WHS Legislation is NOT about Safety it’s about Culture. I asked a couple of managers the other day what they thought the WHS legislation was about. You see, my client had asked me to make sure that their managers knew of their legal compliance obligations – a fairly typical request often from … [Read more...] about WHS Legislation is NOT about Safety it’s about Culture
Acceptable Risk as a Decision Making Process By Dr Rob Long We should all know that the assessment of risk is a subjective process, determined by hundreds of social and psychological factors. The idea that risk assessment is a rational process via assessment of frequency, consequence and severity … [Read more...] about Acceptable Risk as a Decision Making Process
Many organisations publicly declare their commitment to safety; have safety values, safety mission statements and many other ways of trying to demonstrate commitment but their practices show otherwise. Managing Organisational HSE Performance and Prevention of Workplace Fatalities – Back to … [Read more...] about HSE Performance – Back to Basics
The Hypocrisy of Safety Management Systems For SMEs At the moment there is a debate raging on a LinkedIn Forum (Ok, its not really raging perhaps just happening) about why SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) don't have comprehensive documented SMS (Safety Management Systems) in place. Of … [Read more...] about The Hypocrisy of Safety Management Systems For SMEs
Focus on ‘Meeting’ people, not legislation – a path to risk maturity ‘Due Diligence’ seems a buzz term in health and safety in Australia at the moment. I’ve heard many refer to ‘due diligence’ and it’s six steps, as the answer to what we have long been searching in health and safety. Many believe … [Read more...] about Focus on ‘Meeting’ people, not legislation – a path to risk maturity
Are You Creating an ‘Obeyience Culture’? When I started consulting in risk and safety, people would regularly contact me and ask “are we meeting our legal requirements?” or “are we doing all we need to do, ‘under the law’”. Consulting in risk and safety seems to attract these questions, and people … [Read more...] about Are You Creating an ‘Obeyience Culture’?
Free Risk Assessment Training The University of Newcastle website offers some excellent free safety training resources. On the Risk assessment page they offer succinct but very useful powerpoint and pdf version training presentations covering the following topics: What is Risk … [Read more...] about Free Risk Assessment Training
Public Liability Standards and Legislation The most common responses I get when I make a public liability risk recommendation to control or mitigate a potentially serious risk is: "it complies with the Building Code of Australia" or "show me the law that says you have to do that" or "this building … [Read more...] about Public Liability Standards and Legislation
About basic fatigue management: reducing your fatigue If you work in the transport industry, you may be required to complete your fatigue management training. You can do this by completing an online fatigue management course. Basic fatigue management shows you how to prevent fatigue from being … [Read more...] about About basic fatigue management – reducing your fatigue
Insanity rules, ok? Guest Post by Louisa Chesswas Harmonised workplace health and safety can be likened to a building. The legislation, regulations, codes of practice, standards and guidelines are the bricks. The mortar tentatively holding it all together is the WHS practitioner who must somehow … [Read more...] about Insanity rules, ok?