Category Archives: evidence

“This is how silly OH&S has become” Not really – SafetyAtWorkBlog

Truck driving is one of the most contentious areas of occupational health and safety (OHS) in Australia. The transport industry has refined a reasonably practicable level of OHS to a high degree where levels of fatigue that would not be tolerated in other occupations are the norm. There also seems to be a negative attitude […]

Are OHS laws part of the safety clutter? – SafetyAtWorkBlog

A major barrier to change is that Australia, as a whole, has never subjected its occupational health and safety (OHS) laws to a detailed analysis to determine whether the legislation and the supportive documentation works. To be clearer, Australia has never subjected its laws to a “safety clutter” analysis. No one seems to have tried […]

Will IR reform again ignore OHS? – SafetyAtWorkBlog

Government policies that directly affect occupational health and safety (OHS) have been determined on a tripartite structure for many decades. This model comprises of representatives from business groups and trade unions in a consultation usually led by the government representatives. SafetyAtWorkBlog believes that this structure excludes important voices and is outdated, especially in a time […]

How OHS can change the world – SafetyAtWorkBlog

Yesterday, I was critical of an Industrial Relations paper written by the Australian Industry Group for not integrating occupational health and safety (OHS) into the submission to Government. This omission is indicative of the conceptual silos of OHS, Industrial Relations, Human Resources, and general business decision-making, and is certainly not limited to business organisations like […]

Workers and COVID19 survey – SafetyAtWorkBlog

Last week the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) released some research into workers and COVID19. It is not peer-reviewed and there will certainly be much more research into the disruption and personal and occupational responses to the coronavirus disruption over the next few months. The survey results do not specifically analyse occupational health and […]

NZ reviews its workplace death data to include vehicle incidents and shows a big increase – SafetyAtWorkBlog

North island, New Zealand- October 29, 2017 Truck on the wet road. Source: istockphoto 2020 will be the year when Victoria the work-related death statistics will get a shake-up when road transport deaths will be included. There is the potential to redefine Victoria’s occupational health and safety (OHS) risk profile if the recent New Zealand […]

Harm prevention gets short shrift from Aigroup report – SafetyAtWorkBlog

The Australian Industry Group has released research into workplace mental health conducted by Griffith University. The AiGroup claims it is a “… a landmark study into mental health initiatives taken in local workplaces”. It is far from it. Workplace mental health will only become more important in 2020 with reports due from the Productivity Commission […]

Industrial Manslaughter Laws are treading water – SafetyAtWorkBlog

On November 13 2019 the Victorian Parliament heard detailed debate (page 93) about Industrial Manslaughter laws but without resolution. Many of the points raised were familiar and along political party lines but of particular interest was the insights provided into how that State’s political leaders perceive occupational health and safety (OHS). Each of the speakers […]

Silicosis – “we need to licence the industry and we need to regulate the product” – SafetyAtWorkBlog

Last year the Scientific Meeting of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Occupational Medicine (ANZSOM) had a fiery discussion on the occupational health and safety (OHS) risks of cutting engineered stone.  The status has changed a lot over 12 months with various Codes of Practice, new exposure limits, a National Dust Disease Taskforce and […]

One safety quandary solved by Consumer Law. What others are possible? – SafetyAtWorkBlog

Caesarstone original quartz for kitchen, bathroom surfaces, benchtops, splash backs and kitchen Island Last week the Australian Government accepted the recommendations of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) about improving the safety of quad bikes. But the improvement in safety came not through occupational health and safety (OHS) laws but the Australian Consumer Law […]