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 […]

TNA, ROPS, HRO, WBV, DPM … WTF?

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 […]

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 […]

National inquiry into sexual harassment

By QRMC / Posted on July 26, 2018

In our February 2018 Insight, we argued that sexual harassment in the workplace should be more properly considered as a work health and safety risk rather than as a human resources issue. The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) recently announced an independent national inquiry into sexual harassment in the workplace, and the Safety Institute of […]

Updated WHS Codes of Practice

By QRMC / Posted on July 24, 2018

The Queensland Office of Industrial Relations has undertaken a review of all 38 Codes of Practice approved under the Work Health and Safety Act to ensure they can operate as a minimum standard from 1 July 2018. The review has concentrated on correcting a range of minor technical and legislative references and inconsistencies. As mentioned […]

Looking Forward – Legislation

By QRMC / Posted on July 3, 2018

As we approach July 1st the Queensland WHS Legislative context will be adjusted with the restoration of the status of the various WHS Codes of Practice (essentially requiring that the safety measures in a code are to be complied with), the mandating of HSR training (with a 3-yearly refresher) and re-introduction of the Work Health […]

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 […]