Unsafe storage or improper handling of hazardous chemicals is like playing with fire. Depending on the quantity and type – paint, glue, cleaning agents, fuel, pesticides or solvents – the consequences could be catastrophic. Not only could your workers be exposed to harmful fumes or toxins that may cause chronic illnesses such as cancer or […]

Almost 50 per cent of Australian workers who take time off work due to depression keep the reason hidden from their employer. This was a key finding of a national study, Impact of Depression at Work: Australia Audit, released recently by SANE Australia. The research found that almost 1 in 2 (48 per cent) did […]

Imagine, if you will, having $19 million. A luxury car, harbour side mansion, or a round-the-world trip might spring to mind. Unfortunately, $19 million is the total cost of claims in NSW for injuries – lacerations, amputations, brain injuries and the like – that occurred in the tree work industry between 2013 and 2016. In […]

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) has updated the ‘Guidelines for workplace return to work programs’. Following extensive stakeholder consultation, the updated guidelines came into effect on 31 May 2017 and replace the version released in 2010. Employers should update their return to work (RTW) program to ensure it complies with these guidelines at the […]

‘Sitting is the new smoking,’ says Anup Kanodia, a physician and researcher at Wexner Medical Centre in Ohio. Concern about risks to the health of sedentary workers and potential impact on businesses is on the rise. Sedentary behaviours are a known risk factor for cancer, heart disease, type II diabetes and premature death. ’Move more, […]

If you care about improving safety in your business and want help to get started, make a safety promise – a public commitment to health and safety. This is a powerful but simple way to show everyone that you care about the people in your workplace. Go to the safety starts with you website and […]

Since 2001, there have been more than 220 deaths across Australia involving quad bikes, predominantly on farms. Graham, a farmer from Orange, knows all too well how dangerous quad bikes can be. Here he tells his story of the day he had an accident that could easily have ended his life.   Alicia, a farmer […]