2012

Articles

  • Random Drug Tests OK

    The Federal Court has rejected a union (CFMEU) bid to prohibit random drug testing. The union objected to the tests last year

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  • Electrical Safety Recall

    An electrical safety recall has been issued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for a selection of HPM white extension leads. The extension leads were sold nationally between 1 March and 14 June 2012 in the following retail outlets: Mitre-10, Officeworks, Dick Smith Electronics and Big W.

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  • Unfair Dismissal: Employer Did Not Follow Bullying Code

    A female supervisor accused of bullying workers is to receive compensation after the WA Industrial Relations Court found the employer had unfairly dismissed the supervisor, as it had failed to follow the Code of Practice: Violence, Aggression and Bullying at Work.

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  • Diesel Fumes Now Classified as Carcinogenic

    In June 2012, the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) upgraded the classification of diesel engine exhaust from “probably carcinogenic to humans” to “carcinogenic to humans.”

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  • The Difference between a JSA and SWMS

    We recently received an enquiry about the difference between a job safety analysis (JSA) and a safe work method statement (SWMS).

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  • Safety Performance Survey 2012

    Every year we facilitate a survey to benchmark safety performance, primarily in Australia and New Zealand, with our clients and readers of our newsletter.

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  • Defibrillators in the Workplace

    If you choose to provide an AED you should locate it in a clearly visible location, accessible to all persons in the area, and clearly sign posted. Regular maintenance needs to be undertaken to ensure that the unit is functional and the pads are not out of date (eg St John’s Ambulance recommends a weekly light check). 

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  • $85,000 Fine for 50 year Old Hazard

    A South Australian employer has been fined $85,000 after a worker suffered injuries to the head after an object from a well-known hazard fell on him. The employer had known about the hazard for a number of years due to other incidents, but the hazard had existed since about 1964.  An integral weakness in an overhead trolley system. 

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  • Falling Objects

    According to the Safe Work Australia Report Notified Fatalities 2010/11, death by falling objects has increased over the last few years (see Figure 2 above). Although it has not exceeded historical peak levels, this is the first time in the last 10 years that it has been the primary factor of workplace deaths. 

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  • Reducing Fatalities

    Most workplace safety campaigns focus on “high frequency, low severity” incidents. For example; slips, trips, cuts and manual handling strains, in an attempt to reduce injury rates. This allows us to report a reduction in lost time and medical treatment injuries.

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