OHS News

The latest in OHS and WHS news from Australia and around the world.

Work Health and Safety Qld: Regional injury heat maps show where work is needed

Thursday, 31 October 2013
Following positive industry feedback for the harm index, which shows employers exactly where more needs to be done to improve work safety, W...

Work Health and Safety Qld: Amendments being considered to work health and safety laws

Thursday, 31 October 2013
The Queensland Government has been reviewing work health and safety laws in Queensland and giving businesses an opportunity to provide feedb...

WorkSafe WA: Construction company fined $65,000 over fall death

Tuesday, 22 October 2013
A Great Southern construction company has been fined $65,000 over the death of a man who fell seven metres through a skylight in the roof of...

WorkSafe WA: Safety of truck sleeper cabs in the spotlight

Thursday, 17 October 2013
afety concerns have prompted WorkSafe to take a close look at sleeper cabs in trucks involved in long distance trips.

Wormald implements fire protection solution at Nepean Hospital

Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Fire protection company Wormald has installed a comprehensive fire protection solution at the new surgical wing of Nepean Hospital in Penrit...

Noise Concerns Muffled

Sunday, 29 September 2013
A finalist at the NSW Minerals Council’s Community and Environment Excellence Awards, Yancoal’s Moolarben coal project has been commended fo...

Work Health and Safety Qld: Investigation of Quad Bike Incident

Sunday, 29 September 2013
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is investigating a quad bike incident that occurred at Alpha in Central Queensland.

WorkCover NSW: Cuts to WorkCover Inspectors

Sunday, 29 September 2013
THE Construction Forestry Mining and Energy says the NSW government and WorkCover NSW are axing safety inspectors and branches in an effort ...

WorkSafe Vic: New safety rules from ESV

Sunday, 29 September 2013
EnergySafe Victoria (ESV), the independent technical regulator responsible for electricity, gas and pipeline safety in Victoria, has recentl...

Are Employers Buying Their Way Out Of WHS Fines?

Thursday, 19 September 2013
Source: Safety Concepts Should an employer that is fined for non-compliance under the WHS laws be able to have the fine paid for by their in...

Government funding for work health part of business and community partnership

Tuesday, 3 September 2013
More than $200,000 has been granted to Zero Harm at Work Leadership Program members (refer to table below) in a matched funding initiative t...

WA to Go It Alone on WHS Laws

Thursday, 19 September 2013
Will Western Australia ever follow the other states and join in a harmonised set of WHS laws? It seems not.

Work Health and Safety Qld -- Amendments following Dive Safety Reference Group recommendations

Monday, 26 August 2013
Amendments have been made to the Safety in Recreational Water Activities Regulation 2011 (PDF, 360 kB) (SRWA Regulation 2011) and the Recrea...

Work Health and Safety Qld Information Sessions

Monday, 26 August 2013
Registration is now open! You are invited to our Safe Work Month 2013 information sessions. Hear from inspectors and advisors about how you ...

WorkCover NSW: Changes to Explosives Regulation

Tuesday, 3 September 2013
From September 1, The Explosives Regulation 2005 has been replaced with the updated Explosives Regulation 2013. While some licence fees and ...

WorkSafe Vic: Second young tradesman dies in less than seven hours

Tuesday, 3 September 2013
A 25-year-old electrician died while working on a house renovation in the Gippsland town of Yallourn North last week.

WorkSafe WA: Bulletin -- Mould in the workplace

Thursday, 7 March 2013
See links to WorkSafe WA bulletin below.

WorkSafe WA: Company fined $50,000 over drum explosion

Thursday, 7 March 2013
A Kwinana company has been fined a total of $50,000 over an incident in which an empty drum exploded, injuring an employee, and for failing ...

Former Defense Worker Loses Compensation Case

Tuesday, 22 January 2013
A worker that used to work for the public service and who has in the past been found guilty of defrauding the Defense Department has lost he...

Breakthrough pill can potentially protect firies from heat stress

Monday, 21 January 2013
A data-transmitting pill has the potential to save lives of many firefighters on the front line.

Prolonged standing & demanding jobs impact low-back health

Sunday, 20 January 2013
Strategies to address the occurrence of low-back pain in workers may benefit from focusing on a combination of work-related psychosocial and...

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland -- Asbestos film targets home renovators and tradies

Wednesday, 2 January 2013
Targeting home renovators and tradies alike, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has published a new film that shows how to locate...

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland -- Work health funding program applications now open

Wednesday, 2 January 2013
Eligible workplace consortiums, industry associations and not-for-profit organisations are invited to apply for grants of up to $50,000 for ...

Geelong company fined over crush incident

Wednesday, 17 October 2012
WorkSafe Victoria’s campaign against dangerous machines continues with an East Geelong company fined $55,000 today after a worker was dragge...

SafeWork SA: LEARNING TO MAKE OUR WORKING LIVES SAFER AND FAIRER

Friday, 14 September 2012
Safe Work Week, from Monday 22 to Friday 26 October 2012, is the opportunity for South Australians to learn more about improving work health...

