Archive for ‘Work Health and Safety’

Update on harmonisation – The legal framework.

Harmonisation, or a streamlining and revamping of health and safety legislation in Australia, has been talked about for around 10 years. It has long since been implemented in all states, excluding Victoria and Western Australia. The change of state government and subsequent re-structuring of government departments has brought the harmonisation of WHS legislation back to […] → Continue Reading Update on harmonisation – The legal framework.

Audits and Inspections – clarifying terminology.

Recently I’ve heard the terms audit and inspection used in the incorrect context. This blog aims to provide some definition and distinction between these two terms. Firstly, what do they have in common and why the confusion? Both audits and inspections involve an examination of workplace health and safety arrangements with a goal of identifying […] → Continue Reading Audits and Inspections – clarifying terminology.

Update on ISO 45001

Development of ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems – Requirements with Guidance for Use

Hazardous Substances – Registers & Risk Assessments

In this blog we will look at some of the legislative requirements for hazardous substances as detailed in the Western Australian OSH Regulations. Firstly OSH Regulation 5.13 requires Employers to keep a register of hazardous substances. This register must contain, as a minimum, a list of the hazardous substances and the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) […] → Continue Reading Hazardous Substances – Registers & Risk Assessments

Is it a system or a plan?

Often in the workplace I see confusion between what is a WHS Management System and a Safety Management Plan. This confusion is not only in the terminology used but also in their application. So firstly what is a WHS Management Systems (WHSMS)? WHSMS can be in a variety of formats depending on the contextual issues […] → Continue Reading Is it a system or a plan?

Employer Sacks Worker for Being Too Fat – Key Lessons

The Fair Work Commission has supported a decision by Parmalat, a national dairy company, to sack one of its workers for being overweight. The worker was a forklift operator and his weight exceeded the maximum safety rating for the forklift he was required to operate. http://www.smh.com.au/small-business/managing/fair-work-commission-backs-employer-that-sacked-worker-for-being-too-fat-20151130-glc3pl.html The Employer, Parmalat, demonstrated that they were acting in […] → Continue Reading Employer Sacks Worker for Being Too Fat – Key Lessons

A framework for organisational risk management

I am often asked the purpose and difference between various risk management tools. Organisations with comprehensive health and safety management systems have a layered approach to risk management.     At an organisational level, risks are documented according to their source. This is usually called a risk register. It can include non- safety as well […] → Continue Reading A framework for organisational risk management

Officers under WHS legislation

Many organisations are concerned about the potential implications for ‘Officers’ under the proposed WHS legislation. These concerns particularly involve the fact that an individual can be held directly liable and prosecuted for not exercising ‘due diligence’ – a proactive duty. There has been much debate over who is an ‘Officer’. So who is an ‘Officer”…? […] → Continue Reading Officers under WHS legislation

Incident Investigation Training for the Healthcare Sector

On 4th September 2015 WorkSafe WA announced an inspection program to look at manual task incidents in hospitals and residential care. “Inspectors will visit hospitals and residential care services to see how well incidents and injuries involving manual tasks and slips, trips and falls are investigated by employers” Effective incident investigations provide opportunities for improvement […] → Continue Reading Incident Investigation Training for the Healthcare Sector

The link between Human Resources and Work Health and Safety

Often when delivering health and safety training to people working in the HR field I hear ‘What’s in it for me?’ In this day and age, the link between these two professions could not be more firmly bonded. In essence, HR involves people and systems to manage people. Is this not also the realm of […] → Continue Reading The link between Human Resources and Work Health and Safety