We shared a similar post to this a couple of years ago, and as we head into the summer of 2020/21, we thought it was time to share our tips for a safer workplace as the heat arrives across the country. Working safely is always a priority, so ensuring employers and employees understand the impacts hot and humid weather can have on safety is paramount. … keep reading
If you’re employing seasonal workers in Queensland, there are some things you need to do for the health and safety of your team, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Many of these should also be addressed by employers without seasonal workers too, without the requirement to submit a Workplace Health Management Plan.) … keep reading
Workplaces around Australia this week are taking part in the annual Women’s Health Week, a yearly initiative dedicated to raising awareness of women’s health issues. Not just focused on physical health, this national event aims to provide health information, resources, and care to support women’s physical health and emotional wellbeing. Here are some of our favourite quotes from female health advocates around the world to inspire your own good health journey: … keep reading
When you consider that 3 out of 5 serious workplace injuries involve Tradies, it is no wonder that the Australian Physiotherapy Association has created a national campaign addressing this. … keep reading
With so much focus on lockdown, operating restrictions and frontline workers, no one expected just how much COVID-19 was going to change the way we work for ALL employees. So much so that understanding when we can and cannot go back to the workplace can be quite challenging to navigate. To make life easier, we have answered your biggest questions below: … keep reading
It’s hard to escape the news regarding COVID-19 at the moment. To ensure clear and consistent communication with our clients and staff, we have issued the below statement. As we endeavour to support you in your businesses through these uncertain times, please always feel welcome to call us on 1300 766 380 should you ever need support or advice regarding your workplace. … keep reading
As the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus continues, we know that it has impacted Australian businesses in numerous ways. From reduced revenues due to drastic tourism drops, through to concerns among staff and customers, it can be a challenging time to be in business. … keep reading
Queensland workers, including coal workers and stonemasons, will have better workplace health and safety protections, after recent changes implemented by the state Government to the Public Health Act 2005 and Public Health Regulation 2018.
Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Dr Anthony Lynham said pneumoconiosis, silicosis and other occupational dust diseases would now be recorded on the Queensland Health Notifiable Dust Lung Disease Register.
Under the new changes, doctors who are specialists in occupational and respiratory medicine are required to report cases of occupational dust lung diseases to the Queensland Health Notifiable Dust Lung Disease Register from 1 July 2019.
“We are now able to monitor dust lung disease like silicosis and pneumoconiosis and identify any emerging workplace health issues.”
“The register also will allow us to capture incidences of other dust lung diseases from working environments where workers are exposed to inorganic dust.” says Dr Lynham.
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said all current and former mine workers and stonemasons were encouraged to undertake a health screening.
“If you have been affected by exposure to dust during your work, please get yourself checked out,” Mr Miles said.
“Early detection of some dust-lung conditions may make the difference between life and death for patients.
“Meanwhile, these reforms will ensure we have the best data at our disposal, so we can begin to identify cases of dust-related lung diseases early.”
Workers or family members seeking more information about health screening should call the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland hotline – 1300 362 128.
You can access the full media statement and additional information at http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2019/7/2/nations-first-dustrelated-disease-register-starting-in-queensland.
Worksafe QLD recently reported that a Nerang poultry producer was fined $90,000 after a worker was run over by a forklift and severely injured. The forklift had its reverse warning beepers turned off each night between 7pm and 7am because of noise complaints by neighbours. … keep reading