The Apprenticeship Employment Network recently released its yearly WH&S Benchmarking results to members. Now in its 4th year the results and trends are starting to highlight a few consistent themes including:
Most frquent types of injuries
1st Year Apprentices
Sprains & Strains /back
Foreign object /eye
2nd Year Apprentices
Sprains & Strains / back
Laceration / hand
Foreign object / eye
3rd & 4th Year Apprentices
Laceration / hand
Sprains & Strains / back
Burn / arm
Sprains & Strains
The 4 year data represents over 50,000 apprentices and trainees.
AEN will be working on new video resources to assist in reinforcing the message of safetyfirst!
The importance of wearing gloves and safety glasses
Members of AEN can login to the website or call the office to access the full report.
New OHS amd EPS Regulations Have Commenced
The new Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (OHS Regulations) and Equipment (Public Safety) Regulations 2017 (EPS Regulations) commenced on 18 June 2017.
Worksafe Victoria have developed a range of resources to assist you in understanding the new Regulations and what the changes mean for you. This includes summaries of the changes and comprehensive guides comparing the 2007 and 2017 Regulations.
You can access the new OHS Regulations 2017 and EPS Regulations 2017 online – visit the Victorian Law Today tab at www.legislation.vic.gov.au.
What has changed?
The new OHS Regulations 2017 are mainly the same as the OHS Regulations 2007. However, you need to be aware of the changes and make sure you are compliant.
If you are affected by the changes, the detailed information and guides available from the links below will help you identify how to stay compliant.
August is Tradies National Health Month which aims to raise awareness of the risks posed to those who work in trade occupations — among individuals, their families, employers and the wider community.
While we’ve seen improvements, Australia’s trade industry continues to have among the highest health and safety issues of any sector. Time off work due to poor health and injury has a significant impact on families, businesses, communities, the health system and the economy. This impact will grow if we don’t take steps to change behaviour.
Anyone can get behind Tradies National Health Month. The APA is urging employers and unions of trade occupations to prioritise their employees’ health now and into the future. Everyone can spread the message—whether it’s your dad or mum, your partner, your employee, your patient or your mate, we all know a tradie and want them to place importance on their wellbeing.
Tradies’ health must be everyone’s priority—we’re giving all employers, physiotherapists, families and tradies the chance to be involved.
Labels on hazardous chemicals identify hazards and give instructions on how to use them safely. They help businesses identify any safety controls needed in the workplace, and tell workers how to deal safely with a chemical.
Manufacturers and importers of hazardous chemicals need to make sure they are labelled correctly so workers using them know the hazards.
Safety in Action Melbourne Trade Show & Safety Conference 5-6 September
Safety in Action is Australia’s leading occupational health and safety event dedicated to the safety, security and well-being of the Australian workforce. Engage in three dedicated safety zones, network with over 120 exhibitors, learn from industry experts during free safety seminars and workshops, source the latest innovative products and services and get involved in the interactive opportunities the Show has to offer. A must-attend for every OH&S professional. Attendance is free for bona fide trade visitors.
Held concurrently with the tradeshow, Safety in Action presents three high-profile conferences focusing on Safety Strategy, Leadership and Culture, Workplace Wellness and Return to Work. With over 350 delegates and 70+ speakers and the conferences running in adjacent rooms, you will be able to switch sessions and plan a track to suit your requirements. Find out more on here.
Inspectors Target Structural Collapse After Spate of Incidents
WorkSafe inspectors will hone in on the risks of structural collapse during construction work as part of their latest safety blitz following a spate of incidents in recent months.
A timber-frame wall which struck a 17-year-old worker in Donvale, temporary hoarding falling down near pedestrians in a shopping area at Campbellfield and a scaffold collapsing onto a footpath in North Melbourne have all been the subject of WorkSafe inquiries last month.
Tragically, 16 workers and three members of the public have been killed since 2001 due to structural collapse at construction sites.
As part of the state-wide campaign, inspectors will focus on buildings and associated structures under construction including walls and frames.
WorkSafe Executive Director Health and Safety, Marnie Williams, said the collapse of a building or structure could have catastrophic consequences.
“We’ve seen the tragic aftermath of structural collapses at construction sites and the reality is that it just should not happen,” she said. “We want to be very clear to builders and contractors that they have a responsibility to ensure walls, roof structures, floors, formwork and pre-cast panels are appropriately installed, supported or braced during construction work and if they fail to do so there could be deadly consequences.”
During their site visits, WorkSafe inspectors will raise awareness of structural collapse risks and provide practical information and guidance to builders and contractors on the risks and safety measures required.
“Our aim is to assist the industry in preventing structural collapses during construction work but, ultimately, if inspectors identify that someone has failed in their duties to provide and maintain a safe workplace they will take appropriate enforcement action,” Ms Williams said.
Workplace Bullying Prevention Workshop - 26 September 2017
Workplace bullying is a serious issue that continues to adversely impact many workers and organizations throughout Australia. Recent research commissioned by Safe Work Australia revealed 6.8% of Australians had directly experienced bullying.
AEN is hosting a workshop that will cover some of the important issues related to bullying:
Workplace bullying - culture & values of the workplace
What is workplace bullying? Common forms of bullying in the workplace
Conflict management and performance management
Online issues/cyber bullying
Duty of care - employer and employee responsibility
Workplace bullying policy example, including social media
Signs of bullying in the workplace
The Law & consequences - Worksafe & Fair Work Commission
General protections, adverse action, vilification & whistle-blowers
Unfair & constructive dismissal
What can employers do to stop/limit bullying behaviour?
For further information or to register please click here.
Bullyzero Australia Foundation – Charity Ball Saturday, 21 October – Tickets Now Available
Tickets are now available to the Bullyzero Australia Foundation – Charity Ball being held on Saturday 21 October – Melbourne Docklands.
Use of glass in workplaces providing early childhood education and care services
A safety alert that provides guidance to persons with management or control of workplaces in the children service's sector about controlling risks associated with glass panels breaking from human impact.
Your own branded learning management system not only benefits your apprentices and trainees, it also benefits you as a business. With SafetyFirst's online safety induction training, you'll enjoy benefits such as:
Assist in meeting compliance - designed as tools to assist managers and supervisors to meet their Work Health and Safety obligations
Do it anytime - The training course is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Interactive and engaging - easy to use by various learners, entertaining content for a more enjoyable learning experience
Consistency - ability to maintain a particular standard with staff WHS training
Results – immediate results and feedback that identify further training needs
SafetyFirst can assist you in creating a safe work environment for all your new employees, apprentices and trainees.