What does a leader need to focus their time and energy on, to improve their organisation’s safety?

By Marc McLaren, Director, Generative HSE It can be well argued through evidence-based research that a leader plays a critical role in improving an organisation’s safety. While in the field it’s not always clear what attributes and practices a leader must pursue to improve their…

Wear a black hard hat and support worker mental health

1 in 5 Australians suffer from mental illness every year. In fact, mental illness is responsible for higher rates of absenteeism at work than physical illness and injury, and costs Australians $11 Billion per year. To do something about this, ProChoice Safety Gear has teamed…

How the law recognises a workplace bully

By Siobhan Flores-Walsh, Partner Norton Rose Fulbright The federal government’s 2012 inquiry into a legal response to bullying produced the so-called `stop bullying jurisdiction’ of the Fair Work Commission (FWC). It is early days, however it is unlikely that this jurisdiction will stop or even…

The importance of SMS in the workplace

Do you have a Safety Management System for your workplace? This comprehensive business management system is designed to manage safety elements in the workplace and according to Senior Safety Officer, David Solomon from Master Builders Association New South Wales it should be a key part…

How can we build a safer construction industry? A chat with Dr Susanne Bahn.

The building and construction industry in WA has a poor safety record due, in the main, to the many unique challenges it faces. Included among them are a tendency towards subcontracting, an influx of unskilled workers (which in itself has its own safety implications) and…

Is V2V communication the solution to future crash prevention?

Imagine a world where accidents between vehicles are non-existent. This could soon be a reality, with research underway in Australia and overseas to improve “vehicle to vehicle” (V2V) safety. The US government is looking to make V2V communication mandatory in a bid to reduce the…

The Three Legged Stool of Personal SafetyTM

By Cristian Sylvestre, SafeStart Last edition we covered the specific state to error risk patterns that result in inattention or human error.  This edition we will find out how to manage safety holistically. There are three broad approaches that minimise the risk of a person…