was indeed bullied in the workplace they will order the bullying to be stopped immediately The FWC will require the company employer to monitor the bully and as well as the complainant Upon the agreement between the FWC and the company the company policy against bullying must be reviewed and it must be revised if needed in order for the company to become compliant to the law against bullying The FWC will then refer the complainant to a Work Health Safety WHS regulator for claims On the other hand the company employer needs to have a clear understanding of their legal responsibilities under WHS legislation This will minimize the risks brought to health and safety by workplace bullying This will ensure that processes are in place to manage the risks The FWC cannot award compensation to the bullied worker However the FWC can penalize the company employer if they are proven to break any of the agreements The penalty can be in the form of a fine or disqualification of business And how long does it take before a complaint is addressed The bill requires fast response on the processing of an application The FWC is required to deal with the matter within 14 days from the time an application was submitted Once a conference or hearing is convened the company must send representatives to attend the FWC hearing They must be willing to participate by disclosing any information required by the FWC Will this open a room for improvement for the employers It must be every company s goal to take good care of their employees Hence it is important that the company creates a strong internal bullying process to avoid or control cases

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