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October 2019

More successful prosecutions under Queensland’s labour hire laws

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has issued a warning to Queensland’s labour hire operators, following another three successful prosecutions in the Caboolture Magistrates Court.

Queensland Safe Work Awards honour innovators

Queensland’s work health and safety and return to work high achievers have been recognised for their efforts to improve the state’s workplaces.

Scissor hoist death leads to fine and guarding improvements

A building material manufacturer has been fined $215,000 after pleading guilty in the Ipswich Magistrates Court after a worker was crushed to death in a scissor hoist. The company was charged with having failed to meet its work health and safety duties.

Handle heat without the stress as summer starts to sizzle

With heat and humidity on the rise in Queensland, workplaces have been urged to take extra care this summer when workers are out in these conditions.

Audits to target sprain and strain hazards

Any Queensland workplace with a recent workers’ compensation claim for a sprain or strain injury could soon be visited by an inspector as an audit campaign kicks off seeking to reign in musculoskeletal injuries.

Register for occupational lung disease safety forum now

Registrations are open for our Healthy Lungs Forum, which will highlight how and why workers must be protected from occupational lung disease risks in the asbestos removal, stonemasonry, construction and manufacturing industries.

Reduce sedentary work and BeUpstanding!

For over a decade, experts at the University of Queensland’s School of Public Health have been researching how to effectively reduce sitting time at work, but more volunteers are needed.

New data hub highlights work safety trends in Queensland

Queensland recorded a 16.9 per cent reduction in the rate of serious workplace incidents over the past five years. That’s according to a new data hub on work safety research and statistics.

Growing concern at pesticide hazards

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has released new guidance on pesticides and the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority has released a review of glyphosate use.

Audits to target pedestrian safety for vehicles and mobile

Vehicles and powered mobile plant such as forklifts can be a serious safety issue if on-site traffic is not well managed. A Workplace Health and Safety Queensland audit campaign will target high risk work environments in early 2020, including sites where complex or unpredictable movements between trucks, mobile plant, cars, utes, forklifts and pedestrians often occur.

AI on show at the Transport Safety Network meeting

Members of the Transport Industry Safety Network were recently given an overview of how AI technology is being used to improve driver safety.

Help shape workplace mental health programs for Queensland

Statistics reveal that one third of adult life is spent at work and work-related stress is estimated to affect around 32 per cent of all Australians, with one in two experiencing a mental health condition in our lifetime.

Asbestos Awareness Week 24-30 November

This Asbestos Awareness Week (24 - 30 November) learn how to work safely with asbestos and prevent exposure to dangerous airborne fibres in your home and workplace.

National Return to Work Strategy 2020-2030 launched

Safe Work Australia recently launched its National Return to Work Strategy 2020-2030, providing a framework for national action to improve return to work outcomes for Australian workers.

Don’t let work Christmas parties spoil a safe working year

With many workplaces starting to organise Christmas break up parties, employers are reminded the ‘silly season’ is not an excuse to disregard normal safe work practices, including responsible service of alcohol.

Last updated
29 October 2019

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