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06 Feb 2014

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How willing and able are WHS graduates to manage bullying, harassment and workload risks?

It’s a sign of the times and a dirty little secret: For every workplace bullying or harassment case that hits the headlines, hundreds more are hammered out behind closed doors and hushed up with confidential cash settlements.

Such practices protect bullies and preserve the organisational status quo.

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Published in National Safety magazine, August-September 2013.

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06 Feb 2014

Shine a light

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Seek out and act on the new bullying laws and practice, or risk finding yourself in legal and cultural hot water.

Four significant federal government developments in 2013 relate to workplace bullying. All emphasise the need for employers to have in place processes that enable rapid response to instances of workplace bullying, and all implicitly acknowledge that in 2013 the legal and regulatory framework for responding to workplace bullying was inefficient and insufficiently timely to protect the health and safety of workers entirely.

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Published in National Safety magazine, August-September 2013.

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06 Feb 2014

Integration

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Encouraging worker involvement, taking a flexible approach and getting the message right have been the keys to training success.

Queensland-based company Pensar restructured its work health and safety (WHS) training for its 60 employees so that it combined interactive learning tools with formal training and analysis.

The move was recognised when Pensar received the 2012 NSCA/GIO Workers Compensation National Safety Awards of Excellence gong for Best OHS Training Program.

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Published in National Safety magazine, August-September 2013.

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06 Feb 2014

Don’t do the wrong job

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A worker who was injured while doing a job no-one had asked him to do has had his damages appeal dismissed. 

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Published in National Safety magazine, August-September 2013.

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06 Feb 2014

Do you want a smile with that?

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In August 2010, on one of thousands of commercial flights across the USA, a plane had just come to rest at its destination.

News reports at the time stated that a passenger had stood up to retrieve her luggage before the seatbelt sign had been turned off. The flight attendant claimed that he asked the passenger to resume her seat, but she became verbally abusive and he was struck on the head when luggage fell from the overhead locker.

What Steven Slater, the 39-year-old flight attendant, did then broke so dramatically from the emotional response expected by his employer that it made worldwide news.

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Published in National Safety magazine, August-September 2013.

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