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
It’s hard to believe, but at the time of writing this blog, there is snow in Queensland! Although in the Sunny State, we rarely have freezing days, there are fresh hazards and risks that come from working in winter, particularly outdoors, that are worth a quick reminder.
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As we head into summer, the days get longer, warmer and where we are, on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, more humid too! Working safely is always a priority, so ensuring employers and employees understand the impacts hot weather can have on safety is paramount. We’ve compiled a few tips to help your team get through summer. … keep reading
Summer in Australia means bushfires, storms, and cyclones, depending on where you’re from in this huge country of ours. It also means it is time to review your business emergency management plan, in case a natural disaster was to occur in your local area, or you had a workplace emergency.
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Whether an injury occurred at work, or outside of work hours, returning to work after sustaining an injury, or any extended period of leave, can feel overwhelming. This is particularly the case where the injury occurred at work if the employee feels nervous about another incident occurring. (This should not be the case, as after an incident, there should be responsive action to reduce the likelihood of this occurring again.)
Fortunately, there are simple steps both staff and employers can take, to reduce the stress of this transitional process. Ideally, reducing time away from work after an injury, and supporting staff on their return will improve this transition. Research has shown that having extended time off reduces the likelihood of an employee returning to the workforce post-injury. … keep reading
Supporting good mental health is important for all of us, but this month, being Tradies Health Month, we’re turning our attention specifically to the construction industry. Did you know that there is a significantly higher rate of suicide in the construction industry, with over one in 20 construction industry workers contemplating suicide each year? This research, commissioned by the Building Employee’s Redundancy Trust (BERT), is both sad and alarming. As employers, we can all do our part to improve these numbers, which benefits both the individuals and the workplace in general.
Mental health is an extremely complex area, where there’s not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution. We’ve compiled some ideas that may work for you or your organisation and we’d love to hear your ideas too. … keep reading