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October 2018

Work Health and Safety Board looks to better working lives for Queenslanders

The peak advisory Board to the Government on work health and safety issues, with representatives from employer associations, trade unions and academia, has developed a five year plan in response to one of the recommendations of a review of the 2016 Eagle Farm and Dreamworld tragedies.

Spotlight shines on Queensland safe work and return to work initiatives

Outstanding examples of safe work and return to work initiatives have been celebrated at the 2018 Safe Work and Return to Work Awards in Brisbane.

Safety alert issued for engineered stone benchtop workers

An urgent safety warning for workers and employers in Queensland’s engineered stone benchtop fabrication industry reinforces the message that uncontrolled dry cutting of engineered stone is prohibited.

New code to be developed for silica dust in stone benchtop industry

Minister for Industrial Relations Grace Grace recently made statements in Parliament and to the media urgently alerting workers and employers in Queensland’s engineered stone benchtop fabrication industry to the risks of exposure to respirable crystalline silica.

Amputation in pine planer incident leads to $50,000 fine

A sawmill operator has been fined $50,000 over an incident in which four of a worker’s fingers and most of his right hand were amputated.

Vehicle loading cranes audit campaign ramps up

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and the Department of Transport and Main Roads recently completed a series of weighbridge and roadside assessments of vehicle loading cranes. The assessments were part of a response to several serious incidents involving failed or incorrectly stowed outriggers on trucks fitted with VLCs.

Get involved with transport industry safety network meetings

Safety network meetings for those involved in occupational health and safety in the transport industry and its supply chain are held regularly, facilitated by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

Heat stress alert: hotter than average days ahead predicted

Queensland workplaces are urged to take extra care this year when preparing for work in heat, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting above average daytime temperatures in the months ahead.

Wesley Mission: how acting smarter is saving workers and money

Caring for the community for more than 100 years, Wesley Mission Queensland was referred to the Injury Prevention and Management program after experiencing a rise in its workers’ compensation costs and premium, in part due to slow injury reporting and return to work outcomes.

Mentally healthy workplaces workshops

Mentally Healthy Workplaces workshops will be held in Cairns and Brisbane in November and December to help frontline managers and supervisors identify, assess and manage risks to psychological health and safety within their team.

Ageing and work: It is time for a different conversation

It is time for a different conversation - it is time to celebrate longevity. Increasing life expectancy is a triumph in public health presenting new opportunities for individuals, employers, communities and society at large, but it will require a rethink of the conventional ways we have looked at ageing and work.

Asbestos Awareness Week 19–25 November

Asbestos Awareness Week is a great opportunity to learn how to work safely with asbestos. We are teaming up with safety advocates Julie and Don Sager to show our tradies of tomorrow just how important it is to know what you’re doing with asbestos before work starts.

Storm season reminder on dangers of fallen powerlines

A new safety advertising campaign Take care. Stay line aware has started screening to remind Queenslanders of the dangers of fallen powerlines.

Government continues commitment for Mates in Construction

The Queensland Government has announced additional funding of $1 million to help Mates in Construction expand its suicide prevention program to rural and remote areas of the state.

New safety resources for working with airborne contaminants

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has produced two new safety advisory resources for working with airborne contaminants, including crystalline silica.

Farmers in safe hands with online guide

A new website for farmers includes articles on health, the rural work of Lifeline, case studies of injured workers, safety campaigns, mental health and working with chemicals. There also is advice on technological developments and their impacts on safety, and free work safety tools for inductions, safety action plans and emergency plans.

Injury prevention and return to work conference caps mammoth Safe Work Month

As a grand finale for this year's Safe Work Month, the Injury Prevention and Return to Work Conference today showcased the latest in work health and safety and return to work.

Help improve our understanding of safety

Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology, in partnership with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, are conducting research examining cultural differences across a range of Queensland industries.

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31 October 2018

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SIA Visions Conference 2018

5-7 September 2018, Mantra Southport, Gold Coast

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SIA Visions Conference 2018