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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.

Ignoring practical steps led to death of worker

Maralyn Kastel  - Saturday, September 27, 2014

A concrete manufacturer was recently fined by WorkSafe New Zealand for a fatality involving a forklift on its worksite last year. Sadly, this tragic loss of life was preventable if simple safety details had received the appropriate attention. According to a WorkSafe representative, it was an "accident waiting happen." The incident illustrates the importance of site safety for workers on construction sites. ..

Don't ignore bullying and harassment - 6 steps for better management

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, August 11, 2014

One of the often ignored problems in the workplace has to do with bullying and harassment. One would think that this sort of behaviour among adults is rare, or that it somehow got left on the playgrounds of our youth. But the problem is that is still remains a real problem within the workplace and there is a certain amount of liability attached to it as well. ..

Mental Health of your workers - A joint responsibility

Maralyn Kastel  - Wednesday, July 09, 2014

According to Safe Work Australia, the WHS Act defines health as both physical and psychological well-being. In fact, just last month Safe Work Australia announced its endorsement of the "Heads Up" initiative, a joint campaign launched by beyondblue and the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance. ..

Make forklift safety a priority

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, April 07, 2014

Forklifts play a role in a number of workplace injuries every year. They can tip or overturn, or hit structures or pedestrians. The cost of the accidents - both financially and in life-long injuries and death - is substantial for the company, the workers and the entire community. The good news is that most incidents that involve forklifts can be prevented. By making forklift safety a priority, your business can improve health and safety for your employees. The best way to do this is through following these tips: ..

Think about your bullying procedures - are they in place?

Maralyn Kastel  - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Fair Work Act Amendment that started on 1 January 2014 gives victims of workplace bullying and harassment a legislative option to stop the behaviour. Bullying victims can now apply to the Fair Work Commission for an order which will direct either an individual or the employer to stop the bullying. What does this mean for businesses?   ..

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. ..

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. ..

Don't be an ostrich - health and safety in hospitality is not that hard

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, September 13, 2013

Work health and safety in the hospitality industry covers a wide range of situations: restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs and other places offering services or accommodation.  ..

How to create a work health and safety culture

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, August 30, 2013

Creating a set of  health and safety policies and procedures to comply with legislative requirements is relatively simple.  However, creating a true safety culture requires a much more integrated effort. It’s an effort that has benefits far beyond the initial “tick-a-box” compliance stage. Whilst lower accident and injury rates are a measurable factor, it is the longer term changes to workers’ behaviour, involvement and ownership of work health & safety processes where the big benefits really occur. ..

Talk with your workers about bullying - before it's too late

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, August 23, 2013

Employers are facing new regulations with the upcoming changes to the Fair Work Act, which will take effect on January 1, 2014. Among the situations covered by the changes to the FWA is an aspect of the workplace that many employers may not be addressing effectively - bullying. ..