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Teaching Children Healthy Habits Augmented Reality Guide Assists Early Childhood Educators & Parents

19 October 2020

Pro-Visual Publishing in conjunction with the NSCA Foundation, the Australian Swim Schools Association and the Eczema Association Australasia have released the 2020/21 edition of the National Guide to Early Childhood Education.

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183 Australians lost their lives while at work in 2019

19 October 2020

Safe Work Australia has released its national work-related fatality and workers compensation claims data. It reports 183 workplace fatalities in 2019, up from 144 in 2018.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 555

18 October 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 555: Will the new national quad bike-safety standard help stem the rise in yearly quad bike-related fatalities?

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Worker dies in Curtin University construction site roof collapse

14 October 2020

On Tuesday, 13 October, a worker died and two others were injured following the collapse of a glass roof structure at Curtin University. WorkSafe WA and WA Police are investigating.

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Victoria imposes maximum penalties following fatal truck crash

13 October 2020

Maximum penalties have been imposed against a Victorian road maintenance company and its director, after a truck crash that claimed the life of a young worker.

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NSW launches engagement tool for COVID-19 mental health

13 October 2020

Until 6 November, NSW workplaces are encouraged to give feedback via an online engagement tool. The feedback will inform policy making and mental health strategy.

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Researchers estimate 2019/20 bushfires health bill at $1.95bn

13 October 2020

As we brace for the 2020/21 bushfire season, researchers estimate that the smoke-related health impacts of the 2019/20 season have cost the country $1.95 billion.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 554

06 October 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 554:  Should home-based issues such as family violence figure more prominently as part of WHS training and awareness programs?

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Plant and equipment safety on cotton farms — new guide assists farmers

06 October 2020

The recently released Cotton Industry Guide to Safety 2020/21 by Pro-Visual Publishing in conjunction with the NSCA Foundation contains information regarding plant and equipment safety, as well as other key safety issues pertinent to the industry.

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Health and Safety Month aims to help Victorians navigate COVID-19

30 September 2020

Aligned with the national theme, WorkSafe Victoria's 'Health and Safety Month' offers webinars to guide workplaces through COVID-19, with an emphasis on mental health.

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Ardent Leisure receives $3.6m fine over 2016 Dreamworld deaths

30 September 2020

Dreamworld's parent company, Ardent Leisure, has been fined $3.6 million over the 2016 Thunder River Rapids Ride tragedy that claimed the lives of four people.

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Researchers release aged-care disaster preparedness toolkit

30 September 2020

Australian researchers have developed a free national resource to help aged-care providers ensure they are prepared for fires, earthquakes, floods and other disasters.

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ACCC introduces new mandatory quad-bike safety standard

30 September 2020

Following a rise in quad bike-related deaths in 2020, a new mandatory safety standard for quad bikes will come into effect across Australia from 11 October.

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NSW regulator responds to investigation into conduct of inspectors

30 September 2020

SafeWork NSW has accepted all 11 recommendations of an August 2020 report released by the NSW Ombudsman investigating a complaint by Blue Mountains City Council.

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Colin Seery—We all need a lifeline right now

23 September 2020

NSCA Foundation Board Director Maria Zoras-Christo recounts a visit to Lifeline and a conversation with its CEO, Colin Seery, which reveals why it has never been more important for Australians to have access to crisis support services.

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Steer Away from Driver Fatigue: New Augmented Reality Safety Guide Keeping Transport Workers Safe

22 September 2020

The Transport & Logistics Industry Guide to Safety 2020/21 by Pro-Visual Publishing, Australian Trucking Association, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, and NSCA Foundation provides information relating to driver fatigue, plus other critical safety issues in the transport industry.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 553

21 September 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 553: Will the investigations that have been undertaken into the catastrophic 2019/20 bushfires result in a safer 2020/21 season?

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Logging onto Safety: Updated Augmented Reality Safety Guide for Forestry Workers

21 September 2020

Pro-Visual Publishing in conjunction with the NSCA Foundation, Australian Forest Growers and the Institute of Foresters of Australia have released the 2020/21 edition of the Forestry Sector Guide to Workplace Safety.

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WHS resources released ahead of National Safe Work Month

21 September 2020

October is National Safe Work Month, and in the lead-up Safe Work Australia has published a range of resources to help employers, duty holders and WHS representatives prepare.

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Company facing $1.5m fine following Sydney Metro incident

16 September 2020

A construction company has been charged with breaching work health and safety laws, after a bricklayer suffered severe injuries following a seven-metre fall.

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Research finds drug and alcohol support sector under pressure

16 September 2020

As COVID-19 aggravates problems with alcohol abuse, Flinders University survey research reveals that support workers in the area are facing significant pressure.

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Victorian service workers receive family violence training

16 September 2020

With families under strain amid COVID-19, Victorians who work in service roles can now receive critical training to help them identify and respond to family violence.

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Queensland mine safety inquiry postpones public hearings until 2021

16 September 2020

The Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry public hearings into the accident at Grosvenor Mine will be postponed until 2021, and its report released in two parts.

