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The Importance of Compliance Codes


Occupational Health and Safety compliance requirements help businesses meet best practice operations, community expectations and continual improvement. All acts, for example the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 set the general requirements and tone for the legislative tool and work as overarching guidelines to by which organisations should operate. Regulations are the tools by...

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Management Systems: Benefits and Structure


The process of developing, implementing, reviewing and continuously improving systems to ISO and/or Australian Standards requirements is a specialist task involving strong organisational support, appropriate resourcing and often becomes part of the core philosophy around ‘the way we do things here’. Most popular standards grow confidence in organisational operations involve OHS, Quality and Environmental Management...

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Heat Stress – Manage the hazard!


Australians have a deep love for the sun culture; our ‘sunburnt land’ is known the world over for our beaches and bronzed bodies. During the warmer months, Australians spend more time exposed to potentially lethal UV rays which presents a hazard requiring constant attention by leaders. While this can be the best time of year...

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2017 OHS Regulations Changes: Hazardous Manual Handling


Requirements Hazardous Manual Handling is one key area of concern for WorkSafe as part of the OHS Regulations 2017 (Vic.) update. As a result, this is an area which SafetyZone OHS Consulting is currently assisting a number of firms to ensure compliance. The Guidance note states ‘The hazardous manual handling part of the OHS Regulations...

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New Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017


The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (OHS Regs. 2017) were implemented and became effective in Victoria on 18 June 2017. With the exception of licensing structures for registered training organisations (RTOs), which have a 12 month transition time frame, the regulations are effective immediately. The intention of the OHS Regulations 2017 is to provide...

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New OHS Regulations 2017 – Changes to Chemical Safety Management


Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 Changes to Chemical Safety Management. In Victoria, the management of chemical safety is covered by a complex range of State and Federal Acts and Regulations. For employers who aren’t manufacturers, transporters or suppliers the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017, which covers hazardous substances, and the Dangerous Goods (Storage...

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Prescription Marijuana: How will OHS Manage the risk?


If recent news and legislation introductions are anything to go by, the Australian government seems set to remove further barriers in the legalisation of cannabis oils, flowers and associated products. This exciting news will allow critical treatments for thousands of Australians. However, from an Occupational Health and Safety perspective, this poses an interesting problem which...

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Applying Risk Management Principles to Traffic Management


2016 saw Victoria with the highest rate of fatalities since 2009, twenty-six Victorians lost their lives at work during the year with the highest fatality industries, once again, being Agriculture and Construction. One trend which becomes evident in the review of the 2016 figures is that incidents involving mobile plant account for fourteen of the...

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Hazard Identification: Merging your channels of input


As well as the development of HSEQ compliance frameworks, risk assessment and operational documents, our consultants spend a lot of time working to review and audit current systems. One area which is a common opportunity for improvement is the merging of items from various informal and formal channels to allow for easy tracking of non-conformances...

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Finding the answers: Researching Occupational Health and Safety.


Many of our clients find us in their search for information to assist in them understanding Occupational Health and Safety requirements as well as best practice processes better. Below are some organisations (Victorian context) which we use as our reference tools (as well as continual training) to ensure we keep our knowledge current and reflective...

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