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By Bronwyn Reid Later this year, I will be presenting at the NSW Regional Safety Conference in Newcastle, and I’m very much looking forward to meeting with everyone there. Anyone who follows my writing will know that regional small business and safety are two recurring themes in my work, and they both come pretty high up in importance. Hence, having the chance to attend a whole conference that covers both these topics is a real privilege for...

In times of adversity you may have heard the saying ‘build a bridge and get over it’. That’s exactly what your brain does. Each time you learn something you, you start building a neural bridge, and the more you practice, the sturdier that bridge becomes. So, it comes as no surprise that exercising your brain is a ‘thing’. Most people are aware of the benefits of regular exercise for physical health, but you might be...

By Jaelea Skehan Like many people, I know what it is like to spend more of my waking hours at work than anywhere else.  So it is important for each and every one of us to be interested in ensuring that while we are at work we are safe and healthy. And there is no health without mental health. The good news is that there is a positive influence of work on people’s wellbeing – it provides...

By Andrew Barrett The golden ticket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a rare, highly sought after prize, which gave its owner an exclusive look into the world of Willy Wonka. The golden ticket holders went on an amazing adventure beyond their wildest dreams. Do you feel like you have a rare prize holding your conference ticket? And an amazing adventure is in store? Is just showing up EVER the answer? If conferences are one form of professional...

By Terry Wong. Our research with companies around Australia reveals 3 main concerns about Australia’s ageing workforce: The increasing likelihood of musculoskeletal injuries A decreasing ability for employees to physically perform the job What to do with employees when they can no longer perform their role So, what’s the solution? There is no silver bullet but here’s a few tips to get you started. The answer is likely to be right under your nose. There is a high...

By Jackie Dujmovic. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), more than 2.3 million workers die every year as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases. In addition to this astounding number, each year 313 million accidents occur on the job resulting in extended absences from work. The ILO estimates that the annual cost to the global economy from accidents and work-related diseases alone is a staggering $3 trillion. Can Drone technology help protect your workers? Could drone...

By Peter Knott. The traditional image of an occupational hygienist involves attaching air pumps and sampling heads to workers to wear during their shift, sending samples to a laboratory and a week or so later receiving the results. These methods have typically served us well, and for evaluating long-term risks or compliance, they are internationally established as best practice. But long-term risk or compliance monitoring is not the only reason why personal exposure monitoring may be...

By Ken Robertson. Machine Safety is a technically challenging aspect of WHS, particularly if you’re not too sure where to start. There is often a misconception that if we just choose Category (Cat) 4 (highest level), that we must have done a good job and covered everything off satisfactorily. Sadly, in my experience, nothing could be further from the truth in the world of machine safety. While Cat 4 is indeed the highest level of the machine safety...

By Jillian Hamilton. • Getting buy-in from senior managers? • Working with uncooperative supervisors? • How about proving the value of your program?   What if you could talk their language? - What if when you spoke they listened?   Getting buy-in from senior managers Want buy in from the Senior Leaders… You need to talk their language. At work they talk about Cost – Dollars, Profit, Revenue and Return on Investment. If you don’t understand these terms you need to learn them. This...

By Charlotte Thaarup-Owen The more stressed we are the more likely it is that we make a mistake and therefore that we get hurt. On the other hand, the more mindful we are the less likely it is that we make a mistake. As mindfulness practice is a root construct for change, integrating mindfulness in the workplace not only improves just specific targeted aspects, rather there is a flow on of positive change within the whole workplace environment....