Safe Work Australia updates to Codes of Practice

Safe Work Australia have undergone a major review Codes of Practice for regulated Workplace Hazards providing updates to associated controls and guidance, those updated in May 2018 are:

 

 

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Victoria to Ban e-waste going to Landfill by 1 July 2019

The Victorian government reports that the amount of e-waste generated in Victoria is projected to increase from 109,000 tonnes in 2015 to approximately 256,000 tonnes in 2035.

Environment Victoria reports that “Acknowledging the risks and opportunities associated with e-waste, the Victorian Government will ban e-waste from Victoria’s landfill from 1 July 2019.  New regulatory measures, in the form of waste management policies, have been developed to ban e-waste from landfill and specify how e-waste must be managed. They are available on Environment Protection Authority Victoria’s website.”

To find out more about e-waste also visit:

For assistance in setting up your organisations e-waste Program

Contact Newave Systemation
Em:        newave@netspace.net.au
Mob:      0417 323 666
An Integrated Approach

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WorkSafe Victoria release 2 new Compliance Codes

Compliance Codes are guidance tools for those who have responsibilities for the respective topics.

So if you conduct works involving Demolition or Excavation works, it would be diligent of you to review your current practices against the new Compliance Codes that were released in May 2018.

Compliance Code: Demolition
Compliance code: Excavation

 

 

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World Environment Day 2018

Happy World Environment Day – how is your Organisation celebrating positive outcomes for the Natural Environment?

United Nations reports on the activities that global communities are conducting to celebrate and improve their local natural environment.

Today is a good day to review your contribution (in both our private and commercial lives) to the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) .

UN SDG goals that are specifically Environmental related are listed below, consider utilising these SDG Goals as worthy organisational Environmental Objectives and Targets within your organisation.

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WorkSafe Victoria release 5 new Compliance Codes

WorkSafe Victoria have announced the release of 5 new Compliance Codes to enable best practice with Vic OHS Regs 2017 and EPS Regs 2017.

The new Compliance Codes are:

Compliance code: Confined Spaces
Compliance code: Facilities in Construction
Compliance code: Hazardous Manual Handling
Compliance code: Noise
Compliance code: Plant

 

 

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Victorian OHS Regulations Reform

The Victorian OHS Regulations Reform is underway with two (2) major pieces of Victorian OHS Regulations having been updated and are effective from 18/06/2017, they are:

o   Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017
o   Equipment (Public Safety) Regulations 2017

WorkSafe Victoria has provided much information to assist you review implications for your organization:

For OHS Regs 2017 – The majority of changes affect workplaces: 
·        where asbestos is present
·        that manufacture or import and supply hazardous substances or agricultural and veterinary chemicals 
·        in the construction industry
·        that are mines or a major hazard facility

  • Frequently Asked Questions guide that is a useful starting point for understanding the changes and their implications for your organization.
  • The following Compliance Codes review is underway and have been open for Public Comment

    §  Hazardous Manual Handling Compliance Code
    §  Hazardous Substances Compliance Code
    §  Plant Compliance Code
    §  Confined Spaces Compliance Code
    §  Demolition Compliance Code
    §  Facilities in Construction Compliance Code
    §  Excavation Compliance Code
    §  Noise Compliance Code

  • The following Compliance Codes reviews are also underway and will soon be open for Public Comment:

    §  Managing Asbestos in Workplaces
    §  Removing Asbestos in Workplaces
    §  Prevention of Falls in Housing Construction
    §  Prevention of Falls in General Construction

  • Stay tuned …
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Taking Paper to Glass

Newave Systemation are proud to announce our new alliance with

Kontrol4

delivering to your organisation Paper to Glass solutions.

  • Manage your Business Management System from a Dashboard any where anytime.
  • Say good-by to Paperwork – suitable to Civil Industries for Field based Plant Pre-Starts, SWMS, JSA’s, Incident Reporting.
  • Modules are also available for Job Planning, including assigning Assets to Jobs and completion of Job Sheets.

