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 […]

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 […]

Developing good habits to avoid burn out

By QRMC / Posted on February 20, 2018

At this point in a new year, facing another year more packed and busy than ever, it’s timely to give consideration to how to manage a demanding work life without sacrificing health and wellbeing. Working for long hours, more than 48 hours in a week, is not uncommon in the Australian workforce. However, long hours […]

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 […]

Best Practice Audit Reporting

By QRMC / Posted on September 12, 2017

The practice of audit reporting evolves over time, often as a result of technological advances and also in response to practical limitations in our time-poor contemporary society.  Managers are generally looking for shorter and sharper formats, with clear indicators of any shortcomings and positive findings. The use of ‘traffic light’ reporting (or the use of […]

Labour hire – are you at risk?

By QRMC / Posted on August 8, 2017

Australia’s first licensing system for the labour hire industry has been proposed by the Queensland Government in their Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017. Media stories from several jurisdictions across Australia have shown that shonky practices are all too common in the labour hire industry, however this proposed legislation, along with the proven PCBU common law […]