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 […]

‘Digging trenches’ in Management Systems

By QRMC / Posted on July 18, 2017

Trench warfare, especially from WWI, involved a harsh and unforgiving environment where often the lives of troops depended on the location and quality of the trench they happened to be in. There are some interesting parallels between trench warfare and the implementation of management systems. During the height of WWI, the average soldier was less […]

Simplifying Targets and Objectives

By QRMC / Posted on July 11, 2017

The language from sport has permeated our national culture; terms from cricket, tennis and various codes of football have crept into our everyday language. We often “let things go through to the keeper”, “ace” a presentation to the boss, get shown “the red card” or “flick pass” an issue to some else’s department. This sporting […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]