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There's so much happening in the world of health & safety. Changes in legislation and requirements, changes in best practice, changes in ... you name it. Here's my take on making it simple. Simply Genius WHS - stop guessing... manage with confidence.

Keep your cleaners safe at work

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, December 06, 2013

Cleaning safety is sometimes an overlooked aspect of workplace safety because it is often seen a just a mop and broom!  Machines and chemicals used by cleaners have largely replaced the mop and broom days and a safe workplace is a requirement for all workers. ..

Cleaning safely at work is more than a quick wipe!

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, August 16, 2013

When discussing cleaning safety, most people immediately think of slips and falls from wet floors. While this is a leading cause of injury, there is much more to cleaning safety than just preventing slips and falls. This is especially true when you look at industrial and manufacturing businesses.   ..

Your best bet or business best practice to avoid WHS prosecution

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, August 05, 2013

The first step is to make sure you are aware of your duties and obligations under the WHS Act and the WHS Regulations.

If you are a PCBU, either as an individual, a partnership, a corporation or unincorporated associations, then the duties placed on the PCBU include: ..

A clean workplace is a safe one

Maralyn Kastel  - Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A clean workplace is a safe one.  The lack of housekeeping procedures and an untidy workplace is a major contributor to workplace accidents, particularly slips, trips and fall. Cleaning the workplace presents its own challenges to do it safely and the following are some of the hazards and risk controls that will help keep you safe when cleaning a workplace. ..

Solvents & thinners - low risk chemicals or killers?

Maralyn Kastel  - Thursday, October 25, 2012

Many businesses consider that the solvents and thinners that they use are low risk hazardous chemicals.  However in the right conditions, these chemicals can kill. ..

Hospitality safety tips for commercial kitchens

Maralyn Kastel  - Saturday, June 30, 2012

Commercial kitchens, whether in a restaurant, cafe, hotel or simply a company boardroom have hazards and risks that put workers at risk of accidents and injuries.  Responsibility for work health and safety in all workplaces is not just for management.  It is every worker's role to be involved in identifying hazards, assessing risks and implementing risk controls to minimise the number and severity of accidents or incidents occurring.  The following identifies some of the areas to examine in a commercial kitchen. ..

Work with methylated spirits - hazardous chemical

Maralyn Kastel  - Thursday, January 28, 2010

Risk: Workers can be killed or seriously injured when dispensing methylated spirits Resolving the problem: What you can consider putting in place as risk controls: ..