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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.

Keep your cleaners safe at work

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, December 06, 2013

Cleaning safety is sometimes an overlooked aspect of workplace safety because it is often seen a just a mop and broom!  Machines and chemicals used by cleaners have largely replaced the mop and broom days and a safe workplace is a requirement for all workers. ..

Plumbing - Why PPE will help prevent a serious injury

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, August 02, 2013

Plumbing in Australia is one of the highest risk industries and there have been a number of serious and fatal incidents in this area (plumbing excavation work) in the last two months according to the Master Plumbers Association. ..

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. ..

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.  ..

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. ..

Eye Strain - change your font

Maralyn Kastel  - Thursday, September 16, 2010

Serif fonts (fonts with ornaments on the end of strokes, eg Times New Roman) were advocated in the 1960s scientific literature as it was thought that the serifs increased the legibility of individual letters. More recent studies have shown that the uncluttered letter structure of san-serif fonts (non-ornamental fonts e.g. Arial) are easier to read and subjectively preferred when the font size is small. Reading performance as measured by the ability to search and retrieve information within documents appears to be unaffected by the presence or absence of serifs. ..