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Significant changes to New Zealand’s safety laws will take effect in April next year, following the passage of the Health and Safety Reform Bill through the New Zealand Parliament.

The laws are based on the Model Work Health and Safety laws in Australia and will be called the Health and Safety at Work Act.

However, before being given the New Zealand parliamentary green light, the Reform Bill was amended. This included exempting small businesses with fewer than 20 workers in low-risk sectors from the requirement of having a health and safety representative—even when requested by workers.

Also among the amendments, an officer of an organisation is now defined as a person who has a very senior governance role in the organisation: for example, a chief executive. In an attempt to make the role clear, the bill excludes those who advise or make recommendations to an officer.

Regulations and guidance material are being created to support the new Act.

For more details, visit the new laws

Published on 8 October 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today.

A Victorian dairy company has been fined $40,000 following the death of farm worker on a working holiday from the UK.

The farm worker was hit by a prime mover as he crossed the Timboon-Colac Rd in Bungador, while driving one of the farm’s quad bikes on 4 February 2014, according to a WorkSafe media statement.

WorkSafe investigated the incident and found the quad bike driven by the worker and a second quad bike on the farm had defective brakes and none of the farm workers wore helmets when driving them.

Although the cause of the fatal incident wasn’t alleged to be faulty brakes and the failure to wear a helmet, such failings were in breach of the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, WorkSafe said.

The dairy company, Foscor Pty Ltd, was charged and persecuted in the Colac Magistrates’ Court in September for failing to provide and maintain safe plant and a system of work for its employees. The company pleaded guilty, was fined $40,000 and ordered to pay costs of $5051.

“This man had only recently arrived in Australia from the UK with his girlfriend to begin a working holiday of a lifetime. Instead, his girlfriend, family and friends are now living with a lifetime of grief,” said WorkSafe’s Executive Director of Health and Safety, Marnie Williams, in the media statement.

For more details, visit WorkSafe

Published on 8 October 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today.

The draft ISO 45001 international occupational health and safety systems management standard is ready for public consultation.

The standard, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements, is being developed by ISO’s technical committee, including representatives from ISO and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

In a media statement, Kevin McKinley, ISO Acting Secretary-General described the draft standard as a “very useful tool to help organisations save lives and protect the health and safety of their employees”.

ILO’s Deputy Director-General for Policy, Sandra Polaski, said in the media statement: “A major motivation for the ILO’s participation in the meeting is to help ISO develop this standard to arrive at a result that is consistent with the international labour standards and guidelines that cover this subject.”

The draft standard is expected to be released for public comment via Australia’s ISO member body Standards Australia.

The final version of ISO 45001 is due to be published in October 2016.

For more details, visit an overview of the draft standard and/or contact Standards Australia

Published on 8 October 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today.

Visy Paper Pty Ltd has been fined more than $400,000 and Baker & Provan Pty Ltd has been fined $225,000 following the death of a worker in each of their respective companies.

A forklift operator was killed at Visy Paper Pty Ltd’s waste recycling facility at Smithfield on 12 December 2012 when a front-end loader reversed into him, according to a SafeWork NSW media statement.

Following an investigation into the incident, Visy Paper Pty Ltd was charged and prosecuted in the District Court of NSW. Last month the company was found guilty of a breaching the NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011, fined $412,500 and ordered to pay costs.

In another incident, a fitter and machinist at Baker & Provan Pty Ltd was killed when the crane he was maintaining fell on him.

Baker & Provan Pty Ltd was also prosecuted in the NSW District Court for breaching the NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011. The company was found guilty, convicted and fined $225,000 and ordered to pay costs.

For more details, visit the Visy Paper Pty Ltd and Baker & Provan Pty Ltd findings

Published on 8 October 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today.

People living and working with mental illness should expect much more, says the World Federation for Mental Health.

This week is World Mental Health Week and the theme for the year’s awareness raising is “Dignity in Mental Health”.

According to Australia’s Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance, one in six working age Australians are living with mental illness, costing Australian businesses $11 billion a year. In addition, many in the workforce are juggling work while caring for someone with a mental illness.

The Alliance provides an evidenced-based strategy for creating a mentally healthy workplace. It covers changing the design of work, such as introducing flexible work hours; building better cultures, such as training managers in creating mentally health workplaces; supporting recovery; and increasing awareness.

Globally, the report, Dignity in Mental Health from the World Federation for Mental Health, says: “We can create a world where everyone affected by mental health conditions has the best chance possible to succeed and recover free from fear and isolation.”

The report also notes that the global community is a “long way [from] our Destination Dignity”, but is on the road.

If you need immediate assistance, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For further information about depression, contact beyondblue on 1300 22 4636 or www.beyondblue.org.au or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.

For more details on the story, visit World Federation for Mental Health and the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance

Published on 8 October 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today.


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