Best Practice Audit Reporting

By QRMC / Posted on September 12, 2017

The practice of audit reporting evolves over time, often as a result of technological advances and also in response to practical limitations in our time-poor contemporary society.  Managers are generally looking for shorter and sharper formats, with clear indicators of any shortcomings and positive findings. The use of ‘traffic light’ reporting (or the use of […]

BCP / BIA – debunking the myths

By QRMC / Posted on August 15, 2017

Whilst many organisations have developed Business Continuity Plans, the basis for documenting business continuity requirements is often not clear. In many cases there is uncertainty as to what a Business Continuity Plan is, what it should facilitate and what it should contain, with the lines between emergency management and business continuity often blurred. It is […]

Labour hire – are you at risk?

By QRMC / Posted on August 8, 2017

Australia’s first licensing system for the labour hire industry has been proposed by the Queensland Government in their Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017. Media stories from several jurisdictions across Australia have shown that shonky practices are all too common in the labour hire industry, however this proposed legislation, along with the proven PCBU common law […]

‘Digging trenches’ in Management Systems

By QRMC / Posted on July 18, 2017

Trench warfare, especially from WWI, involved a harsh and unforgiving environment where often the lives of troops depended on the location and quality of the trench they happened to be in. There are some interesting parallels between trench warfare and the implementation of management systems. During the height of WWI, the average soldier was less […]

Simplifying Targets and Objectives

By QRMC / Posted on July 11, 2017

The language from sport has permeated our national culture; terms from cricket, tennis and various codes of football have crept into our everyday language. We often “let things go through to the keeper”, “ace” a presentation to the boss, get shown “the red card” or “flick pass” an issue to some else’s department. This sporting […]

First Impressions count

By QRMC / Posted on June 13, 2017

First Impressions Count: The use of visual observations during HSE auditing Visual observation is the probably the simplest, the most basic, yet most under-valued way of obtaining evidence for a safety audit. There is a wealth of knowledge that can be gleaned from stepping inside a workplace and taking a look around. Some key areas […]

Effective Risk Management

By QRMC / Posted on June 6, 2017

Risk Management is the cornerstone of any good management system, whether that be a Safety, Quality, Environmental or Enterprise Risk Management system. While the WHS Act prescribes a duty to manage risk (sec 17) and a suite of core requirements (WHS Reg Sec 33 – 38, as well as the supporting Code of Practice How […]

Auditing Planning to prevent poor performance

By QRMC / Posted on May 16, 2017

While an audit process is never intended to review everything on the site or within the organisation, as it is based on a snapshot in time, it is important for the organisation to undertake prior planning in order to ensure that the audit process is based on an appropriate sample of the operations undertaken at […]

Business Continuity after Cyclone Debbie

By QRMC / Posted on May 9, 2017

At a regional level, in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Debbie and the subsequent flooding emergency, response and recovery systems are being assessed and a major review has been ordered by the Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan into how Queensland disaster management groups responded to ensure that “lessons were learned”. Whilst Business […]

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 […]