August News Letter

By: Personalised Business Coaching & Solutions  29-Aug-2011
Keywords: Oh&S Outsourcing, Harmonisation Legislation, Harmonisation Oh&S,


Some interesting focuses for the next 12 months.

Good morning all. This has been issued by the Division of Workplace Safety and shows what their “focus” will be re Audits and visits to sites in the next 12 months.

Thought that you would find it interesting and especially the businesses that “missed” out on a visit last year in the medium size business Audits.

Overview of WHSQ interventions for 2011-2012

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland each year identifies problem areas to focus audit and compliance measures over the next 12 months. Here is a sneak peek at the 2011-2012 campaigns.

For 2011-12, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland will target industries and work practices where statistics show more needs to be done to protect workers. This year's interventions include:

·         rollout of PErforM (a program aimed at reducing hazardous manual task risks through workplace based teams assessing risks and developing solutions)

·         risks in metal and plastics manufacturing

·         red meat and poultry processing

·         liquefied natural gas industry

·         securing loads on trucks

·         establishing regional networks in the transport industry

·         rural industry mobile plant and older workers

·         quad bikes

·         manual tasks in the fruit and vegetable industry

·         major hazards in the civil construction industry

·         concrete pumping

·         swing stage scaffolding

·         load handling at construction sites

·         establishing regional networks in the health and community services industry

·         young workers in the retail industry

·         psychosocial injuries in the education sector

·         legionella in cooling towers

·         amusement devices at agricultural shows.

Here is a look at three of the interventions above.

Participative ergonomics for manual tasks (PErforM)

Following on from a very successful pilot in the metals manufacturing industry last year, this project seeks to use external networks such as industry associations, unions, consultants and other government agencies to roll out PErforM in other workplaces across the state.

High risk metal and plastics manufacturing

This campaign is looking to reduce the incidence of serious injuries in fabricated metal, sheet metal and plastics manufacturing workplaces.

The fabricated and sheet metal, and plastics manufacturing sub-sectors are a consistently high source of sprains, strains, open wound and fracture injuries. One in four workplaces in these sub-sectors make a claim, averaging about three or more claims a year.

The focus in 2011-12 will be on manual tasks, slips, trips and falls, hitting or being hit by moving objects and traffic management.

Red meat and poultry processing industries

The campaign aims to reduce the incidence of serious injuries in red meat and poultry processing workplaces.

The meat industry is a significant employer in Queensland, with consistently high injury rates, particularly sprains, open wounds and disorders of muscle tendons and soft tissue. The campaign will focus on:

·         knife sharpening

·         use of personal protective equipment

·         manual tasks

·         traffic management

No need to panic, let’s just get it right and then everything else will fall into line.

Need a hand or information give one of us a call?

Until next month…..a month closer to Harmonisation laws!!

Lynn and the team at P.B.C.&S

07 3410 8482

Keywords: Harmonisation Legislation, Harmonisation Oh&S, Oh&S and Hr Consultant, Oh&S Due Diligence, Oh&S Harmonisation, Oh&S Outsourcing,

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