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Safe Work Australia Annual Report 2015-16
This report provides information on the activities, achievements and performance of Safe Work Australia for the 2015–16 financial year. Source: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/about/publications/pages/annual-report-2015-16
Guide to managing risks tree trimming removal
This Guide provides information on how to manage risks associated with tree trimming and removal work. Tree trimming and removal work includes lopping, pruning, trimming, repairing, maintaining and removing amenity tress as well as ground operations relating to tree work like wood chipping, stump grinding and root pruning. Source: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/about/publications/pages/guide-to-managing-risks-tree-trimming-removal
Safe Work Australia Operational Plan 2016-2017
Safe Work Australia is required to prepare an operational plan for each financial year. The plans include the activities that are to be undertaken by Safe Work Australia in performing its functions. Source: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/about/publications/pages/swa-op-plan-2016-2017
Safe Work Australia Corporate plan 2015-2019
Safe Work Australia is required to prepare a corporate plan that promotes its strategic vision and goals over the next four years. Source: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/about/publications/pages/swa-corporate-plan-2015-2019
Safe Work Australia Operational Plan 2015-2016
Safe Work Australia is required to prepare an operational plan for each financial year. The plans include the activities that are to be undertaken by Safe Work Australia in performing its functions. Source: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/about/publications/pages/swa-op-plan-2015-2016
A longitudinal investigation of work environment stressors on the performance and wellbeing of office workers
This study uses a longitudinal within-subjects design to investigate the effects of inadequate Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) on work performance and wellbeing in a sample of 114 office workers over a period of 8 months. Participants completed a total of 2261 online surveys measuring perceived thermal comfort, lighting comfort and noise annoyance, measures of work performance, and individual state factors underlying performance and wellbeing. Characterising inadequate aspects of IEQ as environmental stressors, these stress factors can significantly reduce self-reported work performance and...
The Role of Accounting in Work Health and Safety Governance
Currently there is a lack of standardised and accepted indicators to measure the work health and safety performance of organisations and businesses at the organisational level. Work health and safety information can and is being reported on a voluntary basis, however reporting is often selective and inconsistent. This hinders comparisons of work health and safety performance and due diligence reporting over time and across organisations. These papers are a series of research papers that will inform a broader three staged policy development project taking place over the next three years. The aim...
A study of influences of the workers' compensation and injury management regulations on aviation safety at a workplace
As the aviation industries developed, so too did the recognition that there must be an effective regulatory framework to address issues related to the workers' compensation and rehabilitation. All employees would like to work and return home safely from their workplace. Therefore, the efficient management of workplace injury and disease reduces the cost of aviation operations and improves flight safety. Workers' compensation and injury management laws regulate a majority of rehabilitation and compensation issues, but achieving an injury-free workplace remains a major challenge for the regulators...
WorkSafe New Zealand - Annual Report 2013-2014
The first Annual Report for WorkSafe New Zealand is available. It gives a snapshot of the regulator's work over 2013-14, and provides financial statements since WorkSafe NZ's establishment on 16 December 2013. Source: http://www.business.govt.nz/worksafe/about/publications/documents/annual-report-2013-2014
Workplace health and safety, business productivity and sustainability
Leadership and culture is one of the key Action Areas of the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022. There is strong evidence that performance is improved when organisations address work health and safety risks along with other important business risks. In 2014, Safe Work Australia commissioned the Centre for Workplace Leadership at Melbourne University to provide a summary of this evidence. The report suggests the evidence supports the general business case for investment in work health and safety – that those investments provide a positive return through reduced costs associated...
Pike River Coal Mine : Guidelines for company directors on their health and safety responsibilities
An important resource for company directors, and part of the Ministry's work to implement recommendations from the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy, is now available. The Good Governance Practices Guideline for Managing Health and Safety Risks was developed jointly by the Ministry and the Institute of Directors with input from employer and employee groups. The guideline gives practical advice to company directors on managing health and safety risk and influencing performance in this critical area in their organisations. It is an essential resource for directors providing...
Workplace hazard identification and management: The case of an underground mining operation
This paper uses the findings from two workshops conducted with 77 employees of an underground mining operation in Western Australia in April and May 2011. Risk management requires all managers and employees to identify hazards in their work environments. Managers assume that their employees have sufficient knowledge and skills to successfully identify not only obvious but also emerging hazards. For this study, two workshops were conducted using an action research methodology. In the first workshop, “Hazard Identification” it was found that the range of workplace hazards the staff could...
Farm safety report released by Safe Work Australia
The Work-related injuries and fatalities on Australian farms report released by Safe Work Australia today has found one in six workers killed in Australia were working on a farm. The report monitored statistics over an eight year period until 30 June 2011. While only 3 percent of workers are employed in the agriculture sector, on average 44 farm workers are killed each year and another 17 400 suffer a work-related injury. Other key findings from the report include: • Vehicles accounted for nearly three quarters of work-related fatalities on farms. o In the eight years of the study 93 workers...
Approved Code of Practice for Load-Lifting Rigging
This Approved Code of Practice (the Code) has been prepared by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in conjunction with representatives of the industries and stakeholders concerned. Its purpose is to support the requirements of the Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995 in relation to load-lifting rigging activities. It contains a number of diagrams and tables that are essential for safe load-lifting rigging work and chain/strop maintenance. The Code provides recommendations and procedures for safe practice while carrying out lifting and rigging work in industry. In an...
New Zealand mining disaster: Sweeping away of old laws left industry "in limbo"
New laws to improve worker participation in health and safety matters and toughen up directors' duties should be given early attention, according to an official report into the Pike River mining tragedy in New Zealand two years ago. The Pike River coal mine, which lies on the west coast of the South Island, exploded on 19 November 2010, due to the ignition of a large volume of methane gas. Twenty-nine men underground died immediately, or soon afterwards, either from the blast or from the toxic atmosphere. Over the next nine days the mine exploded three more times before it was sealed. The Royal...
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