Topic: workplace safety

Silica Workplace Exposure Standard Halved

The Andrews Labor Government is urging employers to do everything they can to protect workers from deadly silica dust with the introduction of a new national exposure standard. A majority of Work Health and Safety ministers have agreed to halve the workplace exposure standard for respirable crystalline silica to a time weighted average of 0.05mg/m3 […]

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Don’t Make The Holidays A Season To Forget

Victorian employers and workers are being urged to take time, take care and stay safe at work in the lead up to the holiday season. A new WorkSafe campaign highlighting the risk of workplace incidents towards the end of the year is underway, reminding employers not to rush workers to meet unrealistic deadlines. Employers are […]

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Statement On The Ombudsman’s Report Tabled Today

The Victorian Government welcomes the Victorian Ombudsman’s report, WorkSafe 2: Follow-up investigation into the management of complex workers compensation claims, tabled today in Parliament. The report reveals disturbing examples of injured workers who have been unfairly treated and unjustly denied their legal entitlements. It also demonstrates a systemic problem with the current model of claims […]

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Workplace Manslaughter Enshrined In Law

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on an election commitment and making workplace manslaughter a criminal offence, under tough new laws passed by the Parliament, because no person deserves to die at work. As many as 30 people are killed in workplaces across the state every year, with 20 people having already lost their lives […]

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Protecting Retail Workers This Festive Season

The Andrews Labor Government is urging retail sector employers to look after their workers during the busy Christmas period. November and December are traditionally the peak months for the retail industry and its casual workforce grows substantially to meet the demands of shoppers. This includes large numbers of workers hired for temporary positions, whose inexperience […]

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Dodgy Operators Storing Dangerous Goods On Notice

Victorians are being asked to keep a look out for dodgy operators storing or handling dangerous goods in a way that might put the community at risk. An Andrews Labor Government awareness campaign has been launched urging members of the public to call WorkSafe if they suspect dangerous goods – such as drums or containers […]

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Quad Bike Rebate Extended To Improve Farm Safety

The Andrews Labor Government is extending the quad bike rebate by nine months to help Victorian farmers improve safety on their properties. For the first time farmers with other businesses, who do not operate properties as their primary source of income, will also have access to the rebate following a change to the scheme’s eligibility […]

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Ladder Safety Blitz Underway With Employers On Notice

The Andrews Labor Government is warning employers to protect their workers from serious injury or death when using portable ladders. Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy and WorkSafe Victoria visited Braybrook today to announce inspectors have been targeting housing estates and apartment developments as part of a three week blitz. This follows a spate of […]

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Worksafe Health And Safety Ambassadors Unveiled

Geelong Football Club triple premiership star Cameron Ling has joined forces with international journalist and news presenter Anjali Rao to promote WorkSafe Health and Safety Month. Rao and Ling will share their own experiences to promote workplace health and safety events around the state throughout October. WorkSafe received 26,936 claims for workplace injuries in 2018/19. […]

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Regulations Banning Dry Stone Cutting Now In Effect

New regulations introduced by the Andrews Labor Government banning the uncontrolled dry cutting of engineered stone to protect Victorian workers from exposure to deadly silica dust are now in effect. Employers must now ensure power tools are not used to cut, grind or abrasively polish engineered stone unless on-tool water suppression or dust extraction devices […]

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