For many people from countries which consider themselves somewhere at the front end of new ideas in health and safety, the launch of an international Vision Zero campaign supported by many countries at last week’s World Congress for Safety and Health at Work is raising both eyebrows and blood pressure.
The Malacca straight (above) is a busy place, and so is the World Congress for Safety and Health at Work. I was honoured yesterday to Chair the session on Compliance Strategies, with speakers from five countries in a room with more than 1000 delegates in attendance.
A large majority of organisations are adopting a reactive approach to the use of innovative technology for safety outcomes, according to an OHS futurist.
In the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in the UK and the Lacrosse building fire in Victoria, the government as well as the building and construction supply chain need to make a concerted effort to ensure safe and compliant use of building products, according to Master Builders Australia.
Mine operators who fail to keep their workers safe face new penalties of up to $126,150 under legislation recently introduced into Queensland’s parliament.
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s Resources Regulator recently started prosecution proceedings against Newcrest Mining.
The serious impact of mental health issues in the workplace will be addressed in a new strategy recently launched by the NSW Government.
A Moorabbin building company and its director were recently convicted and fined a total of $880,000 over the death of a 21-year-old apprentice at a Caulfield South construction site in August 2013.
WorkSafe Victoria and SafeWork NSW recently focused on young workers in collaborating in the Yarrawonga/Mulwala region as part of this year’s cross-border construction program.
A crane operator and partner in a WA crane business has been fined $15,000 (and ordered to pay $3,577 in costs) over an incident in which he caused a dogman to suffer electrical burns when he operated the crane too close to power lines.
Western Australia’s McGowan Government will increase penalties for workplace safety offences to bring the state into line with others and ensure penalties better reflect the importance of a safe workplace.
A WA roofing company has been fined $70,000 (and ordered to pay costs of $1369) after a labourer was seriously injured in a fall through a skylight.
There is an increasingly high incidence of chronic venous disease in today’s working population, however, venous and leg health is an area of health often overlooked by OHS, according to an expert in the area.
We were proud this week to be part of the signing of the Singapore Accord along with 40 organisational signatories across 23 countries, agreeing to adopt The OHS Professional Capability Framework - a Global Framework for Practice.
Australians employed in the mining, construction and utilities industries are most likely to drink alcohol at levels that increase both short- and long-term risk of harm and disease, according to the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.
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