WorkSafe Vic: Company fined $42,000 for safety failings

Tuesday, 28 August 2012
A garbage collection company was fined $42,000 yesterday over an incident where a 92kg bin lifting arm, fitted to a garbage truck, fell sudd...

WorkSafe Vic: Registering Ownership of Plant

Tuesday, 28 August 2012
WorkSafe Vic guidelines and online lodgement of ownership of plant.

Coast pub slapped with $75k fine

Wednesday, 1 August 2012
A SURFERS Paradise pub has been fined $75,000 after two chefs suffered chemical burns to their eyes and body while cleaning a greasy, blocke...

Licence to Perform High Risk Work - WorkSafe Vic

Wednesday, 1 August 2012
A licence to perform high risk work is required if you work with high risk equipment or plant. You can apply for 29 classes of competency un...

WorkSafe Vic: Parmalat Rowville - Talking Health, Thinking Safety - Parmalat Australia Limited

Wednesday, 1 August 2012
WorkSafe Vic shine the light on Paralat, Rowville in relation to their Workplace Health and Safety System.

WorkSafe WA: Kitchen hand injured while transferring hot oil to a hot oil disposal machine

Tuesday, 19 June 2012
A kitchen hand in a fast food outlet received hot oil burns to his face, neck, upper chest and arms as he was transferring hot oil from the ...

WorkSafe WA: Pumping of Hazardous Chemicals

Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Two workers were transferring chromic acid solution from an intermediate bulk container (IBC) to another vessel using a submersible sump pump.

Building company fined $15,000 after collapse of tilt-up panels

Friday, 1 June 2012
A building company has recently been fined $15,000 following the collapse of four concrete tilt-up panels in 2008 at a Perth construction site.

Franchise group workplace safety and complying with the new WHS Laws

Monday, 2 April 2012
New (OHS) workplace health and safety laws released in Qld, NSW, ACT, NT in January this year and slated for release in January 2013 for the...

Injured workers responsible for 74% of over $60b cost of workplace illness, injury

Friday, 1 June 2012
Injured workers were responsible for 74% of the $60.6 billion that workplace injury and illness cost Australians in the 2008-2009 fiscal yea...

QLD Safe Work Awards Open

Sunday, 3 June 2012
The Qld Safe Work Awards entries are now open, with Mal Meninga as Safety Ambassador for 2012

Have your say on new model codes of practice

Sunday, 1 April 2012
Businesses, industry and workers are encouraged to have their say on five new work health and safety model codes of practice that were relea...

WorkSafe WA: Have your say on work health and safety for the next decade (federal)

Monday, 2 April 2012
The framework for work health and safety in the nation for the next decade, the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022, was re...

WorkSafe Qld - Securing Loading Ramps for Mobile Plant

Monday, 26 March 2012
Reference article and materials: WorkSafe Qld http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/workplace/publications/alerts/secure-load-ramps/index.htm

WorkSafe Vic - Using Equipment to Access Stock

Sunday, 25 March 2012
WorkSafe Vic guidance document.

Young farm workers: speak up

Sunday, 25 March 2012
WorkSafe regularly attends agricultural field days to promote health and safety, answer your questions and talk about safety issues.

WorkCover NSW information - FIRST AID

Sunday, 25 March 2012
The specific obligations for a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU – the new term that includes employers) for first aid in th...

WorkCover NSW information - Health and Safety Reps

Sunday, 25 March 2012
Health and safety representatives (HSRs) are new to NSW and play an important role in representing the health and safety interests of worker...

Pushin' the barrow

Thursday, 15 March 2012
Greg Davies, site superintendant for Fulton Hogan, talks about preventing falls from earthmoving equipment.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is investigating three fatal incidents that occurred last week in Queensland.

Sunday, 11 March 2012
A worker was electrocuted while working on a billboard in the western Brisbane suburb of Sherwood.

The Invisible Army

Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Marissa Deeble from WorkSafe’s Prevention Strategy Division focuses on the safety of workers who perform cleaning tasks.

Top Five Things You Need to Know About the New Safety Laws

Wednesday, 7 March 2012
New work health and safety laws commenced in the Commonwealth, New South Wales, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, and the Northe...

OH&S Strategy Summit 2012 - Australia's occupational health and safety event

Tuesday, 6 March 2012
The OH&S Strategy Summit is one of the premier occupational health and safety events in Australia.

WorkSafe rolls out Safe Towns campaign in Bendigo

Tuesday, 6 March 2012
As part of the Safe Towns campaign, WorkSafe inspectors were scheduled to visit about 200 businesses in Bendigo to check on compliance with ...

National Safety Council to run OHS Harmonisation update

Thursday, 23 February 2012
The National Safety Council of Australia will hold an update on the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 in Canberra on 1 March.

New chair appointed for NSW mine safety council

Thursday, 23 February 2012
The NSW Mine Safety Advisory Council (MSAC) has appointed John Hannaford as its new chairman.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigates A380 engine failure

Friday, 3 February 2012
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating an uncontained engine failure on a Qantas A380, which cut out over Bantam Island, In...

Companies fined over farm death

Sunday, 1 January 2012
Two companies have each been fined $100,000 over a farm incident that killed a worker who was run over by a reversing tractor.

