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 […]

The Pros and Cons of using an External Auditor

By QRMC / Posted on April 11, 2017

Most contemporary audit programs advocate a combination of internal and external auditing. There are pros and cons involved in either type of audit, but both play an important role in ensuring best practice, continual improvement and compliance. Internal auditing should never be undertaken by someone who was involved in authoring the management system or process […]

Traffic Management Systems

By QRMC / Posted on April 4, 2017

The importance of managing the risks associated with traffic is generally recognised within the construction industry, especially when work is undertaken on or adjacent to a road, however many non-construction businesses fail to identify the management of traffic as a risk. Recently, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) announced a campaign focussing on identifying poor […]

Getting the most from Audits

By QRMC / Posted on March 21, 2017

Many Managers think of an upcoming audit and cringe. Some put on a brave face and focus on the lessons that can be learnt. Others may respond by looking to book in their annual leave! There is no denying that audits have negative connotations for many people, especially if they have been on the receiving […]

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 […]