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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.

Why an outsider can see the trees, not the forest in construction safety

Maralyn Kastel  - Tuesday, October 22, 2013

One common practice that is often used is to change things up a bit and keep it interesting by calling in an extra set of eyes, or an outsider's view, if you will. Let me explain further with an example of what one major construction company has adopted to encourage recognition and awareness of construction safety practices that often need to be identified and addressed, while taking some of the ho-hum out of routine risk assessments. ..

The 7 steps to manage work health and safety

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, October 11, 2013

Work health & safety (WHS) legislation is designed to protect workers from unsafe working conditions and to make sure that the workplace is a healthy & safe environment.  As with any legislation it takes some time to understand and implement all of the requirements of the WHS Act and WHS regulations, and of course the codes of practice and Australian Standards. ..

What you need in safe work method statements

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, October 04, 2013

Given how common safe work method statements are today, many people may not fully appreciate their importance in creating and maintaining a safe work environment.  A well written work method statement details the hazards and risks associated with a particular job. They also provide information about the safety equipment needed to eliminate or minimise the risks. ..

Five myths about overhead lifting devices

Maralyn Kastel  - Thursday, October 03, 2013

A main concern for anyone working around equipment of any kind is machinery safety. As is often the case, there are many mistaken ideas about safety. Here are five very dangerous myths that can prove fatal. ..

A "dirty dozen" reminders for excavator operators

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, September 06, 2013

On every construction site safety must always be a top priority.  Remember that work health & safety is everyone’s responsibility.  ..

How to create a work health and safety culture

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, August 30, 2013

Creating a set of  health and safety policies and procedures to comply with legislative requirements is relatively simple.  However, creating a true safety culture requires a much more integrated effort. It’s an effort that has benefits far beyond the initial “tick-a-box” compliance stage. Whilst lower accident and injury rates are a measurable factor, it is the longer term changes to workers’ behaviour, involvement and ownership of work health & safety processes where the big benefits really occur. ..

Talk with your workers about bullying - before it's too late

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, August 23, 2013

Employers are facing new regulations with the upcoming changes to the Fair Work Act, which will take effect on January 1, 2014. Among the situations covered by the changes to the FWA is an aspect of the workplace that many employers may not be addressing effectively - bullying. ..

Bullying questionnaire: Are you ready for the new Fair Work Act Amendment

Maralyn Kastel  - Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Take this 2 minute questionnaire to determine if you are ready for the Fair Work Act Amendment "Workers bullied at work"  If you need more information - contact us.

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New workplace bullying laws and performance management

Maralyn Kastel  - Wednesday, August 21, 2013

On 1 January 2014, new workplace bullying laws will be a new part of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). These laws will enable workers to apply to the Fair Work Commission, Australia's industrial tribunal, alleging that they have been bullied in the workplace. ..

Task lighting for healthy eyes for your workers

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, August 19, 2013

Guest post - Jennifer Long Visual Ergonomics

It is easier to perform detailed and visually demanding tasks with good illumination. However, providing high illumination levels can be expensive, hot and a potential glare source. ..