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!
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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).
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.