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A high proportion of employers are reacting to, rather than proactively looking for, failures, according to a new report.

The results are part of the recently released ‘Mindfulness of work health and safety in the workplace’ study conducted by Safe Work Australia.

The study says 87 per cent of employers agree that when something unexpected occurs in the workplace, they always try to work out why things didn’t go as planned. However, only 65 per cent of employers actively look for failures to understand them, the study adds.

When it comes to reporting bad news, only 37 per cent of employers go searching for it. Nevertheless, 87 per cent of employers agree that workers are encouraged to report significant mistakes. But only 35 per cent of employers agree that workers are rewarded for spotting potential problems, the study adds.

For more details, visit the study

Published on 30 July 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin.

A new study suggests that higher order hazard controls such as elimination and substitution are not being used as much as they should in the manufacturing sector.

“While over 70 per cent of manufacturing workers who reported exposure to noise were provided with a combination of PPE [personal protective equipment] and other types of controls, 20 per cent reported that they were only provided with PPE,” according to the Safe Work Australia report, ‘Work Health & Safety Perceptions: Manufacturing Industry’.

“For vibration, over 30 per cent reported being provided with only PPE and no other control measure.

“Fourteen per cent of manufacturing workers who reported exposure to airborne hazards reported that they were not provided with any control measure for this hazard.”

The study suggests one of two reasons for this: “… either that workers were not aware of higher order control measures in the workplace or that there was a considerable proportion of manufacturing workplaces where higher order control measures were not provided.”

For more details, visit the report.

Published on 12 March 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin.

In a new Safe Work Australia study, 62 per cent of workers reported being exposed to multiple types of hazards.

“On average, workers reported that they were exposed to 2.6 (out of nine examined) hazards,” according to the study titled ‘Exposure to multiple hazards among Australian workers’.

In addition, 20 per cent of workers said they were exposed to at least five hazards.

The nine hazards examined in the study included sun exposure, wet work, high biomechanical demands, high job demands, noise, vibration, biological materials, chemical (dermal) contact and airborne hazards.

“The most common self-reported exposure was to high job demands, followed by exposure to airborne hazards and exposure to chemicals,” says the study.

Workers also noted a lack of access to control measures for the hazards they reported.

The study says working longer hours, being young, working as a labourer, technician or tradesperson, and working in agriculture, forestry and fishing were associated with exposure to multiple hazards.

For more details, visit the report

Published on 26 February 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin

NSCA’s most experienced international training facilitator, Marilyn Hubner, delivered the long-awaited Fiji Certificate IV in WHS program to enthusiastic participants in March 2014.

The program was developed in conjunction with the Fiji National University (FNU) and was very well received with participants organising a special ceremony for Marilyn at the end of the program.

The international safety training program continues in October 2014 when the NSCA delivers the Diploma of WHS in Fiji.  The NSCA is currently working closely with the FNU to promote the program.

Following on from this successful training program, the NSCA is exploring other opportunities to further support safety training at an international level.

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