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Member Spotlight: Australian Red Cross — Emergency Services Victoria

14 September 2020

NSCA Foundation is delighted to share an interview with Australian Red Cross – Emergency Services Victoria. Australian Red Cross is a Corporate Gold member of NSCA Foundation.

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Look Up and Live

09 September 2020

Many powerlines are accidentally contacted by workers every year, which has resulted in severe and sometimes fatal injuries. Cookie, from Energy Queensland, has been driving a new powerline safety innovation to protect workers.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 552

07 September 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 552: Will COVID-19 serve as a catalyst for improving the health and safety outcomes of our aged-care sector?

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Very high risk environments should not operate, AHPPC advises

07 September 2020

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee has advised on the types of businesses that should not operate in the '3-step framework for a COVIDSafe Australia'.

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Interim observations published by bushfire Royal Commission

03 September 2020

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements has published its interim observations, to prepare for the 2020/21 bushfire season — and Queensland responds.

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Victorian Aged Care Response Centre provides one-month update

02 September 2020

One month after its establishment to protect Victorians in aged care amid COVID-19, the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre has provided an update on its operations.

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Safe Work Australia provides guidance for GHS 7 transition

02 September 2020

SWA has published guidance to help businesses with the two-year transition to the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals Revision 7.

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Researchers link food safety model with pandemic management

02 September 2020

Researchers have argued that a model developed to manage food safety incidents could also have applications in pandemic management, particularly for COVID-19.

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Keeping New and Expecting Parents informed with Augmented Reality Health and Wellbeing Guide

28 August 2020

The Pregnancy and Development of your baby Guide 2020/21 includes additional information on pre-natal nutrition as well as some other key topics for pregnancy in an easy to read guide.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 551

24 August 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 551: Are the measures that have been adopted in Victoria sufficient to curb the spread of COVID-19 and keep the state’s workers safe?

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Qld prosecutes its first individual for industrial manslaughter

24 August 2020

For the first time since the offence was enacted in Queensland in 2017, a business owner is facing industrial manslaughter charges following a July 2019 death.

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A Cut Above the Rest – New Augmented Reality Safety Guide Helps Mining Industry Stay Safe

24 August 2020

To assist the mining industry, an Augmented Reality Mining & Quarry Industry Guide to Workplace Safety 2020/21 has been published by Pro-Visual Publishing in conjunction with the NSCA Foundation, the Australian Mines & Metals Association and the Minerals Industry Safety & Health Centre.

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Research advocates integrated care for older Australians

20 August 2020

As our aged-care sector comes under scrutiny, research reveals that integrated models for care, health and housing are effective means of empowering older Australians.

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SWA report highlights occupational lung diseases in Australia

19 August 2020

A new report published by Safe Work Australia explores the industries and occupations where workers are at risk of contracting occupational lung diseases.

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Anglo American prepares to restart Grosvenor Mine in 2021

19 August 2020

After five workers were injured in an explosion at its Queensland Grosvenor Mine in May 2020, Anglo American has announced plans to restart mine operations in 2021.

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Australian academics weigh in on explosion in Beirut

19 August 2020

Following the recent explosion in Beirut, Australian academics from two universities have discussed the chemicals involved in the explosion and the disaster response.

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Tips for Retirement – New Augmented Reality Guide for Residential Facilities

12 August 2020

The 2020/21 Residential Living Guide to Lifestyle & Health has been published by Pro-Visual Publishing in conjunction with the NSCA Foundation, the Retirement Living Council and the Heart Foundation Walking.

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New regulations require Vic to report COVID-19 diagnoses

07 August 2020

Under new regulations, Victorian employers and self-employed persons must inform WorkSafe Victoria if a worker receives a confirmed coronavirus diagnosis.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 550

07 August 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 550: Is the Dreamworld tragedy likely to be remembered as a turning point in the safety reform of Australia’s theme parks?

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Premier outlines business impacts during Stage 4 restrictions

05 August 2020

Melbourne entered Stage 4 restrictions on 2 August. The following day, the state's Premier, Daniel Andrews, announced three lists that will apply to businesses.

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New strategy prioritises Victorian healthcare worker safety

04 August 2020

WorkSafe Victoria's 'Health Care and Social Assistance (HCSA) industry strategy 2020–23' aims to improve health and safety outcomes for healthcare workers.

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Workplace psychosocial safety climate research receives funding

04 August 2020

Funding will enable UniSA to establish a research platform to study the psychosocial safety climate of workplaces, and help reform Australia's corporate climate.

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SWA nominates a COVID-19 theme for National Safe Work Month

04 August 2020

October is National Safe Work Month and this year's national theme will be 'Work Health and Safety through COVID-19', Safe Work Australia has announced.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 549

28 July 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 549: Should the workplace exposure standard for respirable crystalline silica be lowered further (to 0.02 mg/m3) to better protect workers and align with health advice?

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Farm safety on the national agenda as Vic gets dedicated council

27 July 2020

20–25 July was Farm Safety Week nationally, and Victoria has established a Farm Safety Council, to reduce injuries and deaths in the agricultural sector.

