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Contractor safety principles


In recent years the Australian workforce has started to shift from long term employees undertaking various tasks to specialist contractors working across a number of organisations to achieve specific outcomes. This has the ability to have a strong effect on the safety culture of your business. This presents many benefits to the organisation such as:...

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Emergency planning – what you need to know!


Onsite emergency procedures should be developed in light of the risks inherent to the worksite and tasks to be undertaken and include all information which you will need in an emergency situation. This article outlines various situations and reference documents which should be used when planning projects and workplace emergency procedure development. The first document...

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Designing a healthy, happy and safe work place


‘Office ergonomics’, is the concept that the office environment should be designed in consideration of the human factors, ensuring workers are happy, safe, healthy and more productive as a result. Occupational health and safety in the office environment The health and safety of persons working within the office environment must be a key consideration in...

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Understanding risk assessment of confined space areas


Confined spaces are a pain in the neck in more ways than one for Occupational Health and Safety people assessing them and those required to enter them alike. These are areas which carry a high consequence, high likelihood of incident rating should be treated as HIGH or VERY HIGH risk each and every time they...

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Effective toolbox talks


Make toolbox talks an effective way to keep health and safety forefront in the minds of your workers and make them aware of current risks and hazards. Toolbox talks are an effective way to instill or maintain heightened safety awareness within any workgroup. Making these talks effective is a useful way to keep health and...

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Ladder safety


Between 3 to 4 thousand admissions to hospitals each year can be attributable to falls from ladders and on average, more than 20 to 30 Australians die each year after suffering such a fall. Ladders have been and will continue to be a necessary piece of equipment to get the job done, both in the...

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Asbestos management and removal in Victoria


Asbestos is one of the most versatile products known to man. It is light, very durable, fire retardant, cheap to produce and has seemingly endless applications from insulation to brake pads. However, the strength of the asbestos fibre is also what makes it so terribly hazardous to human health. Under a microscope, we observe friable...

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Practical safety management: first aid in the workplace


Effective management of incidents within the workplace relies on proper first aid preparation, information and adequately trained first aid personnel. One of the most important functions of effective incident management is having the immediate capability to respond to incidents and injuries in the workplace as they occur. This document will outline the two avenues of...

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Safe driving


Whether driving vehicles for work related activities or driving for personal reasons the hazards are the same. Potential hazards associated with driving including roads and near road conditions or objects, environmental conditions, vehicles, driver competency etc and the way they interact. Some factors contribute to the occurrence of a collision, other factors aggravate the effects...

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Use of tractors and other mobile plant during fire danger periods


There are some simple but specific requirements for the use of excavating or earth moving equipment, tractors, slashers, road making machines and other mobile plant etc. during Fire Danger Periods or on Total Fire Ban days that can be inadvertently overlooked. Read on and find out what they are and what you should do to...

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