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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

Mitigating Lone-Worker Safety Risks

Posted by The Brain on Sep 5, 2019 6:55:09 AM

Spare a thought for your lone workers. After all, they’re likely your highest-risk employees. And without your active intervention, they might end up in harm’s way.

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Topics: Work Health Safety

Join Noggin at SafetyConnect 2019

Posted by The Brain on Aug 23, 2019 8:23:44 AM

 

Enhancing the future for health and safety professionals, SAFETYconnect 2019, brings new papers from local and international experts to the expo floor. A premium exhibition featuring the latest products, services, and technology solutions in the ever-changing WHS sector, the two-day event attracts senior WHS and business professionals from a broad range of industry sectors, including transport, construction, education, infrastructure, manufacturing, mining, utilities, government, and more. And the best part…

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Topics: Work Health Safety

Breaking down the Siloes between Safety and Security Management Helps Safety Teams Maintain Duty of Care

Posted by The Brain on Aug 8, 2019 7:59:03 AM

 

As a Safety leader, you’ve probably built a strong portfolio in the organisation. So too has your counterpart in Security. And now both of you see key safety and security priorities, like keeping employees safe at work or mitigating threats to facilities and people, reflected at the highest levels.

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Topics: Security Management, Work Health Safety

Why Are Safety Reporting Rates So Low?

Posted by The Brain on Jul 31, 2019 2:15:36 AM

 

Safety incident reporting rates remain persistently low, despite the costs (measured in eventual safety incidents) being so high. The question for Safety teams is why, why are their safety reporting rates stuck in the doldrums?

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Topics: Work Health Safety

PCBU Safety Alert! The State of Victoria Moves to Criminalize Industrial Manslaughter

Posted by The Brain on Jul 24, 2019 2:58:06 AM

 

In the last decade, Australia made serious strides to update its occupational health and safety regulations to the modern era. A pillar concept propounded by the safety policy makers who crafted the subsequent model Work Health and Safety Act: that principal duty holders (or PCBUs) have the primary responsibility for the health and safety of their workers and any other workers under their influence (e.g. contractors). 

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Topics: Work Health Safety

The Cost of Underreporting Safety Incidents

Posted by The Brain on Jul 17, 2019 7:39:52 AM

 

Safety reporting rates remain stubbornly low, especially in high-risk sectors, like construction, mining, shipping, etc. Taken alone, these low reporting rates would be reason enough for concern. Remember, chronic underreporting and the devaluing of near-miss analysis don’t conduce to creating a thriving safety culture. But underreporting safety incidents have major cost implications, too. Here’s the cost of underreporting safety incidents.

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Topics: Work Health Safety

Time to Get a Handle on Safety Underreporting

Posted by The Brain on Jul 4, 2019 3:47:20 AM

 

Conservative estimates of safety underreporting rates show the global total around 25 percent. That’s a full quarter of workplace incidents go underreported.

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Topics: Work Health Safety

Not just Silicosis: Overall Environmental, Health and Safety risk on the rise

Posted by The Brain on Jun 6, 2019 4:22:12 AM

 

In Australia, environmental health and safety risk is getting critical. On the contemporary events broadcast, A Current Affair, respiratory physician, Dr Ryan Hoy singled out the silicosis crisis, calling it “unprecedented” – even warning that silicosis was worse than asbestosis.

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Topics: Work Health Safety

Silicosis Is Back: How PCBUs can tackle the health and safety crisis

Posted by The Brain on May 17, 2019 3:11:05 AM

 

The reporting makes it clear: the silicosis crisis is back, and it’s particularly acute for stonemasons and other tradespeople. What happened?

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Topics: Work Health Safety


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