Work health and safety Act 2011

Friday, 3 February 2012
New work health and safety (WHS) laws replaced the occupational health and safety (OHS) laws in NSW on 1 January 2012.

Free workshop to help injured workers recover sooner

Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Work Safe Victoria will hold a free workshop showing employers how to help injured workers return to work sooner.

Staving off an OHS catastrophe?

Thursday, 19 January 2012
Bad drafting by inexperienced Canberra public servants, which was not picked up by politicians, is causing chaos in Australia’s drive to hav...

Li£e Savings - our new campaign

Tuesday, 17 January 2012
We know that good health and safety management doesn’t just mean that we stop people getting killed, injured or ill at work.

WHS (OHS) harmonisation update

Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Over 1200 submissions were made to Safe Work Australia recently as part of the public comment process for the draft model Work Health and Sa...

Fair Work allows HWE to continue urine testing

Sunday, 11 December 2011
Fair Work Australia has upheld the right of mining contractor HWE to take urine samples of workers, despite protests from the Construction, ...

Mechanic bleeds to death

Sunday, 11 December 2011
A 53-year-old mechanic has bled to death after cutting his elbow working on the brakes of a digger at an industrial equipment auctioneer in ...

Effective OHS policies and procedures

Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Keeping your workers safe is an integral part of running a successful business.

New Work Health and Safety laws: will your business comply?

Sunday, 11 December 2011
In all jurisdictions health and safety representatives can issue a can issue improvement notices. They can also direct workers to case work ...

OHS risk assessments still matter, but a systemised approach is the new order of the day – Work Health and Safety Act 2012

Tuesday, 29 November 2011
When was the last time you performed a risk assessment on this piece of equipment/work procedure?

Veolia Takes Control of Safety

Sunday, 20 November 2011
Environmental services specialist Veolia has taken its safety training a step further, with a program that takes a behavioural approach to s...

Timber Company Receives More Than 100 Safety Notices

Thursday, 17 November 2011
A Victorian timber company has received more than 100 safety improvement notices in less than a decade has been convicted and fined.

Onesteel Blast Injures Three Workers

Thursday, 17 November 2011
Three workers have been seriously injured following an explosion yesterday at OneSteel's Waratah mill.

FARMER CAUGHT BETWEEN TRACTOR AND HAY BALE DIES

Saturday, 15 October 2011
SafeWork SA is investigating the death of a farmer in South Australia, today.

VICTORIAN BUILDERS TO UNDERGO DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING

Saturday, 15 October 2011
Victorian building employers will be able to force their workers to undergo compulsory drug and alcohol testing.

Auto component maker fined for unsafe work system

Saturday, 3 September 2011
Auto component maker Monroe Australia has been fined more than $30,000 last Monday for failing to provide and maintain a safe system of work...

Factory Workers in Qld suffer explosive fire

Monday, 26 September 2011
An automotive factory in Queensland, Bundaberg is suffering an explosive fire this morning with fireman currently on the scene, according to...

Manufacturing company fined after man was killed in blender

Thursday, 22 September 2011
A company that manufacturers brakes in Sydney has been fined $125,000, after an employee was killed whilst cleaning a high-powered blender, ...

Model work health and safety Act

Monday, 26 September 2011
On 11 December 2009, the Workplace Relations Ministers' Council endorsed the Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act.

NOLAN MEATS SAFELY CHANGES MEAT INSPECTION ACCEPTANCE IN EXPORTING MARKET

Thursday, 8 September 2011
Queensland family-owned processor Nolan Meats was recognised at the Australian Meat Industry Council’s recent annual conference, taking out ...

SAFETY GUIDE FOR QUEENSLAND’S CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

Thursday, 8 September 2011
Pro-Visual publishing has released its Queensland Construction Guide to Site Safety., designed to increase awareness of major health and saf...

Safety Tools to Reduce Quad Bike Injuries

Monday, 26 September 2011
After growing concerns over quad bikes safety, Australasia’s work heath and safety regulators have introduced new guidelines tools to assist...

Benefits of a workplace safety system - Smart OHS online

Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Workplace safety is, of course, very important. Having a safe workplace not only ensures a higher level of staff morale and productivity – i...

Safety and Efficiency Under the Spotlight

Saturday, 3 September 2011
Safety and workplace performance go hand in hand. Combined with advancements in technology they can lift productivity and overall competitiv...

IRON ORE MINER KILLED

Wednesday, 17 August 2011
A miner has reportedly died at Rio Tinto’s Brockman 2 operations.

MINERS’ SAFETY IN JEOPARDY WITHOUT HARMONISED OHS REGULATIONS: MINERALS COUNCIL

Thursday, 28 July 2011
The New South Wales Minerals Council has warned against each Australian state developing its own mining regulations, saying it will put the ...

New system upgrade - Smart OHS ready for 2012 OHS Laws - discount offer extended

Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Smart OHS has ordered another upgrade to its online OHS system software to be ready for the new national 2012 OHS laws

New WHS laws will require close cooperation between labour hire companies and clients

Thursday, 25 August 2011
The harmonised Work Health and Safety laws will have a greater impact on labour hire companies that any other industry, says employment law ...

