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The Fundamentals Of An Incident-free Christmas And New Year Function

Posted by Robert O'Neill on Dec 23, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The_Fundamentals_Of_An_Incident-free_Christmas_And_New_Year_Function.jpg'Tis the season to be jolly, and offices around the country are wrapping up the year with Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties.
While these parties are social and fun events, the combination of alcohol and relaxed atmosphere can create an environment conducive to inappropriate staff behaviour.

A recent Australian Drug Foundation poll found that 20% of Victorian employees have experienced unwanted or inappropriate behaviour from an intoxicated person at a work function, and 3% have suffered an injury as a result of being intoxicated at a work function.

In order to ensure staff safety, avoid unacceptable behaviour and reduce potential risk, organisations need to show that they have taken reasonable steps to prevent injury or discrimination from occurring at work functions.

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Topics: Safety Culture, Christmas

Lessons From The Victoria Police Sexual Harassment Scandal

Posted by Robert O'Neill on Dec 16, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Lessons_From_The_Victoria_Police_Sexual_Harassment_Scandal.jpgLast week the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) released a damning report that exposed rampant and systematic sexual harassment and discrimination in the Victorian Police Force.

A confidential survey of 5,000 officers revealed alarming statistics showing that female police officers as well as gay and lesbian employees had experienced widespread harassment and gender inequality. The report stated that many victims felt pressured to remain silent due to fear of personal and professional repercussions.

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Topics: Safety Culture, Human Rights, Equal Opportunity, Workplace Culture

3 Arguments You Need To Make To Improve Safety Culture

Posted by Robert O'Neill on Dec 9, 2015 10:00:00 AM
3_Arguments_You_Need_To_Make_To_Improve_Safety_Culture.jpgAs all health and safety professionals know, a positive safety culture is good for your business, not only from an ethical standpoint, but also in terms of productivity and efficiency.

But how do you convey that to the decision-makers within your organisation, to allow you to invest in resources to measure your safety culture, and improve it?

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Topics: Safety Culture

Five Steps To A Positive Safety Culture In The Workplace

Posted by Robert O'Neill on Nov 18, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Five Steps To Health and Safety at WorkBuilding a workplace culture takes time, and changing it can take even longer. But when it comes to safety, the importance of investing time, resources and energy can’t be overstated.

A workplace culture is built around the behaviours and attitudes of staff at all levels, usually over a long time. If you need to shake-up the safety culture of your workplace, it’s worth realising that drastic change won’t happen overnight. It will take small adjustments motivated by a clear vision and purpose.

 

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Topics: Safety Culture

How To Benchmark Safety Culture In Your Workplace [FREE WEBINAR]

Posted by Robert O'Neill on Oct 28, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Why is benchmarking so important?

How_To_Benchmark_Safety_Culture_In_Your_Workplace_FREE_WEBINARSadly, as at 10 September, 111 Australian workers have been killed at work this year. In 2014, 188 workers were killed in Australian workplaces.

Meanwhile, in 2012-13 there were approximately 118,000 serious Workers’ Compensation Claims in Australia. It’s a sign that despite our progress, more can be done to keep employees safe while at work.

Understanding the attitudes of your employees is the first step towards knowing how to create positive change and introduce programs to improve safety.

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Topics: Safety Culture