Topic: workplace safety

Silica Health Assessments Pass Halfway Target

More than half of Victoria’s 1,400 stonemasons have now registered for silica health screening, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s comprehensive action plan to address and prevent unsafe silica exposure. The free assessments are a key part of the Labor Government’s strategy to protect workers from exposure to silica dust and prevent them from […]

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Strengthening Dangerous Goods Laws To Keep People Safe

The Andrews Labor Government will undertake a comprehensive review of the Victoria’s dangerous goods laws to help stamp out unsafe chemical stockpiling and keep Victorians safe. Andrew Palmer, QC, has been appointed to conduct the review of the Dangerous Goods Act 1985 and associated regulations. The review is the latest step in the Government’s ongoing […]

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New Guidelines To Combat Gendered Violence At Work

Employers turning a blind eye to gendered violence are on notice, with the Andrews Labor Government introducing new guidance to help eradicate this unacceptable behaviour from Victorian workplaces. Women, members of the LGBTIQA+ community, migrants and persons with a disability are more likely to experience gendered violence as well as when a person faces multiple […]

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New Campaign To Improve Safety Of Young Workers

The Andrews Labor Government is warning employers to protect young workers and making sure young Victorians are aware of their rights through a powerful new campaign launched today. Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy and WorkSafe Chief Executive Colin Radford today launched the new campaign, at Melbourne’s KereKere Green Cafe. The campaign is part of […]

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Licensing Scheme To Boost Engineered Stone Safety

The Andrews Labor Government will introduce Australia’s first licensing scheme for engineered stone to further reduce the risks of workers contracting deadly silicosis. Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy announced the scheme at Silicosis Summit: A preventative approach, which brought WorkSafe, experts and industry together to discuss the prevention of silica dust exposure in the […]

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New Compliance Code For Working With Engineered Stone

A new code of conduct will make sure that employers are guided by best practice and expert advice to reduce the risks to their workers contracting deadly silicosis, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Developed in consultation with medical experts, employees and employers the code provides critical guidance to employers working with engineered stone, including […]

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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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