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Working from heights: don't fall short on safety

27 July 2020

Ladders, incomplete scaffolds, falling off a truck, a roof edge or falling through fragile roof sheeting are the major causes of injuries. Pro-Visual Publishing with the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia and NSCA Foundation have released the National Guide to Public Works & Services Safety 2020/21.

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Ardent Leisure charged over Dreamworld deaths, faces $4.5m fine

22 July 2020

Qld's WHS Prosecutor has laid charges against Ardent Leisure, Dreamworld's parent company, over the 2016 Thunder River Rapids ride incident that killed four people.

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Workplaces must do more to stop sexual harassment, experts argue

21 July 2020

Researchers are urging workplaces to be more proactive in addressing sexual harassment, rather than waiting for employees to report the behaviour — especially amid COVID-19.

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Guide to storing flammable liquids in the workplace released

21 July 2020

With hand sanitisers now common at Australian workplaces, Safe Work Australia has developed a guide for safely storing flammable liquids, such as solvents and alcohols.

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WA's first gross negligence guilty verdict follows arm amputation

21 July 2020

In a state-first guilty verdict, a waste recycling company is facing a $500,000 fine for gross negligence after a worker's arm was amputated at the shoulder.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 548

13 July 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 548: Under industrial manslaughter laws, will owing a duty to persons other than workers (for example, visitors, bystanders or customers) — as is the case now in Victoria — improve safety in workplaces?

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Worker's severe bulldozer injuries land company $375K fine

13 July 2020

An earthmoving equipment company has been fined $375,000 after a worker was crushed beneath a bulldozer belly plate, sustaining severe injuries.

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Welders Fuse Together to Improve Workplace Safety

13 July 2020

Pro-Visual Publishing in conjunction with the Australian Industry Group and the NSCA Foundation have released the Metal Manufacturing Industry Guide to Safety 2020/21

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Call for mining regulations in Myanmar after fatal landslide

10 July 2020

An international advocacy group has called for the implementation of safety regulations in Myanmar's mining industry, after a landslide in Hpakant claimed more than 100 lives.

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Feedback sought for workplace violence and aggression draft code

08 July 2020

Until 23 September, Western Australia's Commission for Occupational Safety and Health is seeking feedback on a draft code of practice for violence and aggression in the workplace.

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WorkSafe ACT commences operations as independent entity

08 July 2020

The new and independent WorkSafe ACT has commenced operations, and will function as an independent entity to improve safety across the Australian Capital Territory.

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Silica WES halved across six jurisdictions

08 July 2020

From 1 July, the workplace exposure standard for respirable crystalline silica reduced by half in six Australian jurisdictions to a TWA of 0.05 mg/m3.

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2020 Update — Industrial Manslaughter

30 June 2020

The introduction of industrial manslaughter legislation is the biggest shift in WHS policy and regulation since the (partial) harmonisation of WHS laws. Sparke Helmore Lawyers' SAM JACKSON, MADELEINE ARMSTRONG and SAM GRAY set out the case and provide a state-by-state, 2020 update.

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Hygiene and Safe Food Practices in School Canteens during COVID-19

29 June 2020

The recently released School Canteen Guide to Food Safety & Nutrition 2020/21 by Pro-Visual Publishing in conjunction with Food Standards Australia New Zealand, the Food Safety Information Council and the NSCA Foundation contains further safety and nutrition information for running school canteens.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 547

29 June 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 547: Should every reopening business have a COVID-19 training program in place for their returning workers?

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SWA, NSW Government release COVID-19 industry-specific resources

29 June 2020

New COVID-19 industry resources include: for accommodation services and tertiary education, from Safe Work Australia; and agricultural businesses, from the NSW Government.

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Coal mining company fined $210,000 following worker death

24 June 2020

On 18 June, Griffin Coal was fined $210,000 in relation to a 2018 incident in which a worker died while operating a tracked mobile shovel at a site in Western Australia.

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Protecting worker mental health amid technology-driven change

24 June 2020

Australian researchers have synthesised existing studies on how technology-driven changes at work can impact employee wellbeing, and provided key self-care strategies.

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Western Australia spotlights quad bike dangers after deaths

24 June 2020

WorkSafe Western Australia has issued a reminder on the importance of quad bike safety and outlined its state's initiatives after three recent crash-related deaths.

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Industrial manslaughter: developments in Queensland and Victoria

24 June 2020

On 1 July, the offence of workplace manslaughter came into effect in Victoria. JACKSON INGLIS and ERIC HALDEN provide analysis in the context of Queensland's recent first prosecution.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 546

15 June 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 546: Will tougher industrial manslaughter laws improve management accountability with regard to safety?

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Plumbing safety: draining out hazards

15 June 2020

The recently published Plumbing Industry Guide to Safety 2020/21 by Pro-Visual Publishing in conjunction with Master Plumbers Australia and Master Plumbers Association of NSW provides further information on safety within the Plumbing Industry and includes topics on roles and responsibilities, personal protective equipment, working in confined spaces, and drugs and alcohol.

