Both the Victorian and NSW Labour parties have committed to legislate for a new criminal offence of Workplace Manslaughter if elected. This follows the lead of the ACT, Queensland and the UK who all have Industrial Manslaughter Laws in place already. The legislation will be designed to severely punish companies and employers with higher fines and significant jail time.
755 chemicals were added to Australia's Hazardous Chemical Information System (HCIS) in May this year. Another 672 substances had their classifications amended. The HCIS provides information on chemicals that have been classified in accordance with Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals for manufacturers, importers, suppliers and end users.
One in five Australian workers is currently experiencing a mental illness1. This means that the impact of mental illness in the workplace is going to be significant in terms of lost productivity, turnover of staff, absenteeism and the impact on other workers. Sane Australia conducted research which showed that 95% of respondents believed that employers and managers need more education and training about how to manage the effects of mental illness in the workplace. This makes it easy to understand why Safe Work Australia released a National Guidance on Work-related Psychological Health and Safety on the 14th June this year.
For over 30 years JTA have been providing health and safety audits for businesses across Australia. With expertise in health, safety and noise regulations & requirements, we can help you business maintain compliance with your local laws. Read the following articles for information on JTA services.
Without proper management, dangerous goods can pose a serious risk to the health and safety of workers and the surrounding environment. To ensure you meet your legal responsibilities, identifying and managing any risks associated with dangerous goods needs to be addressed by providing employees with information, training and supervision. JTA have qualified and experienced Occupational Hygienists ready to help you navigate dangerous goods legislation with an audit.
With the purchase of Industrial Audiometric Services in 2004, JTA now services workplaces with audiometric testing in our mobile units. Then, in 2007, the purchases of Noise Management Services and Hearing Conservation Services of Australia has allowed us to expand our fleet of mobile audiometric testing units nationwide with the ability to also run WorkCover accredited audiometric screening courses.
In accordance with WHS laws, asbestos clearance inspections must be carried out by an independent assessor after any asbestos removal work. JTA have qualified and experienced asbestos assessors ready to assist with your residential, commercial and industrial sites. The importance of a thorough asbestos inspection is often understated, particularly if a class A (friable asbestos) removal has occurred, as asbestos fibres can cause dangerous and fatal diseases if inhaled.
JTA are experts in asbestos identification, assessment and management. We can help you navigate this highly regulated area at national and state level. By inspecting the site, collecting samples, using an independent NATA-accredited laboratory to analyse the samples, and developing a risk assessment report for asbestos-containing materials (ACMs), we provide comprehensive asbestos audits.
JTA have upcoming audiometry courses for individuals looking to perform in-house hearing tests. Run over the three days, our comprehensive course meets the competency requirements for audiometrists as outlined in Occupational Noise Management Part 4 Auditory assessment. Conducted in either large, centralised locations or small, on-site sessions, the training will be in the form of lectures, participation, practical sessions and a final assignment.