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Developing your In-House Traffic Management Plan


If the mixture of traffic and people is not carefully managed, it can have tragic consequences for all involved. The development of a traffic management plan is a key part of any organisations safety management processes, and one which must be done correctly. The keys to developing any functional traffic management plan are: Understanding the...

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What to look for in a Safe Work Method Statement


Safe Work Method Statements OHS Regulations 2007 (OHS Regulations) require employers and self-employed persons to prepare a SWMS before commencing ‘High Risk Construction Work’ (HRCW). HRCW is stipulated by the Worksafe Victoria guidance ‘Information about: Safe Work Method Statements’ as any of the following:   Where there is a risk of a person falling more...

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What to look for in a Risk Assessment


Risk Assessment can be defined as ‘A systematic process of evaluating the potential risks that may be involved in a projected activity or undertaking’. This can cover a number of areas including ergonomics, plant, process operation, work at heights, chemicals etc. The key starting point of any risk assessment is to define the processes you...

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Demystifying Contract Safety Requirements


Tender contracts can be defined as ‘An unconditional offer of a party to a contract to perform their part of the bargain’. These have always been popular by use for government, large firms, project builders and specialist contractors as they have a number of benefits, such as: Giving the tendering organisation transparency of contract award;...

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When to employ or contract an OHS Professional


The use of contracting and consulting in all occupations is growing each year as the workforce in Australia becomes more specialised, flexible work arrangements become commonplace and people work a number of occupations in a lifetime. Safety has been no exception to this rule and SafetyZone OHS Consulting is a result of more companies recognising...

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New panel released to review and monitor Worksafe Victoria OHS Compliance and enforcement. The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment to ensure high safety standards are met in Victorian workplaces, appointing an expert panel to review and strengthen occupational health and safety (OHS) standards across the state. The review panel will make...

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Risk Registers: Control your risks


There are two challenges every OHS adviser needs to overcome to be effective. Firstly, know your subject backwards and second, find a way to manage your controls. Knowing your subject is one area which uses the experience and inquisitive nature of your OHS Representative. This is the time spent out consulting with your team identifying...

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Importance of Geelong OH&S


For business across South West Victoria and in Geelong, OH&S or Occupational Health and Safety is the term used for the laws and processes that have been established to protect workers at work. These laws also cover contractors, visitors and other employees at a workplace or worksite. Australian law and indeed OH&S law maintains that...

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Safety management: surviving the Christmas rush


As we approach the end of the year, production requirements ramp up in anticipation for our Christmas holidays, deadlines for construction loom like the shadows of Collins Street over contractors, drivers push for one more run before stopping and safety consultants find it more difficult to convince customers to observe their risks. It will come...

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OHS System Compliance Checklist: Are your processes on track?


A gap analysis focuses on the implementation of the management system. This process generally includes a desktop audit (legislative or standards subscribed to i.e. AS4801:2001 – Safety Management Systems) as well as assessment of the implementation of such systems, to ensure practicality and undertaking of prescribed requirements. Often at SafetyZone, we are called into get...

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