See some of the real life applications and the benefits for the Civil sector.

Mobile Quality Management System

Completing Safety Forms on Glass

Paperless Pre-Start Checklists – Case Study and Demonstration

Interested?  Call Newave Systemation today for an obligation free introduction.

Contact: Newave Systemation
Em           newave@netspace.net.au
Mob         0417 323 666
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Office Size & Layout

A client planning a relocation to a new premises asked the question about Office Size & Layout requirements, here are some links to Australian compliance requirements and best practice guidance.

WorkSafe Victoria – Compliance Code – Workplace Amenities and Work Environment

WorkSafe Victoria – OfficeWise

National Construction Code (NCC) – Volume 1 – Section D1.13 Area Per Person According To Use
 
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Compliance News – Welding

Fumes emitted during Welding are deemed a Hazardous Substance to Human Health under Victorian Occupational Health & Safety Regulations 2007.   Welding is regulated in all parts of Australia not only for fume generation risk, but also due to the fact that it is a High Risk Hot Work activity that represents risks to both the Welder and those within the vicinity of Welding activities.  As such, legislation must be complied to and best practice guidance adopted where reasonably practicable.

National Legislation – ComLaw

  • Work Health and Safety Act 2011
  • Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011

SafeWork Australia

Victorian Legislation – Victorian Law Today

  • Environment Protection Act 1970
  • State Environment Protection Policy (Air Quality Management)
  • State Environment Protection Policy (Ambient Air Quality)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004
  • Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007

Welding Technology Institute of Australia

WorkSafe Victoria

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Influenza Season

The past decade has seen the rapid spread, both Internationally and within Australia, of new and changed strains of Viral Influenza’s.  Some are transmissible between human to human, some are now transmissible from animals to humans and back, some are mutating.  Even if you do Vaccinate against Influenza, which I do, we cannot vaccinate against the new and varied strains.

Today I sit here, isolated in my home office, with a Cold / Flu – feeling fatigued (my arms feels like 3 bags of oranges on each), I ache all over, I am sneezing constantly and my nose won’t stop running.   I’ve been like this since Saturday with Tuesday (today), I’ve had the shivers on and off but today is the worst I have felt so far, I am optimistic that it is breaking. As a carer for my 100yo Grandfather, I do have the Flu Shot, but how can I prevent catching this in the first place and prevent spreading to it to my community??

What is the Newave Systemation Program for the Control of Contagious Diseases?  I look to the experts for advice, the Department of Health Australia to develop our own Policy

Australian Influenza Surveillance Report and Activity Updates

Transmission of respiratory diseases and managing the risk

The Flu and You Brochure

Newave Systemation
Control of Air Borne Contagious Diseases – Cold / Flu / Gastro

  1. Encourage
    • Boost Immune System Naturally
    • Flu Vaccinations for all, most importantly the First Aiders (along with vaccination for Blood Borne diseases)
    • All people and workplaces to have their own Control of Contagious Diseases Policy
  2. During Flu Season:
    • Continue Personal Hygiene Measures
    • When Desk Hot Swapping, wipe keyboards / desktop with Antibacterial Wipe
  3. When Other’s Are Sick
    • Avoid working with people who have Influenza or other Air Borne Contagious Diseases
    • If you have to work with sick people stay >= 1m away from them
    • Always wash your hands after working with sick people
  4. If We are Sick Ourselves
    • Continue to cover your mouth when you cough / sneeze and use recycled disposable tissues.
    • Look after yourself or ask someone to and see a Doctor if symptoms become Severe
    • Cease attending Work if either a Fever or if >= 3 Influenza Symptoms present
    • Recommence Work
      • 48 hours after a Fever has subsided (or a Gastro event), or;
      • 24 hours after Symptoms have subsided, or;
      • As advised by your Doctor.
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