Cancer in Firefighters May Be Work Related

Reported by Wil | 01 Apr, 2014

In recent years, studies have shown that firefighters may exhibit a higher risk of contracting cancer, due to continual exposure to carcinogens in their workplace.

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Unions Faulted For Abusing Right To Inspect Workplaces

Reported by Stephen | 07 Mar, 2014

Union interference poses a threat to the residential sector unless the health and safety laws governing the sector are overhauled. This is according to a warning issued by the commercial building industry. A proposal by Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie requires all unions to provide a 24hr notice before visiting a workplace.  In the proposal, health and …

Cutting Red Tape for Builders who Work Across Borders

Reported by Admin | 01 Jun, 2013

Workers and employers in the construction industries in both NSW and Victoria welcome a new program that is designed to get rid of any seeming issues with red tape that exists for those that operate in both states. WorkCover NSW and WorkSafe Victoria are collaborating to rollout the program starting this month. Inspectors from both …

Information sessions on new work health and safety legislation

Reported by Haydee | 07 Mar, 2013

Information sessions will be conducted by SafeWork SA representatives to the Mount Gambier community. The information session aims to discuss the new work health and safety legislation and the important role of health and safety representatives. Two sessions will be conducted at the Main corner complex, 1 Bay Road, on Wednesday, 13 March. One session …

Ombudsman: Safety compromised over building regulator’s misconduct

Reported by Haydee | 13 Dec, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library An Ombudsman inquiry into the Victorian Building Commission has found that the safety of many Victorians have been compromised because of maladministration and misconduct within the state’s building regulator which allowed sub-standard builders to obtain licence. According to a report by Fairfax Media, Ombudsman George Brouwer tabled a report in parliament which …

Manage OHS Risks at This Years Workplace Christmas Party

Reported by Admin | 12 Dec, 2012

Under the new workplace health and safety laws employers who do not do enough to stop problems occurring at all work functions risk fines of up to $3 million for the most serious incidents. According to a Financial Review report, lawyers have warned that both employers and senior executives should no longer leave the human …

Tassie Builders Concerned About New WHS Laws

Reported by Admin | 27 Nov, 2012

Builders in Tasmania are concerned that the new Work Health and Safety laws to be introduced next year will put them out of business. There are rumours in the industry that shorts, radios and dogs will all be banned on worksites. However, Roy Ormerod who heads up Workplace Standards in Tasmania has been quoted as …

New OHS Regulations Affect Water Carting Service

Reported by Admin | 19 Nov, 2012

The Blayney Shire Council in NSW started to use the areas roadworks water tankers to take supplies of water to residents that were not connected to the Central Tablelands Water network during drought and when they were not needed for road construction. However the council has made a recent decision to stop the water carting …

New OHS Laws to Affect Policing in Tasmania

Reported by Admin | 15 Nov, 2012

Senior Constable Pat Allen, recently elected as head of the Tasmanian Police Association, has said that the changes to OHS laws that will be in force next year from January 1, will have a significant impact on how the police do their job. He said that instead of officers on the street being responsible for …

SA Unions welcome new safety laws

Reported by Haydee | 05 Nov, 2012

South Australia is set to join other States in implementing the new safety laws in January 2013 (read SafetyCulture report) and unions say this move will mean safer workplaces and tougher penalties for businesses which put people’s lives at risk. SA Unions State Secretary, Janet Giles say the Work Health and Safety Bill which has …

WA Laws not Hamonised by January 1 Deadline

Reported by Admin | 03 Nov, 2012

Now that South Australia has passed the new WHS laws to take effect in the state from January 1 2013, Western Australia and Victoria are the only two states that are still operating under the old scheme. The WA state government has stated that it will not pass the new laws by the January deadline. …

New safety laws will give better protection to workers, says union

Reported by Haydee | 17 Oct, 2012

South Australian unions welcome new safety laws saying workers will be better protected when these laws pass through State Parliament. SA Unions State Secretary, Janet Giles says working people are happy that the Greens and Independent John Darley have decided to support the Government’s Work Health and Safety Bill. “This has been sitting in the …

Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws and strata title bodies corporate

Reported by Haydee | 07 Aug, 2012

Safe Work Australia has released answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) to clarify whether and if so how the new work health and safety (WHS) laws apply to strata title bodies corporate. The new harmonised WHS laws have already been implemented in New South Wales, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and Commonwealth …

Traffic Control Procedures Changed After Close Calls

Reported by Admin | 04 Aug, 2012

The primary provider for air traffic control services in Australia has reviewed and changed some of its operating procedures after near misses to improve their safety processes. In April this year there was a “breakdown of separation” where two commercial planes passed within 3.5 nautical miles of each other after being compelled to change their …

New work health and safety resource kit launched

Reported by Haydee | 01 Aug, 2012

A new work health and safety resource kit for volunteers was launched to help remove uncertainty about how the new WHS laws apply. The kit is part of the Australian Government’s continuing commitment in assisting volunteers and organisations in understanding the new work health and safety (WHS) laws. This drive is a result of round …

Feedback Sought For Stevedoring Code of Practice

Reported by Admin | 31 Jul, 2012

Safe Work Australia is in the process of developing a code of practice for Stevedoring on Australia’s wharves and they are asking for public feedback regarding hatchmen and other issues that are considered important safety considerations for the code. The deadline for comments is the 3rd of August 2012. The MUA (Maritime Union of Australia) …

Issues Paper on Working Safely on the Waterfront now open for public comment

Reported by Haydee | 17 Jul, 2012

Safe Work Australia released an Issues Paper on Friday for the review of the national guidance material –Working Safely on the Waterfront which is now open for public comment. A review of the national guidance material is being conducted to identify content that must be adapted for inclusion in a model code of practice for …