Smart OHS Online OHS – The only solution for OHS in your business

Saturday, 20 August 2011
There are many online OHS resources on the Internet, but the key to making a work place safer is to have an OHS system in place.

Smart OHS Online OHS management system for all small to medium Australian businesses

Tuesday, 23 August 2011
With new OHS laws – the WHS Act 2012 being released nationally in Australia on 1st January 2012, it is now as important as it has ever been ...

SURVEY REVEALS MENTAL HEALTH JUST AS IMPORTANT AS SAFE WORK ENVIRONMENT

Thursday, 25 August 2011
One in three rural and regional workers take at least one day off work every few months because they are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, anxi...

Work Health and Safety Reforms: It's Time to Act

Saturday, 3 September 2011
On 1 January 2012 the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) commences operation replacing the existing NSW Occupational Health and Safet...

WorkSafe targeting dangerous Victorian businesses

Thursday, 28 July 2011
WorkSafe launches a statewide blitz today targeting the state’s most dangerous industries.

Latest Fatality at WA BHP Facility

Tuesday, 19 July 2011
BHP Billiton‘s safety record has copped a fresh blow with the seventh worker in about three years to die at its WA operations.

New Health and Safety Regulations in NSW

Thursday, 9 June 2011
New health and safety regulations have officially been passed through the Legislative Council in New South Wales as part of the federal gove...

WorkCover News - Companies fined after man blinded, suffers serious facial and skull fractures

Monday, 18 July 2011
Two companies have been fined a total of $155,000 after a worker in Western Sydney was blinded and left with multiple facial and skull fract...

WorkCover NSW

Friday, 22 July 2011
WorkCover NSW have released a Safety Alert 'Preventing structural collapse during demolition' The link can be found here on the Smart OHS sy...

31 Seriously Injured by Angle Grinders last year

Thursday, 9 June 2011
The Metropolitan Ambulance Service reported similar injuries from domestic settings, including a man who lost the sight of an eye.

Smart OHS announces system upgrade complete

Thursday, 26 May 2011
SYDNEY 26 May 2010: Today Smart OHS announced that the latest upgrade to its online OHS system is complete.

Vic: four regional workplace deaths in less than a month

Tuesday, 17 May 2011
WorkSafe Victoria has renewed calls for regional Victorians and workers to pay more attention to workplace safety after four deaths since th...

Workplace bullying - a major concern

Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Comcare recently conducted a compliance audit of select organisations, which found a widespread lack of knowledge that bullying incidents we...

New system upgrade - Smart OHS ready for 2012 OHS Laws

Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Smart OHS has ordered another upgrade of its online OHS system software to be ready for the new national 2012 OHS laws.

More support for injured workers to return to work: WorkSafe Victoria

Friday, 8 April 2011
More than 3000 Victorians who have been off work long-term as a result of a work-place injury need more support and encouragement from emplo...

Worker dies after abattoir roof collapses

Friday, 8 April 2011
A 30-year old man has died after a freezer roof collapsed at an abattoir in New South Wales yesterday.

Public comment period on OHS laws closing

Thursday, 31 March 2011
The closing date for the public comment period on the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations package is next Monday 4 April 2011.

QLD: Two Contractors Die from Electric Shocks

Monday, 28 March 2011
Two electrical contractors have died from electric shocks in Townsville over the past two weeks.

VIC: Man Injured in Tractor Accident

Monday, 28 March 2011
A man in his 30s sustained serious injuries in a tractor accident in South Gippsland on Monday.

OHS harmonisation - from the Act to the codes at Safety In Action

Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Just as public comment closes for a new set of draft workplace health and safety regulations and codes of practice, experts at the Safety In...

New OHS stats released

Tuesday, 22 March 2011
The latest OHS statistics have just been released by Safe Work Australia in its Compendium of Workers’ Compensation Statistics Australia 200...

States host forums on OHS laws

Wednesday, 2 March 2011
Victoria and NSW will host a series of information seminars on the forthcoming harmonisation of Australia’s occupational health and safety s...

Smart OHS adds new industries to its online OHS system

Wednesday, 23 February 2011
Smart OHS is to add four more industries to its world-beating online OHS system.

Fewer people injured at work

Monday, 7 February 2011
The number of people experiencing a work-related injury or illness has declined, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Emotional WorkSafe ad campaign a warning to workers

Tuesday, 1 February 2011
WorkSafe is taking a tougher approach to its calls for Victorians to value workplace safety with an emotional public awareness advertising c...

Workplace safety hotline to help with flood clean-up

Monday, 31 January 2011
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has established a flood clean-up hotline to further help employers and workers to stay safe du...

Smart OHS aims to change how Workers’ Compensation is offered to Australian businesses

Thursday, 23 December 2010
Today Smart OHS announced that it would target insurers and brokers in all states to distribute the updated version of its Smart OHS online ...

Smart OHS to add new industries to its online workplace safety system

Friday, 10 December 2010
A recent upgrade has meant that Smart OHS online safety systems is available to even more industries as Agriculture, Mechanic/Car yard, Mari...

