Thu, 11/26/2009 - 05:37

4 November 2009
Chair of the Safe Work Australia Council, Mr Tom Phillips AM, today announced the release of two research reports on engineered nanomaterials. These reports were published as part of the Nanotechnology Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Program, which is managed by Safe Work Australia for the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

Mr Phillips said that these reports add significantly to our understanding of the OHS risks of working with nanomaterials and provides us with a strong direction for further research.

Thu, 11/26/2009 - 05:35

Agriculture, forestry and fishing workers experienced the highest number of work-related injuries

19 October 2009

Safe Work Australia Council Chair, Mr Tom Phillips AM, today announced the release of six reports based on an analysis of the 2005-06 Work-Related Injuries Survey (WRIS) on the Construction, Health and community services, Manufacturing, Agriculture, forestry and fishing, Transport and storage and Retail trade industries.

Thu, 11/26/2009 - 05:30

A company director has been convicted and fined $65,000 for workplace health and safety breaches relating to his failure to ensure workers were properly trained and supervised.
It is the first time a company director has been sentenced in the County Court under section 144 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004. Section 144 covers the obligations of company officers.

Alex Del Brocco of Macleod in Melbourne’s north is the managing director of a company which operated a West Heidelberg commercial laundry where a man died in October 2006.

Thu, 11/26/2009 - 05:28

09 November 2009
A week of temperatures rising into the mid thirties has prompted a warning for people to be aware of the dangers of exposure to high temperatures and the need to be well-hydrated. WorkSafe’s acting Executive Director, Stan Krpan, urged business operators and supervisors to ensure planning was in place for workers exposed to high temperatures, particularly in coming days when fatigue will add to the danger.  
“The first priority of employers and supervisors is to assess what work needs to be done, and how.