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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.

5 Tips for giving great toolbox talks

Maralyn Kastel  - Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The best businesses know the importance of regular "toolbox talks," short meetings focused on pertinent safety issues in the workplace. The unique qualities of a workplace will determine the frequency and size of these talks, as some hazardous environments require daily meetings and low-risk environments may only require a monthly or quarterly meeting. ..

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. ..

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. ..

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.  ..

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: ..

Fatigued workers in construction are a menace to your safety

Maralyn Kastel  - Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What is it that makes the discussion of fatigued workers in construction a topic that is seldom addressed, rarely discussed with workers and yet can have a disastrous result? ..

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.   ..

Why is construction safety one of the most talked about topics?

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, June 14, 2013

Did you ever notice that construction safety or lack of, is a major topic in just about any form of media? It seems that on an almost daily basis you can read stories that have been published about the recent construction mishap that occurred someplace in the world.   ..

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.  ..