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Our GPs could have been better supported, RACGP says

15 June 2020

In its submission to the Select Committee on COVID-19, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners detailed shortcomings of the government's response.

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Victoria updates lead guidance after amended regulations

10 June 2020

WorkSafe Victoria has released updated lead guidance after amended regulations came into effect on 5 June. It includes the latest information on lead-risk work.

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$80m infection control training fund for the frontlines

10 June 2020

Frontline workers in the food handling, retail, and transport and logistics industries will have free or low-fee access to national infection control skill sets.

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Worker wellbeing bounces back as job prospects improve

10 June 2020

Australian survey research reveals that as the employment outlook amid the coronavirus pandemic improves, workers experience increased wellbeing and reduced anxiety.

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SWA updates its COVID-19 central hub with further resources

10 June 2020

As COVID-19 restrictions ease, Safe Work Australia has released further industry-specific guidance to help businesses reopen safely, including a planning tool.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 545

02 June 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 545: Have the physical distancing restrictions of COVID-19 highlighted the value of technology — including online and mobile tools — in assisting workplaces to remain compliant and improve worker health and safety?

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Fines follow young workers' burns in biofuel explosion

01 June 2020

A NSW vehicle repair shop and its director have been fined $157,500 after two young workers sustained serious burns while making biofuel unsupervised.

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Risks of Legionnaires' disease in reopening buildings

27 May 2020

As COVID-19 restrictions ease, businesses preparing to reopen are reminded of the risk of Legionnaires' disease in their buildings' water-based systems.

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"Grossly deficient" record keeping, coroner finds

27 May 2020

A Coronial Inquest into the death of a Queensland mineworker has highlighted the importance of management accountability in mines.

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Research-led frontline mental wellbeing recommendations

26 May 2020

An Australian research team has developed recommendations to help manage the mental health and wellbeing of frontline medical workers during viral outbreaks.

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Mining executives face 20 years' jail under new laws

26 May 2020

New laws passed in the Queensland Parliament mean that mining bosses now face up to 20 years' jail if workers die due to their criminal negligence.

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ANU study highlights job security and safety anxieties

18 May 2020

A recent study has found that two-thirds of Australians are worried about their own and others' safety, and confirmed the toll of COVID-19 on mental health.

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Workers in NSW can now speak up, save lives with new app

18 May 2020

SafeWork NSW has launched an app that enables workers to anonymously report workplace health and safety issues by sending the regulator photos of unsafe practices.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 544

18 May 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 544: Has your organisation put in place sufficient strategies to support the mental health and wellbeing of its remote workforce?

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Board of inquiry to investigate Qld coalmine explosion

15 May 2020

The Queensland Government is forming an independent mine safety board of inquiry to investigate a gas explosion at the Anglo-American Grosvenor coalmine.

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Expert calls for frontline mental health preservation

15 May 2020

Essential frontline health workers must be given time to recover after each shift caring for COVID-19 patients, a mental health researcher has advised.

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COVID-19 creating a stir — the importance of hygiene and safety for restaurants and cafés

15 May 2020

The Restaurant & Café Guide to Managing Workplace & Food Safety 2020/21 by Pro-Visual Publishing in conjunction with Restaurant & Catering Australia (RCA) and the NSCA Foundation provides further information on essential WHS topics for restaurants and cafés.

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NCCC creates planning tool to help businesses reopen

14 May 2020

As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease, the NCCC has released an online planning tool to help businesses reopen and be COVIDSafe.

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Two Victorian workplace deaths in a tragic 24 hours

04 May 2020

Two people have died in the space of 24 hours in two separate Victorian workplace incidents, bringing the number of fatalities in the state up to 22 for 2020.

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Safe Work Australia launches COVID-19 central information hub

04 May 2020

SWA has launched its central information hub in line with the National Cabinet's agreement of the 'National COVID-19 safe workplace principles'.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 543

04 May 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 543: Has your organisation carried out a health and safety risk assessment of the work from home arrangements of all affected workers?

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Silicosis: a detriment to workers and the construction industry

01 May 2020

NSW Construction Site Safety Guide 2020/21 by Pro-Visual Publishing in conjunction with the Master Builders NSW and the NSCA Foundation provides further information on construction site safety relevant to both NSW and QLD.

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Making Safety in the Lab Your First Priority

01 May 2020

The recently released Laboratory Industry Guide to Safety 2020/21 by Pro-Visual Publishing in conjunction with Science Industry Australia, the Australasian Laboratory Managers Association and the NSCA Foundation provides laboratory workers with critical information in the form of a 1m x 1m safety Guide which can be revised daily and used to assist with safety training and meetings.

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Strategies to support the mental health of remote workers

29 April 2020

The need to support the mental health of remote workers has never been greater, with many now working from home for the first time; here is some expert advice.

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Nation's first face mask testing facility is on its way

28 April 2020

In May, South Australia will establish Australia's first face mask testing facility, producing millions of respirators and face masks to combat COVID-19.

