WorkSafe Victoria Advertising Campaign Redefines Workplace Safety

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WorkSafe Victoria launched an advertising campaign which shared the opinions of working Victorians to highlight the changing nature of what health and safety at work means.

People from a range of industries talk about their own workplace health and safety views.

According to WorkSafe Chief Executive Clare Amies, the campaign will hopefully reinforce the importance of physical and mental health, safety and wellbeing for every worker.

She highlighted that as the workforce ages, the industry mix evolves and people work more flexibly and in broader types of employment, the concept of ‘work’ itself is changing.

She also said that health and safety must include prevention of mental injury, as well as physical health and safety.

Read more at http://www.worksafenews.com.au/news/item/662-new-campaign-redefines-workplace-safety.html

The ACT Government introduces New Work Health and Safety Legislation

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New work health and safety legislation introduced in the Legislative Assembly which will be debated over the coming months, will require more worker training and consultation on construction sites over $5million in the ACT.

The Work Health and Safety Amendment Bill 2018 which is expected to come into effect on January 1, 2019 will require employers to establish work groups in consultation with eligible unions and organise the election of Health and Safety Representatives, establish a Health and Safety Committee and ensure Health and Safety Committee members have received the necessary training.

The new legislation exceeds what is provided for in the national harmonised Workplace Health and Safety laws, raising the standard of communication and consultation on health and safety in the construction industry.

Find out  more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/06/new-work-health-safety-legislation-introduced-act/#.WzCtWiAlE1l

Whistleblower Condemns Industry After Backpacker Construction Site Death

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Are construction industry employees and apprentices receiving adequate safety training and supervision on the job? This is the question being raised after the recent deaths in the sector including the death of German backpacker Marianka Heumann at an East Perth construction site recently.

In the month of October, 5 construction workers were killed on the job. One industry insider, Simon Waters has spoken out about a lack of supervision which he says is a major concern.

Waters was working on building sites around Perth several months ago, looking after apprentices and the site where Ms Heumann died was one of those in his care.

He said he left the organisation because of the lack of safety he discovered there. He explained that people worked without any regard for safety and there were no exclusion zones.

Mr Waters left the job after only 6 weeks and Ms Heumann’s death occurred just 3 weeks later.

Find out more at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-06/construction-industry-safety-whistleblower-speaks-out-over-death/7996660

Getting Involved in Safe Work Month 2015

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National Safe Work Month 2015 is fast approaching and there will be safety events held all over the country, workers are encouraged to get involved.

This year’s theme is ‘Be safe. Be healthy. Because’ 

Each week a different reason to keep safe and healthy on the work site will be highlighted.

For more information visit http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/media-events/safety-month/pages/nswm

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.

WorkCover To Inspect a Maitland CBD Redevelopment Site

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WorkCover will investigate safety at a Maitland redevelopment site after concerns were raised by locals.

According to the article on Abc.net.au, the Levee project is a multi-million dollar project that will include the refurbishment of High Street in Maitland.

Some of the concerns raised by locals include traffic hazards and unsafe walkways. Construction has been delayed because of the complaints.

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Forum Gives Construction Employers Useful Mental Health Tools

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WorkCover Queensland’s mental health forum was recently held in Brisbane and mining and construction employers benefited from access to a range of tools, resources and experience.

The forum was entitled Working together to improve mental health. 

Mates in Construction and Beyond Blue provided attendees with advice on managing the mental health of mining and construction workers, who have been identified as a particularly at-risk sector of the workforce.

Missed the forum? Read more here.

Lack of Quality Sleep contributing to Workplace Injuries

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Did you know that sleeping in the dark is good for you?

A recent post on TheConversation.com discussed the importance of good quality sleep for optimal health. In order to function effectively it is important that we get not only an adequate amount of sleep, but the right quality of sleep, which may involve sleeping in the dark.

Lack of sleep and fatigue has been linked to serious health effects as well as workplace injuries.

Read more here.

ACTU wants Tougher Workplace Safety Laws

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) sees the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program as an opportunity to ensure the safety of workers.

According to ACTU better work safety laws are needed in order to decrease the number of injuries and fatalities in the workplace.

The Assistant Secretary of ACTU Michael Borowick recently said that the Royal Commission’s main focus should be to improve the safety of Australian workers.

Borowick also advised that the Royal Commission recommend the introduction of Industrial Manslaughter legislation and tougher penalties for employers that breach existing legislation. ACTU then called for increased resources to be made available to regulators.

Borowick explained that Industrial Manslaughter laws could change community attitudes around criminally reckless negligence at work and thereby reduce the number of workplace fatalities.

He also called for harsher penalties for employers who breach legislation and risk the safety of their employees. However he warned that regulators need more resources if they are to accomplish their role in ensuring that the strictest safety standards are adhered to.

Ultimately “meaningful reform” can be established by the Royal Commission and the opportunity to do so should not be wasted, he said.

Australian legislation already dictates that all workers who enter into work on a construction site undergo general construction industry induction training in the form of the White Card.

This is the first step to ensuring worker safety in the construction industry. Workers who are untrained are basically stepping onto a construction site unarmed for the hazards and the risks they will exposed to.

In addition to making good safety sense, it is the law. Anyone without a White Card cannot work on a building site regardless of their position or trade.

What does White Card training entail?

There are basically 2 ways you can choose to complete the training – the traditional face to face manner in a classroom like environment or the much simpler and more convenient method of online training.

Obviously the online method is the most popular because it involves the least hassle. Students begin by registering online and making the payment of just [price]. Thereafter you complete the course online, all you need is a computer with internet access, a printer and a phone to finish the course.

There are 2 assessments involved, an online assessment divided into 4 sections and a verbal telephone based assessment. The online assessment is comprehensive and most students take just 3 hours to complete it but you can choose to complete it at your own pace all at once or smaller chunks over a period of time.

Once the online part of the assessments is complete, you make a phone call using our 1300 number and speak to one of our assessors who administer the verbal assessment. This part of the training takes only a few minutes to complete and once done, you are well on your way to working on a construction site.

All that’s left is for you to fill in a form and upload it to our system with a certified copy of your ID. We will dispatch your White Card in the mail within a few days. For more information or to register visit our homepage today!