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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Looking Forward – Legislation

By QRMC / Posted on July 3, 2018

As we approach July 1st the Queensland WHS Legislative context will be adjusted with the restoration of the status of the various WHS Codes of Practice (essentially requiring that the safety measures in a code are to be complied with), the mandating of HSR training (with a 3-yearly refresher) and re-introduction of the Work Health […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

What happens after the audit?

By QRMC / Posted on November 1, 2016

‘So how did we do?’ or ‘Did we pass?’ – this is the typical question asked of auditor immediately after an audit. The reality is that both of these questions should be redundant as, in most cases, the auditee’s representative has participated in the audit and has witnessed interviews and sighted evidence produced during the […]