Browsing: Dangerous substances

TUE
2:13PM

Excessive high-production-related hazards not appropriately controlled or regulated

Workplace safety laws and safety-bonus schemes are likely to be overhauled, with an inquiry into a methane explosion, which seriously injured five workers, finding a major company's gas control measures couldn't cope with its high production levels, and should have been subjected to greater scrutiny from the regulator.

WED
1:06PM

Work-related cancer warning comes with project launch

Employers have been reminded of the carcinogenicity of welding fumes and their duty to keep on top of the latest health and safety developments, with a WHS regulator releasing details of a project examining fume exposure levels and control measures.

MON
3:55PM

Lower exposure threshold urged; Kneeling worker killed

Tighter workplace exposure thresholds and product bans are needed to curb Australia's growing silicosis rate, according to the ACTU. Meanwhile, workplaces are being urged to address parking locations in their safety plans, after a worker was killed by a light vehicle.

MON
12:35PM

First WHS Code on psychosocial hazards commences

Australia's first WHS Code of Practice on eliminating and minimising psychosocial risks has taken effect in NSW, and will, according to the State Government, remove the "guesswork" from tackling the issue. NSW has also launched its work safety awards for 2021.

THU
2:37PM

Worker loses landmark vaccination case in FWC

One of the first unfair dismissal cases involving a worker's refusal to have a flu vaccination has been decided in an employer's favour, with the Fair Work Commission finding the employer's pandemic-inspired mandatory vaccine policy is lawful and reasonable.

WED
12:27PM

Industrial death principles; Legislative changes; and more

  • Endorsed industrial death principles released by SWA;
  • Dangerous goods and environmental duties amended in Vic; and
  • Labour-hire scheme with WHS clauses starts in ACT tomorrow.
TUE
1:23PM

PCBU fined over seven years of recklessness

A PCBU has been fined $240,000 for its "reckless" approach to dust control over a period of nearly seven years, which appears to have resulted in at least four workers developing the deadly lung disease silicosis.

THU
2:32PM

Lessons from the confined-space deaths of two workers

A safety regulator has urged employers to review their operations to identify all "potential" confined spaces, and share a video produced in response to a double confined-space fatality, a record WHS fine and a court order.

MON
11:48AM

"Impressive" rectifications reduce confined space fine

A narrated video presentation tendered in the NSW District Court outlining a wide range of improvements to safety procedures has helped a PCBU reduce its WHS penalty, in relation to an 18-year-old employee passing out in a confined space.


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