Safety a priority for transport and construction industries
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Jarrod Bleijie has applauded the Queensland building and construction and transport industries for their commitment to creating safe workplaces.
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Construction and transport forums stress the zero harm message
Two Zero Harm at Work Leadership Program forums were held in recent weeks, with strong support from industry leaders committing themselves to safer workplaces.
WHS Symposium to launch Safe Work Week 2012
The Work Health and Safety Symposium will officially launch this year's Safe Work Week activities on 2 October. The event will get industry leaders and health and safety professionals talking about the big issues in work health and safety.
Safe Work Australia - second stage model codes of practice
The Queensland Government is consulting with key building and construction industry stakeholders over ongoing changes to codes of practice being developed by Safe Work Australia as part of the national harmonisation of work health and safety laws.
Work health and safety solutions from winning businesses
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has published five short films giving practical guidance and solutions for work health and safety issues that have been successfully addressed by Queensland businesses.
New statistics show workplace safety must be a priority for Queensland
A new report has highlighted exactly why all Queenslanders need to work together to better target workplace safety.
Requirements for Queensland workplaces handling lead
There are a number of changes to the laws for working with lead under nationally harmonised work health and safety legislation. As well as lead laws now applying to more workplaces, they include new blood lead levels and changes to the notification requirements.
Requirements for dangerous carcinogens in Queensland workplaces
Under nationally harmonised work health and safety laws, workplaces that use, handle or store certain cancer-causing chemicals will need to be authorised. Workplaces have until 1 January 2013 to apply for authorisation.
WorkCover claims renewals: how is your WIC defined?
Businesses would be familiar with the term 'WIC' but may not know what it really means and its significance to a Queensland employer.
Improve your injury prevention and management systems
Are your injury prevention and management systems as effective and efficient as they could be?
Delivering goods safely: the role of PCBUs
Every year, thousands of workers sustain serious injuries, sometimes fatal, when working around trucks. Often, these could have been prevented if the persons in control of the business or undertaking (PCBUs) had consulted, cooperated and coordinated with one another.
Company name: Garris New Pty Ltd
Incident description: On 17 February 2011, two workers sustained injuries after receiving chemical burns while attempting to clear a blocked drain.
Industry: Hospitality, recreation and other services
Circumstance of aggravation: 1 x Grievous bodily harm 1 x Bodily harm
Penalty: $75 000
Date of decision: 30 July 2012
Company name: ESCO Northgate Pty Ltd (formerly Austcast Pty Ltd)
Incident description: In separate incidents on 9 June 2011 and 29 July 2011, two workers sustained serious arm and shoulder injuries at a Brisbane foundry.
Circumstance of aggravation: 2 x Grievous bodily harm
Penalty: $120 000
Date of decision: 30 July 2012
Industry appreciates Workplace Health and Safety Queensland
The efforts of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland inspectors have been acknowledged by employers and workers, who have praised their professional approach in a new survey.
Ekka rides scrutiny results in successful show for all
Cooperation between Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and the Ekka organisers has ensured a safe show for riders.
New asbestos resources to protect workers and workplaces
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has published safe work procedure films and posters showing where asbestos products may be found in different types of buildings to help tradespeople and home renovators work safely with asbestos.
Health and community services industry networks
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has established networks for health and community service providers throughout the state to boost work safety in the health and community services industry. The networks help to encourage safe work practices by allowing people to share information, ideas and practical solutions to workplace health and safety concerns and stay up to date on emerging issues.
Work health and safety information for taxi drivers and operators
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has published information for taxi drivers and operators to outline their work health and safety obligations and help reduce risks and injuries in the workplace.