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June 2020

$3m fine issued in first industrial manslaughter conviction

On 11 June 2020, in the Brisbane District Court, Australia’s first conviction and sentence for industrial manslaughter was handed down. The defendant, Brisbane Auto Recycling Pty Ltd, had on 3 April 2020 entered a guilty plea to one offence contrary to s34C of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

Stone benchtop fabricator silica audits to resume

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland will resume audits of stone benchtop fabrication businesses as part of ongoing compliance and enforcement activities in this industry.

Identifying and assessing chronic disease workplace risks

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has two free online tools to assist businesses make their workplaces healthier.

Regional heat maps paint a clear picture of WHS

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has updated its regional heat maps to allow comparisons of injury statistics across industries and regions, revealing how the statistics have changed over time.

Arc flash safety film warns of high voltage danger

A case study film launched recently by Queensland’s Electrical Safety Office highlights just how dangerous arc flash can be.

Queensland Government working with business during COVID-19

The Government will not increase WorkCover Queensland’s premium rate, as businesses across the state battle to cope with the challenges of COVID-19.

Reduce the risks of falls on stairs at your workplace

Slips, trips and falls are the second most common cause of sprain and strain related injuries in Queensland and can lead to serious and sometimes debilitating injuries.

New rehab and return to work coordinator training option

Employers are responsible for determining if their rehabilitation and return to work coordinator (RRTWC) is appropriately qualified to perform the role. From 1 July 2020, employers will have a new option to ensure their RRTWC is appropriately qualified.

Be Hendra virus aware during cooler weather

For horse businesses, the onset of cooler weather is a timely reminder to make sure your horses are vaccinated against Hendra virus.

Unpaid interns now entitled to workers' compensation

From 1 July 2020, unpaid interns will be considered 'workers' under the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 and entitled to compensation for work-related injuries.

Mist fan prohibition notice

The Electrical Safety Office has issued a prohibition notice to prevent the sale or use of certain ‘mist’ fans.

Electrical Equipment Safety Scheme

The Electrical Equipment Safety Scheme (EESS) that applies in Queensland for the sale of household electrical equipment is being adopted by other states to bring consistency across the country.

Early intervention and employee assistance programs

A new checklist to help employers who provide early intervention and employee assistance programs will help ensure they are consistent with Queensland's workers compensation requirements

Last updated
30 June 2020

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Reduction in workplace exposure standard for respirable crystalline silica

The national workplace exposure standard for respirable crystalline silica has been halved from an eight-hour time-weighted average airborne concentration of 0.1 milligrams per cubic metre (mg/m3) to 0.05 mg/m3. This new workplace exposure standard takes effect in Queensland from 1 July 2020.

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Respirable crystalline silica

Renew your WorkCover policy from 1 July

Accident insurance policies are due for renewal from 1 July. To ensure you have the right level of cover, wages should be declared by August 31 online, over the phone, or via mail. Receive a 5% discount on your premium if wages are declared on time and you pay in full by September 16. Full premium payment is due by September 30.

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