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 […]

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 […]