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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.

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. ..

Why Safety Awards matter

Maralyn Kastel  - Saturday, September 20, 2014

All awards, whether worker of the month or other incentive schemes have as one of their purposes a recognition of superior quality and performance. Often this is done with the goal of motivating others to do the same. Some awards focus on informing and highlighting practices and behaviors that others will find beneficial. Such is the Safe Work Australia Awards. ..

10 safety tips for working on ladders

Maralyn Kastel  - Saturday, September 13, 2014

According to the Government body Safe Work Australia, falls from heights are a major cause of death and injury in Australian workplaces. On average, around 26 workers fall to their deaths each year and nearly 8,000 others are injured. ..

Warehouse safety tips

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, September 01, 2014

As at 15 August 2014, there were 112 fatal accidents at work according to Safe Work Australia. Forty two of those 112 deaths were in the transport, postal and warehouse industries. During workplace inspections, the areas that almost always are a concern including forklift operations and traffic management within the warehouse. ..

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: ..

Focus on commercial kitchen safety

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, April 07, 2014

The focus of safety in commercial kitchens is often on producing food that is safe for customers to eat. However the kitchen itself has many potential hazards for the workers.  The most common injuries kitchen workers experience are: ..

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?   ..

Warehouse safety and traffic management planning

Maralyn Kastel  - Saturday, February 15, 2014

Warehouses can be very busy places when new stock arrives, other items are being made ready for an order, and rotating stock to maintain quality. This normally involves forklift/s, delivery trucks, pick & reach equipment, trolley stackers and people movement within the warehouse.   ..