Be safe during heavy rains

Monday, 17 January 2011
WorkCover NSW is advising people to be careful when assessing damage and carrying out repair work caused by the recent flooding across parts...

Worker crushed to death in accident

Thursday, 2 December 2010
An excavator operator has been crushed to death in a sand quarry in South Gippsland, Victoria.

Upgrade complete – Now Smart OHS to link with workers compensation insurers and brokers to change the way workers compensation is offered to business

Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Smart OHS have announced that that the 2011 version of their hugely successful online OHS system, Smart OHS online, is available now, after ...

VIC: ‘Be Careful’ Warning Not Enough, Employer Learns

Friday, 12 November 2010
“Telling your workers to ‘be careful’ isn’t going to cut it,” WorkSafe Victoria’s Executive Director for Health and Safety Ian Forsyth said ...

Q Comp RTW Awards

Tuesday, 2 November 2010
On Tuesday night, the state’s highest performing employers and individuals were recognised at the annual Q-COMP Return to work Awards, a pro...

Smart OHS – the only real solution when it comes to online OHS management systems

Monday, 1 November 2010
Smart OHS, the world class online OHS (workplace safety) management system has just undergone another upgrade, which is still in the testing...

CASA targets helicopter safety

Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Australia's helicopter industry will be subject to an increased level of safety surveillance by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Conviction after young worker suffers electric shock

Thursday, 28 October 2010
Two companies and a director were convicted yesterday after a 21 year-old worker on a building site suffered an electric shock when he came ...

TAS: Mental Stress a Headache for Tasmanian Workplaces

Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Mental stress has been identified as one of the primary causes of workplace injuries in Tasmania, a State official reveals.

Smart OHS world class online OHS systems just got even better with a full upgrade just completed

Saturday, 16 October 2010
Smart OHS have announced that that the 2011 version of their hugely successful online OHS system, Smart OHS online, is available now, after ...

TAS: State Sees Drop in Injuries

Wednesday, 8 September 2010
WorkCover Tasmania says less Tasmanians have been injured last year, a sign that safety messages have a positive impact in safety systems of...

VIC: Companies, Director Prosecuted After Overhead Powerline Accident

Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Two companies and a director have been fined after a worker touched an overhead powerline on a construction site.

QLD: Queensland Health Under Fire Over Bullying

Monday, 25 October 2010
A female worker has allegedly been bullied by Queensland Health staff after claiming she was raped by a colleague.

QLD: Farmer Fined as Remotely Operated Tractor Goes Awry

Monday, 6 September 2010
A Rollingstone farmer has pleaded guilty in the Townsville Industrial Magistrates Court to failing to ensure workplace safety.

OHS: Have you done your 'homework' on risk?

Thursday, 5 August 2010
It is unknown exactly how many people work from home in Australia. A 2008 ABR survey found that 2.4 million Australians work from home at so...

Workplace Bullying and the Work Health and Safety Act 2012

Thursday, 5 August 2010
The OHS harmonization process will revolutionise how individuals and organisations approach workplace bullying.

Australian PM mentions OHS harmonisation in election debate

Tuesday, 27 July 2010
On Sunday 25 July 2010, during the first debate of Australia’s election campaign, Prime Minister Julia Gillard used OHS harmonisation as an ...

QLD miner jailed for OHS breach

Thursday, 22 July 2010
Link to audio interview:

NSCA Launches 2010 Safety Excellence Awards

Saturday, 5 June 2010
The National Safety Awards of Excellence has been launched for 2010.

How to Avoid RSI at Work

Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Almost one in five office workers suffer from repetitive strain injury (RSI) according to a report by the New York based Institute for Occup...

Roach infested restaurant fined $30,000

Monday, 21 June 2010
The Industrial Magistrate’s Court has found a company previously operating a Sydney restaurant completely failed in its duty to maintain sta...

VIC: Safety Alert on Guarding Brake Presses

Friday, 18 June 2010
WorkSafe has released a safety alert on brake presses that are not guarded or are improperly guarded.

Mines Safety Shake-Up in WA

Monday, 7 June 2010
The WA State Government has announced a major shake-up of safety in the resources industry and called for an improvement in mines safety rec...

NSW: Boy Dies After Lathe Accident

Thursday, 20 May 2010
A 15-year-old boy has died following a lathe accident where his arm was severed. A coroner’s inquest has been ordered into the tragic incide...

TAS: Former asbestos firm tries to make amends

Wednesday, 19 May 2010
A long-established asbestos factory in Tasmania’s rural north is turning a new leaf as a way of atoning for its past. The cement company, ba...

VIC: Campaign Focuses on Slips, Trips & Falls for Residential Construction Sites

Thursday, 20 May 2010
Slips, trips and falls in the residential construction industry have led to mounting medical costs for the community each year, WorkSafe Vic...

VIC: WorkSafe to Host Breakfast for Small Businesses

Saturday, 24 April 2010
WorkSafe is inviting small businesses in Sale to attend a free breakfast on Thursday.

WorkSafe ACT Established

Friday, 21 May 2010
The ACT Government announced recently it is overhauling Occupational Health and Safety Regulation through the establishment of a new body ca...

