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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.

A "dirty dozen" reminders for excavator operators

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, September 06, 2013

On every construction site safety must always be a top priority.  Remember that work health & safety is everyone’s responsibility.  ..

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. ..

Bullying questionnaire: Are you ready for the new Fair Work Act Amendment

Maralyn Kastel  - Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Take this 2 minute questionnaire to determine if you are ready for the Fair Work Act Amendment "Workers bullied at work"  If you need more information - contact us.

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New workplace bullying laws and performance management

Maralyn Kastel  - Wednesday, August 21, 2013

On 1 January 2014, new workplace bullying laws will be a new part of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). These laws will enable workers to apply to the Fair Work Commission, Australia's industrial tribunal, alleging that they have been bullied in the workplace. ..

Task lighting for healthy eyes for your workers

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, August 19, 2013

Guest post - Jennifer Long Visual Ergonomics

It is easier to perform detailed and visually demanding tasks with good illumination. However, providing high illumination levels can be expensive, hot and a potential glare source. ..

Cleaning safely at work is more than a quick wipe!

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, August 16, 2013

When discussing cleaning safety, most people immediately think of slips and falls from wet floors. While this is a leading cause of injury, there is much more to cleaning safety than just preventing slips and falls. This is especially true when you look at industrial and manufacturing businesses.   ..

Familiarity and complacency are a risk to workplace health and safety

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, August 09, 2013

There is an old saying that familiarity breeds contempt.  Familiarity though not only breeds contempt, it also breeds complacency. And complacency leads to increased accidents and injuries. Complacency is one of the great challenges in health & safety management in the workplace. ..

Your best bet or business best practice to avoid WHS prosecution

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, August 05, 2013

The first step is to make sure you are aware of your duties and obligations under the WHS Act and the WHS Regulations.

If you are a PCBU, either as an individual, a partnership, a corporation or unincorporated associations, then the duties placed on the PCBU include: ..

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. ..