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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.

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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Task lighting for healthy eyes for your workers

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, August 19, 2013

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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. ..

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.   ..

Familiarity and complacency are a risk to workplace health and safety

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, August 09, 2013

There is an old saying that familiarity breeds contempt.  Familiarity though not only breeds contempt, it also breeds complacency. And complacency leads to increased accidents and injuries. Complacency is one of the great challenges in health & safety management in the workplace. ..

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. ..

Dying on the job - What are your risks?

Maralyn Kastel  - Thursday, July 04, 2013

Health and safety management in the workplace is crucial to the success of your business. Not only does it make sense from an economic point of view such as lower Workers Compensation, greater productivity and worker involvement but demonstrated effective management of your health & safety obligations is a big plus if you ever have a serious accident.  We know this based on the experiences of our clients.   ..

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! ..

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.  ..

How often do forklift operators need to do refresher training?

Maralyn Kastel  - Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Forklifts are involved in many workplace accidents including overturning and tipping, hitting structures and collisions with pedestrians. ..