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Consultation on proposal to update the GHS under the model WHS laws is now open

Posted by Robert O'Neill on Aug 7, 2019 12:06:05 PM

Safe Work Australia is conducting a public consultation on the proposal to adopt an updated edition of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for workplace hazardous chemicals.

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Topics: Safe Work Australia

Workplace exposure standards open for public comment - Crystalline Silica

Posted by Robert O'Neill on Feb 21, 2019 8:56:02 AM

SafeWork Australia is calling for comments on the recommended values for respirable crystalline silica and respirable coal dust.

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Topics: Safe Work Australia

How to communicate the safety message in Construction

Posted by Robert O'Neill on Jun 6, 2018 1:40:00 PM

513628781-280x240.jpgAccording to Herta A Murphy, Herbt W Hildebrandt and Jane P Thomas, authors and editors of Effective business communications, using ‘the seven Cs’ helps construction managers and workers to become better communicators by selecting the message content and style that best suits the purpose and recipient of a message.

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Topics: Safety coaching

The Right Questions To Ask When Considering Construction Safety Software

Posted by Robert O'Neill on Jun 5, 2018 3:09:47 PM

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If you are going to bother adding a Safety Software application to your construction business, you had better make sure it’s going to be about something, the same way that buying your loved one (or friend) a current-model iPad had better be about something.

“Oh, uh, neat. I can watch Netflix in bed easier?”

“Or check your stocks! There’s a stock app—”

“—I don’t own any stock.”

SMS stands for “Safety Management Systems” and construction safety compliance is best managed with Construction Safety Software that allows you to -- you guessed it -- manage your construction safety management system.  If you're running a construction business, you likely need Safety Software. Why? You know that successful construction businesses identify and manage all safety risks that have the possibility to impact on your business objectives. Oh, and there is a fair amount of efficiency that comes from accessing integrated data for multiple purposes. 

But here’s the straight fact: whether your construction company is eight people or eighty, passing notes through an Excel sheet to track those interactions isn’t feasible, because you’re a consistent business with a predictable growth curve for the foreseeable future. That Excel sheet, or whatever system you use to catalogue and analyse your safety processes, is an ugly relic that needs to be left behind.

Sound familiar? Then it’s time for an update. You can taste it in the drinking water. You’re a smart, modern construction business owner, safety professional or site manager and you need an SMS . If you're still on the fence about whether this technology is for you, read on to find out which questions to ask yourself when evaluating your need for construction safety software.


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Topics: Safety Management Systems, Safety management system software

How to meet Safety Consultation obligations in Construction

Posted by Robert O'Neill on Jun 4, 2018 2:49:59 PM

489364717-280x240The harmonised Work Health and Safety legislation imposes several obligations among construction duty holders to consult, under reasonably practicable circumstances, with their workers and other construction duty holders regarding the management and identification of risks when it comes to safety and health in the construction industry.

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Topics: Communication, Consultation and Involvement, Blog