Welcome to 2021

It’s a new world and a different workplace in 2021

Things are different this year and 2021 will have an additional safety focus and workplace changes with COVID

This article from Gallagher Bassett explains some of the key risk areas

https://blog.gallagherbassett.com.au/blog/a-risk-managers-guide-to-2021-health-and-safety-planning

#safetygeek #2021

Healthy Workplaces

What is a healthy workplace and why should you have one?

https://www.healthyworkplaces.sa.gov.au/

This website has been developed by the Collaborative Partnership to provide a central source of information, tools and resources to help South Australian businesses create healthy, safe and thriving workplaces.

A safe and healthy workplace leads to

Good, safe and meaningful work is a positive contributor to the physical and mental health and wellbeing of all South Australians including workers, their families and communities.

Don’t Risk A Fine Or A Workplace Accident – Top 10 Safety tips from Business SA

Here are Business SA Top 10 Tips for WHS
  1. Revisit Your WHS Policies And Procedures To Ensure They Are Up To Date
  2. Undertake A Workplace Inspection
  3. Ensure Fire Extinguishers Have Been Checked By An Appropriate Contractor Within In The Past Six Months
  4. Confirm That The Contents Of The First Aid Kit(S) Are Within Date And Comply With The Recommendations In The First Aid In The Workplace Code Of Practice
  5. All Identified Officers Are Up To Date With Their Due Diligence
  6. All Compliance Training (Including First Aid And Fire Warden) Is Current
  7. Communication And Consultation Across The Business Is Regular
  8. Managers And Supervisors Take Appropriate Action To Address WHS Issues, Concerns Or Incidents Raised By Workers
  9. Schedule An Emergency Test (Fire Drill) If One Has Not Been Held During 2020
  10. Check That WHS Records Are Maintained


National Safe Work Month – October 2020

Safe Work Month will be a little different this year

Go to https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/national-safe-work-month/whats-on to see what events are happening in your region and online

NSW Mine Safety Regulator’s Report

The NSW mine safety regulator has issued its annual report for 2018/2019

You can read more here https://www.amsj.com.au/nsw-mine-safety-regulators-report/

MUSIC SA COVID-19 BEST PRACTICE GUIDE FOR SA LIVE MUSIC VENUES

Music SA has a great resource to help manage the risks for the music industry

This guide has links to

Have a look at http://www.musicsa.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/COVID-venue-best-practice-guide_WEB.pdf

Farm Safety Week

National Farm Safety Week is July 20 – 25.

As explained by Safework SA, this week is about highlighting the importance of business and industry working together to increase the wellbeing of Australian farmers through innovation and improved attention to health and safety outcomes.

Have a look here https://www.safework.sa.gov.au/news-and-alerts/news/news/news-alerts/farm-safety-week,-20-25-july-2020

Safety Geek has a background working in farm safety so #asksafetygeek if you need help.

National Safe Work Month 2020

October is National Safe Work Month and this year’s theme, Work Health and Safety through COVID-19, is about the impacts of COVID-19 on Australian businesses, employers and workers. 

Check out the website to find out more https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/national-safe-work-month

Return to Work SA Online Webinars

Return to Work SA have free online skill building workshops available
for Employers

Topics include

The 2020 / 21 training calendar is here

RTWSA training and events can be found here https://www.rtwsa.com/about-us/returntoworksa/events

safetygeek is qualified in Return to Work injury management if you need any advice on the RTW Act and work injury response

Respirators and face masks

There has been a huge increase in demand for P2 respirators for use against airborne pollutants with recent events in Australia such as bushfires and the COVID 19 Pandemic. Many more non-compliant respirators are becoming available.

The Australian Institute of Health & Safety has released this media statement https://www.aihs.org.au/news-and-publications/news/media-release-urgent-call-national-register-respirators-protect

A coalition of workplace health and safety related organisations across Australia and New Zealand, and the ACTU called today for the urgent establishment of a register for approved respirators (aka face masks). The group describes the presence of non-compliant, fake and faulty disposable masks as an immediate threat to the health and safety of workers.

The guide to purchasing P2 and equivalent masks is available here