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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.

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. ..

Electrical Safety tips for work sites

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, July 12, 2013

Most people take electricity for granted. They jam a plug into the wall and go to work without ever giving a thought to the risks they may be taking. Electrical safety must be a priority on all job sites, large or small, inside or out.  Make sure you consult with your workers about the hazards, risk assessments and risk controls on a regular basis. ..

Work at home - office risks - hazard identification

Maralyn Kastel  - Saturday, June 30, 2012

Workplace health & safety responsibility goes beyond the employer’s place of business. It includes any place where the PCBU (employer) requires or permits a worker to perform work, including the worker’s home, vehicle or work site. Working from home is not without risks.  ..

Is your workplace kitchen deadly?

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, November 01, 2010

Health and safety in a workplace kitchen is just as important as the rest of the workplace, but this area is often overlooked because we all know how to be safe in a kitchen – don’t we and it's just housekeeping..

Testing and tagging of electrical equipment - in a nutshell

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, March 22, 2010

Non-hostile work environment In many work environments, certain electrical equipment does not need a rigorous inspection and testing procedure due to its inherent low level of risk.  These areas are likely to be offices and clean work environments and are considered to be non-hostile work areas. ..

Hand Tool Safety - Using a Portable Saw

Maralyn Kastel  - Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Pre-work checks:Always make sure that the floor area where you are working is clean and clear of any material (off-cuts) that could foul the saw power cable as you are making the cut. ..