Category Archives: SafeWork

The failure of Leadership on sexual harassment – SafetyAtWorkBlog

A picture not of Josh Bornstein. This is Male Champions of Change CEO Annika Freyer in the AFR’s online article If prominent Australian lawyer, Josh Bornstein does not like something, it’s worth looking more closely at it. Last week on Twitter, Bornstein scoffed at the suggestion that occupational health and safety (OHS) could be a […]

“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 […]

Dave Clarke – SafetyAtWorkBlog

One indication that the Australian Institute of Health and Safety (AIHS) is a different beast to the Safety Institute of Australia is the willingness for its CEO, David Clarke, to speak honestly about occupational health and safety (OHS) issues. In early February 2020, Clarke spoke at a breakfast seminar about Australian Standards, “the false promise […]

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 […]

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 […]

Looks good but could be better – SafetyAtWorkBlog

The Australian Financial Review on October 1 2019 contained an exclusive report on consulting firm (paywalled) Deloitte’s approach to mental health at work matters coinciding with National Safe Work Month. The original document is unlikely to be publicly released but Edmund Tadros‘ report provides some quotes and insights. The initiative seems very positive until you […]