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February 2017

Recreational diving and snorkelling code of practice to be updated

Queensland’s recreational diving and snorkelling code of practice will be updated by July, Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has announced following a Reef Safety Roundtable in Cairns recently.

GHS is now underway in Queensland

The GHS, or the Globally Harmonised System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, commenced in Queensland on 1 January. The GHS is a system used to classify and communicate chemical hazards using internationally consistent terms and information on chemical labels and safety data sheets.

Phase 2 of onsite traffic management assessment campaign to begin in March

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland inspectors will conduct traffic management assessments between March and May 2017. This campaign aims to raise awareness of risks from interactions between mobile plant and people and identify effective traffic management strategies.

Are you going to BeUpstanding in 2017?

With the modernisation and mechanisation of many work tasks, a large part of our working day is spent sitting for long periods - or what is defined as sedentary work. On average, adults spend approximately 60 per cent of the day sitting - and for office workers, about three quarters of the day is spent sitting!

Safety Leadership at Work

The Safety Leadership at Work Program is designed to improve safety culture and contribute to reducing work-related injuries and fatalities in Queensland workplaces. Through the program, safety leaders at all levels have the opportunity to learn from others, develop their safety leadership skills and build a positive safety culture in their workplace.

Call on safety advocates to visit your workplace

As we power into the third month of 2017, our WHSQ safety advocates are hitting the road again delivering their powerful safety messages at workplaces across the state.

What is a confined space?

From time to time, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland receives enquiries as to the definition of a confined space under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011. As new construction methods and technologies arise, so do new types of confined spaces that can test the definition.

Beware overhead powerlines can be fatal

In 2016 alone, 12 workers received severe electric shocks from overhead powerlines – three of which were fatal. All involved either pruning, billboards/signs, farming, trucking or construction work.

Townsville hosts 2017 Return to Work Conference and Expo

The 2017 North Queensland Return to Work Conference returns to Townsville in April. Registrations are selling very fast for this event, which will feature the latest research, medical expertise and strategies in rehabilitation and return to work.

MSDs prevention now and for the future

Did you know that musculoskeletal injuries are the cause of over half of all workers’ compensation claims received each year in Queensland? In 2014-15, over 40,000 musculoskeletal injury claims were lodged across all industry sectors with an average cost of $7,059 per claim.

Fixed plant compliance campaign

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is running a fixed plant assessment campaign (April 2017 – February 2018) at Queensland food processing, and metals and fabricated metals manufacturing workplaces.

Preventing eye and hand injuries in the manufacturing industry

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland inspectors visited around 200 Queensland manufacturing workplaces as part of an eye and hand injury prevention campaign.

Regulator comes down hard on safety breaches

Three successful industrial prosecutions and the first ever alleged category 1 offences under work safety laws have again shown that Workplace Health and Safety Queensland will come down hard on businesses and/or individuals who don’t do the right thing.

RoadTek Toowoomba Depot updates traffic management processes

RoadTek is the transport infrastructure construction and maintenance branch of the Department of Transport and Main Roads. RoadTek's Toowoomba depot provides operational service duties for the Darling Downs in south west Queensland.

Safe Work Australia worker fatalities

As at 22 February, Safe Work Australia is estimating that already, 25 Australian workers have been killed at work in 2017.

New return to work reports released

Safe Work Australia has published two national Return to Work Survey reports that present the latest return to work outcomes for injured workers receiving workers’ compensation.

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01 March 2017

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