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April 2018

Nominations now open for 2018 Safe Work and Return to Work Awards

Queenslanders leading the way in work health and safety or rehabilitation and return to work are being urged to enter the 2018 Safe Work and Return to Work Awards.

New memorials for Queenslanders lost in workplace tragedies

The Palaszczuk Government is honouring Queensland workers who have died as a result of work-related incidents, disease or illness, with two new memorials announced on Saturday.

Australian-first mandatory labour hire laws now in effect

Queensland’s pioneering mandatory labour hire licensing laws started this month, launched by Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace at Rugby Farm in Gatton.

Invest in your supervisors to prevent sprains and strains

Supervisors play a major role in an organisation's work health and safety, making workplaces safer and significantly cutting workers' compensation costs. That's according to a study by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ).

Guidance material for safe use of angle grinders

In February 2016, a worker was killed while operating a nine inch (230 mm) angle grinder when part of a broken disc struck his chest at high speed, causing fatal internal injuries.

Trench collapse leads to $400k investment in worker safety and community benefits

Workers and their communities in the Emerald area and across the Central Highlands will benefit from more than $400k of safety and injury prevention initiatives under an enforceable undertaking entered into by the local council.

Shine a light on ... work safety engineers

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) responds  to a wide variety of issues in its day to day operations. At times, the issues  encountered are of a highly technical nature requiring expert analysis and  advice, most of which is provided by our engineering unit.

Working well, working wisely: keeping our older workforce healthy

The Australian workforce is changing as a result of an ageing population, with people living longer, and working longer. In fact, by 2060 half of all men, and four in ten women aged 64 or older, will still be employed.

Trek Kokoda and help Mates save lives

Has Kokoda always been on your bucket list? Why not tick it off as well as raise much-needed funds for MATES in Construction, helping them to reduce suicide and improve mental health and well-being within the construction industry.

NOJA Power designing work for health and business

There is a strong business case for designing good health into your organisation because health and wellbeing is an essential component in building productivity and efficiency.

Successful court appeal sees fines increased

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) successfully appealed a decision of the Magistrates Court at Tully on 17 August 2017, a move which has seen substantial increases in fines imposed by the court.

Safety focus for Small Business Week

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is hosting a series of basic safety management systems workshops across the state as part of Small Business Week celebrations.

New Mentally Healthy Workplaces Toolkit and Workshops

One in every 1,100 full-time workers makes a compensation claim for a psychological injury annually. These psychological injury claims are generally significantly more expensive and result in longer periods off work. Return to work outcomes are also poorer compared with physical injury claims.

A safety cultural shift pays dividends for ETS Vegetation Management

Queensland businesses are reaping the rewards of working with our Injury Prevention and Management program to overcome safety issues at their workplaces.

Stevedoring safety standards set for Qld wharfies

Wharfies in Queensland are now protected by national stevedoring safety guidelines.

NQ parents advocate quad bike safety after son’s close call

Three years after their son almost lost his life in a quad bike crash, Atherton parents, Jodie and Mario Cocco, have joined the Queensland Government as quad bike safety advocates.

New Transport Safety Network meetings

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland helps facilitate regular safety networks for businesses, providing a forum for people interested or involved in occupational health and safety in their workplace.

Flu season off to an early start

With the start of the flu season upon us, now is the time to get workplaces prepared. Flu viruses spread in respiratory droplets from a cough or sneeze. Droplets containing the virus can also settle onto surfaces, such as door knobs, and then spread when the surfaces are touched.

Last updated
30 April 2018

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