Rudeness and your Health at Work

By QRMC / Posted on April 23, 2019

Everyone (unfortunately) at some time in their working life will have had the unpleasant experience of a colleague or superior behaving rudely or in an unacceptably aggressive or hostile manner towards them. Rude behaviour can arise as a result of short-lived stressors and tensions such as a business or personal crisis, or it can be […]

ISO 45001 Management Review

By QRMC / Posted on April 17, 2019

Following on from the discussion in last month’s Insight about ‘Top Managements’ role it’s useful to explore the oversight and review process as detailed in Sec 9.3 – Management Review of the Standard – ‘Top management shall review the organisation’s management system at planned intervals to ensure its continuing suitability, adequacy and effectiveness.’ Firstly, one […]

System Implementation or Skills Transfer

By QRMC / Posted on March 19, 2019

With organisations facing ever-increasing pressure to analyse the cost-benefit in every area of their business, the cost of management system implementation is often overlooked, or at best combined with the cost of the system development.  However even the most well-developed management system will not be fully effective unless it is presented to the people who […]

ISO 45001 – WHS Management starts at the ‘Top’

By QRMC / Posted on March 12, 2019

ISO 45001’s discussion of ‘Top Management’ – the person or group of people who direct or control an organisation at the highest level – requires a visible and demonstrable involvement in WHS. No longer can the responsibility for safety be delegated to the safety professional: it needs to be owned by top management and they […]

More news in 2019

By QRMC / Posted on December 21, 2018

Stay Safe over the Silly Season

By QRMC / Posted on December 20, 2018

During the busy lead up to Christmas, both employers and employees should give some extra thought to safety. PCBUs need to be aware of the safety and risk issues that arise at this time of year. Alcohol at festive season celebrations, increased workload and pressure leading up to Christmas, changes in shifts and short-handed rosters […]

Looking ahead to 2019

By QRMC / Posted on December 18, 2018

While there are no major legislative overhauls expected in 2019, Safe Work Australia’s review of the model WHS laws is due to be finalised by the end of the year, and this will (in all likelihood) have a flow-on effect to the state Legislation. The aim of the review is to identify areas of the […]

Risks and Opportunities

By QRMC / Posted on December 11, 2018

Historically the word Risk has been associated with the negative – ‘what could go wrong.’ The very definition of risk within ISO 31000:2018 Risk Management, as the ‘effect of uncertainty on objectives,’ is inherently negative with uncertainty not generally being associated with positive connotations or outcomes. However, in the new suite of ISO standards using […]

Chain of Responsibility Update

By QRMC / Posted on November 27, 2018

As of October 1st 2018, the much-anticipated changes to the Heavy Vehicle National Law and Chain of Responsibility (CoR) rules took effect. While the overarching principle that all parties in the chain are responsible for ensuring safety remains in place, the legislative changes reflect the structure of the current WHS Legislation. These adjustments include: The […]

BCM Buy-In

By QRMC / Posted on November 13, 2018

Like all management strategies and systems, business continuity management (BCM) and plans (BCPs) are only as good as their implementation. And being properly implemented relies entirely on the buy-in of the responsible organisational personnel, especially top management. In the absence of management support, the necessary resources and operational prioritisation may not be available to embed […]