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Covid-19 Noise
Posted June 16, 2020 | Category: Noise Blog
Exposure to noise in the workplace can induce hearing loss, which may lead to communication difficulties, social isolation, and reduced quality of life. COVID or no COVID, you are still required to provide a safe work place in terms of noise and Worksafe still expect compliance with relevant legislation and regulations as normal. In fact, WorkSafe is still visiting sites and issuing fines so you have no room for complacency. Whilst you are still required to comply with legislation and regulations, social distancing has changed the way that both Occupational and Environmental Noise Assessments have to be conducted.
Posted April 22, 2020 | Category: Webinars
There’s a lot of misinformation doing the rounds about what we should and shouldn’t do during the COVID-19 crisis. No wonder we’re all uncertain about how to keep ourselves, our families and our employees safe. Each day presents new challenges.
Posted March 20, 2020 | Category: Uncategorized
At JTA we value the safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers and suppliers. Currently we are actively monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and we are implementing our business contingency plans to keep our employees and clients safe.
Workplace Manslaughter
Posted March 10, 2020 | Category: Safety Blog, Health Blog

The Victorian Government promised to be tough on workplace manslaughter and they have followed through with laws that came into effect on 27 November, 2019. Their media release makes it very clear that employers have been put on notice and face tough penalties. In order to enforce the new workplace manslaughter laws the Government has increased regulatory activity and inspection numbers. 

Useful Links
Posted January 21, 2020 | Category: Safety Blog, Health Blog
We’ve compiled a list of links that is useful for businesses in fire affected areas to help manage the risks to people and property. Please let us know if there are any other links you think we should add.
Posted May 01, 2020 | Category: Webinars
COVID-19 has changed our lives and the way we conduct our businesses. To help you adapt to the new norm we are launching our COVID-19 SERIES of live webinars. Each webinar will address a key area across our portfolio of health, safety and noise. Our first webinar looks at How COVID-19 is affecting what we’re hearing.
Posted April 08, 2020 | Category: Safety Blog
Facemasks: to wear or not to wear, what type, what are their capabilities – here are some facts for you. Firstly, there is great sense in the official policy (as per the ABC Website) that “face masks are not recommended for healthy individuals, but essential for health workers and sick people”.
Managing Exposure
Posted March 10, 2020 | Category: Safety Blog, Health Blog
Do you work with engineered stone? WorkSafe Victoria has just released a new compliance code that is relevant for employers or self-employed people who manufacture, import or supply engineered stone. It’s also relevant to employees and health and safety representatives who work with engineered stone. The new compliance code provides practical advice on how you can comply with your duties and obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act) and Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (OHS Regulations).
Fall Prevention
Posted March 10, 2020 | Category: Safety Blog
WorkSafe inspectors in Victoria are checking construction sites to make sure fall risks are being controlled including if scaffolds are safe and fit for purpose. Construction is a known high fall risk sector accounting for 37% of falls-related fatalities however all workplaces where falls are a risk need to consider their controls. Sadly, according to Safe Work Australia, more than one in 10 work-related fatalities are caused by a fall from height and, as recently as the 3rd February this year, a serious accident involving scaffolding was in the news. 
Smoke Haze
Posted January 21, 2020 | Category: Safety Blog, Health Blog
Organisations have a duty to ensure they provide a safe workplace, so far as reasonably practicable and this duty extends to managing exposure to bushfire smoke. Workers with greater sensitivity, such as those with asthma, cardiac or pulmonary conditions or those conducting strenuous or prolonged work outside are at greatest risk, especially in hazardous levels. WorkSafe Victoria has released guidance on bushfire smoke which outlines the general approach organisations should take to managing their workers exposure to bushfire smoke.