Low level falls can kill

09 March, 2005

A company has been fined the Magistrates' Court's jurisdictional limit of $100,000 after a workplace death at the Sportsgirl shop at the Southland Shopping Centre.

Workplace radiation safety standard

04 March, 2005

Government testing authorities have confirmed that it is possible for microwave ovens that show no sign of physical damage to emit radiation levels that exceed the Australian Standard and International emission limit.

Fire engineering now trendy

28 February, 2005

Fire safety engineering has helped to create a masterpiece in urban re-generation in the newly opened building known as 'The Refinery' at Cutters Landing in Brisbane.

Mine found guilty over disaster

17 January, 2005

The owners and operators of a Hunter Valley colliery have been found guilty of safety breaches that led to the deaths of four miners in the Gretley disaster almost eight years ago.

Saliva tests for drivers

14 January, 2005

Victorian police will start using saliva swabs to randomly test drivers for drugs. Police will test drivers for traces of cannabis and methamphetamine, known as 'speed' and used by long haul road transport drivers to stop them falling asleep at the wheel.

Asbestos workers face checks

13 December, 2004

Inspectors would make random visits to building sites to improve safety and compliance in the asbestos and demolition industry, the New South Wales Government has announced.

Reserves to protect coastline

06 December, 2004

Army Reserves will have a greater role in the defence of Australia by providing security elements for Australian Naval vessels, the Minister for Defence Robert Hill announced recently.

The hidden cost of office chairs

06 December, 2004 by Helen Thurloe & David Parker | Supplied by: Uplifting Solutions Pty Ltd

It might seem fanciful to assert that office chairs are responsible for an increasing proportion of workers' compensation claims, but recent figures show musculo-skeletal injuries are increasing in office working environments. How is this happening?

Doctors need more safety

04 September, 2004

While complacency within the medical profession was rapidly becoming an incident of the past, medical practitioners still needed help in ensuring they were subject to the same safety checks and balances as other professions, a leading heart surgeon said.

Leakage testing now mandatory

26 August, 2004

On the 20th of February, 2004, Standards Australia formally announced the release of the updated AS3760:2003. This standard covers the procedure for testing and tagging.

Unions cry foul over safety strategy

20 August, 2004

A federal target to reduce deaths at work by a fifth over 10 years has been spurned by the construction workers union as "pure rhetoric".

SRA fined for serious workplace injury

18 August, 2004

The State Rail Authority of NSW has been fined $149,500 by the NSW Industrial Relations Commission sitting in court session following the serious injury of a guard who fell from a moving train at Mortdale railway station.

Can the law make workplaces safer?

07 July, 2004 by Branko Miletic, Journalist

Can changing the law make it safer to go to work or are there still too many accidents waiting to happen? Depending who you talk to, the potential value of industrial manslaughter legislation varies from being pivotal to utterly useless

How safe is our food?

10 May, 2004

Between bacterial outbreaks, viral pandemics, irradiation and the continuing controversy surrounding food additives and genetic modification, it seems that the safety of what we consume regularly comes into question.

Deodorant link to breast cancer

22 April, 2004

New evidence of a possible link between anti-perspirants and breast cancer has emerged.

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