OHS News — WA

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: 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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Slips and trips an OHS and WHS issue for workplaces

Slips and trips an OHS and WHS issue for workplaces

West Australia’s Commission for Occupational Safety and Health has recently released a new online kit to help workplaces prevent slips and trips and meet their responsibilities under workplace safety legislation. According to WorkSafe WA commissioner Lex McCulloch, almost a quarter (23.5%) of all lost time injuries suffered at work each year were caused by slips and trips. “The number of slips and trips that occur each year represents a huge cost to employers, and better prevention strategies would significantly reduce this cost,”McCulloch said. The kit includes material for a toolbox session, a practical guide to preventing slips and trips and four...

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OHS and WHS: Asbestos found in railway suspension systems in WA

OHS and WHS: Asbestos found in railway suspension systems in WA

As asbestos awareness week approaches, the West Australian government has issued a statement saying asbestos has been found in friction wear plates in the suspension systems of rail carriages, purchased between 2007 and 2014 from China. According to the government they were thought to be asbestos-free and the wear plates have not needed replacing since the carriages were acquired. Testing by a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited laboratory in Australia has found that the wear plates contain chrysotile (white) asbestos.  In recent months asbestos has been found in a range of imported building products across Australia, even though...

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WHS and OHS laws reviewed by state ministers

WHS and OHS laws reviewed by state ministers

Safework Australia has announced that model WHS laws will be reviewed by WHS Ministers across Australia to ensure they are achieving their original objectives. Ministers responsible for WHS have agreed to review the content and operation of the model WHS laws, which is the first opportunity since the laws were implemented to explore how the model WHS laws are working in practice, which is part of the original plan to review the model WHS laws regularly and ensure they continue operating effectively. Marie Boland, former executive director of SafeWork SA, will lead the review and according to Safework Australia Boland brings expertise and experience...

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