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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.

Fatigued workers in construction are a menace to your safety

Maralyn Kastel  - Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What is it that makes the discussion of fatigued workers in construction a topic that is seldom addressed, rarely discussed with workers and yet can have a disastrous result? ..

Fatigue equals stress – and it’s not just about “being tired”!

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, July 26, 2013

 It is important for employers and workers to understand the risks in the workplace and what you can take to promote and provide a safe working environment.  One aspect that is often overlooked is fatigue and it’s not just about getting a poor night’s sleep. Make sure you discuss how to minimise the effects of fatigue with your workers. ..

A clean workplace is a safe one

Maralyn Kastel  - Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A clean workplace is a safe one.  The lack of housekeeping procedures and an untidy workplace is a major contributor to workplace accidents, particularly slips, trips and fall. Cleaning the workplace presents its own challenges to do it safely and the following are some of the hazards and risk controls that will help keep you safe when cleaning a workplace. ..

Electrical Safety tips for work sites

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, July 12, 2013

Most people take electricity for granted. They jam a plug into the wall and go to work without ever giving a thought to the risks they may be taking. Electrical safety must be a priority on all job sites, large or small, inside or out.  Make sure you consult with your workers about the hazards, risk assessments and risk controls on a regular basis. ..

Dying on the job - What are your risks?

Maralyn Kastel  - Thursday, July 04, 2013

Health and safety management in the workplace is crucial to the success of your business. Not only does it make sense from an economic point of view such as lower Workers Compensation, greater productivity and worker involvement but demonstrated effective management of your health & safety obligations is a big plus if you ever have a serious accident.  We know this based on the experiences of our clients.   ..

When a WHS management system is a lemon!!

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, July 01, 2013

As discussed previously in "What is a work health & safety management system" a work health and safety management system is a set of plans, procedures and processes to systematically manage health and safety in workplace.  So let's examine some of the types of WHS systems that will fall short of compliance with the health and safety legislation, Codes of Practice, Australian Standards, etc. ..

Hospitality - Kitchen tips for a safer workplace

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, June 21, 2013

A restaurant's customers are well educated and are keen to know how their meals are prepared, where the ingredients came from and how fresh the ingredients actually are. Sometimes it is easier to be more concerned with quality of the product and what the customer wants than it is to have a safe workplace. ..

Why is construction safety one of the most talked about topics?

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, June 14, 2013

Did you ever notice that construction safety or lack of, is a major topic in just about any form of media? It seems that on an almost daily basis you can read stories that have been published about the recent construction mishap that occurred someplace in the world.   ..

The FIRST question asked by a WHS Inspector

Maralyn Kastel  - Thursday, June 13, 2013

This morning I accompanied a client for a formal record of interview by an inspector from Work Health Safety Queensland in relation to an investigation of an incident under the Work Health and Safety Act (Qld) ..

What is a work health and safety management system?

Maralyn Kastel  - Tuesday, June 11, 2013

What makes an effective work health & safety management system is a constantly evolving system that includes policies, procedures, process and supporting documents that are simple to use, user friendly, easy to access and it doesn't sit on the shelf gathering dust. This just about rules out all paper-based systems! ..