VIC: Company Fined as Unguarded Plant Injures Director

Saturday, 24 April 2010
A sand quarry company has been fined on Monday after director suffered hand injuries due to an unguarded plant.

SA: Info Sessions on Licensing High Risk Work Launched

Saturday, 24 April 2010
SafeWork SA has launched a series of information sessions in the Greater Adelaide Area on the new licensing requirements that will take effe...

A Star Performer on Smart OHS - Establishment (Merivale)

Wednesday, 25 November 2009
This month, we recognise the most outstanding effort of a new member, Establishment, a Merivale property.

Smart OHS systems - Compliance is easy!

Sunday, 27 September 2009
Smart OHS systems is the premier OHS management tool in the competitive online market.

Smart OHS System Upgrade

Wednesday, 19 August 2009
The Smart OHS System will have a full-function upgrade in the new year, making Smart OHS the most user-friendly, comprehensive online OHS sy...

Workers compensation rates falling short of national targets

Wednesday, 15 April 2009
The latest Compendium of Workers Compensation Statistics Report was released by the Australian Safety and Compensation Council on 12 March 2...

Sick/Personal Leave Q&A

Tuesday, 10 February 2009
Sick leave and medical certificates are a common concern for employers. A Workplace OHS advice column has provided a useful Q&A article.

Rudd Government workplace laws 'to delay building projects'

Tuesday, 27 January 2009
THE Rudd Government's workplace laws will delay the start of construction projects and increase costs by promoting union interference in wor...

Fine over death of ‘careless’ employee

Tuesday, 13 January 2009
The NSW Industrial Court has reminded employers they have an obligation to factor into safe work systems any circumstances in which workers ...

'Skylarking’ must be included in safety training

Wednesday, 7 January 2009
The Federal Court has criticised a logistics company over the death of a second warehouse worker

Medical clearance given so sacking unfair

Thursday, 18 December 2008
Toyota wrongfully dismissed a psychologically ill worker for allegedly being unable to work as part of a team

Julia Gillard lobbies major firms on safety laws

Wednesday, 10 December 2008
JULIA Gillard has taken the political fight to the nation's boardrooms, with a letter to Australia's top 100 companies in which she attacks ...

Qantas loses public trust on safety record

Monday, 8 December 2008
QANTAS is heading into negotiations with British Airways amid new evidence that public faith in the airline's safety record has taken a hit ...

Safe Work Bill changes are needed to strengthen workplace health and safety laws

Thursday, 4 December 2008
All politicians should accept the Senate amendments to the Safe Work Bill and allow a swift passage for the legislation, says the ACTU.

What OHS committees get wrong

Wednesday, 3 December 2008
Ever wondered what OHS committees most commonly do wrong? Two workplace safety experts outline the two most widespread mistakes they have wi...

Opposition wary of proposed IR changes

Wednesday, 3 December 2008
Some federal Opposition members are criticising the Government's industrial relations changes, despite promising to support the bill in the ...

Opposition to back demise of Work Choices

Wednesday, 26 November 2008
THE Opposition has given the Government the green light to abolish Work Choices by declaring in-principle support for Labor's system of indu...

Communique Safe Work Australia Progresses Model Work Health and Safety Legislation

Wednesday, 28 April 2010
The Safe Work Australia Members met today in Canberra following the 5th Annual Safe Work Australia Awards ceremony held at Parliament House ...

WorkCover NSW: Does your licence check out?

Tuesday, 3 September 2013
High risk licences are compulsory for a range of high risk activities such as operating a forklift, erecting scaffolding, operating cranes o...

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland: Applications now open: Round two of the High-risk Industry Work Health Funding Program.

Sunday, 15 September 2013
Eligible workplaces, industry associations and not-for-profit organisations can apply for up to $40 000 to fund initiatives that are designe...

WorkSafe Victoria: WorkSafe Week 2013

Wednesday, 18 September 2013
WorkSafe Week 2013 runs from 21 - 31 October 2013. For a full schedule and list of events, click here.

Safe Work Australia: Second stage model Codes of Practice now approved

Wednesday, 25 July 2012
On 13 July 2012 the Select Council Chair advised jurisdictions to adopt and implement twelve second stage model Codes of Practice.

GEELONG BUSINESS FINED OVER WORKPLACE INCIDENT

Friday, 20 January 2012
A Geelong business has been convicted and fined $6000 over an incident that left a chef with a broken arm after her sleeve became caught in ...

Industry urged to retain workplace health and safety officers to help meet obligations

Tuesday, 3 January 2012
The current legislative requirement for employers to appoint workplace health and safety officers (WHSOs) will cease in Queensland on 1 Janu...

WorkSafe Qld: Changes for the rural industry

Friday, 13 January 2012
Under the current Workplace Health and Safety Regulation 2008, operators of forklifts in rural workplaces have been exempt from the requirem...

WorkCover NSW: Finray Pty Ltd fined $225,000 after worker dies

Thursday, 5 January 2012
A Far North Coast company has been fined $225,000 and ordered to pay WorkCover’s legal costs after a labourer was fatally injured when struc...

