No harmony likely under new OHS laws

02 October, 2009

Unions and employers will clash over Australia’s new OHS laws at The Safety Conference in Sydney on 27 October, but increasingly the regulator - rather than the law itself - is in the hot seat.

Updated standard offers greater protection to workers in confined spaces

02 October, 2009

A revised Confined Spaces standard has been released to improve the safety of workers in or near confined spaces.

Would you know how to respond to a major safety incident?

01 October, 2009 by Paul Stathis

A serious safety incident is, without fear of contradiction, a serious crisis. While the primary concern is to minimise the negative impact to injured workers, appropriate measures also need to be put in place to minimise the consequential negative impact to the company and all other stakeholders involved in the incident. While a safety incident is not a welcome experience, a degree of preparedness is essential to mitigate its effects.

Launch of OHS leadership program in Queensland

30 September, 2009

The recently launched Zero Harm at Work program aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries in Queensland workplaces.

Court-enforceable undertaking for Asciano

30 September, 2009

A South Australian company has undertaken a court-enforceable commitment to improve its workplace safety environment.

Court-enforceable undertaking for John Holland Rail

30 September, 2009

A Western Australian company has undertaken a court-enforceable commitment to improve its workplace safety environment.

Government delivers Safe Work Australia

30 September, 2009

The Safe Work Australia Council has formally become Safe Work Australia, following passage of the Safe Work Australia Bill through Parliament.

2009 SRCC Safety Awards

28 September, 2009

The Australian government’s Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (SRCC) hosted its 9th Safety Awards on 24 September.

New national OHS laws ready for release

28 September, 2009

Safe Work Australia Council has recommended the release of a suite of OHS documents for a public comment to further the development of the model OHS Act.

New national OHS laws open for comment

28 September, 2009

Draft documents for the new model OHS legislation have been released for public comment on 28 September.

Comcare supports model OHS legislation

28 September, 2009

Comcare has voiced its support for the new draft model OHS legislation, following Safe Work Australia's announcement of the release of the draft legislation for public comment.

WA inspection campaign looks at work safety at breweries

28 September, 2009

WorkSafe is commencing a safety inspection campaign at approximately 30 breweries across Western Australia.

WorkHealth study finds shop-floor health alarming

28 September, 2009

Alarming new figures show that Victorians need to do slow down on the beer and chips and speed up on the exercise bike.

Report: young workers less likely to apply for workers compensation

28 September, 2009

Recently published analyses of the 2005-06 Work Related Injuries Survey reveal that young workers incur higher rates of injury than other age groups but were less likely to apply for workers compensation.

Poll: Australians want workplace safety rights protected under new OHS laws

28 September, 2009

According to ACTU research, most Australians believe workplace health and safety rights should be of primary importance in the development of new OHS laws.

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