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What Are the NDIS Incident Management System Requirements?

Posted by The Brain on Apr 13, 2021 4:14:13 PM

Different jurisdictions take different approaches to regulating the disability services space. Australia, for one, transitioned from block funding to a nationalised disability insurance scheme, the NDIS. And new NDIS rules now require individual providers to implement an incident management system. What are the specific NDIS incident management system requirements?

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Topics: Safety Management, Safety Newsletter

A Primer on Risk Management System Standard ISO 31000

Posted by The Brain on Mar 9, 2021 11:23:50 AM

Major risk clouds were accumulating long before the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the research shows that firms only take an interest in risk after major crises. Well, it’s never too late to leverage risk management best practices to prepare for next time. And ISO 31000 might just be key to those preparations. 

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Topics: Safety Management, Safety Newsletter

Maintaining Duty of Care During Major Crises

Posted by The Brain on Feb 9, 2021 2:22:18 PM

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, safety teams have been working overtime to mitigate risk, ensure a safe work environment, all in compliance with the employer duty of care obligation. But that work won’t end even when the pandemic is over.

Indeed, PCBUs (Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking) have a legal obligation to ensure the health and safety of staff. That duty of care obligation never ends. So, how to maintain the obligation in the midst of a crisis, emergency, or other business continuity incident? 

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Why Contractor Relationships Are Foundational to Building a Safety Culture

Posted by The Brain on Jan 12, 2021 1:16:09 PM

It’s the new year, and you’ve made the commitment to build (or enhance) your safety culture. Only problem is your contractors and suppliers haven’t made the same commitment to prioritise their safety culture. Why does it matter and what can you do about it? 

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Topics: Safety Management, Safety Newsletter

How to Achieve Safety Compliance When Regulations Are Shifting Fast

Posted by The Brain on Dec 8, 2020 9:46:32 AM

Safety compliance challenges have never been starker than in this age of rapidly shifting regulations. But achieving compliance is still possible.

Of course, senior leaders will have to redirect their safety compliance efforts away from piecemeal interventions and toward an enterprise-wide, risk-based approach. What does that strategy entail, exactly? 

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All You Need to Know About Permit to Work

Posted by The Brain on Nov 10, 2020 3:22:23 PM

With broad swaths of the economy once again open, entities involved in hazardous operations and other forms of non-routine work will need to re-implement stringent, work risk controls.

By law, those controls should go above and beyond safe work protocols for routine jobs. So how do PCBUs go about taking formalised steps to mitigate the work health and safety risks associated with dangerous jobs?

 

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Why Return to Work Shouldn’t Be a Return to Safety Underreporting

Posted by The Brain on Oct 13, 2020 4:13:55 PM

Before the COVID-19 crisis, the underreporting of accidents, injuries, illnesses, and other safety incidents loomed large as a major hurdle to improving safety performance. Since then, the pandemic has scrambled many safety priorities. But return to work shouldn’t be a return to safety underreporting. And here’s why.

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Topics: Work Health Safety, Safety Management, Safety Newsletter

The Work Safety Advantages of ISO 45001

Posted by The Brain on Sep 9, 2020 8:42:07 AM

It’s been a couple years since work health and safety management system standards got a global upgrade. In 2018, ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 45001 came out, replacing British certification, OHSAS 18001, as the best-practice standard.

Plenty of compliance conscious PCBUs didn’t make the move then. But the British standard is only valid until the end of March 2021, meaning now is the time to upgrade. What are the other safety advantages of ISO 45001?

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Why the COVID-19 Crisis Has Made Lone-Workers More Difficult to Protect

Posted by The Brain on Aug 11, 2020 4:40:04 PM

The imperatives of social distancing during the pandemic have created unprecedented changes to work. Foremost among them: the increased need for people to work alone or in remote arrangements.

For PCBUs (Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking), more people working alone mean more lone workers in need of a new class of safety protections, documented internal policies to keep this high-risk occupational group out of harm’s way. How to go about mitigating the risk so you don’t incur the liability?

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Topics: Work Health Safety, Safety Management, Safety Newsletter

Returning to Work in a New Era for Workplace Health and Safety

Posted by The Brain on Jul 7, 2020 2:39:29 PM

PCBUs (Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking) in the Australian state of New South Wales woke up this month to a more aggressive safety compliance regime.

Amendments to pre-existing safety law now put employers who fail to meet health and safety obligations on the hook for stiff new penalties should their negligence lead to a worker dying on the job. Those penalties include up to 25 years in prison for individual actors. Add to that, millions in fines for companies.

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Topics: Work Health Safety, Safety Management, Safety Newsletter

Avoid One-Size-Fits-All Strategies When Planning for a Safe Return to Work

Posted by The Brain on Jun 9, 2020 11:41:45 AM

For many organizations whose physical operations were forced to close due to COVID-19-induced lockdowns, reopening day is coming soon. Indeed, employers are busy planning for a safe reopening as the day approaches.

While planning matters, it’s the quality of those plans that will determine whether a safe reopening is possible. And as it turns out, too many organizations follow one-size-fits-all strategies that can actually compromise the safety of returning employees, imperiling business recovery from the crisis. How, exactly?

