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A staggering 81 per cent of Australian small businesses don’t fully understand their workplace health and safety obligations. October is safe work month, providing the perfect opportunity to assess your workplace safety performance. And it couldn’t come any sooner for Australian small businesses. That’s because a new study from Employsure found an alarming number are falling…

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The West Australian Government will soon increase the penalties for workplace safety offences in order to bring WA in line with the other states. Premier Mark McGowan said the safety of WA workers was a priority and that the penalties needed to better reflect the importance of a safe workplace. “The substantial increases reflect the…

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Victorian law for Health and Safety in the workplace consists of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic), supported by the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 (Vic). These laws are reasonably consistent with the National Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation that applies in most other Australian states. The Regulations are reviewed…

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Are your Health and Safety Requirements covered in your Tender document? The requirements outlined in Tenders can be overwhelming for Contractors and Smaller Companies, however the Deputy Chairman of the Safety Institute of Australia, Nathan Winter, recently called on large companies to specifically ask questions to Tenderers to confirm their understanding of the requirements. He said…

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FIFO workers from 143 different resource companies were part of the research carried out by Edith Cowen University in 2014/15, when they surveyed 629 fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers. The study found that over one-third (36%) of participants experienced depression, anxiety and/or stress symptoms, this being more than twice the rate for the general population. Over…

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A Hazardous Chemicals Register is a list of hazardous chemicals in a particular workplace, accompanied by the current Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for each of those chemicals. An SDS, (previously called a Material Safety Data Sheet or MSDS), is a document that provides information on the properties of hazardous chemicals and how they affect health…

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GHS Rollout amended due to industry concerns Safe Work Australia CEO Michelle Baxter has recently confirmed that members have agreed  to an amendment on the GHS Rollout.  All chemicals manufactured or imported BEFORE 1st January, 2017 can now continue to be supplied without having to meet the labelling requirements of the model Work Health and Safety…

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New online reporting system is now available in WA Employers and employees in WA now have the option for making reports to WorkSafe online, from any location, in addition to the previous options of: in person; in writing;  by fax or telephone.  The recent addition of the new online service means that the reporting of…

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ARE YOU READY FOR GHS? The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), as it’s name implies, is a system used globally to classify and communicate chemical hazards, using specified terms and information on chemical labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS), which are internationally recognised and consistent. GHS will be mandatory in…

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National Safe Work Month is held in October each year. The aim is to raise awareness about the importance of Workplace Health and Safety and encourage companies and individuals to commit to improving the way that they work, so that they can return home safely.  National Safe Work Australia Week is from the 24th to…

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