Leadership equity in safety to empower workers

01 April, 2010

Every organisation wants long-term growth and profit. A company’s long-term success - what the Australian Institute of Management calls ‘corporate endurance’ - recognises the critical necessity of ‘people’ performance. Therefore, a company has a vested interest in looking after the safety and wellbeing of its people. People drive business performance - up or down. People are a company’s key competitive advantage or disadvantage.

Purchaser demand should influence commercial vehicle safety

01 April, 2010

Commercial vehicles are the workhorses of Australian industry and therefore the acknowledged ‘workplaces’ of many drivers. These vehicles all carry a very precious cargo - humans. While the safety standards of roads and vehicles in general have improved in recent years, more needs to be done to provide a safer ‘workplace’ for the thousands of workers whose job is ‘on the road’.

Senate supports Greens call for new OHS laws to set high standards

29 March, 2010

A motion by the Australian Greens calling on the government to ensure there is no reduction in OHS standards, in implementing their new laws, has been backed by the Senate recently.

Europe calls for chemicals to be classified as ‘high concern’

29 March, 2010

A call has been issued by the European Chemicals Agency for eight chemicals, that are commonly used in industrial applications and processes, to be classified as hazardous.

University receives US$500,000 for construction fatality research

29 March, 2010

RMIT University, located in Melbourne, has received a significant grant from the US safety regulator NIOSH to conduct research into construction-site safety.

WorkSafe inspector attacked

29 March, 2010

A WorkSafe Victoria inspector was recently attacked while attempting to caution a person riding dangerously on a rubbish collection vehicle.

New Australian entity for quality, safety and performance

19 March, 2010

Making Australia a safer place is one of the motivations behind a new initiative that will combine the skills and vision of four key standards entities to form the Technical Infrastructure Alliance.

Vocam Safety-TV online training

18 March, 2010 | Supplied by: Vocam Pty Ltd

The Vocam Safety-TV incorporates over 25 safety channels and is regularly updated, with selected titles available in French, German, Spanish, Hispanic, Mandarin, Malay and Cantonese. The online safety training and human resources library includes over 600 online training videos and e-learning courses.

Victorian mining industry promotes safety

11 March, 2010

Members of the mining industry in Victoria recently met with WorkSafe to address managing workplace hazards more effectively.

The 2010 WorkSafe Victoria Awards open soon

11 March, 2010

WorkSafe is encouraging workplace safety professionals to register for this year’s WorkSafe Victoria Awards, which open in April.

Abigroup opens multipurpose construction training facility

09 March, 2010

Mobile heavy machinery simulators that use world-first technology have been deployed in Abigroup’s new $6 million multipurpose construction training facility in the Gold Coast, recently opened by the Queensland Premier, the Honourable Anna Bligh.

Senior safety executives' salaries have tumbled

08 March, 2010

The salaries of Australia’s top safety executives fell by an average $59,000 during the last 12 months, a recent survey reveals.

Kirk’s new Enterprise - The High Court reigns in OHS regulators

05 March, 2010 by Andrew Douglas*

The implications of the recent High Court ruling in the Kirk case have far-reaching effects on the powers of OHS regulators.

WorkSafe Victoria weathers financial storm

04 March, 2010

The recently released WorkSafe Victoria financial report shows that the organisation has dramatically improved its financial position after the GFC.

Supervision blitz on construction sites

23 February, 2010

WorkSafe Victoria has instigated an inspection campaign to visit construction sites, with a focus on supervision.

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