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August 2018

Major changes on the way for amusement ride safety

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has announced the Queensland Government will set world-class safety standards for the theme park and amusement ride industry.

Injury Prevention and Return to Work Conference

There is still time to get tickets to this year's Injury Prevention and Return to Work Conference on 31 October. The conference is the flagship event for October's Safe Work Month and features internationally renowned speakers. It’s a must for professionals working in safety and return to work.

Employers warned to look after young workers after hand amputation

The Brisbane Magistrates Court has heard how employers must be aware that young workers will often take risks if they are anxious to please their bosses – and they must be protected against that.

Company slashes workers’ comp claim costs

Airline handling service provider Oceania Aviation has cut its workers’ compensation claim costs by 47 percent in just two years thanks to a major safety overhaul which was embarked upon when its premium costs came close to double the industry average.

Stricter test and tagging required for construction site temporary buildings

AS/NZS 3012 applies to temporary buildings on construction sites. This includes, for example, office and amenity buildings, toilets and lunch rooms. It only applies to on-site buildings, not off-site buildings or offices.

Every number is a life changed forever

Safe Work Australia’s Chair, Diane Smith-Gander released Key Work Health and Safety Statistics Australia 2018 today, with the latest figures in national work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities.

What impact is the vending machine having in your workplace?

Did you know most of the food and drinks available in work vending machines are contributing to a range of illnesses and poor health?

Request a safety advocate for your Safe Work Month event

Celebrate Safe Work Month at your workplace, industry or community by holding your own event. Hosting your own Safe Work Month event demonstrates your organisation is committed to improving work health and safety, while helping to build a positive safety culture.

An employer’s role in return to work for psychological and physical injury claims

Workers with psychological injuries have lower return to work (RTW) rates than workers with physical injuries, and psychological injury claims can be more complex and costly, according to two new reports from Safe Work Australia.

New film traces the return to work of seriously injured worker

When talented, award winning Brisbane bricklayer Ben Roche landed head-first onto concrete after falling more than five metres from a collapsed scaffold in March 2017, his life hung in the balance. The clear drop straight to concrete left him with a traumatic brain injury and his future looked bleak.

Poultry processors targeted in safety audit

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland will begin compliance audits of poultry processing workplaces from September with a view to cutting injuries for labour hire and visa workers.

Transport Safety Network meetings scheduled for September

Representatives from Queensland's transport industry and its supply chains host regular safety networks for people interested or involved in occupational health and safety at their workplace.

New film to help vets select best PPE for working with horses

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, working with Equine Veterinarians Australia, has published a short film showing how to select personal protective equipment (PPE) for contact with horses.

Licenced asbestos removalist audit continues

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is continuing its targeted assessment of licensed asbestos removalists checking for those who engage in unsafe practices. Several removalists have had sanctions applied to their licences in recent months. Removalists with poor compliance records are being targeted by a specialist team of inspectors as part of the state wide audit.

Workplace exposure standards submissions wanted

Safe Work Australia has published a consultation regulation impact statement (consultation RIS) for the workplace exposure standards framework.

Health and safety through young eyes!

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has launched a new film looking at the story of Queensland Safety Advocate Jed Millen.

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31 August 2018

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The Farm safety calendar competition 2020 is now open!

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SIA Visions Conference 2018

5-7 September 2018, Mantra Southport, Gold Coast

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SIA Visions Conference 2018