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February 2020

Statement on Coroner’s findings into Dreamworld tragedy

The Queensland Government accepts the coroner’s findings. The matter has been referred to the independent Work Health and Safety Prosecutor to decide whether action will be taken against Dreamworld’s owner, Ardent Leisure, under the Work Health and Safety Act.

Are you ready to support an ageing workforce?

Ageing is not new, but longevity is. Australia’s population is ageing, and people are staying in the workforce for longer, particularly when they are healthy enough to continue to participate and be productive.

Builder fined over Gold Coast workplace injury

A qualified carpenter working on a Gold Coast house has been fined $20,000 over a workplace incident which left his apprentice with a fractured leg.

Don't miss out – Queensland to host first national Musculoskeletal Disorders Symposium

As work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) continue to top the list of work-related injuries, La Trobe University’s head of Ergonomics and Human Factors, Jodi Oakman will feature at next month’s first ever national MSD Symposium in Brisbane.

Hazardous chemicals register

Workplaces with hazardous chemicals must keep a register for use by workers—it’s a requirement under work health and safety laws. It is easy to do and there are tools you can use to prepare.

Manage exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR)

A new guide has been published targeting sun safety, particularly solar ultraviolet radiation, which can be deceptive because it cannot be seen or felt, does not depend on temperature, and can be high even on cool and cloudy days.

Traffic safety audits – prepare your workplace!

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland inspectors are heading out to businesses in all industries to ensure on-site traffic risks are being managed effectively.

Latest Australia and New Zealand WHS and workers’ comp reports released

The Comparative Performance Monitoring report 21st edition and Comparison of Workers' Compensation Arrangements in Australia and New Zealand 2019 have been published.

1000+ stonemasons now screened for silicosis in Queensland

As at 31 January 2020, WorkCover Queensland had completed screening of more than 1000 stonemasons exposed to respirable crystalline silica from engineered stone, with a small number yet to have completed the process. To that date, 199 people had been diagnosed with a work-related condition and WorkCover is helping them with their recovery and rehabilitation, while providing compensation for their loss of wages.

Adoption of GHS Revision 7 under the model WHS laws

State and territory work health and safety regulators have agreed to adopt the 7th edition of the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, which will update the current reference to the third edition in the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.

Be Recognised for hard work and dedication to safety

Easternwell Pty Ltd and Stanwell Corporation Limited are the latest to Be Recognised at the coveted gold level for their work health and wellbeing programs.

National work health and wellbeing community of practice

Recognition of the benefits of workplace health and wellbeing programs is growing, and safety regulators have formed a national work health and wellbeing community of practice.

Transport Industry Safety and Supply Chain Network meeting

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is working with the transport industry and its supply chain to help cut the industry’s serious injury rate.

Changes to asbestos transport and disposal requirements

Recent changes to the Environmental Protection Regulation 2019 which require waste tracking documentation and the need to secure approvals for transporting asbestos materials have been reflected in Asbestos—A guide for minor renovation.

Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants

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.

North Queensland Injury Prevention and Return to Work Conference

The North Queensland Injury Prevention and Return to Work Conference returns to Townsville shortly and it’s not too late to register or become a sponsor.

Join a Government board to create change

The Queensland Government is looking for people to serve on government boards, committees and statutory bodies.

Last updated
28 February 2020

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