SNG Meeting Report – March 2017

By QRMC / Posted on April 18, 2017

The quarterly Safety Networking Group session was hosted by Snapfresh, and explored the health and safety issues surrounding an ageing workforce. Roslyn Miller, from WHSQ’s Workers Initiative, presented some interesting statistics on the current situation in terms of ageing workers in Queensland, showing that one in eight workers is currently older than 65 with an […]

The Pros and Cons of using an External Auditor

By QRMC / Posted on April 11, 2017

Most contemporary audit programs advocate a combination of internal and external auditing. There are pros and cons involved in either type of audit, but both play an important role in ensuring best practice, continual improvement and compliance. Internal auditing should never be undertaken by someone who was involved in authoring the management system or process […]

Traffic Management Systems

By QRMC / Posted on April 4, 2017

The importance of managing the risks associated with traffic is generally recognised within the construction industry, especially when work is undertaken on or adjacent to a road, however many non-construction businesses fail to identify the management of traffic as a risk. Recently, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) announced a campaign focussing on identifying poor […]

Getting the most from Audits

By QRMC / Posted on March 21, 2017

Many Managers think of an upcoming audit and cringe. Some put on a brave face and focus on the lessons that can be learnt. Others may respond by looking to book in their annual leave! There is no denying that audits have negative connotations for many people, especially if they have been on the receiving […]

Cyber Security, Enterprise Risk and Suppliers

By QRMC / Posted on March 14, 2017

The disruption to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2016 online Census last year raised the general awareness of cyber security as a risk to organisations across Australia. In another awareness-raising incident, in the United States in December 2013 it was reported that Target had information of 70 million people stolen including credit card details, […]

Do standing desks mitigate the risks of sitting?

By QRMC / Posted on March 7, 2017

In recent times much has been written about stand up desks with ‘sitting’ seen to be the new ‘smoking’ in terms of health risk. Studies have shown that if you exercise for an hour a day, but sit for the remainder, that single hour doesn’t necessarily counterbalance the eight hours of sitting; in much the […]

Business Continuity Management over Summer

By QRMC / Posted on December 15, 2016

With the summer storm season upon us, and key staff away for the holidays in many businesses, it’s a good time to check that your business continuity management systems are ready. The holiday season can be used as a low stress ‘test’ of business continuity plans, in view of the temporary loss and unavailability of […]

Managing Christmas Party Risks

By QRMC / Posted on December 13, 2016

End-of-year and festive season celebrations abound at this time of year in offices and businesses across the country. While enjoying these activities, it’s important for employers to remain mindful of their duties and responsibilities to their workers, and to ensure that the organisation is protected from potential risks arising from these events. End-of-year parties, if […]

Safety Networking Group Report

By QRMC / Posted on December 6, 2016

The November quarterly Safety Networking Group session was hosted by Qantas at the Base Maintenance Facility in Brisbane. Duncan Burton, a Qantas Operations Manager, presented on the application of the Six Sigma 5S system within their Base Maintenance facility. The presentation included practical examples of the improvements made to productivity, quality and health and safety […]

The Role of Interpretation in Risk Assessments

By QRMC / Posted on November 8, 2016

The process of undertaking a risk assessment has become central to decision-making in organisations of all shapes and sizes. It is now second nature in many organisations to make a conscious effort to identify possible risks to business objectives, assess those risks, and then act to remove or mitigate the risk. Critical to this process […]