The Fines Are Coming! – Free OHS Consultation Service

WORKSAFE VICTORIA’S NEW INFRINGEMENT NOTICE SCHEME 

The infringement notice scheme will act as an additional deterrent and help keep Victorian employees safe.

The obligations of employers and other duty holders under OHS laws don’t change. Employers still have a duty to provide and maintain a working environment that’s safe and without risks to health so far as is reasonably practicable.

From 31 July 2021, WorkSafe inspectors can issue infringement notices with penalties of up to 10 penalty units, or $1817.40, attached.

For more information on the infringement notice scheme visit the Worksafe Victoria Website 

If you are concerned about your business being open to infringements

SysTec in conjunction with the Worksafe Victoria OHS Essentials Program offers businesses with 60 employees or less, sole traders with contractors a free independent service to help you keep your employees safe at work

The OHS Essentials Program is

  • CONFIDENTAIL – Systec OHS Consultants are not employed by WorkSafe, all recommendations are kept confidential
  • INDEPENDENT – Practical. tailored Safety advice from Systec Consultants

For more information on the WorkSafe OHS Essentials program please get in contact with us or send us an enquiry

Phone: (03) 9484 0086

Email: Admin@systec-pl.com.au

 

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Worksafe OHS Essentials Program

WORKSAFE OHS ESSENTIALS PROGRAM FREE CHEALTH AND SAFETY COMPLIANCE CHECK

SysTec in conjunction with the Worksafe Victoria OHS Essentials Program offers businesses with 60 employees or less, sole traders with contractors a free independent service to help you keep your employees safe at work.

How it works

Step 1 – FREE Initial Visit (up to 3.5 hours)

The three hours of free Worksafe funded OHS consultancy

An experienced OHS consultant will come to your business and conducts a free compliance check at a time that suits you and your business practices.

Working closely with you the consultant will prepare a detailed plan to help you stay on top of current compliance requirements.

The advice the consultant provides is designed to be practical, achievable and efficient.

Our trained safety employees can offer you a safety action plan to:

  • Prioritise safety in your workplace. and provide advice on implementing strategies to resolve your safety issues.
  • Check your safety management plan

Step 2 – FREE check-up (up to 2 hours)

  • The consultant will review the progress of your action plan

SysTec will attend within 6 months to offer you advice on roadblocks or issues you may have encountered

Step 3 – FREE Follow up and review (up to 3 hours)

  • The  consultant will review your progress and advise how to sustain compliance, reduce costs and conduct continual improvement to your health and safety systems

The OHS Essentials Program is:

CONFIDENTAIL – Systec OHS Consultants are not employed by WorkSafe, all recommendations are kept confidential

INDEPENDENT – Practical. tailored Safety advice from Systec Consultants.

For more information on the WorkSafe OHS Essentials program please get in contact with us or send us an enquiry

Phone: (03) 9484 0086

Email: Admin@systec-pl.com.au

ENQUIRIE HERE

National Safe Work Month: Keeping WHS a priority

As National Safe Work Month draws to a close, it’s important to keep the discussion around work health and safety going. That’s why the the final week of National Safe Work Month is dedicated to keeping WHS a priority in the workplace.

For this week’s theme, Safe Work Australia has provided an information sheet outlining how your business can continue to demonstrate best practice work health and safety measures both during COVID-19, and into the future. 

You can find other resources on the Safe Work Australia website.

What’s On?

Today, WorkSafe Victoria is running four separate webinars.

At 9:00 am, you can watch Shop no further: Solutions, tools and practical advice for preventing mental injury in retail. This webinar covers metal health and wellbeing in retail, providing tailored tools and information to help you take action and bolster the mental health of your workplace.

At 10:15 am, WorkSafe Victoria is presenting How the Building and Construction industry is dealing with COVID-19. This webinar discusses the health and safety issues facing the construction industry during the pandemic. it includes steps the sector has taken to care for the wellbeing of the workforce, and is lead by a panel of industry experts.

At 11:30 am, you can join in on How small business owners can proactively look after their mental health, a webinar focused on getting small business owners to prioritise their own mental health, and create a mental health plan in response to COVID-19.

The importance of leadership in workplace mental health during COVID‐19 and beyond is running from 3:00 pm. It covers the key role leaders play in promoting mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. It will cover the importance of addressing factors which affect mental health in the workplace.

On Tuesday, there are two separate webinars.  

The Victorian Trades Hall Council is hosting their 2020 HSR Conference from 9:00 am to 2:45 PM. This year’s conference is focused on psychosocial health. 

WorkSafe, Kangan Institute and Bendigo TAFE are presenting COVID-19 and beyond: Know your rights as a young worker. This webinar is designed to help young workers understand their responsibilities and rights at work, and touches on new challenges presented by COVID-19.

