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 […]

Managing Cyber Crime Risk

By QRMC / Posted on June 19, 2018

Cyber crime and the consequent need for cyber security is a business risk that’s here to stay. It’s not only a technology arms race, with security patches and protective software racing to keep up with the hackers’ latest tricks; it’s also a fundamentally human problem, in which the weakest link of an untrained or unwary […]

Checklists: The pros and cons

By QRMC / Posted on June 12, 2018

Workplaces rely heavily on their WHS inspection and audit checklists. Such checklists assist in prompting what to look for and what to ask, so that the inspection or audit process can be consistent. The use of checklists is beneficial, but to rely wholeheartedly on them can present some risks. There is a need to be […]

Link between WHS Mgt Review & Due Diligence

By QRMC / Posted on May 22, 2018

In Insight issue 83 we described methods of optimising the management review process. In addition to ensuring that the management review achieves systems improvements, and meeting the compliance requirement of the relevant management system standards, there are also benefits to be gained by the organisation’s Officers. An Officer is defined by the Corporations Act as: […]

What is ‘good communication’?

By QRMC / Posted on May 15, 2018

Communication definitely means different things to different people, and hundreds of books of been written exploring the differences in the way we communicate with each other. Theorists propose differing approaches to communication are required based on gender, culture, education and a range of other variables.  In the workplace, ‘good communication’ is vital … but how […]

Proactive Plant Safety

By QRMC / Posted on April 17, 2018

Beginning in April 2018 Workplace Health and Safety Queensland will be auditing organisations in the manufacturing industry as part of an effort to reduce injuries from plant. Issues to be focussed on will include machine guarding, isolation, lockout and tagout, plant risk management, and safe use of plant and systems of work. This campaign by […]

ISO 31000:2018 Risk Management – what’s different?

By QRMC / Posted on April 10, 2018

The international standard ISO 31000 Risk Management – Guidelines was first released in 2009, and in Australia the standard soon replaced the local AS 4360. Over the past few years ISO 31000 has undergone its first review, and the revised standard was released in February 2018. The focus of the review was to make the standard […]

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 […]

Sexual Harassment & WHS

By QRMC / Posted on March 13, 2018

Better prevention and management of sexual harassment in the workplace has been rising in importance for years, and has come into sharper focus in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Most frequently sexual harassment is considered as a human resources issue, however the impact on those experiencing the sexual harassment in the workplace should be […]

ISO 45001 OHS management systems

By QRMC / Posted on March 6, 2018

The International Organization for Standardization has finalised ISO 45001, the new international standard Occupational health and safety management systems. The standard will follow the now familiar Annex SL structure of the 10-clause management system approach that has been rolled out to standardise international standards such as ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and ISO 27001. This allows […]