Proactive Plant Safety

By QRMC / Posted on April 17, 2018

Beginning in April 2018 Workplace Health and Safety Queensland will be auditing organisations in the manufacturing industry as part of an effort to reduce injuries from plant. Issues to be focussed on will include machine guarding, isolation, lockout and tagout, plant risk management, and safe use of plant and systems of work. This campaign by […]

ISO 31000:2018 Risk Management – what’s different?

By QRMC / Posted on April 10, 2018

The international standard ISO 31000 Risk Management – Guidelines was first released in 2009, and in Australia the standard soon replaced the local AS 4360. Over the past few years ISO 31000 has undergone its first review, and the revised standard was released in February 2018. The focus of the review was to make the standard […]

Optimising Management Review

By QRMC / Posted on April 4, 2018

All management system standards include some form of requirement for a Management Review. The requirement is generally framed as; ‘Top management shall review the organisation’s management system at planned intervals to ensure its continuing suitability, adequacy and effectiveness’. In many cases, Top Management is misinterpreted within organisations as the team or committee immediately responsible for […]

Sexual Harassment & WHS

By QRMC / Posted on March 13, 2018

Better prevention and management of sexual harassment in the workplace has been rising in importance for years, and has come into sharper focus in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Most frequently sexual harassment is considered as a human resources issue, however the impact on those experiencing the sexual harassment in the workplace should be […]

ISO 45001 OHS management systems

By QRMC / Posted on March 6, 2018

The International Organization for Standardization has finalised ISO 45001, the new international standard Occupational health and safety management systems. The standard will follow the now familiar Annex SL structure of the 10-clause management system approach that has been rolled out to standardise international standards such as ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and ISO 27001. This allows […]

Developing good habits to avoid burn out

By QRMC / Posted on February 20, 2018

At this point in a new year, facing another year more packed and busy than ever, it’s timely to give consideration to how to manage a demanding work life without sacrificing health and wellbeing. Working for long hours, more than 48 hours in a week, is not uncommon in the Australian workforce. However, long hours […]

Heavy Vehicle ‘Chain of Responsibility’

By QRMC / Posted on February 6, 2018

As mentioned in the October edition of Insight, in mid-2018 the requirements of the Heavy Vehicle National Legislation are changing. Now is the time for effected organisations to start getting ready for the changes. By design the Heavy Vehicle ‘Chain of Responsibility’ Legislation is broad, extending from the vehicle driver to encompass persons or organisations […]

Happy holidays!

By QRMC / Posted on December 15, 2017

Risks from Reporting and Decision-Making Disconnect

By QRMC / Posted on November 14, 2017

Most people have probably heard the phrase “garbage in, garbage out”. This concept holds true in any number of areas, and certainly in the field of risk management. No organisation can properly identify or manage its risks if the data input into the risk management process is deficient. Similarly, it’s impossible to identify or manage […]

Legislative changes pending …

By QRMC / Posted on November 7, 2017

There is a suite of legislative and other changes in the pipeline as we head toward 2018. Work Health and Safety Legislation Most prominently, as our readers are no doubt aware the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill was passed through Parliament mid-October, implementing key recommendations from the Best Practice Review of […]