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 […]

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 […]

Insight issue 70

By QRMC / Posted on October 31, 2016

Choosing PPE

By QRMC / Posted on October 18, 2016

PPE, or Personal Protective Equipment, is a very broad term that can include anything from a sun hat to a full-face respirator. The term describes anything is anything used or worn by a worker to minimise risk to their health or safety. Appropriate PPE is sometimes the only way to control the risk to health […]

Beyond the Hazard Hunt: Are we missing the big picture?

By QRMC / Posted on October 11, 2016

Safety observations and interactions provide an ideal opportunity to have Managers out in the field observing and interacting with their workforce. This achieves a number of positive by-products from visible leadership through to addressing the due diligence requirements. However, one of the unintended outcomes of this can be that Management personnel may become too focused […]