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Misunderstanding causes lifelong damage to worker

Workplace health & safety regulations

SafeWork NSW has successfully prosecuted a director of a cleaning chemicals manufacturer for permanently scarring an employee with highly corrosive acid that splashed onto his skin. The company, B&J Industries, failed to ensure that the worker was provided with personal […]

By Portner Press on March 5th, 2020

Employer must pay $760K over obese worker’s death

Workers' Compensation

In Kathryn Ann Kratz as executrix of the estate of the late Owen Beddall v Qantas Airways Limited (2020), the NSW Workers Compensation Commission (NSWWCC) found that a worker’s death from a pulmonary embolism was ultimately connected to a back […]

By Portner Press on March 3rd, 2020

20 years’ prison for bosses under new WA laws

Workplace health & safety regulations

The Western Australian parliament is debating the proposed new Work Health & Safety Bill 2019 (the Bill), which is intended to make the State’s WHS laws more consistent with the rest of Australia. The laws will largely adopt the Model […]

By Michael Selinger on February 27th, 2020

Your questions answered: Are we required to report asbestos to regulators?

Workplace health & safety regulations

Q What do we have to report to regulators about asbestos (both friable and non-friable) at our workplace? I have been told by some people that sites containing a minimum of 10 square metres of bonded asbestos have to be […]

By Portner Press on February 27th, 2020

‘No jab, no job’ workers told

Workplace health & safety regulations

Under new Victorian laws, it is now mandatory for all frontline healthcare workers to be vaccinated against the flu, chicken pox, hepatitis B, measles and whooping cough. These laws apply to workers in public and private hospitals and ambulance services […]

By Portner Press on February 25th, 2020

Your questions answered: What is ‘a prescribed person’ and ‘a person of a prescribed class’?

Workplace health & safety regulations

Q The NSW Work Health & Safety Act 2011 and the federal Work Health & Safety Act 2011 refer to ‘a prescribed person’ and ‘a person of a prescribed class’? These aren’t in the definitions. What does this mean? A […]

By Portner Press on February 25th, 2020

Your questions answered: Do we have to supervise children our staff bring to work?

Workplace health & safety regulations

Q We allow children of staff to be at our school during school holidays – but only when their parents are here. Should we allow these children to play on the playground equipment, use sporting facilities, etc., unsupervised? We are […]

By Portner Press on January 28th, 2020

Your questions answered: Is our national business required to have a health and safety representative in each state?

Workplace health & safety regulations

Q We are a national company, but our head office is based in WA. Is it a requirement for us to have health and safety representatives (HSRs) in each state? Also, is it a requirement in every State for HSRs […]

By Portner Press on January 14th, 2020

WorkSafe Victoria charges absent supervisor over workplace death

Workplace health & safety regulations

  The importance of undertaking a risk assessment and consulting and co-ordinating work activities with other PCBUs has been highlighted in a significant prosecution commenced by WorkSafe Victoria this month in relation to a fatality in 2017 that occurred at […]

By Michael Selinger on December 19th, 2019

Your questions answered: Does workers’ compensation cover travel to a different office?

Workers' Compensation

Q Our employees are required to occasionally travel to a different office 50km away. It is more convenient to take a car home and drive directly from home to the other office the next day. By doing this are they […]

By Portner Press on December 13th, 2019