Summary and Comment – Occupational Health and Safety Amendment (Psychological Health) Regulations Draft

WorkSafe has just released this draft for public comment which is planned to come into operation 1 July 2022. The purpose of this article is to summarise the key requirements in the draft and comment on my opinion of the draft. Here is the link to the draft and related information The objectives of […]

Summary of Victoria’s new Workplace Manslaughter offences as discussed in the WorkSafe Victoria “Understanding Workplace Manslaughter” Webinar May 2020

The Workplace Safety Legislation Amendment (Workplace Manslaughter and other matters) Bill 2019 passed Parliament in November 2019 and comes in to place on the 1st July 2020. There are no additional duties required by duty holders, however the consequence for not meeting current duties under the Victorian OHS Act 2004 have been significantly increased. Therefore, […]

Free Home Office Ergonomic Checklist

How well is your home office set up? As there are so many people now working from home in different work-spaces and environments, I thought it would be a good idea to provide a free home office ergonomic workstation checklist.  Click on the link and have a go at checking out the safety of your […]

Workplace Mental Health and Well-being – 10 Tips to reduce mental health issues in the workplace

Rising Workers Compensation claims relating to mental health injury and increasing discussion around mental health as a workplace health and safety issue has led WorkSafe Victoria to set up a dedicated website to assist workplaces with planning and initiatives to reduce psychological injury. Have a look at the WorkWell program here. When thinking about the […]

How to Make Great Workplace Inductions

Onboarding people effectively Firstly, let’s think about the aim of induction, we want to help our new workers (employees and contractors) to feel welcome, fit in quickly and understand how our business works and what our values are. We also want to make sure they are able to understand and work safety around any of […]

Emergency Planning for Venues

We cannot foretell when an emergency event will happen; what we do know is that emergency situations do occur at our venues and events. What we also know is how we plan and prepare for potential emergencies will have a direct impact on decision making during an emergency situation, and the decisions we make will […]

Meeting your Primary Duty under harmonised WHS legislation as an Employer and 7 keys to developing online induction

The extract below is from the model WHS Act which is currently legislation is all States other than Victoria and Western Australia. These 2 States have very similar requirements. It is important to note that when the legislation mentions ‘workers’, it is referring to employees, contractors and volunteers. So basically, amongst other things, we have […]


Are you meeting your OHS obligations under OHS Legislation? Do a quick check of your OHS Management Systems now, complete this survey and check your score: SafetyMAP Diagnostic Quiz Get your OHS health check now and plan for the next 12 months A ½ day site visit includes review of your documentation, observation and interviews […]

Workplace Training Quotes

Here is my favourite Workplace Training Quote: Zig Ziglar put is best, “What’s worse than training your workers and losing them?   Not training them and keeping them.” Please add your favourite training quote below:

BBN 2012 Seminar 8 – OHS: What are your obligations? Victorian OHS and Equal Opportunities

Notes:  Julie McLoughlin July 2012        Victorian OHS Act 2004 – Current Employer Obligations       How do we work towards meeting our obligations       For medium and large businesses – seven pillars of safety       Common Hazards in small business       Harmonisation Update       Victorian EO Act 2010 – Current Employer Obligations       How do […]

WHS Harmonisation in Victoria? Nope.

 1st May 2012 “The Government will not sign up to the current proposal for harmonised legislation for occupational health and safety. It offers little benefit for Victoria to offset the $3.4 billion of estimated costs, the majority of which falls on small business. Victoria will continue to work towards best practice legislation.” 2012-13 Treasurer’s Speech […]