 

 

 

National Safe Work Month: a safe and healthy workplace is for everyone

Week four of National Health and Safety Month reminds us that a safe and healthy workplace benefits everyone, no matter what industry you’re in. To better understand work health and safety best practice, check out the best practice checklist provided by Safe Work Australia. There are also resources available to promote health and safety in your workplace.

What’s On

This week, WorkSafe Victoria is offering a wide range of free webinars. 

On Tuesday the 20th:

At 10 am, WorkSafe Victoria is presenting Surviving COVID-19: A WorkSafe perspective. This webinar will outline how WorkSafe has been supporting Victorian workplaces during the COVID-9 crisis, and how it has adapted to respond to the crisis.

At 11:15 am, you can view Lessons learnt from leaders during COVID-19. This webinar is an honest conversation about leading through change. It features chief executives from the Victorian Workplace Mental Wellbeing Collaboration. They’ll be sharing insights into their leadership approach, and how they’re prioritising the mental health of their people. 

On Wednesday the 21st:

At 9:00 am, you can join Leading the way: Industries innovating workplace mental health prevention. This webinar tackles mental health issues and risks, and shows how organisations across industries are tackling this issue. It provides practical tips and resources for protecting the mental health of your workplace.

At 10:15am the same day WorkSafe is hosting Working from home? What employers need to consider. It covers topics including ergonomics, human factors and the guidance available to employers and workers.

On Thursday October 22nd:

At 9:00am you can join in on Looking after injured workers during covid-19. This webinar outlines how Victorian workers returning to work after experiencing a work-related injury have been impacted by COVID-19. 

10:15am, you can sit in on Managing the risk of COVID‐19: What does an inspector look for?  This panel discussion will talk about what WorkSafe inspectors look for. Topics covered range from the OHS Act, Chief Health Officer Directions, defining risk and why consultation is a key legal obligation.

At 11:30am, you can join in on the webinar How does COVID-19 impact your workcover premium? Learn how WorkSafe supports businesses with their premium payments and have your questions answered by the experts.

Finally, WorkSafe and WEstjustice are presenting the Workplace safety community information session. This information-session webinar is for migrant community leaders, covering workplace safety laws, as well as your rights and responsibilities at work. There are two sessions, at 3:30pm and 5:45pm. 

National Safe Work Month: Using data to make workplaces safer

Week three of National Health and Safety month is dedicated to using data to make our workplaces safer. Learning the statistics on common causes of injury helps to reduce work related injuries and fatalities. 

According to Safe Work Australia, in 2018 144 workers suffered fatal injuries at work. 69% of these fatalities occurred across the following industries:

  • Transport, postal and warehousing (38)
  • Agriculture (37)
  • Construction (24)

The primary causes of worker fatalities in 2018 were:

  • Vehicle collision (44)
  • Being hit by moving objects (24)
  • Falling from height (18)

Out of the 144 worker fatalities, 62% were vehicle-related. In-depth work work related fatality statistics, as well as work related injury statistics can be found on the Safe Work Australia website. Safe Work Australia is also supplying a range of resources for this week’s theme. 

What’s On

On Wednesday 14th of October Comcare is hosting COVID-19, our work, mental health and wellbeing, a webinar focused on the impacts of pandemic in these areas. It runs between  2 and 3:30 pm. 

 

National Safe Work Month: Mental Health and COVID-19

It’s week two of National Safe Work Month, and in recognition of Mental Health Day this Saturday October 10, this week’s theme is Navigating Mental Health through COVID-19.

COVID-19 has bought new psychosocial hazards to many workplaces.

These may include:

  • Exposure to aggressive customers
  • Low support or isolation due to remote working
  • Increased emotional demand in the workplace
  • Poor environment conditions due to covid-19 exposure
  • Stress due to changing responsibilities and restructuring

Inadequate psychological health and safety measures cost Australian organisations $6 billion a year in lost productivity.

You can find Safe Work Australia’s mental health infosheet on the Safe Work Australia website.

Managing Psychosocial Hazards

Employers have a responsibility to eliminate or minimise work related psychological health and safety risks as far as reasonably practicable. As Safe Work Australia directs, this can be done through:

  1. Identifying hazards
  2. Assessing risks
  3. Controlling risks
  4. Reviewing and maintaining control measures

What’s on this week?

This week, WorkSafe Victoria is delivering a free webinar tailored for multicultural community leaders on Tuesday October 6th at 6:00pm. You can find out more about this information session on the WorkSafe website.

Safe Work Australia is co-presenting a webinar on Accelerated Workplace change in the face of COVID-19 with Comcare on October 8 at 10:30 am. This will cover the changes workplaces have undertaken to adapt to the challenges and risks posed by COVID-19. You can find more information on the Safe Work Australia website.