How effective + efficient is an OHSMS in practice?

Occupational Health and Safety management shifted in the late 1970s from an approach that focused on adherence to prescriptive legislation, to an approach that focused on an organisation taking responsibility for its own management of its unique risk profile. This approach was utilised later by…

Healthy workers, healthy results

Did you know that healthy workers are more motivated, report higher rates of job satisfaction and have fewer sick days? Or that by valuing the health of your workers you can improve your organisation’s corporate image, reduce staff turnover and increase employee engagement? Get Healthy…

The world's no.1 stairway evacuation chair

In the event of an emergency such as an earthquake or a fire, lifts should not be used in multi-storey buildings. Thankfully all buildings are equipped with stair escape routes, but what happens when you can’t use them due to a disability or injury? The…

A new safety device for rigging + handling keeps workers out of the load shadow

When scaffolder Shaun Cottone saw a fellow worker engaging in a hazardous but common habit, a bit of quick thinking led to a lightbulb moment which could change the way we rig. One of the biggest safety risks when rigging for cranes is the simple…

Secrets to ageing well in the workplace

Secrets to ageing well in the workplace

By Terry Wong, Move 4 Life #1 It’s all in your head! In preparation for my Safety in Action Sydney seminar, talking about how companies can future-proof an ageing workforce against sprains and strains (which I originally delivered at the Perth Safety Show in June…

Does your workplace comply with Work Health Safety laws?

New Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws have been implemented through a new model that applies to all employers operating within the Commonwealth jurisdiction. A crucial factor of the changes is the expansion of the laws beyond an employer/employee relationship, defining the primary duty holder…

Watch your language… and not `just' the swear words!

By Michelle Farley, Director SafetyJourney Safe Work Australia has recently released its Work-Related Traumatic Fatalities, Australia 2013 report. This report notes that the Construction Industry suffered 19 work related fatalities in 2013, the lowest number for this industry since records began in 2003. Whilst this…