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June 2018

Review gives Queensland workers’ compensation scheme big thumbs up

An independent review of Queensland’s workers’ compensation scheme, tabled in Parliament on 29 June 2018, has found the scheme is performing well and does not require major reform.

Work safety codes toughened to better protect workers

Queensland is toughening the status of its codes of practice - a move back to their high standing under previous laws which deemed codes or an equivalent standard had to be complied with.

Safe Work Month registrations and sponsorships now open!

Safe Work Month is held nationally every October, bringing work health and safety to everyone’s attention. It also gives us another reminder to work safe for the moments that matter.

No risk assessment costs worker his life and company huge fine

An industrial rope access company has been fined $250,000 and its director $30,000 following the death of a worker at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Do you own or have a licence to operate a vehicle loading crane?

A vehicle loading crane (VLC) is a crane mounted on a vehicle for the purpose of loading and unloading that vehicle.

Q fever alert for domestic pets

Q fever is a zoonotic disease of animals that can spread to people via airborne aerosols and dust, causing influenza-like illness which can be severe. A new safety alert highlights occupational Q fever risks from birthing cats and dogs.

Safe Work Australia publishes national guidance on work-related psychological health and safety

For employers and workers, the guide describes how to build a psychologically healthy and safe workplace by identifying, assessing and controlling risks to workers’ mental health.

Strengthen your business with work health and wellbeing

Workers’ ill health can indirectly cost businesses and considering 96 per cent of workers are reported to have at least one chronic disease risk factor and 33 per cent with at least one chronic disease, these indirect costs can be significant.

IPaM’s winning formula helps businesses to cut costs

More and more businesses are discovering how working with the Queensland Government’s Injury Prevention and Management (IPaM) program helps boost productivity and reduce injuries and workers’ compensation premiums.

Be aware of hidden electrical cables on roofing and cladding jobs

Builders, carpenters and roofers need to be aware of electrical safety risks when drilling into roofing and cladding materials.

When home and community based care workers come to visit

Care service provided in the home is one of the fastest growing sectors in the healthcare and social assistance industry. This care sector uses more workers than any other industry, with employment projected to rise.

Stop and think about farm safety

Did you know only three per cent of Queenslanders work on farms, but more than 30 per cent of workplace deaths happen on them?

Workplace electrical shock? Report it

All electrical shocks in workplaces must be reported under Queensland laws. If in any doubt, report the incident anyway and the Electrical Safety Office will carry out an assessment.

More chemicals added to database to ensure worker safety

More than 750 chemicals have been added to the Hazardous Chemical Information System to update classification information available for manufacturers, importers, suppliers and end users.

Free musculoskeletal disorders webinars

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is hosting a free webinar series featuring industry leaders highlighting best practice approaches and the critical role leadership plays in musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) prevention.

Last updated
29 June 2018

World of Drones Congress 2018
(9 & 10 August 2018)
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

International forum for everyone concerned with drones - from businesses to governments, investors to enthusiasts. Register.

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World of Drones Congress

SIA Visions Conference 2018

5-7 September 2018, Mantra Southport, Gold Coast

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SIA Visions Conference 2018