Archived News for OHS Sector Professionals - January, 2012
The Resources Safety unit within the WA Department of Mines and Petroleum is developing a draft code of practice to help identify hazards and risk factors associated with drilling operations.
The code of practice has been written to be used by anyone involved in drilling operations, from the driller’s offsider to the managing director, and addresses hazards associated with the drilling methods commonly used in remote exploration in the State.
Resources Safety is seeking public comment on the draft code of practice. The code has been developed with industry input from various sources.
A new Fire Protection Centre of Excellence in Brunswick, Victoria will offer the latest in training and technology to those in the fire protection industry.
The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) has reiterated its opposition to the Federal Government’s planned Road Safety Remuneration Bill, saying that it will not improve safety on Australian roads.
Figures released by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) show road fatalities are at their lowest since 1946, marking 10 years of consecutive decreases.
Following consultation with the dive and snorkelling industry, the Queensland Government is proposing to adopt 12 recommendations made by the Recreational Dive and Snorkelling Industry Reference Group established by the Minister for Education and Industrial Relations, Cameron Dick.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has released a new interactive online program for the metals sector of the manufacturing industry aimed at helping these employers achieve a safe workplace.
The National Rail Safety Regulator Project Office is seeking to appoint a full-time National Rail Safety Regulator/CEO as well as part-time non-executive members who will assist the Regulator in ensuring sound governance, advise on high-profile and sensitive issues, and engage with government, industry and other stakeholders in developing the national co-regulatory rail safety framework.
SafeWork SA has called for applications for its Work Health and Safety (WHS) Innovative Practice Grants (IPG) program, which funds projects for the development and dissemination of innovative safety practices that contribute to reducing work injuries, diseases and fatalities in South Australia.
A report commissioned by the Housing Industry Association (HIA) into the effects of the national workplace safety laws on the South Australian housing industry has found that the laws could drive up costs of a new home by tens of thousands of dolars.
Ken Phillips, the executive director of Independent Contractors Australia, has warned of the imminent ‘gutting of volunteer community work in Australia’ as a result of the introduction of the Federal Government’s national harmonisation of occupational health and safety laws.
A study conducted by Southern Cross University shows that fathers of new born babies experience cumulative fatigue which in turn may pose a risk in the workplace.
Following recent criticism of the impact of the new work safety laws on volunteer workers, the Federal Government has announced it will develop, in cooperation with peak organisations that utilise volunteers and Not-For-Profits, a new resource kit on national workplace and safety laws as well as establishing a stakeholder working group to oversee measures to cut red tape.
Safe Work Australia has announced the finalists for the 7th annual Safe Work Australia Awards, with Chair Tom Phillips commending them for their efforts in reducing workplace death, injury and disease in Australia.
A report released by the Australian Industry Group, Business Investment in New Technologies, has found that improved workplace safety is a major motivation for investment in new technologies - particularly among construction companies and manufacturers.
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has claimed that up to half of the accidents and injuries that occur on building sites in Canberra are not being reported as required under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.
WorkSafe Victoria’s CEO Greg Tweedly has announced his resignation weeks after the Victorian Government moved to cut funding for the body by $470 million.