Another step closer to the model work health and safety laws

16 December, 2009 by Lea Constantine*

Some important amendments to the model Safe Work Act 2009 were recommended by Safe Work Australia to the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council (WRMC) when the WRMC met on 11 December 2009.

WorkSafe says there’s no excuse for shortcuts in tough times

15 December, 2009

WorkSafe is reminding Victorian employers that their legal obligations in helping an injured worker return to safe and sustainable work remain unchanged in difficult economic times.

Victoria’s workplace death toll highest since 2001

15 December, 2009

Statistics from WorkSafe indicate that Victoria’s workplace death toll is the highest it has been since 2001.

WorkCover guide for residential construction industry

15 December, 2009

A site-specific induction guide for housing industry builders was released recently by WorkCover NSW.

Business pleads guilty to seven workers compensation offences

08 December, 2009

A company that deliberately neglected its workers compensation responsibilities to one of its workers was fined in court on seven offences.

Increase in work-related fatalities

07 December, 2009

Two reports recently released by Safe Work Australia identify an alarming increase in the number of workplace fatalities during the last two years.

Sperian wins safety product award

02 December, 2009

The Miller by Sperian Twin Turbo Fall Protection System won an award for best Fall Protection at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo in the US.

The Australian Government Building and Construction OHS Accreditation Scheme

01 December, 2009

Construction companies considering undertaking government construction projects as head contractor for federally funded building works valued at $3 million or more may need to be accredited under the Australian Government Building and Construction OHS Accreditation Scheme.

US study identifies health concerns for shift workers

01 December, 2009

Chronobiology International has published a 14-year study that shows nightshift workers are at a significantly increased risk of impaired glucose metabolism.

Safety alert for air-conditioning installation

01 December, 2009

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has issued a Safety Alert to warn installers of air-conditioning systems about the risk of working on pressurised plant.

WorkSafe says no room for shortcuts or complacency

01 December, 2009

WorkSafe Victoria is calling on both employers and workers to make a concerted effort to keep December fatality free.

Victoria workplace death toll at highest level in eight years

30 November, 2009

Victoria’s work-related death toll is at the highest point for this time of the year since 2001.

WA safety inspection campaign reveals problems

30 November, 2009

A WorkSafe inspection campaign of manufacturing workplaces in Wangara in Western Australia has revealed some good standards in occupational safety and health management, but many areas of concern.

Successful prosecutions in WA serve as a reminder on demolition licences

30 November, 2009

In two separate incidents, a company and three individuals have been prosecuted in Western Australia for chosing to carry out demolitions without appropriate licences.

Updated standard assists businesses manage risk

30 November, 2009

Standards Australia released a new edition of the Risk Management Standard, following the release of the first international standard to assist executives in managing risk effectively.

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