QLD: WHSQ Gets Ready for Safe Work Australia Week

Reported by Admin | 21 Oct, 2010

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) is encouraging employers to participate in the upcoming Safe Work Australia Week (SWAW) to be held 24–30 October. Mal Meninga, Rugby League legend and Queensland Origin team coach, will be participating in SWAW by sharing his own personal experiences and spreading the word about the importance of maintaining a …

VIC: School Under Scrutiny for Alleged Bullying and Violence Against Teachers

Reported by Admin | 05 Aug, 2010

WorkSafe has investigated a school in Melbourne over reports of violence directed at teachers. The safety watchdog visited the Werribee school late last year and in May following alleged incidents of students attacking teachers. Several teachers have also filed compensation claims after they were allegedly bullied by senior staff: According to a WorkSafe spokeswoman, the …

WA: Roadblocks Setup to Curb Driver Fatigue

Reported by Admin | 12 May, 2010

Roadblocks set up at Port Hedland more than a week ago has shown that laws on fatigue safety have generally been complied with, although issues with rest breaks still persist. The roadblock operation was a joint effort of WorkSafe, Main Roads WA and WA Police. It involved observing commercial vehicles leaving Perth then being pulled …

Report Lambasts Varying Workplace Bullying Laws

Reported by Admin | 10 Apr, 2010

A report has revealed that workplace laws in Australia are not addressing workplace bullying adequately, although mental stress claims cost more than occupational safety hazards. According to the Productivity Commission, varying state and territory definitions on bullying, work violence and fatigue have resulted to confusion and unnecessary business costs. The commission observed OHS laws concentrate …

NSW: Qantas Issued Improvement Notices

Reported by Admin | 02 Mar, 2010

Qantas has been issued two improvement notices by WorkCover NSW, citing the company’s staff training for emergency evacuations and baggage handling. According to news reports, Qantas workers at Sydney’s domestic airport have not been given training in emergency procedures. Reports say some employees have not been in an emergency drill in 8 years. WorkCover has …