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Issue 364 - 31 January 2013

Dear Subscriber,

NSCA staff around Australia send their sincere wishes for the health and safety of all those affected in last week’s extreme weather across much of Australia. This is a timely reminder of the importance of ‘being prepared’, knowing the risks and having plans and processes in place. With Australian employers having an obligation to look after their staff in emergency situations the NSCA’s team of expert consultants’ and trainers can assist in emergency planning and training.

Industry News


Safety advocates honoured

Service to WHS was recognised in Australia Day honours bestowed last week.

Kerry Charles Power received the Ambulance Service Medal (ASM). The governor-general’s honours list says he demonstrated outstanding commitment to innovation in paramedic welfare and safety, in particular the Good Mental Health Program for paramedics in Victoria. Read more »

Longer jail time for health-worker assaults

People who assault health workers in South Australia will face up to 25 years in jail, and the Northern Territory is also gearing up to put assailants behind bars.

Changes to regulations under SA’s Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 will make it an aggravated offence to assault health workers in settings that are not necessarily emergency rooms. Read more »

Chemical security boosted

The federal government is developing a national voluntary code of practice for business to prevent chemicals being used in terrorist attacks.

Although the government says 96 chemicals have been identified as security concerns, only 11 of particular concern are covered in the draft National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern. Read more »

Heavy vehicles start national moves

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator started in January, but it is only partly opened for business.

Initially it is restricted to administering the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) and national Performance-based Standards (PBS) design and vehicle approvals. Read more »

Bosses embrace security strategy

Employers have welcomed the National Security Strategy, released by Prime Minister Julia Gillard last week.

The establishment of the Australian Cyber Security Centre forms part of the strategy.The centre will analyse and lead the government’s response to cyber threats, work with industry to protect networks and systems, and provide advice and support in countering cyber threats. Read more »

Failure to manage

A UK construction contractor has been fined for failing to plan and manage WHS.

Richard Morgan, of Davies and Morgan Carpenters, was prosecuted in the Swansea Crown Court after a carpenter fell more than seven metres from an unsecured ladder and sustained severe back injuries in August 2011. Read more »

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Training News


WHS Harmonisation and Due Diligence

Understand your changing WHS obligations by enrolling into our WHS Harmonisation and Due Diligence course. Read more »

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NSCA Announcements


SA Breakfast Forum "Expert advice and practical solutions for SA workers and businesses on the new WHS laws"

Find out exactly what you and/or your business need to do with the new WHS laws and learn some practical solutions to making sure you are covered. Read more »

Complete Guide to Construction Sites

Pro-Visual publishing has released the latest edition of the New South Wales Construction Industry Guide to Site Safety. Read more »

Member Profiling - An opportunity to share your safety journey

If you are an NSCA member, we are giving you the opportunity to share your safety story with others. Read more »

Safety in Resources 2013

20% member discount on WA conference - Improving safety culture and ensuring holistic OHS processes. Read more »

Career Watch


Safety Engineering Systems Advisor (NSW)

Safety Advisor (NSW)

HSE Officer Construction (NSW)

Injury Management Coordinator (NSW)

Environment, Health and Safety Officer (NSW)

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