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 […]

BCM Buy-In

By QRMC / Posted on November 13, 2018

Like all management strategies and systems, business continuity management (BCM) and plans (BCPs) are only as good as their implementation. And being properly implemented relies entirely on the buy-in of the responsible organisational personnel, especially top management. In the absence of management support, the necessary resources and operational prioritisation may not be available to embed […]

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 […]


By QRMC / Posted on October 9, 2018

FYI acronyms have become such a part of everyday language that sometimes complete sentences can be spoken or typed just by using acronyms (LOL). ‘Acronymitis’ is defined in contemporary dictionaries as the excessive use of acronyms. In considering the benefits, there is no doubt that the use of the TLA or FLA (aka the ‘three-letter acronym’ […]

Changes to Wiring Rules

By QRMC / Posted on September 18, 2018

The new Wiring Rules AS/NZS 3000:2018 Electrical Installation has been released reflecting a number of changes from the previous 2007 version: new requirements for safety switches enhanced requirements for MEN earthing systems, including bonding of pool structures and wet areas increased mechanical protection for cables installed within a ceiling space additional installation requirements for electrical […]

Simplifying Business Continuity

By QRMC / Posted on September 11, 2018

Business Continuity is often mistaken for some form or Emergency Management, with the responsibility for its implementation left to the Emergency Management team within an organisation.  Whilst there are clear synergies between the two, they have two clearly different aims. The primary aim of Emergency Management is the safety of people after an incident, followed […]

Does your supply chain have its Chain of Responsibility requirements locked away?

By QRMC / Posted on September 4, 2018

Under the Heavy Vehicle National Law and, every party in the ‘heavy vehicle’ supply chain is responsible and may be held liable under the Chain of Responsibility (CoR). The governing principle is that all parties in the Chain are responsible for any breach if they did or could have exercised any control or influence to […]

ISO 45001 update

By QRMC / Posted on August 22, 2018

Standards Australia has recently announced an “adoption process” and likely late 2018 publication date for the local version of the ISO 45001:2018, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use. It is anticipated that the AS/ NZS version will be prefaced by some additional commentary on how the adopted Standard relates […]

Warning – “Coffee Cup may contain hot liquid”

By QRMC / Posted on August 14, 2018

While signage is distinctly an administrative control sitting toward the bottom of the ‘hierarchy of controls’, there are many instances where practicality comes into play and for various reasons this is best level of control that can be applied. On a grander scale this can be seen in warnings to instruct international tourists to swim […]

ISO 31000 – what were the effects of the 2018 revision?

By QRMC / Posted on August 7, 2018

The 2018 revision of the overarching industry best-practice standard ISO 31000 Risk Management should prompt healthy discussion. While the definition of risk – the “effect of uncertainty on objectives” – remains constant (with risk generally expressed in terms of risk sources, their consequences and their likelihood), the focus of the revised Standard is on tailoring […]