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Illegal Dumping

Big news this month as Dib Hanna becomes the first person in NSW to be given a prison sentence under the 2014 anti-dumping laws described in the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation. The crime Hanna has a long history of brazenly dumping asbestos around Sydney and had, until now, got off with fines

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Local councils and asbestos management

Just like commercial businesses, local councils need exemplary training and education to develop a culture in which asbestos safety is taken seriously. Under the Work Health and Safety Act, a local council – and anyone delegated to conduct work on its behalf – is a ‘person or business conducting an undertaking’ (PBCU) and as such

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what is ICAM anyway?

We are excited to be introducing a terrific new training course here at AlertForce in May. Based on the ICAM model, our Incident Investigation training will offer the best, most clearly explained, accessible and practical training on incident investigation that you can get. Investigations that identify the causes of an incident and ultimately mitigate risk

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Why training matters in today’s workplace

In June last year, the assistant minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews announced a major review of the legislative framework governing regulation of the vocational education and training (VET) sector, saying that the review will look at whether Australian Skills Quality Authority’s (ASQA) legislative powers enable the agency to effectively protect students, employers

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Meeting WHS needs for an older workforce

The Australian workforce is changing, albeit slowly. Life expectancies are longer than ever so people are choosing to stay in the workforce longer. Changes to the official age of retirement have also impacted on decisions to continue working. But what do older workers bring to the workplace and are there any WHS issues that need

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Australia’s National Asbestos Profile

In November 2017, the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency released two important documents at the annual summit in Canberra reporting on Australia’s work towards the country being asbestos free. The first one was The Progress Report, which highlights a series of case studies from across Australia to show how the work supporting the National Strategic

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Traffic management in and around construction sites

Construction sites are busy places. Not only are HGV, powered mobile plant vehicles, forklifts and cranes commonplace on site and require traffic management but around the site deliveries and general traffic has to be managed especially if the works are in a residential or commercial area. Managing traffic in and around construction sites is an

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Safety first when working at heights

The recent death of a young tradesperson in Queensland is a tragedy and highlights the importance of training and safety when working with Elevating Work Platforms (EWPs). EWP’s are mobile items of plant equipment designed to lift or lower people and equipment by a telescopic, hinged or articulated device, or can be combination of these

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Who’s responsible for asbestos management?

As 2017 draws to a close, it’s troubling to think that in the last week in NSW alone, there have been two serious incidents involving possible asbestos exposure. Residents in the Sydney suburb of Chester Hill woke one morning this week to find almost 10tonnes of construction debris dumped in a local street. There was

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Why are WHS laws important when working in construction?

Construction sites are extremely busy places with many subbies working side-by-side completing various tasks. The work is strenuous and generally involves heavy lifting and working from heights. Heavy vehicles come and go off-site all day and often there are tower cranes or all-terrain cranes operating in and around the site. It is an environment of

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The asbestos awareness checklist and what you need to know

Its currently Asbestos Awareness Month and asbestosawareness. com.au have launched a campaign aimed at people who work in the building sector and home renovators titled ‘Go Slow! Asbestos – it’s a NO go’. Although asbestos products were banned in the 1980s for use in commercial and non-residential properties, it continued to be used in multiple

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What is WHS and what does it mean for your business?

As we fast approach the festive season, WorkSafe bodies across Australia are issuing warnings for workplaces to be more vigilant with workers safety especially in high-risk workplaces like construction where the demands to “finish the job” can overtake safety procedures. Prior to 2012, workplace health and safety (WHS) laws were known across Australia as occupational

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ASEA launches new asbestos awareness training course

ASEA launches new asbestos awareness training course aimed at the utilities sector The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency is Australia’s leading peak body when it comes to all matters regarding asbestos management and safety. Established to provide a national focus on asbestos issues in both the workplace and in homes across Australia, their primary objective

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Why is Working at heights training is required?

Working at heights is the leading cause of death in workplaces in Australia. Working at heights is a high-risk job and one of the leading causes of death and serious injury in workplaces across Australia. According to statistics from SafeWork Australia, between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2015: 359 workers were killed following a

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Why you need to Asbestos Removal Training

Asbestos is a known carcinogen and is the word used to describe a group of six naturally occurring mineral fibres, which belong to two groups: Group A: Serpentine Group – comprised of only chrysotile (white asbestos) Group B: Amphibole Group – comprised of anthophyllite, amosite (brown asbestos or grey asbestos), crocidolite (blue asbestos), tremolite, and

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