November is National Asbestos Awareness Month


November is National Asbestos Awareness Month  and this year’s events will include the second International Conference on Asbestos Awareness and Management.

Last year’s conference was held in Melbourne but this year the event will take place at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Brisbane’s Southbank.

The conference will feature experts in asbestos management, health, advocacy and governance from Australia and abroad.

According to the event website, the conference will feature a focus on how Australia can play an influential role in reducing the reliance on asbestos in South East Asia.

Register here.


Safest Workers in the Country

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Workers in Gympie in Queensland are among the safest in the country, according to data from WorkSafe Australia.

The region was one of the few areas in the region and the country that had no injury or fatality compensation claims accepted in the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 financial years.

Workplace health and safety is a crucial topic that employers need to concern themselves with. While safety has improved over the last 2 decades, there is still alot more that needs to be done to bring down the number of serious injuries claims nation wide – in the 2012-2013 period there were 118,000 across Australia.




Controlling Noise Exposure at Work Crucial to Safety

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With Hearing Awareness Week having just ended its important that we put some of the knowledge gained into action, particularly when it comes to controlling noise exposure in the workplace.

Remember 37 per cent of haring loss is due to noise injury and is preventable. Also keep in mind that once you have lost hearing, it cannot be regained, so prevention of hearing loss is crucial.

In order to control noise in the workplace employers must

  1. Eliminate the source of the noise
  2. Buy quieter machinery
  3. Use administrative controls such as training staff and job rotation to control noise
  4. Provide workers with PPE and train them on its use

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Women Apprehensive about Male Dominated Industries


According to a recent international survey of about 1000 women, most women stay away from traditionally male dominated industries such as construction  because of  typically “macho behaviour” and male colleagues that are “patronising”. These 2 reasons were even more motivation for women to refrain from construction work than low pay or boredom.

Read more about the research here. 

Sleeping Problems linked to Health Risks

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If you address your sleeping problems, you will probably also address other health issues, leading psychologist explains.

Naomi Armitage, Director of Gryphon Psychology recently speaking at WorkCover Queensland  mental health forum in Brisbane stated that one’s sleeping is an indication of their overall health.

She explained that although we know that tiredness affects or moods, chronic sleep problems are often associated with mental health problems.

Find out more here.

Falls from Flatbed Trucks and Trailers – WorkCover Safety Alert

The video below is the latest in a series of safety videos released by WorkCover NSW to educate workers and employers about common hazards and associated risks, which have resulted in a number of workplace injuries recently.

Watch the video below which addresses falls from flatbed trucks and trailers as this can happen when loading and unloading vehicles on the construction site.




Employers Beware of the Affects of Alcohol Abuse on Your Business

As we approach “Dry July” employers are being encouraged to recognise the negative affects of alcohol abuse on their business.

“Dry July” is an initiative that challenges adult participants to abstain from alcohol for the month in support of cancer patients.


In an article on, Drug Info Australia statistics were quoted which revealed that alcohol/drug abuse cost Australian workplaces an estimated  $6 billion per year in lost productivity. They also reveal that half of Australian workers drink at harmful levels.

Employers should address these issues in their workplace, for the health and safety of their workers and for the benefit of their business.