Coronavirus response measures must consider health & safety of workers

Workers across many industries are at the forefront of our coordinated national response to the emerging Coronavirus. A principal focus in this response should be on ensuring the health and wellbeing of workers, particularly in sectors such as health, transport and education. Accurate information about the virus, and access to appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) […]

Electrical codes of practice updated on 1 January 2020

Continued guidance on electrical safety standards remains available following the automatic expiry of three electrical safety codes of practice on 1 January 2020. Incorporating minor amendments following reviews for technical accuracy, usability and readability, supplemented by targeted consultation with key stakeholders, the three expiring codes of practice have been re-made with effect from 2 January […]

Employers, contractors urged to make site-specific assessment before electrical work

A recent electrocution death in north Queensland is a reminder that employers need to conduct a site-specific risk assessment, develop a safe system of work before starting, keep workers and contractors informed about electrical safety. Queensland’s Electrical Safety Office (ESO) and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland are investigating the incident where a crane came into […]

Work on vehicle tyres presents injury risk

Work on vehicle tyres and wheel rims continues to cause injuries, with an average of more than 35 injuries annually being subject to claims for workers’ compensation. In a recent incident, a young worker suffered serious facial injuries when the split rim that he and another worker were performing maintenance on, exploded. Read more on […]