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Robert O'Neill

Robert is the founder and OHS Consulting Practice Leader of Work Safety Hub, with more than 10 years’ experience in managing safety and risk management programs.
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Improving safety in the building and construction industry - OFSC Update

Posted by Robert O'Neill on Aug 14, 2019 1:14:00 PM

Want to have your say? Update your contact details with the OFSC

The Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner (OFSC) will be conducting its annual survey of accredited companies in August 2019. The survey helps the OFSC understand what being accredited means to accredited companies, and the role the Scheme has played in improving safety in the building and construction industry. The survey will also seek input about education and engagement activities the OFSC plans to undertake over the remainder of 2019 and 2020.
The OFSC will use the feedback provided in the survey to improve its operations and make sure that the Work Health and Safety Accreditation Scheme is improving safety in the construction industry.
As we are seeking only one survey response per accreditation, the survey will be sent to the primary reporting contact person the OFSC has on record for each accreditation. If you are unsure who the OFSC has on record as your primary reporting contact, or the contact details for your accreditation need to be updated, please phone the OFSC on 1800 652 500 (select option 1) or email fsconline@jobs.gov.au for assistance with this.
Information provided in the survey will be treated confidentially. The survey will be anonymous and the OFSC will not be able to attribute responses to individual companies. Survey responses will be used for research purposes, including to inform the ongoing operations of the OFSC. For more information about how the Attorney-General’s Department manages personal information, please visit https://www.ag.gov.au/Pages/Privacystatement.aspx

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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