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Companies in debt take more work health and safety risks

28 April 2020

Firms with debt are more likely to seek short-term financial gains and sacrifice workplace safety, research reveals — and such instances may worsen amid COVID-19.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 542

21 April 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 542: Does your organisation have a strategy in place to safeguard the mental health of its workers throughout COVID-19?

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NSW now protects all workers with $5000 on-the-spot fines

20 April 2020

This week, the NSW Government extended its $5000 on-the-spot fines to protect anyone at work or travelling to or from work from being coughed or spat on.

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Signed, sealed & delivered: chain of responsibility obligations

20 April 2020

The 2020 Supply Chain, Warehouse & Distribution Guide to Workplace Safety is now available free throughout Australia. It includes information on chain of responsibility, energy efficiency and saving money, manual handling — loading and unloading stock, developing a safety management system, and forklift safety.

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2020 World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day

17 April 2020

Tuesday, 28 April is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers' Memorial Day. On this day, we remember those who have died from or experienced a work-related injury or illness. It is also a reminder that we can help to stop these tragedies from happening.

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Frontline responders a priority in bushfire impact funding

15 April 2020

The government will fund nine research projects exploring the physiological and mental health effects of the recent bushfires, including on frontline responders.

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Manufacturers rise to the challenge of combating COVID-19

15 April 2020

Queensland commends manufacturers for "stepping up to the plate" and Standards Australia releases a resource to help the sector rise to the challenge.

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Expert urges caution on healthcare worker cloth mask use

15 April 2020

Biosecurity expert Professor Raine MacIntyre has cautioned healthcare workers of the risks of cloth masks, as supplies of disposable masks and respirators fall.

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Working at home wellbeing survey: interim findings released

15 April 2020

The Institute for Employment Studies in the UK has released interim findings of its 'Working at home wellbeing survey 2020', open throughout April.

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Working from home — maintaining mentally healthy workplaces

07 April 2020

Working from home or remotely during the coronavirus pandemic can be stressful for many workers; SafeWork NSW has created an online resource to help.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 541

06 April 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 541: Does your workplace currently have enough supply of necessary personal protective equipment?

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Queensland closes its border to interstate FIFO workers

06 April 2020

As a measure to protect local mine workforces, on 4 April the Queensland Government placed a ban on non-critical interstate fly-in fly-out mine workers.

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Government backs private health sector to combat COVID-19

06 April 2020

A partnership between the Australian Government and the private health sector will provide 30,000 hospital beds and 105,000 nurses and staff to combat COVID-19.

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Safe Work Australia releases new COVID-19 WHS resources

01 April 2020

Safe Work Australia's 'COVID-19 Information for workplaces' online resource includes new infographics and industry-specific information.

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Sanitising, Hygiene and Cleaning: Your Food Manufacturing Responsibilities during COVID-19 Outbreak

31 March 2020

The recent release of the Food Manufacturing Industry Guide to Safety by Pro-Visual Publishing in conjunction with the FSANZ contains critical information in regards to cleaning and sanitising for the Food Manufacturing Industry.

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Upholding Australian Standards amid COVID-19

31 March 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Australian workplaces, Standards Australia has reasserted its commitment to support quality and promote safety.

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New Augmented Reality Guide Splashes into Public Pool Safety

24 March 2020

The 2020 National Guide to Public Pools & Aquatic Centres is now available free throughout Australia. It includes information on active parental supervision at public pools and aquatic facilities, four key requirements to prevent children from drowning, sun safety, and child drowning is preventable.

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Two Victorian workers dead in "horror day for workplaces"

23 March 2020

Two workers have died in separate incidents in Victoria on a single day, bringing the number of workplace deaths to 13, which is 7 more than this time last year.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 540

23 March 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 540: Which control measures have been implemented at your workplace to manage the risks of COVID-19?

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Disposable respirator availability amid COVID-19 pandemic

19 March 2020

A respirator is essential for keeping at-risk workers healthy amid the COVID-19 pandemic; however, an increase in demand has led to a shortage in supply.

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Respect@Work report addresses workplace sexual harassment

18 March 2020

The Respect@Work report comprises the findings of a national inquiry into workplace sexual harassment and outlines a new approach to tackling the issue.

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Coronavirus: WHS and workers compensation

18 March 2020

Guidance for Australian workers and employers about work health and safety, and workers compensation, following the COVID-19 outbreak.

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PCBUs duties to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

17 March 2020

To support our Australian WHS/OHS community, businesses and organisations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are providing an information web page, webinar and other resources to assist PCBUs and organisational leaders.

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Practical tips for minimising coronavirus workplace risks

17 March 2020

Lawyers AARON GOONREY and ADAM BATTAGELLO set out some practical tips for establishing and maintaining a safe system of work in the shadow of COVID-19.

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NSCA Foundation Events Update

13 March 2020

NOTICE: NSCA Foundation is adjusting the events calendar in light of the unfolding case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Your wellbeing is our priority.

