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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.

Why getting rid of pot plants won't save you money

Maralyn Kastel  - Sunday, June 05, 2011

When looking at costs savings/cost cutting or even not spending money on them at all, the humble office pot plant is often the first thing to go. ..

Workplace health and safety inductions saves lives

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, May 06, 2011

A recent UK survey by National Accident Helpline found that over a third of people questioned who suffer work accidentsr injuries in the workplace have not had work health and safety inductions. ..

Companies lose billions through poor safety

Maralyn Kastel  - Wednesday, March 16, 2011

According to an article published on Industry Search companies lose 10% of their annual turnover, as a result of poor safety costing billions in lost production and flow-on effects.  ..

Disaster Recovery Planning

Maralyn Kastel  - Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A study by the American Red Cross found that 62% of workers were not confident about their preparedness in the workplace and less than half of employees surveyed knew about a disaster plan at their workplace ..

Is your workplace kitchen deadly?

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, November 01, 2010

Health and safety in a workplace kitchen is just as important as the rest of the workplace, but this area is often overlooked because we all know how to be safe in a kitchen – don’t we and it's just housekeeping..

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. ..

Guarding woodworking band saws

Maralyn Kastel  - Thursday, September 16, 2010

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of presenting a short seminar for one of our clients and as they are specialists in machine guarding here’s a reminder about guarding band saws. ..

Eye Strain - change your font

Maralyn Kastel  - Thursday, September 16, 2010

Serif fonts (fonts with ornaments on the end of strokes, eg Times New Roman) were advocated in the 1960s scientific literature as it was thought that the serifs increased the legibility of individual letters. More recent studies have shown that the uncluttered letter structure of san-serif fonts (non-ornamental fonts e.g. Arial) are easier to read and subjectively preferred when the font size is small. Reading performance as measured by the ability to search and retrieve information within documents appears to be unaffected by the presence or absence of serifs. ..

Manual handling solution for 4WD tyre changing

Maralyn Kastel  - Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Updated 18/04/2013
Manually lifting the tyre onto the tyre changing machine may involve high force to lift heavy wheels or tyres. It also involves bending, reaching and twisting. This in turn can cause musculoskeletal injuries to the shoulder, lower back, wrist and knees.  The larger the tyre the heavier the weight and the more the risk increases. ..

I stubbed my toe, who can I sue? Risk management in entertainment

Maralyn Kastel  - Sunday, July 25, 2010

In this day of “who can I sue, I stubbed my toe” I was wondering how many entertainment venues supply clients with risk assessment documentation to fill out before they can hire a venue?   If you manage a venue, eg a sports centre, theatre, community hall etc,  do you use generic forms or do you develop them with the client hiring the venue?  A risk assessment for a staging a play may not be the same as an 18th birthday party! and definitely different from the risks involved in staging a sporting event or concert. ..