WorkCover NSW: Businesses urged to keep young workers safe

Friday, 6 January 2012
WorkCover NSW has issued a reminder to businesses to pay extra attention to the needs of young workers who may be starting their first job i...

Frequently asked questions Why do we need model work health and safety laws?

Monday, 26 September 2011
The Commonwealth and each state and territory government have agreed to harmonise their work health and safety laws, including Regulations a...

Model Work Health and Safety Regulations and model Codes of Practice

Tuesday, 13 September 2011
On 10 August 2011, the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council endorsed in principle the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations and t...

WorkSafe not so Safe

Monday, 26 September 2011
Safety regulators WorkSafe Victoria are being accused of bullying in its workplace, with staff members alleging their bosses are the culprit...

The Safety Show Sydney: the essential OHS showcase

Sunday, 24 July 2011
The Safety Show Sydney, Australia’s largest workplace health and safety Trade Show is to be held from 25-27 October at the Sydney Showground...

Two deaths one week

Thursday, 28 July 2011
Two men have died in one week in work related incidents, causing WorkSafe Victoria to emphasis the significance of workplace safety.

Forklift Safety

Wednesday, 22 June 2011
Even though fatalities involving forklifts have reduced significantly over the past decade, incidents involving forklifts and pedestrians co...

Update On National OHS Laws

Wednesday, 15 June 2011
The public comment period for the draft model Work Health and Safety Regulations and 12 draft model Codes of Practice closed on 4 April 2011...

SAFEWORK WEIGHS IN ON PLANKING

Thursday, 26 May 2011
Amidst the media attention about ‘planking,’ SafeWork SA is reminding employers and employees of their legal obligations relating to workpla...

TRUCK DRIVERS AND FARM WORKERS: RISK OF BEING KILLED WORKING

Thursday, 26 May 2011
Safe Work Australia released its latest report on work-related deaths due to injury called Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities 2008-09.

NSW: Developer Fined After Worker Falls from Scaffolding

Friday, 18 March 2011
A property developer and its director have been fined a total of $133,000 after a labourer fell about six metres to his death from scaffolding

NSW: Miner’s Fatigue Alert Issued

Sunday, 20 March 2011
The New South Wales Mine Safety Advisory Council has issued a fatigue risk management chart.

Truck and industrial plant operators urged to prioritise safety

Friday, 10 December 2010
The Queensland Government is urging employers to ensure safe work practices are in place for moving industrial plant and when using vehicles...

QLD: Update on National Harmonisation of OHS Laws

Friday, 22 October 2010
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has affirmed its commitment for the harmonisation Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) laws, s...

Comments wanted on workplace safety regulations

Thursday, 13 January 2011
Safe Work Australia is seeking comment on its occupational health and safety (OHS) regulations and model code of practice.

Queensland WHS regulations approved

Friday, 3 February 2012
The gazettal of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (WHS Regulation) is the culmination of extensive consultation at both national an...

New legislation 2012 - WorkCover NSW

Friday, 2 September 2011
On 4 May 2011, the NSW Government introduced a Bill to enact the national model work health and safety legislation. The Bill was passed by t...

Queensland's new work health and safety laws

Friday, 26 August 2011
In 2008, Workplace Relations Ministers from around Australia agreed to nationally harmonise work health and safety (WHS) laws. Each State an...

WorkSafe ACT - National Harmonisation

Sunday, 26 June 2011
In 2008, Workplace Relations Ministers from around Australia agreed to nationally harmonise work health and safety (WHS) laws. Safe Work Aus...

WorkSafe Victoria - Common questions about the new WHS laws

Sunday, 26 June 2011
The model WHS laws are a set of laws that will apply to all states and territories and the Commonwealth.

Aged Care OHS easy with Smart OHS online systems

Wednesday, 23 February 2011
The Smart OHS online OHS system has a workplace safety management system specifically designed for the aged care industry.

Golf Course or Football Facility or Cricket Facility OHS easy with Smart OHS online systems

Wednesday, 20 April 2011
The Smart OHS online Golf Course or Football Facility or Cricket Facility system costs just $299 per business location, per year, and assist...

Gym or Aquatic Centre or Dance Studio OHS easy with Smart OHS online systems

Wednesday, 20 April 2011
The Smart OHS online gym or aquatic centre or dance studio system costs just $299 per business location, per year, and assists the business ...

Medical Facility and Hospital OHS easy with Smart OHS online systems

Wednesday, 20 April 2011
The Smart OHS online Medical Facility and Hospital system costs just $299 per business location, per year, and assists the business in under...

Schools and Education OHS easy with Smart OHS online systems

Wednesday, 20 April 2011
The Smart OHS online schools and education system costs just $299 per business location, per year, and assists the business in understanding...

Bosses Step up safety law fight

Saturday, 13 February 2010
EMPLOYERS in NSW are demanding a royal commission into the state's workplace safety laws following a scathing High Court ruling last week th...

Casino and Gaming Industry OHS easy with Smart OHS online systems

Wednesday, 23 February 2011
The Smart OHS online OHS system has a workplace safety management system specifically designed for the casino and gaming industry based work...

