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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.

So whose side are you on? WorkSafe Australia lose the plot

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, December 06, 2013

The new anti-bullying laws under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) apply to all Australian workers excluding sole traders, state public service departments and state government entities. Volunteer associations with no employers are also exempt. ..

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. ..

Slips and trips – will you be next?

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, November 29, 2013

Slips and trips in the workplace account for thousands of injuries every year. These range from slight cuts and bruises to serious injuries including fractures, dislocations, muscular-skeletal problems, deep cuts and burns. Minimising and eliminating the risks associated with slips and trips is a practice that needs to include the following steps: ..

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. ..

Children and vulnerable people and your duty of care

Maralyn Kastel  - Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Part of a business's legal requirements may include the need for background checks if your business works with children (and in many cases other vulnerable people). This includes businesses that coordinate or use volunteers in their activities. ..

Why an outsider can see the trees, not the forest in construction safety

Maralyn Kastel  - Tuesday, October 22, 2013

One common practice that is often used is to change things up a bit and keep it interesting by calling in an extra set of eyes, or an outsider's view, if you will. Let me explain further with an example of what one major construction company has adopted to encourage recognition and awareness of construction safety practices that often need to be identified and addressed, while taking some of the ho-hum out of routine risk assessments. ..

The 7 steps to manage work health and safety

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, October 11, 2013

Work health & safety (WHS) legislation is designed to protect workers from unsafe working conditions and to make sure that the workplace is a healthy & safe environment.  As with any legislation it takes some time to understand and implement all of the requirements of the WHS Act and WHS regulations, and of course the codes of practice and Australian Standards. ..

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. ..

Five myths about overhead lifting devices

Maralyn Kastel  - Thursday, October 03, 2013

A main concern for anyone working around equipment of any kind is machinery safety. As is often the case, there are many mistaken ideas about safety. Here are five very dangerous myths that can prove fatal. ..

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.  ..