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Good Procedures: It’s a life and death matter.

Safety procedures may not be the sexiest topic for the discussion, but when it comes to life and death; good, actionable procedures can make all the difference. Exhibit A: Good Procedure: Exploding Phones on a Plane VH-OQF Airbus A380-842 (cn 029) ”Charles” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by ATom.UK Qantas, not having had a single airline crash […]

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Improving health and safety management for tradies

August is Tradies National Health Month, so it’s a good time to reflect on the priorities for health and safety management for this key industry sector. Frankly, the issue of tradies health and safety needs a lot of attention. According to data from Safe Work Australia, tradies are among the highest ranked sectors in regards to serious injury and disease compensation claims. […]

SafeWork Australia report is optimistic, but we can’t stop there

A newly released SafeWork Australia report highlights workplace safety statistics in 2014-2015, and the data is largely reassuring. What are the numbers? Which industries are the big winners? The report states that “there is a long-term trend showing a reduction in the number of work-related fatalities and serious injury claims.” Since hitting a peak of 310 […]

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Four manufacturers that raised the bar on workplace safety

If you want to know what makes a good safety system tick, look at someone who’s already figured it out. This statement rings especially true for manufacturing. Since the manufacturing field comprises so many distinct industries, trying to pin down a uniform set of rules can be downright time-consuming and painfully ineffective. Rather than making a […]

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5 Hidden Safety Hazards Lurking in Your Office

Underestimating the severity of office health and safety hazards is a key obstacle to the prevention of office injuries. We mentioned earlier this month that offices often appear much safer than they actually are, but here lies the danger of office safety risks: they are less visible and easy to overlook. Hard hats and safety googles […]

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April 28 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Today marks the UN World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The date of April 28 has long been associated with trade union campaigns to commemorate the victims of occupational accidents. The title of this year’s theme is Workplace Stress: a collective challenge. This theme was chosen because workplace stress is a global issue, […]

You had a workplace incident… now what?

If you’re reading this, chances are you care about work safety. But believe it or not, lots of companies out there are simply not prepared to handle a major safety incident. Unfortunately, no matter how closely you follow protocol, you can’t prevent everything. Having a prevention policy is vital, but it is just as crucial to have a solid plan of action when the […]

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Here’s Your March Safety Digest

The latest news from the worldwide health and safety community. Wages have increased for Australian health and safety personnel, but many departments still struggle to apply successful mental health strategies Meanwhile, the Australian government and private insurers are increasing their investment into mental health services Review of Queensland turf farms shows a commitment to worker health and safety […]

Thinking of safety as profit

We all know that safety matters, but just how much does it matter in strictly numerical terms? Just voicing a commitment to safety can really turn things around. Take this anecdote about Paul O’Neill, one of the CEOs of Fortune 500 company Alcoa. O’Neill’s method teaches us an important lesson: Habits are formed, not forced. O’Neill made […]

Workplace wellness is risk management, too.

Companies that promote wellness are usually more productive. But as a simple value, there are more benefits to wellness than simply increasing the motivation to perform well. The best programmes motivate employees to want to be a part of them, without being compulsory. Health is subjective and it is hard to set a single standard […]