Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws

By: Fairwork.gov.au Recent updates – 25 March 2020 On 24 March 2020 the Fair Work Commission made a determination to vary the Hospitality Award. The new Schedule L applies from 24 March to  30 June 2020. The changes improve award flexibility during the outbreak of coronavirus for classifications and duties, hours of work for full-time and [...]

By | 2020-03-26T16:08:35+11:00 March 26th, 2020|WHS / OHS|0 Comments

Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

Beyond Blue recognises and understands the feelings of anxiety, distress and concern many people may be experiencing in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and offers the following wellbeing advice. "As humans, we are hardwired to be afraid of the unknown and of something that appears random and uncontrollable. If you find yourself becoming anxious about [...]

By | 2020-03-26T16:00:52+11:00 March 20th, 2020|Health, WHS / OHS|0 Comments

Working at Heights – Safety Alert

By: Greg Jones: ACT Work Safety Commissioner – 06/02/2020 The tragic death of a 60-year-old worker occurred this week, after falling from the second storey of a residential construction site in Denman Prospect. This is the second death of a worker on a residential construction site in Denman Prospect in less than a month. The [...]

By | 2020-02-24T19:48:58+11:00 February 7th, 2020|WHS / OHS|Comments Off on Working at Heights – Safety Alert

Community Defibrillators – will you be a change maker?

48-year Greg Page (Yellow Wiggle) is shining a light on the need for business and clubs to supply accessible defibrillators after he’s near death experience. Greg who suffered a SCA (sudden cardiac arrest) during a bushfire relief show, has described himself before the incident as being in good health and very fit with recent health [...]

By | 2020-02-24T19:46:11+11:00 January 7th, 2020|WHS / OHS|Comments Off on Community Defibrillators – will you be a change maker?

Australia Split with Industrial Manslaughter

Victoria now joins the ACT (under the Crimes Act) and Queensland in having specific workplace or industrial manslaughter laws in place. The Northern Territory has also introduced a WHS Amendment Bill creating the offence of industrial manslaughter while NSW has introduced a WHS Amendment Bill.   Determining factors of suicide could be a problem. Victorian Workplace [...]

By | 2019-12-03T13:17:48+11:00 December 1st, 2019|Legal, WHS / OHS|Comments Off on Australia Split with Industrial Manslaughter

Industrial manslaughter laws passed in NT

By: workplaceohs 2 Dec 2019 The Northern Territory Legislative Assembly has passed the Territory’s first industrial manslaughter laws, creating a new offense to protect the safety of workers. The new law will ensure all businesses, regardless of the business size, face the same level of penalty if reckless or negligent conduct has caused a workplace [...]

By | 2019-12-03T13:17:41+11:00 November 30th, 2019|Legal, WHS / OHS, Worksafe|Comments Off on Industrial manslaughter laws passed in NT

Identifying your biggest risks in a small business, it’s not as overwhelming as you think!

Often when something goes wrong at work, it goes wrong quickly and with disastrous consequences. Putting on a different hat for a moment,  below are the top 12 workplace health and safety hazards that safety inspectors regularly find during visits to small businesses. manual handling housekeeping and slips, trips and falls storage and racking – [...]

By | 2019-12-03T13:17:05+11:00 November 18th, 2019|WHS / OHS|Comments Off on Identifying your biggest risks in a small business, it’s not as overwhelming as you think!

One message PCBUs still aren’t getting

By: health & safety bulletin, Michael Selinger A preventable fall from heights at a construction site in the ACT in 2016 that led to a 16-year-old work experience student suffering significant injuries has resulted in a fine of $180,000 being imposed this week on the head contractor Nikias Diamond. Two other contractors involved in the [...]

By | 2019-11-14T14:49:10+11:00 November 14th, 2019|WHS / OHS, Worksafe|Comments Off on One message PCBUs still aren’t getting

First industrial manslaughter prosecution underway

Negligent bosses can face 20 years in prison. Last Tuesday, the Victorian state government announced that it will be making workplace manslaughter a criminal offence under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004. Under this new offence, any employer that negligently causes a workplace death can be fined up to $16.5 million, while individuals - [...]

By | 2019-11-14T14:08:15+11:00 November 6th, 2019|WHS / OHS, Worksafe|Comments Off on First industrial manslaughter prosecution underway

Health Check Act

By ACT Government OzHelp has availability for FREE onsite health checks across all ACT building and construction sites. The Tune Up program is funded through the ACT Government and has been developed to raise awareness of personal preventative health and provides a vital link to health and wellbeing. A Tune Up health check with a [...]

By | 2019-11-14T14:40:36+11:00 October 30th, 2019|Health, WHS / OHS|Comments Off on Health Check Act