OHS News — Victoria

OHS & WHS: employers responsible for providing workers with sun protection

OHS & WHS: employers responsible for providing workers with sun protection

More than two million employees work outdoors and as summer is in full swing already, many of those workers are not being provided with any sun protection by their employers says a recent research report titled the 2017 Skin Health Australia Report Card (SHARC), which is based on a national population survey of skin health commissioned by the Skin & Cancer Foundation. The report found that 45% of workers are required to work outdoors sometimes, regularly or all the time. However, the report found that 57% of outdoor workers say their employers do not supply sunscreen, while 66% do not...

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OHS and WHS: securing construction sites

OHS and WHS: securing construction sites

Builders across Victoria are being urged to ensure construction sites are safe and secure before heading off on the Christmas break. Work Safe Victoria say construction sites which aren't adequately secured can pose a risk to members of the public, including falls from partially built structures and scaffolding, live electrical power, open excavations or building waste and rubble. Work Safe's executive director Health and Safety, Marnie Williams, said builders and site supervisors should carry out a few simple checks to ensure public safety over the holiday period. "A simple site clean-up and appropriate security measures can make a big difference,"...

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Ravenhall Prison riot put staff at serious OHS and WHS risk

Ravenhall Prison riot put staff at serious OHS and WHS risk

The Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation has been convicted and fined $300,000 for putting staff at risk in the lead-up to a riot at the Melbourne Remand Centre in 2015. Corrections Victoria, which is part of the Department of Justice and Regulation, pleaded guilty today in the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court to one charge of failing to provide and maintain systems of work, which were safe and without risks to health and were ordered to pay costs of $14,215. The court heard that Corrections Victoria was aware of prisoner unrest at the Ravenhall facility in the weeks leading up to...

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Traffic management under fire for OHS and WHS breaches

Traffic management under fire for OHS and WHS breaches

Work Safe Victoria is urging employers, workers and the public to prioritise safety in and around roadside construction work after a recent inspection campaign revealed inadequate safety measures at a number of sites. Recently, 300 inspections across Victoria uncovered issues such as inadequate signage for road users and a lack of protective devices for workers managing traffic in and around their workplace. In some instances, roadside construction teams working in close proximity to each other had not communicated, causing multiple traffic diversions to be put in place and potential confusion for road users.  According to Work Safe Victoria the call...

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The SIA launches new convention for OHS and WHS professionals

The SIA launches new convention for OHS and WHS professionals

The Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) has announced a new initiative to attract Australia’s largest gathering of Health & Safety Professionals The SIA are launching a new annual convention initiative called #SAFETYSCAPE, which they say will provide an opportunity for all stakeholders working across the wider field of health and safety to exchange ideas, explore industry trends, collaborate and develop their skills in an effort to reduce workplace injuries and fatalities. The inaugural convention will run from 22 -24 May 2018 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, and will provide space for different not for profit health and safety organisations...

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