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Free access to buildings standard for bushfire-prone areas

09 March 2020

Access for Australians to AS 3959:2018 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas is being funded by the Australian Government and Standards Australia until 30 June 2021.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 539

09 March 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 539: Should the relevance of the recommendations from Queensland’s ‘Brady review’ into fatal mining accidents in the state be considered by other jurisdictions?

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Tractor safety: farmers urged to remain vigilant

09 March 2020

The 2019/20 Livestock, Hay & Fodder Industry Guide to Safety and 2020 Broadacre Guide to Farm Safety are now available free throughout Australia. They include information on tractor-related fatalities as well as additional key safety and wellbeing information both in the livestock and broadacre industry.

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Qld industrial manslaughter mining Bill: the response

06 March 2020

The Queensland Resources Council and officials from CFMEU Mining & Energy have responded to Queensland's proposed industrial manslaughter mining Bill.

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Comcare seeks feedback on WHS undertaking guidelines

05 March 2020

Until 29 March, Comcare is seeking feedback on two guidelines it has drafted that outline the purpose, acceptance processes and procedure for giving a WHS undertaking.

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Enforceable undertaking denied for coal company

04 March 2020

The NSW Resources Regulator has rejected a proposed enforceable undertaking for Clarence Coal, following a 2018 incident that left workers with serious injuries.

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20 March is 'Jobs At Home Day'

03 March 2020

WorkSafe Victoria's 'Jobs At Home Day' encourages Victorians to wear customisable stickers to start a conversation about workplace safety.

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Lung disease hotline to lend support for Qld miners

03 March 2020

On 2 March, Queensland opened a Mine Dust Health Support Service for current and former mine and quarry workers.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 538

24 February 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 538: Should all employers be reviewing their infection control policies, procedures and practices in light of the outbreak of coronavirus in Australia?

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Safe Work Australia releases crystalline silica health guide

24 February 2020

The 'Crystalline silica health monitoring guide' provides guidance per the model WHS laws, to protect workers who are exposed to crystalline silica dust.

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Cattle station fall from height lands $1.55m fine

21 February 2020

Charges have been laid against a builder and a cattle station, following a worker's fall from height at Ambalindum Station in Alice Springs.

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Health supplements manufacturer fined $40K for crushed hand

21 February 2020

Cosmax NBT Australia has been fined $40,000 after an employee's hand was caught and dragged into a series of rollers, resulting in serious lacerations.

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Qld mining safety review tabled in parliament

21 February 2020

A review into all fatal accidents in Queensland mines and quarries from 2000 to 2019 has been tabled in parliament; it contains 11 recommendations.

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$27m coronavirus aid package for Qld businesses

20 February 2020

The Queensland Government has provided a $27 million aid package for businesses affected by the coronavirus.

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Monitoring Fatigue in the Rail Industry

12 February 2020

The 2019/20 Rail Industry Guide to Safety is now available free throughout Australia. It includes information on fatigue risk management, safety management system, drug and alcohol testing, and asset management.

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New Augmented Reality Safety Guide Reminds HVAC&R Workers to Put Safety First

10 February 2020

The 2019/20 HVAC&R Contractors & Engineers Guide to Safety is now available free throughout Australia. It includes information on refrigerant safety, HVAC hygiene, prevention of falls and confined spaces.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 537

10 February 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 537: Should all Australian workers who perform outdoor duties in areas impacted by bushfires be issued with P2 masks?

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WHS and workers compensation in Aus and NZ: reports out

07 February 2020

The 'Comparative Performace Monitoring' and 'Comparison of Workers' Compensation Arrangements in Australia and New Zealand (2019)' reports have been released.

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Bernie Banton Foundation to close in June 2020

06 February 2020

The charity, which provides support for sufferers of asbestos-related diseases and their families, will close by 30 June 2020, after 20 years of advocacy.

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Coronavirus and the workplace — what employers need to know

05 February 2020

Here are the latest updates and resources for employers regarding the coronavirus outbreak, and how best to maintain a safe and healthy workplace.

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Digital system helps with false labelling on ‘at risk’ cladding

04 February 2020

Sub-standard and substitute cladding has emerged as a major public safety issue. Fairview Architectural’s Ashley How details a possible solution.

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Global tailings portal launches to prevent mine disasters

04 February 2020

The global mining industry can now access a public database of tailings storage facilities, for valuable insight into mining waste management.

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Government takes action against dust disease with taskforce

03 February 2020

The Australian Government has formed a National Dust Disease Taskforce and will accept all recommendations from the interim advice of the Taskforce.

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New Guide for Club Managers Helps to Implement Workplace Safety

28 January 2020

Pro-Visual Publishing in conjunction with the NSCA Foundation has proudly released their latest edition of the Augmented Reality (AR) Club Managers Guide to Workplace Safety 2019/20.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 536

28 January 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 536: Should employers take immediate action to protect workers affected by air quality decline caused by bushfires?

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Confined space essentials guide

28 January 2020

Richard Millar from Working at Height Association offers an essentials guide to designing and implementing an effective confined space program and rescue plan.

