Year: 2016

Business Continuity Management over Summer

With the summer storm season upon us, and key staff away for the holidays in many businesses, it’s a good time to check that your business continuity management systems are ready. The holiday season can be used as a low stress ‘test’ of business continuity plans, in view of the temporary loss and unavailability of … Continued

Managing Christmas Party Risks

End-of-year and festive season celebrations abound at this time of year in offices and businesses across the country. While enjoying these activities, it’s important for employers to remain mindful of their duties and responsibilities to their workers, and to ensure that the organisation is protected from potential risks arising from these events. End-of-year parties, if … Continued

Safety Networking Group Report

The November quarterly Safety Networking Group session was hosted by Qantas at the Base Maintenance Facility in Brisbane. Duncan Burton, a Qantas Operations Manager, presented on the application of the Six Sigma 5S system within their Base Maintenance facility. The presentation included practical examples of the improvements made to productivity, quality and health and safety … Continued

The Role of Interpretation in Risk Assessments

The process of undertaking a risk assessment has become central to decision-making in organisations of all shapes and sizes. It is now second nature in many organisations to make a conscious effort to identify possible risks to business objectives, assess those risks, and then act to remove or mitigate the risk. Critical to this process … Continued

What happens after the audit?

‘So how did we do?’ or ‘Did we pass?’ – this is the typical question asked of auditor immediately after an audit. The reality is that both of these questions should be redundant as, in most cases, the auditee’s representative has participated in the audit and has witnessed interviews and sighted evidence produced during the … Continued

Choosing PPE

PPE, or Personal Protective Equipment, is a very broad term that can include anything from a sun hat to a full-face respirator. The term describes anything is anything used or worn by a worker to minimise risk to their health or safety. Appropriate PPE is sometimes the only way to control the risk to health … Continued

Beyond the Hazard Hunt: Are we missing the big picture?

Safety observations and interactions provide an ideal opportunity to have Managers out in the field observing and interacting with their workforce. This achieves a number of positive by-products from visible leadership through to addressing the due diligence requirements. However, one of the unintended outcomes of this can be that Management personnel may become too focused … Continued