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December 2019

Kids urged to be Ride Ready on quad bikes over busy holiday period

Queenslanders have been reminded to keep their kids safe on quad bikes as the school holidays and weeks of free time approach.

Registrations open for 2020 MSD Symposium

Registrations are now open for the national Musculoskeletal Disorders Symposium 24-25 March 2020, with expressions of interest sought from workplaces to present case studies outlining their own successes targeting MSDs.

$75,000 fine after serious sugar mill injury leads to amputation

A sugar mill operator has been fined $75,000 after a young worker had a foot amputated as a result of a workplace injury.

Work safely with asbestos after summer storms

Keeping your workers safe can be challenging while cleaning up after storm damage to old buildings containing asbestos. Queensland laws prohibit the use of some power tools and work methods on asbestos-containing materials (ACM), as they can generate airborne fibres which are hazardous to health.

Latest innovations targeting sun safety

Queensland has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world with around 324,000 non-melanoma skin cancers and 3,700 cases of melanomas diagnosed each year. Exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun is the major environmental factor causing melanoma. Two new innovations are helping to spread the message about sun safety.

New report on work-related musculoskeletal disorders

Safe Work Australia’s Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Australia (WMSDs) report provides a comprehensive and authoritative resource on WMSDs.

Look after young workers starting holiday jobs or new careers

With many young Queenslanders leaving school or university this time of year seeking holiday jobs or their first permanent positions, employers are reminded of their duty to ensure new starters receive the induction, training and supervision they need to work safe.

New guidance on vehicles as a workplace

New guides have been published for organisations and individuals using vehicles for work purposes on the road in Australia and New Zealand.

Ninth release of exposure standards open for public comment

Safe Work Australia is evaluating the Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants to ensure they are based on the highest quality evidence and supported by a rigorous scientific approach.

New report highlights Australian long-term work safety trends

A new Safe Work Australia report shows 144 people were fatally injured at work in Australia in 2018. However, over the long-term, the number and rate of worker fatalities have continued to decline.

Get in early and book your free Safety Advocate visit for 2020

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is taking bookings for Safety Advocate visits next year. Make sure you have ‘2020 vision’ when it comes to safety in the workplace by booking an advocate nice and early.

New hazardous chemical register template

Safe Work Australia has produced new templates to assist workplaces when putting together their hazardous chemicals registers and manifests.

What to expect when an inspector calls

Inspectors visit workplaces to respond to health and safety incidents, electrical safety incidents and to monitor and enforce compliance with Queensland’s work health and safety and electrical safety laws.

Are you ready to clean up after summer storms and flooding?

With storms, cyclones and flooding a real risk to Queensland at this time of year, businesses should have plans in place to be able to clean up safely after wild weather.

3M respirator stop use and recall notification

3M Personal Safety has announced an immediate Stop Use and Product Recall of its 3M 9322A+ respirators. Due to a lack of full adhesive application, the nose foam may separate from the top panel of the respirators, which were available for sale 17 May 2019–10 June 2019.

Working with industry to manage hazards

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is holding train the trainer PErforM (Participative Ergonomics for Manual Tasks) workshops to target hazardous manual tasks—could your organisation benefit?

Help researchers to help you

WHSQ and the University of Queensland are looking for your support for a research study on why workplaces decide to invest (or not) in sit-stand workstations.

Last updated
19 December 2019

Win a quad bike helmet!

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Win a quad bike helmet!