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Victorian cleaning company fined $30,000 after fall

23 January 2020

A commercial cleaning company has been fined $30,000 after a worker fell 5.5 m from a roof, sustaining injuries to his vertebra, leg and shoulder.

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Extra inspectors hired in Queensland to ensure mine safety

22 January 2020

Four new mine inspectors are expected to commence work across Queensland to protect the region's 70,000 mine workers.

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NSW fire safety reforms to be enforced from April 2020

22 January 2020

From April 2020, only accredited fire safety practitioners will be authorised to endorse plans and specifications of fire safety systems.

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Comments open on WES for airborne contaminants Release 10

21 January 2020

Safe Work Australia's WES review continues with Release 10 (diesel engine emissions, hydrogen cyanide and others) open for comment until 14 February 2020.

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Action on silicosis

21 January 2020

Lawyer Claire Setches responds to recent action to ban dry cutting of stone, and outlines what her firm is doing in the fight against silicosis.

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Expert develops fact sheets on bushfire smoke

21 January 2020

ANU releases comprehensive health protection advice fact sheets on bushfire smoke inhalation, and the government issues P2 masks to protect frontline workers.

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Safe Work Australia releases guide on labour hire

16 January 2020

Persons conducting a business or undertaking can now access a guide outlining their duties as a labour hiring agency or host.

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Heavy Vehicle National Law: a year in review

16 January 2020

In October 2018, the Heavy Vehicle National Law underwent a significant refurbishment. Lawyer ROSSANA PARMEGIANI undertakes a one-year review.

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SWA releases prefabricated concrete safety guide

14 January 2020

Construction workers and employers can now access Safe Work Australia's guide on safe prefabricated concrete element use.

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MATES against suicide

14 January 2020

Established in 2008, MATES in Construction works to reduce the high level of suicide among Australian construction workers. DENISE CULLEN traces its history.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 535

13 January 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 535: Should Western Australia follow Queensland with regard to industrial manslaughter penalties?

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NSW amends WHS Mines and Petroleum Sites Regulation 2014

13 January 2020

The amendments to the WHS Mines and Petroleum Sites Regulation 2014 will commence in NSW from February 2020, and address key work health and safety issues.

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Man facing 55 charges over dangerous chemical stockpiles

13 January 2020

WorkSafe Victoria has charged a man for allegedly stockpiling dangerous chemicals in Melbourne's northern suburbs, and in NSW.

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Contingency plans must be in place for WA tropical cyclones

13 January 2020

Businesses throughout Western Australia have been urged to have contingency plans in place on land and sea to protect workers in the event of a cyclone.

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Exemption to new silica exposure standard

13 January 2020

Safe Work Australia has republished the workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants with a new respirable crystalline silica standard of 0.05 mg/m3.

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Officer duties: do they apply to you?

08 January 2020

The term 'officer' carries a broader definition than just whoever is the company's director, lawyer JACKSON INGLIS explains.

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Taking action on air quality decline amid bushfires

07 January 2020

As bushfires continue to devastate the country, employers are being advised to take every precaution to ensure the health and safety of employees.

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New Safety Guide Helps Wine Producers to Stay Safe at Work

06 January 2020

The 2019/20 Wine Producers Guide to Safety is now available free throughout Australia. It includes information on manual handling — barrel safety, mechanical pruners, using powered snips, forklift safety in the winery, GHS and heat stress.

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In easily, out safely: confined space best practices

19 December 2019

Confined spaces can be complicated. ASH MAYOR outlines some best practices that will help you ensure those working in confined spaces are kept safe.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 534

16 December 2019

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 534: Does more need to be done with workers to raise asbestos awareness?

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Qld builder fined $24K for breaches to work safety

11 December 2019

A Brisbane builder has pleaded guilty to three breaches of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and was fined $24,000 with costs of $1595.

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SafeWork NSW spreading the word on silica safety

10 December 2019

SafeWork NSW has been visiting businesses across the state to raise awareness about silicosis and preventing silica exposure.

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NSW Resources Regulator investigating possible dust disease cases

09 December 2019

The NSW Resources Regulator is investigating potential work health and safety breaches after three workers were diagnosed with possible dust disease.

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WorkSafe Victoria to improve services following investigation

06 December 2019

WorkSafe Victoria is set to improve its services to injured workers after the state Ombudsman found it was letting down some of its most vulnerable clients.

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WA considers new work health and safety laws

06 December 2019

Western Australian employers could be subject to industrial manslaughter laws if a proposed work health and safety Bill passes in state parliament.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 533

02 December 2019

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 533: Where possible, should employers make allowances for workers who may be impacted by a catastrophic fire danger rating?

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NSW mining and petroleum WHS laws up for review

29 November 2019

NSW mining and petroleum work health and safety laws and regulations will be back under the microscope next year for their five-yearly review.

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Ad campaign and SNOs to help promote Qld bus driver safety

28 November 2019

Queensland public transport operator TransLink has launched a new ad campaign and hired eight senior network officers in a bid to put the brakes on bus driver violence.

