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OHS & WHS: Audit Reveals Most Australian Schools Contain Asbestos

OHS & WHS:  Audit Reveals Most Australian Schools Contain Asbestos

For millions of Australian parents, the biggest concern when sending their children off to school is what to pack in their lunchbox. This is hardly surprising, given their perception that schools are a safe place for children. Unfortunately, this could not be further from the truth. Many children are at risk of exposure to asbestos in aging school buildings. A recent audit of Australian schools revealed most contain some form of asbestos. In the southeastern state of Victoria alone, only 39 of the 1,440 state schools audited — or 3% — passed the test. Hundreds of schools in New South Wales contain...

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OHS & WHS: new WorkSafe WA Commissioner announced

OHS & WHS: new WorkSafe WA Commissioner announced

The West Australian government has announced the appointment of a new WorkSafe WA Commissioner. In a statement the government said Ian Munns has commenced in the position after previous Commissioner Lex McCulloch retired from public service at the end of 2017.  Munns also holds the title of associate deputy director general, Safety Regulation and moves into the role from his previous role as associate executive director, Building Commission. Munns has held several positions in the WorkSafe Division of the former Department of Commerce and the current Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, including director of Policy and Education and...

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Council not suspended over OHS & WHS asbestos management

Council not suspended over OHS & WHS asbestos management

Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill recently announced that the NSW Minister for Local Government, Gabrielle Upton has decided not to proceed with the suspension of the elected councillors after consideration of a submission addressing the issues surrounding the council’s management of buildings with asbestos. In a statement the council expressed thanks to the Minister for her consideration of the submission and for her decision to not proceed with suspending the elected Councillors of Blue Mountains City Council.  “Consistent with the Council’s request and recommendation, the Minister has foreshadowed the issuing of a Performance Improvement Order. This approach is considered to...

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OHS & WHS: the MBA welcomes new commissioner of the ABCC

OHS & WHS: the MBA welcomes new commissioner of the ABCC

The Master Builders Australia has welcomed the appointment of Stephen McBurney to the role of Commissioner of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). “The ABCC is an agency of great importance to the nation’s building and construction industry and the appointment of a permanent Commissioner will be a boost to industry confidence as we head into the New Year,” said Master Builders Australia chief executive officer Denita Wawn. “Master Builders also acknowledges and thanks Cathy Cato who has been Acting Commissioner of the ABCC. The tireless and professional work of Ms Cato, particularly during a period of change involving...

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OHS and WHS: Heading back to the office? Bring these plants with you to fight formaldehyde (and other nasties)

OHS and WHS: Heading back to the office? Bring these plants with you to fight formaldehyde (and other nasties)

Humans have built high-rises since ancient Roman times, but it wasn’t until the 20th century that they became the default work space for a significant slice of the world’s workers. While these buildings are certainly efficient, they can cause real health issues. Office buildings, where many Australians spend much of their time, are even worse than apartment buildings. Cubicles in offices usually consistof partitions made of particle board and vinyl carpet, synthetic flooring, a particle board desk and plastic or synthetic office chair, mostly lit by artificial lighting. The lucky few get natural light and a view from a window, but poor ventilation...

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