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Inside track: Work Health & Safety

18 March 2020

#Workplace Relations & Safety

Inside track: Work Health & Safety

In the media

New guidelines to combat gendered violence at work
WorkSafe has developed A Guide for employers: Work-related gendered violence including sexual harassment in consultation with the Victorian Trades Hall Council and other employer and employee representative groups (13 March 2020).  More...

WHO gives advice on handling mental health toll from the coronavirus
The World Health Organization acknowledged that the coronavirus is causing stress in the global population. The organization published mental health tips that include specific advice for health-care workers, caretakers of children or older adults, and people in isolation (10 March 2020).  More...

New campaign to improve safety of young workers
The Andrews Labor Government is warning employers to protect young workers and making sure young Victorians are aware of their rights through a powerful new campaign launched (10 March 2020).  More...

Company faces new chemical stockpile charges
WorkSafe has charged Bradbury Industrial Services Pty Ltd with an additional 21 alleged breaches of the Dangerous Goods Act relating to chemical stockpiles at three Craigieburn warehouses (07 March 2020).  More...

SafeWork advises employers on virus
SafeWork Australia has entered the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, releasing updated advice for people conducting a business or undertaking in relation to the spread of the disease in the workplace. Comcare has also updated its WHS advice, including the directive that staff should review organisational policies and measures for infection control (09 March 2020).  More...

Comcare seeks feedback on WHS undertaking guidelines
Until 29 March, Comcare is seeking feedback on two guidelines it has drafted that outline the purpose, acceptance processes and procedure for giving a WHS undertaking (05 March 2020).  More...

Sex discrimination commissioner launches Respect@Work report of the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian workplaces
Sex Discrimination Commissioner has launched Respect@Work, the Australian Human Rights Commission’s report of the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces 2020. Through a package of 55 recommendations, Respect@Work proposes a new approach for government, employers and the community to better prevent and respond to sexual harassment in the workplace (05 March 2020).  More...

Worker hit by steel beam dies in Victoria
A worker has died after being struck by a falling steel beam at Point Cook on Tuesday. The fatality brings the number of workplace deaths this year to nine, which is three more than at the same time last year (04 March 2020).  More...

Law Society brands proposed miner manslaughter laws 'harsh and unjust'
The Queensland Law Society, mining companies, and the mother of a seriously injured mine worker are concerned a proposed law, which carries a maximum jail term of 20 years, would create a culture of fear in mining operations (03 March 2020).  More...

Wholesale bakery fined $90,000 for breakdown of safety procedures
A $50,000 fine was handed out in a Brisbane court this week over an incident in which a nine-year-old boy was injured when he fell off an inflatable amusement device he was riding (03 March 2020).  More...

BMA doubtful over QLD industrial manslaughter reforms
BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has made its concern known to the Queensland Parliament that the industrial manslaughter reform bill could have an opposite effect to that intended (02 March 2020).  More...

Published – articles, papers, reports

Safe Work Australia fatality statistics
As at 27 February, there have been 28 Australian workers killed at work in 2020. The numbers and industries may vary from one report to the next, as Safe Work receives more detailed information (to check for updates and more details on fatalities since 2003, go to the Safe Work Australia Work-related fatalities webpage).

ABCC industry update - March 2020 edition
The March edition of Industry Update features the latest activities of the ABCC: Phoenixing, Security of Payments, New Court Matters, Court Outcomes (including workplace safety) and more.  More...

In practice and courts

Comcare seeks feedback on WHS undertaking guidelines
Comcare has drafted guidelines that outline the purpose, acceptance processes and procedure for giving a work health and safety (WHS) undertaking under the WHS Act 2011 (Cth). Comcare will be accepting feedback on its ‘Guide to Work Health and Safety Undertakings’ and ‘WHS Undertaking Template’ until 29 March 2020.

NSW

Safework NSW: Traffic control work
Information on the changes to the Work Health and Safety (Traffic Control Training) Regulation was made on 20 December 2019, with the the Traffic Control Training scheme transitioning from Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to SafeWork NSW. The new regulatory scheme will commence from 1 July 2020.

NSW resources regulator: Safety alert
S20-03 Tailgate hits worker's head – 05 March 2020
This safety alert provides safety advice for the NSW mining industry.

Queensland

Coal mine worker struck by load haul dump | Business Queensland
06 March 2020 | Mines safety alert 370
Coal Mine Worker struck by Load Haul Dump
Industry: Coal mines. Subject Vehicle collision or failure.  More...

Installing down-hole gauges at coal seam gas wells | Business Queensland
04 March 2020 | Petroleum and gas safety information bulletin 9
Installing down-hole gauges at coal seam gas wells
Industry: Petroleum and gas. Subject Equipment failure or modifications.  More...

WorkCover Queensland: Coronavirus (COVID-19) workplace risk management
It doesn’t matter if you’re a worker or someone who is responsible for workers, you must identify and manage work health and safety risks including the exposure to COVID-19. Businesses should also plan to respond to cases of COVID-19 at work in line with advice provided by Queensland Health (03 March 2020).  More... 

Victoria

Proposed Electricity Safety (Electric Line Clearance) Regulations 2020
ESV invites interested parties to make comments on the regulatory impact statement and proposed Regulations including any proposed fees. Submissions must be received by 6 March 2020.  More...

Cases

Victorian Prosecution Result Summaries and Enforceable Undertakings
Pivot Construction Group Pty Ltd
Frankston Magistrates’ Court Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 Section 26
Outcome 11 March 2020

Disclaimer
The information in this publication is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavour to provide accurate and timely information, we do not guarantee that the information in this newsletter is accurate at the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future.

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