This article is part one of an edited version of a keynote presentation I made at the a special WHS Inspectors Forum organised by WorkSafe Tasmania. The audience comprised inspectors from around Australia and New Zealand. I was asked to be provocative and challenging so posed some questions to the audience about how occupational health and safety (OHS) is managed, regulated and inspected.
The audio of the presentation is available at SoundCloud and Podbean and below.
“The purpose of this session is to provide insight into the future challenges for work health and safety regulators due to changes in the nature of work, the workforce, supply chains, and the social and political environments, and encourage inspectors to consider how the way they do their work may need to change to meet these challenges.”
I encourage you all to analyse what you say, what you are told, what you do and how you do it. Too often we accept information and our situations uncritically and I want you to question everything, including what you read in this article.
While at the recent HSPNZ Conference in Christchurch, I was able to grab the organiser, Matt Jones, for ten minutes. It is useful to hear about the conference directly from Matt as there was some accusations of self-promotion. The podcast can be accessed through these links
Canadian safety professional, Eldeen Pozniak, has been touring the Australian and New Zealand occupational health and safety conference over the next few weeks. I was able to have a coffee with her earlier this week in Melbourne where we talked about
- HSE credibility
- Royal Family security logistics
- Paw Patrol and OHS education
- ISO45001, and
- The workplace impacts of Canada’s impending legalisation of cannabis.
I provide a quick summary of SafetyAtWorkBlog articles over the last month in this video update as well as mentioning a new OHS book that seems of interest and a mention of my involvement with the International Auditing Symposium.
Last week I was invited to speak at the inaugural NSW Regional Safety Conference & Expo in Newcastle New South Wales. I was able to chat with the organizer of the conference, safety professional Sarah-Jane Dunford about the conference and the Hunter Safety Awards that were on that night. The audio of my chat is also available at Podbean.