OHS News — Human Factors

OHS & WHS: New Year new job and the role wellbeing plays

OHS & WHS: New Year new job and the role wellbeing plays

Switching careers is never an easy decision. For many people any job in their chosen sector will keep them happy but for how long? Wellbeing plays a huge role in job satisfaction and is an important one to consider when choosing a company to work for. In fact it’s so important these days that potential employees prefer to know a companies wellbeing program before the salary. According to Deakin University research assistant, Kim Goodwin and graduate Angela Heck good work culture is vital to career longevity. Goodwin has worked for big banks and small not-for-profits, and has just finished a...

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OHS & WHS: WA addressing sexual harassment in the health care system

OHS & WHS: WA addressing sexual harassment in the health care system

The Western Australian Department of Health and the Australian Medical Association (WA) have recently teamed up to stamp out sexual harassment in the state's health system with the launch of the SH-OUT campaign. The campaign, initiated by the Taskforce Against Sexual Harassment (TASH) was formed between the two organisations after a survey undertaken by the AMA WA found sexual harassment was endemic across the WA health system. SH-OUT, which stands for 'Sexual Harassment Out', consists of posters to be displayed in metropolitan hospitals and a website - http://www.sh-out.com.au - explaining what sexual harassment is and how to report inappropriate behaviour. The survey...

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OHS & WHS: QLD introduces new labour hire laws

OHS & WHS: QLD introduces new labour hire laws

Queensland has announced it will establish a mandatory labour hire-licensing scheme beginning in April to protect labour hire workers and safeguard labour hire providers that operate in an ethical and responsible manner. According to Safe Work QLD under the scheme, all labour hire providers operating in the state will need to be licensed and must comply with the following: passing a fit-and-proper person test complying with workplace laws, including workers’ compensation, wages and superannuation paying a licence fee reporting regularly on their operations. The scheme, says SafeWork QLD will be backed by stiff penalties and some offenders will be liable...

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OHS & WHS: COSBOA calls on government to reject union moves on casual workers

OHS & WHS: COSBOA calls on government to reject union moves on casual workers

The Council of Small Business of Australia has said the call by the ACTU to restrict casual work and force employers to make people permanent if requested by the employee is ridiculous and they would expect the government and opposition to reject this job-killing notion. COSBOA CEO Peter Strong said: “Some in the union movement seems to be making things up to justify its relevance and this shows they have no understanding of the modern world. The real facts are that the level of casual employment is no different from decades ago and most casual workers want to be casual...

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OHS & WHS: VET courses under the spotlight

OHS & WHS: VET courses under the spotlight

The Australian Skills Quality Agency (ASQA) has released a report on issues relating to unduly short training for VET qualifications with the review listing the Certificate IV of Work Health and Safety and the Diploma of Work Health and Safety as ‘qualifications of concern’. According to the report, a key issue in the review was information provided by RTOs was often limited, lacked clarity and was confusing, making informed choices by potential learners and industry more challenging. In December, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews announced public consultations with VET stakeholders on the implementation of these recommendations....

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