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At Safety Management Solutions we are passionate about safety and offer a wide range of safety services to protect your people, products and business reputation. Whether small, medium or large and across all industries, we develop tailored safety frameworks and supporting services for your business and deliver these services in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart and New Zealand.

The Safe Space is the blog area for Safety Management Solutions where you will find the latest safety information covering a broad spectrum of industries and across Australia and New Zealand. It will also bring you opinions on what is happening in safety and how it may affect you.

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Don't forget your primary duty is controlling hazards & risks

Risk Management 

My observation in many sites and business operations I visit, is that Managers and Directors appear to sit comfortably, thinking they are safe and that their WHS responsibilities are under control because of a miraculous absence of injury. However, glancing out of their office windows, I usually note that there are obvious, significant, uncontrolled hazards, that only due to the skills and attention of the operators, would cause traumatic injury on a daily basis.

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Manslaughter Conviction of Officer has implications for WHS Due Diligence

Safety Law

In a landmark South Australian case, a major court finding has further cleared the blurry line between diligent management of Work Health and Safety matters and the Crimes Act.

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Kenoss Work Health and Safety $1.1m fine – Due Diligence Duty Holders Defined

Safety Law

Mckie v Al-Hasani and Kenoss Contractors Pty Ltd (in liq)

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Why is safety made so complicated, Confined Spaces?

Hazard Management

The complexity of the Australian safety legislative landscape can be mind boggling for most safety professionals, so what chance do those that rely on it to guide or protect them stand. It is designed to draw the eye away from the basic, simple and effective management of operational hazards. The safety focus and objective is moved to the development of complex processes and systems, that are fabricated to appease auditors and regulators rather than resulting in effective hazard management outcomes that workers and business understand, can use and are effective.

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New risks and trends in the safety and health of women at work

Safety Wellbeing

Is the situation in Australia and New Zealand similar to the European experience with women’s occupational health? What do you think?

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Kirk “a win for business or a lesson for Regulators?”

Safety Law

This article will explore the operational significance of the decision in Kirk and Another v Industrial Relations Commission (NSW) and Another; Kirk Group Holdings Pty Ltd and Another v WorkCover Authority (NSW) (2010) 262 ALR 569 (Kirk). The implications of Kirk relate to the rigour and specificity for how Regulators will frame prosecutions in the future. There will be a need to have in place safety systems designed to effectively discharge the due diligence obligations now placed upon officers of corporations by section s27. A framework such as AS/NZS 4801:2001 Occupational health and safety management systems will facilitate the identification and management of organisational risk. It is anticipated that within the qualifier of reasonably practicable this will be the minimum standard of proofing against future prosecutions.

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