The Victorian Parliament continues to consider the Building Amendment (Registration of Building Trades and Other Matters) Bill 2018. According to one interpretation in the unofficial Hansard:
“This bill’s objectives are to deliver better outcomes for domestic building consumers and building practitioners through further improvements to the practitioner registration and disciplinary system, improve compliance with swimming pool and spa barrier standards and implement some recommendations of the Victorian Cladding Taskforce and the Coroners Court.”
There are many aspects to this Bill, one of which is occupational health and safety (OHS).
Recently the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) published an opinion piece about the new international Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, ISO45001. The article professed to answer the question “what does ISO 45001 mean for OHS professionals?” Below is the SafetyAtWorkBlog’s response to that question based on the points raised by the SIA.
The SIA’s Roland Tan states that ISO45001
“provides an opportunity to benchmark with global best practice in managing OHS risks and initiate opportunities to improve OHS performance.”
Australian OHS professionals need to ask whether their clients need to benchmark globally. If not, how is ISO45001 relevant? It is not. You would be wasting everyone’s time.
The first lot of anonymous submissions to Australia’s Independent Review of Work Health and Safety Laws is an interesting mix.
One seems written by a regional paramedic calling for increased prescription of workplace first aid requirements. There are complaints about the contents of first aid kits which should have been addressed by the occupational health and safety (OHS) option of providing equipment to meet the results of a first aid needs analysis about which the submitter says:
“The recommendation to add additional items based on an appropriate risk assessment is almost, to my knowledge, never completed.”
I really enjoyed presenting at the Central Safety Group’s monthly meeting yesterday*. (Taught me not to use slide presentations if you can avoid it.). Here is a brief summary of my take on the new international Standard for OHS Management Systems – ISO45001 – that I shared with the group members. Continue reading “Quick and dirty summary of new OHS management Standard”
The publication date for the first truly international Standard on occupational health and safety (OHS) management systems, ISO45001, the rhetoric is heating up in Australia.