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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.

The FIRST question asked by a WHS Inspector

Maralyn Kastel  - Thursday, June 13, 2013

This morning I accompanied a client for a formal record of interview by an inspector from Work Health Safety Queensland in relation to an investigation of an incident under the Work Health and Safety Act (Qld) ..

What is a work health and safety management system?

Maralyn Kastel  - Tuesday, June 11, 2013

What makes an effective work health & safety management system is a constantly evolving system that includes policies, procedures, process and supporting documents that are simple to use, user friendly, easy to access and it doesn't sit on the shelf gathering dust. This just about rules out all paper-based systems! ..

Fire risks in your workplace

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, June 03, 2013

Owners, managers and workers of all businesses need to be prepared and capable of managing emergencies including the potential of a fire. All workplaces have potential fire risks and these must be managed as an integral part of work health and safety management.   ..

Chainsaws in the workplace - friend or foe?

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, May 31, 2013

A chainsaw is the one of most dangerous hand tools that can be purchased on the open market. It requires no license and no formal training to own or operate.  ..

What do you talk about in toolbox talks or safety meetings?

Maralyn Kastel  - Thursday, May 23, 2013

How many times have you struggled to come up with accurate, effective material to use in your toolbox talks or safety meetings? If you're like most of us, this happens often.  ..

Work S.A.F.E.R to reduce workplace hazards

Maralyn Kastel  - Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Use S.A.F.E.R to remember what you can to do to identify and fix hazards in your workplace. ..

Maximise your sun protection at work

Maralyn Kastel  - Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Australia will see sunscreens labelled SPF 50+ on our shelves very soon – but don’t get too excited and think you can remain in the sun for longer.   SPF 50+ is only a one percent improvement from an SPF 30+ rating in blocking harmful rays. SPF 30+ guards against 96.7 percent of UVA rays, SPF50+ only moves up to 98%.  ..

When housekeeping is worth its weight in gold and you'll have a safer workplace

Maralyn Kastel  - Thursday, April 18, 2013

I started this year with a personal goal to de-clutter my home and a quarter of the way through the year I am halfway through my de-cluttering my house. Friend and visitors see the uncluttered areas and their response has been one word “WOW”.  ..

New Procurement Guidelines for Construction in New South Wales

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, March 29, 2013

NSW Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations, the Hon. Mike Baird has announced the new procurement Guidelines for the State's infrastructure projects that will come into effect on 1 July 2013. ..

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. ..