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Topics: Work Health Safety, Safety Newsletter

Overcoming the Safety Risk of Back to Work in the Age of COVID-19

Posted by The Brain on May 12, 2020 4:43:04 PM

After months of disruption, organizations are eager to return to normal as part of the recovery lifecycle. For many, that means resuming operations in work facilities vacated due to local, state, and national lockdown orders.

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Topics: Work Health Safety, Safety Management, Safety Newsletter, Epidemic Response Module

Safety Regulators Are Releasing New Safety Guidelines: Will your safety software keep up?

Posted by The Brain on Apr 7, 2020 4:11:02 PM

The COVID-19 public health crisis is rapidly changing the way we do work. And safety regulators aren’t staying on the sidelines.

As major shifts occur in the workplace, safety regulators are issuing new recommendations and descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. For PCBUs, the question remains, though: will your health and safety software adjust to the changes?

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Topics: Work Health Safety, Safety Management, Safety Newsletter

Planning to Maintain Duty of Care during a Public Health Crisis

Posted by The Brain on Mar 12, 2020 4:03:30 AM

 

With a surge of coronavirus cases around the world, new reports of workplace closures due to fear of exposure are emerging outside of coronavirus-epicenter, China, and outbreak hotspots like Hong Kong, South Korea, and Italy.

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Topics: Crisis Management, Work Health Safety, Crisis Planning, Safety Management, Safety Newsletter

Key Factors to Consider for Lone-Worker Safety Risk Mitigation

Posted by The Brain on Feb 13, 2020 5:37:12 AM

 

Hiring employees to perform remote and isolated work often helps businesses improve their productivity. But lone work isn’t without operational risk. For one, managing the safety risk to lone worker populations is part and parcel of a PCBU’s (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking) duty of care obligation.

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Topics: Work Health Safety, Safety Management, Safety Newsletter

Key Elements for Building a Crisis Management Capability

Posted by The Brain on Feb 5, 2020 5:18:11 AM

As crises grow in kind and intensity, organizations need to take an intelligence-gathering and constant-monitoring approach to building their crisis management competency. This largely cyclical mode of lifecycle crisis management tends to be more strategy-oriented than the tactics-first approach implicit in the popular pre-crisis, crisis, and post-crisis models. For instance, the British crisis management standard, BS 11200, adopts a fairly cyclical framework that includes the following stages:

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Topics: Crisis Newsletter, Safety Newsletter, Integrated Safety and Security

From Where Will the Safety and Security Threats Come in 2020?

Posted by The Brain on Jan 29, 2020 9:07:05 AM

 

When it came to major safety and security threats, 2019 was one for the record books. Unfortunately, 2020 is shaping up to be no better, giving conclusive proof to firms – if they needed it – that it’s well past time to seriously consider from where top threats will come for your organization this year.

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Topics: Safety Management, Safety Newsletter

The Unexpected Safety Benefits of Asset Management Best Practices

Posted by The Brain on Jan 16, 2020 7:08:51 AM

 

Implementing asset management principles enables PCBUs (Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking) to quickly realize new value from existing assets. But those same principles also yield unexpected benefits for Safety programs, as well. Not sure what they are, or how to accrue them?

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Where Will Utilities Turn to Make Margin?

Posted by The Brain on Jan 14, 2020 10:22:21 AM

Costs balloon in a heavily regulated space

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Topics: Utilities, Safety Management, Safety Newsletter

Five Integrated Safety and Security Software Capabilities Facilities Managers Need

Posted by The Brain on Jan 8, 2020 6:00:00 AM

When surveyed, senior facilities managers admit that their respective organizations are unprepared to deal with the security risk to the built environment. That is even as risk, including threats like workplace violence, environmental incidents, and active shooter incidents, continues to grow.

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Topics: Safety Management, Safety Newsletter, Integrated Safety and Security

How Security Incidents Pose Employee Safety Risks and Compromise Employer Duty of Care Obligations

Posted by The Brain on Dec 11, 2019 7:06:44 AM

 

Safety teams have long understood employee health and safety to lie at the intersection of health protection and promotion. In turn, those teams have developed sophisticated programs to enhance worker wellbeing and prevent injury and illness.

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Topics: Work Health Safety, Safety Management, Safety Newsletter

Kickstart Your Contractor Relationship Management Program In These Easy Steps

Posted by The Brain on Nov 13, 2019 10:34:49 AM

The modern workforce is changing and changing fast. Nowadays, most firms – from industry incumbents to plucky startups – employ third-party contractors to perform essential business tasks.

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Topics: Work Health Safety, Safety Management, Safety Newsletter

With Legacy Wastes back in the News, How Can PCBUs Confront the Key Challenges of Hazardous Waste Management?

Posted by The Brain on Oct 10, 2019 5:40:43 AM

 

The story is well known. Hazardous substances were long bedrocks of the industrialized, global economy. But subsequent advances in environmental and health science caused a reevaluation of the use of hazardous waste in industry. In turn, governments installed thoroughgoing regulatory regimes to safeguard the health of workers, especially in heavy industry.

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Topics: Work Health Safety, Safety Management, Safety Newsletter


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