SafetyZone News

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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Internet Communication Technologies: Benefits to your Safety Management System.


Organisational processes and documentation has evolved rapidly with the onset of the ‘technological age’ and as a consequence have presented many opportunities for business to better manage their affairs without mountains of paperwork, including their safety. This short article will point out some key areas any business can simplify their operations by taking advantage of...

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Small Business: Key OHS processes to manage your risks


Our consultants are regularly asked to develop management systems and practices to meet contract, legislative and business needs. In many cases, we are asked to ‘cover off the basics’ to ensure that our customers have a practical, straightforward process to cover off their Occupational Health and Safety liabilities. But what are the basics? How are...

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Wellbeing Management Systems


Wellbeing Management Systems form the link between compliance requirements (i.e. HR & OHS Legislation) and positive workforce initiatives (i.e. Enterprise agreements, Staff opinion surveys, recruitment drives and reputational marketing). Refer: Image 1: Wellbeing Management Systems  Wellbeing initiatives have grown strong popularity in recent times due to a number of factors such as: Greater recognition of...

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