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 […]

Reputational risk from supply chains

By QRMC / Posted on October 23, 2018

How many times have we heard Apple come under fire because of terrible employee health and safety practices at supplier factories in China? Or clothing brands held responsible for awful working conditions in India and Bangladesh, or sporting goods manufacturers accused of fostering child labour? Ignorance of poor practices in the supply chain is never […]

TNA, ROPS, HRO, WBV, DPM … WTF?

By QRMC / Posted on October 9, 2018

FYI acronyms have become such a part of everyday language that sometimes complete sentences can be spoken or typed just by using acronyms (LOL). ‘Acronymitis’ is defined in contemporary dictionaries as the excessive use of acronyms. In considering the benefits, there is no doubt that the use of the TLA or FLA (aka the ‘three-letter acronym’ […]

Changes to Wiring Rules

By QRMC / Posted on September 18, 2018

The new Wiring Rules AS/NZS 3000:2018 Electrical Installation has been released reflecting a number of changes from the previous 2007 version: new requirements for safety switches enhanced requirements for MEN earthing systems, including bonding of pool structures and wet areas increased mechanical protection for cables installed within a ceiling space additional installation requirements for electrical […]

Simplifying Business Continuity

By QRMC / Posted on September 11, 2018

Business Continuity is often mistaken for some form or Emergency Management, with the responsibility for its implementation left to the Emergency Management team within an organisation.  Whilst there are clear synergies between the two, they have two clearly different aims. The primary aim of Emergency Management is the safety of people after an incident, followed […]