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Final Report On the Model WHS Laws
Posted April 03, 2019 | Category: Health Blog, Safety Blog, Noise Blog
The final report on the Model Work Health and Safety Laws review, by Marie Boland, former Executive Director of SafeWork SA, was released in December 2018.  Reassuringly the review found that “the model WHS laws are, for the most part, working as intended”.  However, it also went further into the detail of the regulations, uncovering dissatisfaction with specific provisions and making 34 recommendations which, if implemented, could significantly affect the substance of the current laws and their enforcement.  
Bushfire Is a Real Risk In Australia
Posted April 03, 2019 | Category: Safety Blog
Australia is one of the most bushfire prone countries in the world. This means that across a range of industries workers may be affected by bush fires while commuting to or from work or their home location. Have you considered this when reviewing risks and implementing policies?
silica is the new asbestos
Posted September 21, 2018 | Category: Safety Blog
You might be surprised to hear that, in safety circles, silica is now often referred to as "the new asbestos."  It poses a significant health hazard and could rival the impact of asbestos in the years to come.  Unfortunately the spike in new cases of silica related illnesses is due to a lack of understanding and poor workplace controls. Silica is far more widespread than most people realise and could be a serious health hazard at your workplace.
Ready for the new law
Posted September 21, 2018 | Category: Safety Blog, Health Blog
On 1 October 2018, significant changes were made to the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws. They will have an impact on many industries and on many businesses. If you’re in the heavy vehicle transport ‘supply chain’ you will have a duty of care to proactively identify hazards and work to remove or minimise risks. Whether you’re involved in maintenance, construction, transportation or management you will be affected.
chemicals to be aware of
Posted July 18, 2018 | Category: Safety Blog
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.
UV Radiation + Skin Cancer at Work
Posted April 03, 2019 | Category: Safety Blog
In 2003 a skin cancer judgment found skin cancer was ‘serious’ and ‘dangerous’ enough for a retired truck driver to sue his employer of 35 years for damages, putting sun protection and potentially UVR protection more generally, on the agenda for employers.
Noise Regulations
Posted December 20, 2018 | Category: Noise Blog, Health Blog, Safety Blog
As part of the OHS Regulations you have a duty of care to ensure that your employees aren’t exposed to noise which is harmful to their health and safety. In order to comply with the regulations you must identify, assess and control the noise risk to your employees and others
dangerous goods
Posted September 21, 2018 | Category: Safety Blog
The recent, huge West Footscray fire in Victoria triggered a “WorkSafe and EPA blitz” in the area of the blaze. To date, WorkSafe report they have visited 78 sites and have issued 68 Improvement Notices in relation to the handling and storage of dangerous goods. However, the blitz continues and the number of Notices will rise. This raises a question for all of you – are you absolutely sure that potentially dangerous chemicals are being stored correctly at your premises?  The storage and handling of Dangerous Goods can be complex and have significant implications for your organization if controls are inadequate. JTA can provide expert advice.
Get Ready For Workplace Manslaughter Laws
Posted July 18, 2018 | Category: Safety Blog
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.
mental health
Posted July 18, 2018 | Category: Health Blog, Safety Blog
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.