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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.

Maximise your sun protection at work

Maralyn Kastel  - Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Australia will see sunscreens labelled SPF 50+ on our shelves very soon – but don’t get too excited and think you can remain in the sun for longer.   SPF 50+ is only a one percent improvement from an SPF 30+ rating in blocking harmful rays. SPF 30+ guards against 96.7 percent of UVA rays, SPF50+ only moves up to 98%.  ..

New Procurement Guidelines for Construction in New South Wales

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, March 29, 2013

NSW Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations, the Hon. Mike Baird has announced the new procurement Guidelines for the State's infrastructure projects that will come into effect on 1 July 2013. ..

It's a big wake up call when an accident happens

Maralyn Kastel  - Sunday, March 17, 2013

One of our clients recently had a new worker sustain an injury when a glass panel they were removing shattered after accidentally being bumped during the removal process.  The young worker sustained a deep laceration to his hand that required a visit to a hospital and surgery. In conducting the accident investigation, it was identified that:  ..

What to look for when hiring cherry pickers (elevated work platforms)

Maralyn Kastel  - Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Guest blog post - Nick Lewis is writing for Universal Platforms, cherry picker hire and training in London. Find out more at www.universalplatforms.co.uk

As with any tool, identifying and using the right type of cherry picker (or mobile platform) is essential for both proper usage and safety. The many variations are all designed for specific scenarios and using the wrong one can mean at best not getting the job done properly, and at worst a serious accident. ..

Plant and machinery safety - 12 questions you need to answer

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, October 08, 2010

To have safe, effective systems for safe operation of plant and machinery, the following questions will help you plan your hazard identification and risk management for the plant and machinery you have in your business. ..

Heights – mobile scaffold safety tips

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, October 19, 2009

Some mobile scaffolds (eg aluminium) may not be stable at a 3 to 1 height ratio. AS 1576 Scaffolding specifies a side load test for verifying the stability of scaffolding. Documentation verifying that the mobile scaffold complies with this test is required.  ..

Scaffolding Safety Tips

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, October 12, 2009

Consult with workers – include in your toolbox talk the hazards and risks of working at heights and on scaffolds.  Remember to do a risk assessment every day. ..