Child care OHS easy with Smart OHS online systems

Wednesday, 23 February 2011
The Smart OHS online OHS system has a workplace safety management system specifically designed for the child care industry.

Farming and Agriculture OHS easy with Smart OHS online systems

Wednesday, 23 February 2011
The Smart OHS online OHS system has a workplace safety management system specifically designed for the farming and agriculture industries.

Fast Food and Takeaway OHS easy with Smart OHS online systems

Sunday, 20 February 2011
The Smart OHS online OHS system has a workplace safety management system specifically designed for the fast food and takeaway sectors.

Hospitality OHS easy with Smart OHS online systems

Wednesday, 23 February 2011
The Smart OHS online OHS system has a workplace safety management system specifically designed for the hospitality based working environment.

Marina or Boat or Yacht Club OHS easy with Smart OHS online systems

Wednesday, 23 February 2011
The Smart OHS online OHS system has a workplace safety management system specifically designed for the marina or boat or yacht club industri...

Mechanic and Workshop or Caryard OHS easy with Smart OHS online systems

Wednesday, 23 February 2011
The Smart OHS online OHS system has a workplace safety management system specifically designed for the mechanic or workshop or car yard indu...

Newsagent OHS easy with Smart OHS online systems

Wednesday, 23 February 2011
The Smart OHS online OHS system has a workplace safety management system specifically designed for the newsagent industry.

Office OHS easy with Smart OHS online systems

Wednesday, 23 February 2011
The Smart OHS online OHS system has a workplace safety management system specifically designed for the office based working environment.

OHS Risk Assessment are easy with the Smart OHS online OHS system

Wednesday, 23 February 2011
Performing those time consuming OHS risk assessments within the workplace just got a whole lot easier with Smart OHS.

Pharmacy OHS easy with Smart OHS online systems

Wednesday, 23 February 2011
The Smart OHS online OHS system has a workplace safety management system specifically designed for the pharmacy based working environment.

Print Company OHS easy with Smart OHS online systems

Wednesday, 23 February 2011
The Smart OHS online OHS system has a workplace safety management system specifically designed for the commerical printing industry.

Property and Real Estate OHS easy with Smart OHS online systems

Wednesday, 23 February 2011
The Smart OHS online OHS system has a workplace safety management system specifically designed for the property and real estate based workin...

Retail OHS easy with Smart OHS online systems

Sunday, 20 February 2011
The Smart OHS online OHS system has a workplace safety management system specifically designed for the retail industry.

Tradesperson and Mobile Business OHS easy with Smart OHS online systems

Wednesday, 23 February 2011
The Smart OHS online OHS system has a workplace safety management system specifically designed for the tradesperson or mobile business indus...

Warehouse and Manufacturing OHS easy with Smart OHS online systems

Sunday, 20 February 2011
The Smart OHS online OHS system has a workplace safety management system specifically designed for the warehousing and manufacturing industry.

Discussion Paper: The Lost time Injury Frequency Rate

Sunday, 1 August 2010
The Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate predominates discussions about safety performance. How can a company be proud of a decrease of L.T.I.F.R...

Famers urged to wear seatbelts on tractors

Thursday, 4 November 2010
The Department of Labour is today urging farmers to wear seatbelts on tractors, and to fit seatbelts to older tractors, to ensure their safety.

Man dies in printing firm accident

Friday, 22 October 2010
A man has died in an industrial accident at a printing firm in Sydney's west.

Refund Returns Policy

Sunday, 8 August 2010
Refund

Smart OHS Brochure

Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Smart OHS Brochure

Hierarchy of Risk Control

Thursday, 28 January 2010
Hierarchy of Risk Control

OHSMS Plan

Thursday, 28 January 2010
OHS MS Plan

Risk Matrix

Thursday, 28 January 2010
Risk Matrix

Risk Rating Document

Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Risk Rating

New IR Laws Finally Out

Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Deputy PM Julia Gillard has today delivered on one of the Rudd Government’s key election promises, and has finally revealed the proposed new...

OHS Policy and Procedures Manual

Friday, 16 April 2010
OHS P and P Manual

OHS Policy and Procedures Manual

Friday, 16 April 2010
OHS P and P Manual

OHSMS Plan

Friday, 16 April 2010
OHSMS Plan

Prison time for unsafe bosses

Thursday, 6 November 2008
EMPLOYERS face jail, bigger fines and a wider duty of care under proposed changes to the nation's occupational health and safety laws.

Super-sized ambulances to cope with obese patients

Wednesday, 5 November 2008
THE Queensland Government is purchasing super-sized ambulances with hydraulic lifts to cope with an increasing number of obese patients.

$1.6m on offer for being healthy

Tuesday, 14 October 2008
THE Queensland Government is offering $1.6 million in prize money for the state's healthiest community, school and workplace.

Ensuring that they're insured

Monday, 29 September 2008
This article examines the importance of ensuring that your hotel only uses contractors who hold the necessary insurances, which will assist ...

Location Map

Saturday, 17 May 2008

National OHS Review

Wednesday, 24 September 2008