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Work Health and Safety Blog

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.

Is your WHS confidence bucket overflowing?

Maralyn Kastel  - Sunday, October 07, 2012

Confidence in managing workplace health and safety will go a long way to meeting compliance and we often wonder why regulators put so much emphasis on compliance?’

The confidence bucket
Picture this bucket. It’s full of confidence because you’re effectively managing workplace health & safety. There are few if any accidents, injuries, illnesses or hazards in your workplace.  Everyone contributes to making sure that health and safety is number one in everything that is done in the workplace. ..

Reduce the risks of back injuries from manual handling

Maralyn Kastel  - Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Your back is particularly susceptible to manual handling injuries. The following are some suggestions for you to reduce the risks of musculoskeletal injuries to your back ..

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. ..

Amazing survival story - work safe – stay well…it's what we all want

Maralyn Kastel  - Saturday, June 30, 2012

I  survived another work day.  I get to go home tonight and spend time with my loved ones. The hardest part about researching this piece is that there are so many examples of deaths and serious injuries, blood, gore and pain, every day.  ..

Have you prepared & tested your Emergency Management Plan?

Maralyn Kastel  - Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Work Health & Safety Regulations requires you to have an Emergency Management Plan. This is similar to an evacuation plan. It provides crucial information to your workers on what to do in an emergency.  The following information is a starting point for you to develop your specific requirements.  ..

Mini breaks help reduce fatigue in the workplace

Maralyn Kastel  - Sunday, October 09, 2011

One of the hazards in working at a desk for long periods is the risk of fatigue, and with this comes mistakes, stress, muscle and eye strain.  Make sure you talk with your workers on how you can reduce and minimise the risks of fatigue in the workplace..

Thou shalt not steal from the first aid kit at the workplace

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, July 25, 2011

Even with workplace policies on theft and video surveillance, workplace theft still occurs. It can range from stationery supplies to toilet paper and often contents of the first aid kits. Items often taken are sunscreen, bandages and band aids and, where first aid kits contain them, aspirin or similar. ..

What are some of the workplace triggers that can cause migraines?

Maralyn Kastel  - Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Jennifer Long Visual Ergonomics www.visualergonomics.com.au Guest post by Jennifer Long, owner of Jennifer Long Visual Ergonomics. Jennifer is an optometrist and a certified professional ergonomist. She has completed a Bachelor of Optometry and a Master of Safety Science.  By combining her academic background with practical optometry and ergonomics experience, Jennifer offers a holistic approach to solving vision problems in the workplace. She is typically asked to provide consultancy services investigating visual comfort and visual demands in a variety of work environments.  ..

Why getting rid of pot plants won't save you money

Maralyn Kastel  - Sunday, June 05, 2011

When looking at costs savings/cost cutting or even not spending money on them at all, the humble office pot plant is often the first thing to go. ..

Workplace health and safety inductions saves lives

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, May 06, 2011

A recent UK survey by National Accident Helpline found that over a third of people questioned who suffer work accidentsr injuries in the workplace have not had work health and safety inductions. ..