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New Queensland workplace wellness program
The Workplaces for Wellness Program offers Queensland businesses
access to a new website that provides more than 40 additional
resources, such as templates, tools, ideas and tips to help develop
and manage a sustainable workplace wellness program. The focus of
the program is to address the high rates of chronic disease and
support more than two million Queensland adults in the workplace
(07 August 2013).
Transport of Dangerous Goods Code to be updated with
international best practice
The laws governing the transport of dangerous goods such as
chemicals on road and rail will be updated in line with the latest
international guidelines, in a package of proposed amendments
released by the National Transport Commission (NTC) for public
consultation (06 August 2013). More...
Farm auditors out in force
Over 50 fruit and vegetable farms in the Wide Bay region of
south-east Queensland will be audited this month to make sure
managers and contractors are complying with health and safety
rules. The Wide Bay is a high risk area because it's a fresh
food hub with a large backpacker workforce (06 August 2013).
Queensland Port pilot safety move
The Newman Government introduced changes to legislation that will
improve the delivery of ship pilotage services and maintain the
state's high safety standards. From November, pilotage services
will be transferred to individual government-owned port
corporations allowing on-the-spot decisions that are safe for
industry and the environment without waiting for advice to come
from Brisbane (06 August 2013).
Transport safety priorities highlighted in videos:
The ATSB has released the first in a series of short YouTube
videos highlighting areas where more can be done to improve
transport safety in Australia. The first video focuses on the
recurring dangers facing general aviation pilots, particularly
around low-level flying, striking power lines, fuel management and
flying into bad weather (07 August 2013).
Quad bike fatalities a tragic reminder of need for
WorkCover NSW is urging farmers and farm workers to make safety a
priority following two recent deaths on NSW farms. Farmsafe
Australia figures show more than 170 Australians have died in quad
bike incidents since 2001 with children accounting for
approximately 20 per cent of all fatalities (05 August 2013).
New national truck safety inspection laws
Laws to keep unsafe trucks off the roads, introduced after a
series of horrific fatal accidents, are being unravelled by Roads
and Maritime Services. Independent authorised inspectors instead of
government inspectors will be able to carry out trucks' annual
safety checks under changes being introduced this month (04 August
$6.4 million to tackle Australia's deadly asbestos
The Minister for Workplace Relations Bill Shorten has announced an
additional $6.4 million for the new Asbestos Safety and Eradication
Agency to implement the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos
Awareness and Management (31 July 2013).
In practice and courts
Australian Dangerous Goods Code 7th Edition (ADG7)
ADG7 provides detailed technical specifications, requirements and
recommendations applicable to the transport of dangerous goods by
road and rail, including requirements concerning classification,
packaging, marking and labelling and documentation. Feedback on the
proposed amendments close 02 September (August 2013). More...More...More...
QLD: Workplace Health and Safety - Electrical Safety
Covers: turn off the power before entering ceiling spaces feature;
Changes to low voltage switchboard rescue training; Amendments to
the Electrical Safety Act 2002; Have your say on inverter standards
VIC: Workcover : Work of a minor nature: Fact
This fact sheet describes 'work of a minor nature' when
testing, maintenance or repair work is carried out in connection
with a structure. WorkCover considers 'work of a minor
nature' to be work which can be safely performed with little
pre-start preparation of the work area and does not relate to any
structural repairs of existing building or structures (July 2013).
Transport Legislation (Port Pilotage) Amendment Bill
Introduced by: Hon S Emerson MP on 6/08/2013
Stage reached: Referred to Committee on 6/08/2013.
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