Word is out there, the checks are starting!!!!!!!
Well as we go into the Easter break there
is some interesting follow up starting to come through from Harmonisation and
We are to believe the “regulators” are out in the market place carrying out
spot checks on the new laws and their communication through ALL levels of the
business sector. In Queensland the ranks have been significantly increased to
be able to provide a wider coverage over a shorter period of time.
The rural industry is getting a once over as we put this together and
talking to our contacts in Workcover the industries that have been performing
under required standards as far as injuries resulting in their contributions
being capped are also under the microscope. Theses cover not only physically
but also mentally safe workplaces.
Some other points to note are the “non compliance” and on the spot fines for
non carrying of licenses while performing work, (plant, forklifts and
competency) another simple process that you can follow up in your business to
make sure everyone understands this requirement.
So the roll out has been completed and now the enforcing process begins.
For those in Victoria and WA it is now a good time to be pro active and
start to “change” ready for January next year.
There has been a lot of questions and discussion about “volunteers” in the
new role out. There is a great “volunteers information package” available
through the safe work website, worth downloading and going through if you have
volunteers in your business.
Something also that is a real focus now is the new code of practice for Hazardous
Manual Tasks, to help you all get you head around the “factors” that this takes
in account we have included a simple checklist to get you thinking whether
there are any risks in your work site that may need addressing.
IS THERE HAND, ARM OR WHOLE BODY VIBRATION?
Tick yes if any of the following environmental
factors are present in the task.
So as you can see we are “embracing” the changes and will keep you informed
if we hear of any more useful information to keep you compliant as well as
remaining safe and well.