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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.

Summer is here - be heat smart and have a safe workplace

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, November 16, 2009

Not just in the workplace – but when you’re at home working in the heat can lead to physical discomfort without meaning you are at risk of any more serious condition developing. Be aware of the early warning signs of heat stress, and take appropriate action if you experience them – or if you observe another person who appears to be in difficulty. ..

Be sun smart at work and play

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, November 16, 2009

The link between skin cancer and ultraviolet radiation (UVR) has been clearly established and by reducing exposure to UVR almost all skin cancers are preventable. ..

Why work health & safety is a "sexy topic" AMP analyst agrees with me that OHS is "sexy"

Maralyn Kastel  - Saturday, October 31, 2009
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Tool safety - angle grinder

Maralyn Kastel  - Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Check your angle grinder for electrical safety before every use. The grinding operation will produce high frequency noise up to 105dB(A) at the operator and levels above 95dB(A) in other parts of a workshop.  ..

Why work health & safety is a sexy topic

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, October 19, 2009

In conversation, on websites, on twitter, at business seminars, and just about everywhere, work health and safety universally brings a loud groan and yawns.  ..

Heights – mobile scaffold safety tips

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, October 19, 2009

Some mobile scaffolds (eg aluminium) may not be stable at a 3 to 1 height ratio. AS 1576 Scaffolding specifies a side load test for verifying the stability of scaffolding. Documentation verifying that the mobile scaffold complies with this test is required.  ..

Scaffolding Safety Tips

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, October 12, 2009

Consult with workers – include in your toolbox talk the hazards and risks of working at heights and on scaffolds.  Remember to do a risk assessment every day. ..

Manual handling and fall hazards in automotive workshops

Maralyn Kastel  - Saturday, October 10, 2009

Manual handling injuries are one of the most common type of injuries occurring in motor vehicle workshops. The injuries occur from handling heavy or awkward objects, heavy lifting, and prolonged or sustained work in awkward postures.  Many of these cause back injuries. This injury trend occurs across all types of vehicle repair, maintenance or installation work, and on all types of vehicles.  ..

Fire safety and Emergency plans

Maralyn Kastel  - Sunday, October 04, 2009

How much paper equals 4 litres of petrol? ..