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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.

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. ..

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. ..

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. ..

Bullying and harassment in your workplace - a starting point for change

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, March 05, 2010

Warning came too late for bullied Brodie. Two of them were warned, after they put Ratsak in her handbag, to stop their relentless bullying or they'd have ''blood on their hands''. But the warning came too late to save Brodie Panlock. ..