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Qld mechanical services providers require new licence

27 November 2019

From 1 January 2020, Qld mechanical services contractors, nominee supervisors and those finishing relevant apprenticeships must hold a mechanical services licence.

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Hazelwood Power guilty after mine fire, court rules

26 November 2019

Hazelwood Mine's operator has been convicted after it exposed workers and the public to dangerous conditions during a major fire in 2014.

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ASEA releases new strategic plan for asbestos management

25 November 2019

A new national plan for asbestos safety and eradication has been released to help the country tackle the substance's "harmful legacy".

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Health and Safety to Take Priority in the Oil, Gas and Pipeline Industry

20 November 2019

The 2019/20 Oil, Gas and Pipeline Guide to Workplace Safety is now available free throughout Australia. It includes information on emergency response, plant maintenance, and more.

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Putting Safety First – New Augmented Reality Guide for Sugarcane Farmers

20 November 2019

The 2019/20 Sugarcane Industry Guide to Safety is now available free throughout Australia. It includes information on Augmented Reality for sugarcane farmers.

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Surveyors fined $35K for approving fire-unsafe buildings

18 November 2019

A building surveying company and its two directors have been fined $35K after approving three buildings that failed to comply with fire safety requirements.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 532

18 November 2019

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 532: Should all Australian regulators follow Safe Work Australia's recommendation to reduce the silica workplace exposure standard?

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WA childcare centres to improve hazardous substance management

14 November 2019

WorkSafe WA has issued 161 improvement notices to childcare centres after inspections revealed problems with hazardous substances, among other issues.

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States of Emergency declared as NSW and Qld burn

14 November 2019

New South Wales also put a Volunteer Protection Order in place to safeguard workers, while Queensland commits to assistance for primary producers in crisis.

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Queensland updates concrete pumping code of practice

13 November 2019

Those in Queensland with a WHS duty relating to concrete pumping work will be subject to an updated code of practice as of 2 December 2019.

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NT WorkSafe charges construction companies over worker death

12 November 2019

Two companies have been charged with allegedly failing to comply with a health and safety duty after a worker was killed in 2017.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 531

04 November 2019

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 531: Will the new quad bikes safety standard save lives?

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New Guide Assists Dentists with Workplace Safety

04 November 2019

The 2019/20 Dental Professionals Guide to Safety and Hygiene is now available free throughout Australia. It includes information on transportation of instruments and equipment to another facility, management of sharps, autoclave safety, chemical safety and more.

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Worker struck by 47 kg pin ejected by steam

01 November 2019

A worker has been struck by a heavy-duty pin after it ejected unexpectedly from the rear-axle link of a CAT 797 dump truck.

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Victoria workplace injury rate near record low, report finds

31 October 2019

Victoria's rate of workplace injuries remains near a record low, despite a slight increase in 2018/19, according to WorkSafe Victoria's latest report.

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NSW to lower silica WES to help protect workers

30 October 2019

NSW is set to lower the silica workplace exposure standard in a bid to better protect those working with manufactured stone, sandstone and building products.

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The night shift

29 October 2019

Shift work plays an important part in our 24/7 economy, yet many workers struggle to achieve proper rest and a healthy sleep cycle. PETA SIGLEY offers practical tips for how employers can improve the sleep health of their shift workers.

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First industrial manslaughter prosecution underway

28 October 2019

Queensland's first industrial manslaughter prosecution is underway after a car wrecking company allegedly caused a worker's death in May 2019.

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Queensland's workers compensation laws amended

25 October 2019

Queensland's workers compensation laws are set to be revamped after proposed amendments passed in state parliament on 22 October.

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SWA opens fifth forum on airborne contaminant exposure

23 October 2019

Safe Work Australia is seeking feedback in its fifth forum on workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants.

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Workplace bullying: beyond Brodie’s Law

22 October 2019

Lawyers LILIANA SCHULTZ and JACKSON INGLIS* explore legal developments that have followed the introduction of 'Brodie's Law' in Victoria.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 530

21 October 2019

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 530: Does your workplace actively implement risk management for prevention of work-related psychological injury and illness?

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Teys Australia wins top award at the National Safety Awards of Excellence

21 October 2019

Teys Australia received the Pinnacle Award at the 2019 NSCA Foundation/GIO Workers Compensation 27th Annual National Safety Awards of Excellence.

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Forest workers to put safety first

21 October 2019

The 2019/20 Forestry Sector Guide to Workplace Safety AU/NZ is now available free throughout Australia and New Zealand. It includes information on loading and unloading logs, emergency plans and procedures, and working in hot conditions.

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2019 National Safety Awards of Excellence - Winners Announced

18 October 2019

The NSCA Foundation and GIO Workers Compensation’s 2019 National Safety Awards of Excellence celebrated Australian work health and safety heroes yesterday at the Awards Gala Luncheon where the winners were announced.

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Bus operator charged over worker death

18 October 2019

NT WorkSafe has charged Buslink NT with six offences after one of its drivers was pinned and killed in a bus rollaway incident.

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