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13 Feb 2014

Phoney inspectors on the prowl

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SafeWork SA has received reports about two people impersonating work health and safety inspectors.

The two people have threatened to fine workers or companies under the Work Health and Safety Act, the authority said.

“The employers believed these people to be SafeWork SA inspectors, but they were not.”

SafeWork SA is encouraging employers to require proof of identity and to “check the credentials of any unknown person who asks for access to a workplace”.

For more details, SafeWork SA.

Published on 13 February 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

06 Feb 2014

Work joke cover up backfires

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A practical joke gone wrong and a failed cover-up to protect safety bonuses has led to the Victorian County Court granting an injured worker leave to seek damages for a severe mental disturbance.

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Published in National Safety magazine, November-December 2013.

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06 Feb 2014

Where does the buck stop?

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Company leaders put their hands up for safety and reap the business rewards

Barwon Water Alliance won the top award in the 2013 National Safety Council of Australia/GIO Workers Compensation National Safety Awards of Excellence for developing and delivering a leadership program that cemented safety as a business priority.

At the heart of the program is a personal code of conduct signed by executive management as well as everyone who works for or with the Alliance and is based around some fundamental principles.

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Published in National Safety magazine, November-December 2013.

 

06 Feb 2014

Clearing the air

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What hazardous substances are lurking in your neck of the woods? 

On 17 April 2013, an explosion at the West Fertilizer Company plant in Texas left 15 people dead and around 200 injured.

The explosion raised questions in Australia and around the world about how chemical companies control hazardous substances and what potential impact there might be on the community.

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Published in National Safety magazine, August-September 2013.

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06 Feb 2014

The destination matters

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Where we start work each morning affects more than the bottom line.

When Yahoo called a halt to teleworking in a leaked memo to employees in 2013, slamming it as slow and detrimental to work quality and creativity, it created outrage and surprise among the corporate community.

Not only were workers reportedly fuming, but other companies were quick to register their disbelief, with Virgin entrepreneur Richard Branson blogging that the decision was a “backwards step in an age when remote working is easier and more effective than ever”.

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Published in National Safety magazine, August-September 2013.

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