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May 2017

Calendar competition promotes farm safety at grassroots

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has launched the State Government’s annual farm safety calendar competition for school kids at Woongarra State School with the State Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson.

Agriculture industry has proud record in work safety innovation

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Queensland Safe Work and Return to Work Awards which highlight innovative safety and return to work practices.

High levels of phosphine gas detected in grain consignments

Recently, grain at the Port of Brisbane was found to have high concentrations of phosphine gas, indicating incorrect use of aluminium phosphide fumigants. Aluminium phosphide, which is used in the agriculture industry as a fumigant to kill pests such as grain weevils, reacts with moisture in the air to release the highly toxic phosphine gas.

Meet the WHSQ Ag unit

If you’ve got any issues you’d like to discuss or get information on, the WHSQ Agriculture Unit will be out and about at the following events in the coming months.

Safety toolkit engages young workers

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has developed a new safety toolkit to help employers, education and training providers, youth service providers and parents engage with young people about work health and safety. It boosts the capacity of young workers to be safe and productive at work, rather than just relying on them to speak up or ask the right questions.

Communication is the real work of leadership

Better worker engagement helps to not only lift team morale and improve worker health but also leads to reducing injuries and workers’ compensation costs. And for a better return on time and resources, taking a strategic approach works better than ad-hoc activities.

New code to target work-related horse injuries

A new Code of Practice for managing risks when new or inexperienced riders or handlers interact with horses in the workplace is Australia’s first dedicated Code of Practice to assist employers and workers in the horse industry reduce injuries and meet their work safety responsibilities.

Last updated
29 May 2017

Are you GHS ready?

New classification and labelling of chemicals applies from 1 January 2017.


Are you GHS ready?

Empower your business with new WorkCover Connect analytics coming soon!

Businesses now have the flexibility to report and compare on their own data and see injury trends over time with WorkCover Connect.