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Victoria will soon become the fourth Australian jurisdiction (following Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory) to introduce workplace manslaughter offences. The Workplace Safety Legislation Amendment (Workplace Manslaughter and other matters) Bill 2019 will become law in Victoria on 1 July 2020. What are these new workplace manslaughter laws? An expansion of existing…
Employers are legally responsible for ensuring that they do not expose (or allow employees to be exposed) to an unreasonable risk to their health and safety. If an employee is directed or allowed by arrangement to work from home, that obligation follows them home.  While it is usually not difficult to set up and manage…
The arrival of storm season is a good time to brush up on storm safety principles for your workplace. There are numerous fatalities and injuries throughout Australia every year that can be directly attributed to thunderstorm activity. Many of these tragedies take place at work and could be avoided with proper thunderstorm risk procedures in…
We all know we need to be assessing and managing risk in the workplace. The law is extremely clear that risk assessment is one of the key responsibilities of business owners and managers. Using the guidance provided by the Code of Practice for manual handling/manual tasks relevant to your state/territory is one of the most…
First aid is an essential part of health and safety compliance. As an employer, you are required to provide, so far as is reasonably practicable, a safe working environment and adequate facilities for the welfare of employees. This includes having appropriate first aid measures in place, including first aid kits and suitably trained first aid…
In our last blog, we covered some things you, as employer or manager, should be aware of when managing an ageing workforce. Now we will cover 6 more things – we hope it’s helpful! 1. Less tolerance for extreme temperatures ie heat and cold maintain an optimum worksite temperature, also ensuring quality airflow and shelter is…
Whether you’re in HR, the WHS officer, a manager/supervisor or a worker, our ageing workforce impacts you. It’s one of the biggest issues facing Australia today, and requires targeted management. A large percentage of the Australian workforce are over 65. They bring extremely valuable knowledge and experience to the workplace, however they also face age-specific…
Christmas is a time for good food and good times. There’s lots of parties and the weather is warming up – it’s a great time of year! But as an employer it can turn into your worst nightmare, if you are not prepared. If you’re having a Christmas function for your employees this year, make…
Do you wear high heels regularly? Many people do, and while they look great, they don’t do great things to your body! Foot and ankle injuries, back problems and changes in your posture are all possible side-effects of wearing heels all the time. We think your feet are kind of important – you use them…
Australian employers are required by law to provide their employees, contractors and those who visit their facilities with a safe and healthy workplace. Ensuring that your business complies with these duties will prevent prosecution or fines, and will also help to maintain staff. The scope of the responsibility requires employers to: Provide and maintain a…
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