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Positive Duty and the Sexual Discrimination Act

In line with the Sex Discrimination Act 1984, organisations and businesses have a positive duty to eliminate, as far as possible, sexual discrimination and harassment and associated behaviours from occurring in the workplace. Behaviours of concern include any behaviour which might make someone feel uncomfortable, unsafe or disrespected at work

Stand down during an emergency/disaster/flooding

Australia has beautiful weather that often keeps us guessing. The harsh reality is that we are a nation of extreme weather from drought to flooding rains. Did you know that when there is a natural disaster, such as a bushfire or flood, other rules under the Fair Work Act may

Workplace Housekeeping – How to minimise injuries

When we think of housekeeping, we think vacuuming, mopping, dusting and polishing surfaces.  Workplace housekeeping is well beyond this and is a mandatory factor in workplace safety.  Ensuring your workplace incorporates housekeeping into everyday life, can prevent injuries, improve productivity and morale, minimise risk of potential fines and challenges of non-compliance and

Manual Handling – What are the Risks?

Manual handling refers to any activity requiring the use of force by a person to lift, lower, push, pull, hold or restrain something. It is the responsibility of the employer to eliminate risks so far as is reasonably practicable and the way to identify and reduce or eliminate risks is to undertake risk assessments. Injuries

Work Health & Safety Committee – Should we have one?

Work Health and Safety laws provide that whilst an employer can establish a WHS Committee at any time at their own initiative, one must be established within 2 months of receiving a request from a relevant Health and Safety Representative (HSR) or when there are five or more workers in your

Mental health – 5 Simple check-in questions

Sometimes an employee may not be themselves, they may seem less engaged, tired, are quick to get angry or seem to be overwhelmed. If you notice behavioural changes, it is important to check in and ask; is everything OK? Here are some simple questions you can ask – try them