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February 2018

New snorkelling and diving Code of Practice now in force

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace announced in Cairns that a new recreational snorkelling and diving Code of Practice for Queensland tourism operators was now in force.

Company fined $200,000 after death of employee in kiln explosion

An environmental services company has been fined $200,000 after pleading guilty in the Gladstone Magistrates Court today to breaching the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 following the death of worker Mark Chapelhow in 2015.

Bitumen and asphalt plant audit finds safety is a priority

A review of Queensland's bitumen and asphalt plants' management of fire and explosion hazards has revealed safety is a priority, but that more can be done to ensure hazards are better addressed.

Queensland's commitment to safety highlighted by successful CWP forum in Mackay

A Mackay forum on coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP) has highlighted Queensland's commitment to safety in the workplace and looking after those who have contracted this disease on the job.

Fixed plant compliance campaign starts in April

As part of ongoing efforts to reduce injuries from fixed plant and equipment, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland will shortly conduct a compliance audit in high-risk manufacturing sectors.

New guide for working in different types of heat

As parts of Queensland swelter, Safe Work  Australia has released a new guide to working in heat - not just radiant heat  from the sun.

Workplace checks underway for immobilising trucks and trailers

Since 2012, there have been 24 deaths in Queensland alone where a worker or driver was crushed by a truck or trailer because it was not safely immobilised.

Mackay Hospital and Health Services tackles work health and wellbeing

Mackay HHS delivers public hospital and health services to more than 180,000 people. Driven by absenteeism rates and concerns about work health and wellbeing, a workplace program was set up which is now firmly embedded in the hospital's strategic plan.

What do you think about the model WHS laws?

Safe Work Australia has opened public consultation to explore how the model WHS laws are working in practice. The review will examine how the model WHS laws are operating in practice, whether they are achieving the objects stated in the model WHS Act or if they have resulted in unintended consequences.

Sawmilling industry safety audits

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland will conduct advisory and compliance assessments at log sawmilling workplaces from March to October 2018. The campaign will enable workplaces to better manage risks effectively and sustainably, by focusing on safe systems of work, hazard identification and control in all areas of the log sawmilling process.

Safety alert issued on unpacking glass sheets

A safety alert has been issued to remind workers who handle packs of glass sheets not to rely on the packaging to support the contents when the package is being lifted or opened.

Recalls and prohibition notice on Salzer solar DC isolator

Salzer solar DC isolator model DCLB232, also known as IPV40E and IPV40ES, is now subject to two recalls by both the IPD Group Limited and AGL Energy Services Pty Limited.

Safety dispute resolutions to be sped up

New dispute resolution provisions are leading to quicker resolutions of work health and safety disputes and providing certainty for parties where a dispute remains unresolved. Details of the changes are in an online resource published by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

Work safety boosted for small farms and sugar industry

Work safety on small farms and in the sugar industry will be boosted following an enforceable undertaking agreement between Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and Sugar Research Australia Limited.

Regional statistical reports on Queensland's injury rates

Claims for workers' compensation from within the construction industry are the most prolific across all the state's regions, according to new statistics reports published by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

Popular NQ work conference open for registration

A regular sell-out, the North Queensland Injury Prevention and Return to Work Conference at the Ville Resort in Townsville on Friday 20 April is now open for registration.

Clinical guideline for the diagnosis and management of work-related mental health conditions

New worker mental health management guidelines are currently being canvassed, with community input accepted until mid-March.

Last updated
28 February 2018

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