DWS Safety & Compliance Newsletter Christmas Edition

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Staff Christmas Parties and your WHS obligations

  • Safe Work Procedure for Christmas decorating

  • Fire Safety – in your venue

  • Industrial manslaughter laws passed in Victoria and NT

Another year has just about gone and the busy festive season is upon us. It’s so important during this time to keep an eye on our work mates, our patrons and most importantly – ourselves! Check in regularly, ensure you are staying hydrated and taking breaks. You are no good to anyone if you are burnt out – remember the safety message when you fly. You need to fit your oxygen mask before helping others.

I hope you get time to reflect on 2019 and celebrate the wins with your team, the learnings (yes, even the tough ones!) and plan what you want to achieve in 2020.

To all, a very Merry Christmas to you and your teams. May 2020 be your best year ever!

 

Staff Christmas Parties and your WHS obligations

Call me a party pooper but it’s in your best interest to remember that a work christmas party still counts as WORK for safety compliance and HR matters.

See below for a Christmas Party Policy Template.

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Safe Work Procedure for Christmas decorating

No one wants to get injured over Christmas so make sure once a year activities like installing Christmas decorations are done safely (in venue and at home!)See below for a Christmas Decorating Fact Sheet

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FIRE SAFETY

With the recent and ongoing devastating fires across Australia, it is important to keep your workplace and home as fire-safe as possible. Qld Fire and Emergency Services have great resources on their site about community and home fire safety, click here.

In your venue    

  • Clean up rubbish inside and out. Don’t hoard broken or damaged items. Do a big clean out at least twice a year.
  • Always be on the lookout for fire equipment being obstructed by boxes, kegs, trolleys and deliveries. Keep it clear at all times.
  • Check the façade and guttering of the venue regularly to make sure there is no big build up of debris.

At home

  • Again, clean up rubbish and anything that could be a fire risk.
  • Check your electrical safety switches regularly and also your smoke detectors.
  • Develop and test a fire / emergency escape plan with everyone in the house.
  • Have a small Dry Chemical Powder extinguisher and/or fire blanket near the kitchen for any cooking fires (give the extinguisher a good shake at the start of every season to make sure the powder stays loose).

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NEWS 

Industrial manslaughter laws passed in Victoria and NT

Both Victoria and NT have recently passed industrial manslaughter laws with WA also proposed similar laws. Qld already have similar laws and penalties in place as does NSW.

The industrial manslaughter laws will apply to negligent conduct by persons, including an employer and its officers which causes the death of an employee or member of the public.Victoria will have maximum fines of $16.5m for an organisation and 20 years imprisonment for individuals.NT will have a maximum imprisonment of life for individual and up to 10.2m for an organisation.

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Coming into the busiest time of year for most clients, it’s timely to look at fatigue as a risk to your workers. Using a risk management approach and consulting with workers is the best way to control the risks associated with fatigue.

Visually check a digital drivers licence/ID including Australia Post Keypass identity card (Digital ID), South Australia driver licence and New South Wales digital drivers licence

Another year has just about gone and the busy festive season is upon us. It’s so important during this time to keep an eye on our work mates, our patrons and most importantly – ourselves!

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