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 …

Business organisation supports changes to proposed laws on occupational health and safety

Reported by Haydee | 11 Jun, 2012

Mr Peter VaughanPhoto: Business SA website Business SA has expressed its support over the State Government’s plan to change occupational health and safety laws. Adelaide Now reports that the proposed laws will put more responsibility on every member of an organisation to ensure workplace safety. According to Business SA chief executive Peter Vaughan, the initial …

5 Steps to Managing Fuels on-site.

Reported by Lee | 06 Jun, 2012

When we go to the petrol station to refuel, we are bombarded by safety messages. Warning signs are placed everywhere we look about the dangers of petrol, gas and diesel accidentally igniting and exploding. The emphasis on safety is understandable given the reactive nature of fuels, so it is expected that this level of precaution …

WA to introduce WHS Bill into parliament

Reported by Haydee | 24 May, 2012

The Western Australia Government will introduce its Work Health and Safety (WHS) Bill into parliament in the next financial year. The announcement was made by the WA Government in its 2012-2013 Budget released last week. The 2012-2013 Budget says that a draft bill is underway and “is expected to be introduced into Parliament” in the …

You can’t contract out your responsibility – or can you? The High Court weighs in.

Reported by Angela | 04 Apr, 2012

  A High Court decision has highlighted the fine line of responsibility for Work Health & Safety obligations when using contractors. Poultry heavyweight, Baiada, contracted DMP Poultry to catch and cage chickens from chicken growers. The cages were loaded into steel modules which were then loaded by a forklift onto a trailer owned by Baiada …

Public Comment Invited on Draft Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022

Reported by Angela | 27 Mar, 2012

  Safe Work Australia is developing the Australian Work Health & Safety Strategy 2012-2022 to provide a national framework for support and change at the workplace level. This draft document is now available for public comment. Following a series of 11 workshops seeking community consultation throughout 2011, this draft document has now been developed to …

Harmonisation: An Introduction

Reported by Admin | 23 Mar, 2012

The term “harmonisation” has been used to describe how the Commonwealth and each State /Territory is working towards a consistent set of workplace health and safety laws. The harmonisation of safety legislation has been underway since 2008, and will take affect January 2012 (with the exception of four States). This article will provide an explanation …

State government accused of interfering in work safety prosecutions

Reported by Haydee | 19 Mar, 2012

Minister for Resources and Energy, Chris Hartcher. Photo: Dean Osland The state government is being accused of attempting to shut down criminal prosecutions against employers with pending workplace safety cases. The Herald was able to obtain internal documents which say three NSW ministers agreed to ask for legal advice on whether these cases should continue. …

Harmonisation of rail safety laws could force NSW train drivers to work longer hours

Reported by Haydee | 05 Mar, 2012

A plan to harmonise rail safety laws across Australia could force train drivers to work for more than 12 hours. Unions and the NSW government are opposing the proposal, which would throw out a reform stemming from the official inquiries into the Glenbrook and Waterfall train disasters. National Transport Commission’s draft statement which will be …

Universities unable to keep up with the high demand for occupational safety professionals, survey says

Reported by Haydee | 24 Feb, 2012

Universities failed to keep up with the increasing demand for workplace safety professionals, a survey released Tuesday revealed. According to the survey conducted by SafeSearch, the “pipeline of qualified professionals graduating from universities are diminishing,” as corporate Australia struggles to meet demand for work safety. The survey showed majority of respondents emphasized the importance of …

WorkCover releases new safety videos

Reported by Haydee | 21 Feb, 2012

WorkCover have released new safety videos on Sunday to raise awareness on its new advisory services and  the new harmonised work health and safety laws. The new TV commercials for WorkCover NSW “Here to help” campaign will focus on the importance of occupational health and safety. In a report published by the Liberal Party of …

SAFF: Work Health and Safety Act puts more liability to farmers

Reported by Haydee | 13 Feb, 2012

The new Work Health and Safety Act will make farmers liable for the safety of contractors, says SAFF. The South Australian Farmers Federation (SAFF) through its president, Peter White, said that workers, who are defined under the bill would include contractors, sub-contractors, students and volunteers in private homes, and they would be subject to occupational …

Safe Work Australia sets up helpline to help volunteers understand new WHS laws

Reported by Haydee | 03 Feb, 2012

As part of a package of resources for volunteers, Safe Work Australia has set up the ‘Volunteer Assistance Line,’ a dedicated telephone helpline to assist volunteers and volunteer organisations in understanding how new work health and safety laws affect them. Safe Work Australia Chair, Mr Tom Phillips today launched the new volunteer package assistance in …

Harmonisation: Updates on Licensing for Earthmoving & Cranes

Reported by Lee | 31 Jan, 2012

There have been several changes to Australia’s health and safety laws as a result of harmonisation. Workplaces are suffering from some confusion about what has changed and when these changes will take effect for their own States and Territories. Currently, Queensland, Northern Territory, ACT and New South Wales have all adopted the new legislation, albeit …

Safe Work Australia clarifies issue on volunteers and the new WHS laws

Reported by Haydee | 19 Jan, 2012

Mr Tom Phillips of Safe Work Australia expressed his concern over media reports pertaining to volunteers’ concerns and the new Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws. He expressed concern that inaccurate and alarmist claims regarding the new WHS laws could seriously discourage volunteers and potential volunteers from doing volunteer work. Safe Work Australia clarifies that …

Volunteer organisations may have to cut back on services due to new health and safety laws

Reported by Haydee | 18 Jan, 2012

Some organisations with volunteer workers are worried that they will have to cut back on their services because of the new OHS laws. Under the OHS laws, volunteers are now considered as workers and organisations claim that this new law will cost them more money. ABC News reports that latest figures from the Australian Bureau …

Harmonisation Update

Reported by Lee | 10 Jan, 2012

The term “harmonisation” has been used to describe how the Commonwealth and each State/Territory is working towards a consistent set of workplace health and safety laws. The harmonisation of safety legislation has been underway since 2008, and will take affect January 2012 (with the exception of four States). This article will provide an explanation of …

Model WHS introduces new Globally Harmonised System of classification

Reported by Haydee | 08 Jan, 2012

The model work health and safety laws have introduced a new system of hazard classification and hazard communication for workplace chemicals. According to Safe Work Australia, the new system known as Globally Harmonised System (GHS) is “an internationally agreed system designed to harmonise the diverse systems of classification and hazard communication currently being used throughout …

Unions and employers disagree over workplace bullying rules

Reported by Haydee | 05 Jan, 2012

As ACTU calls for tough national rules on workplace bullying, employer groups say that the reform could lead to a surge in expensive claims. The Australian reports that the Australian Council of Trade Unions is demanding for tough rules on workplace bullying to include a declaration that a single incident of unreasonable behaviour could pose …

Safer and more productive workplaces for Australians with the harmonised WHS laws

Reported by Haydee | 30 Dec, 2011

Millions of Australians will enjoy safer and more productive workplaces from January 1 when most states and territories have implemented harmonised health and safety laws. This is according to new Employment and Workplace Minister Bill Shorten who also expressed his disappointment to Victoria and Western Australia for deciding to defer the implementation of the harmonised …