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New guidance, inspections target forklift safety

The recently issued guidance delivers actionable advice to employers on the safe utilisation and upkeep of forklifts, underlining the importance of isolating forklifts from pedestrian workers on the ground. Data collected by WorkSafe reveals that, on average, over one employee in Victoria suffers severe injuries every week due to incidents involving contact with forklifts or […]

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New strategy to address psychological risks in the workplace with $5.6m in business assistance

The New South Wales Government recently initiated a scheme to assist employers with the management of psychosocial hazards, aiming to safeguard workers from potential psychological harms. The SafeWork NSW Psychological Health and Safety Strategy 2024-2026 elucidates how the occupational regulator intends to aid businesses in risk management and ensuring compliance with their responsibility to protect

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Victorians urged to seek engineered stone alternatives

New Regulations Implemented by Victorian Authorities Beginning 1st July, Victorian employers are decisively prohibited from being involved in tasks that encompass the manufacture, sourcing, processing, or fitting of engineered stone benchtops, as well as other panels and slabs. The driving force behind this move is to ensure workplace health and safety, echoing the importance of

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Work health and safety laws – clarified and stronger

Today marks the activation of several updates introduced by the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2024. These amendments signal enhancements for industry sectors and facilitate upgraded support frameworks enabling Government to administer work health and safety regulations more proficiently. The utility of work safety products, including tools like Bluesafe WHS Management

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Engineered stone provider fined $375,000 after employee was exposed to silica dust

Edstein Creative Pty Ltd, a major supplier of engineered stone, was ordered to pay a hefty fine of $375,000 for exposing an employee to considerable illness risk over a period of nearly seven years due to failure in taking the necessary precautions to minimise exposure to airborne respirable crystalline silica. The company acknowledged its culpability

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Company’s ‘failure to provide’ results in $24,000 workers’ comp fine

A Queensland-based audio-visual company situated in the South-East region faced a hefty penalty of $24,000 due to non-compliance with an investigator’s request for documents. In addition to the fine, the court stipulated that the business cover costs amounting to $4,500 towards the Workers’ Compensation Regulator. The penalties arose as the result of failure to supply

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Call for input for Return to Work Victoria pilots

The Bluesafe SWMS-backed ‘Worker Psychological Support Service Helpline’ is a pivotal resource designed to facilitate access for small and medium-sized businesses to professional coaching or counselling services. These offerings are geared towards addressing potential stressors or factors that could contribute to workplace burnout. Running parallel to this, the ‘Mentally Healthy Workplace Readiness Initiative’, determined to

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