Does Australia Lead the Way in Safety Management?

What does ISO 45001 say about Australia's Safety Management? Since 2001, Australia and New Zealand have used the AS/NZS 4801 Occupational health and safety management systems as the premier WHS Standard. The majority of Australian businesses that had WHS Certification were certified to this standard, with a minority certified to OHSAS 18001, originally a British standard but used in many countries. All this has changed with the adoption of ISO 45001:2018, which is now the accepted WHS standard worldwide, and [...]

ISO 45001 is finally here! Now what?

ISO 45001 is the new Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard. If you're not sure what the changes are and how to implement them, take a look at GrowEQ's plain English answers to commonly asked questions.

7 Easy Ways You Can Increase Safety On a Budget

Phil La Duke says the belief that a business has to choose between working safely and making a profit is a very old and deeply held mindset — and it’s usually wrong. Here are seven things any business can do to reduce the risk of worker injuries without adding prohibitive cost.

Australia – Open for Business!

GrowEQ has been busy helping clients achieve greater efficiency, risk reduction and improved productivity over the past year. Now we're ready to help you identify and implement what your business needs to gain a competitive edge.

Is your Workplace Ready for Summer?

Workplace sun-related injuries and disease have cost Australian workplaces $63 million in compensation payments over the last decade. Outdoor workers receive up to 10 times more exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation, so make sure your business is SunSmart.

October 2015 – National Safe Work Month

Last year 188 workers were killed at work. National Safe Work Month in October 2015 focuses on addressing health and safety issues in the workplace with the theme ‘Be safe. Be healthy. Because…’ It's deliberately left open so you can add your own reasons.

Is there a Business Case for Work Health & Safety?

In the world of work health and safety, the business case is often confused with the related question of making an economic justification for the public good. Certainly the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 makes it clear that organisations are responsible for the safety of people they do not employ such as visitors and pedestrians, for example, but the public good argument does not provide a business case for private investment in WHS. The business case seeks to establish [...]

Training for Profitability

Training helps to turn the theory of quality and safety into reality. Effective training should be a fundamental part of a company’s management system as it can help prevent many quality, safety and environmental problems from ever occurring.  Dare I say it – training even improves profitability. Some Facts A study by the American Management Association found that companies that INCREASED their training after changes to their business reported: 63% higher productivity. 69% higher profits. 74% higher quality. In contrast, [...]

Nearly one million Australians are contractors – how do you choose the good ones?

According to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) report there are now almost one million Australians who work as independent contractors in their main job. By far the most common industry in which an independent contractor works is construction (304,800 people). Have you ever hired a contractor only to witness them doing unsafe acts and seemingly oblivious to it?  What did you do about it? How do you minimise the chance of this occurring? We all know it’s too late to wait [...]

Work Related Deaths Hit an All Time Low

Australian workplaces have recorded the lowest number of fatalities in 11 years according to data released by Safe Work Australia in their annual report Work-related Traumatic Fatalities, Australia 2014. Is this due to the changes in WHS legislation? New Zealand seems to think so. They are about to enact very similar legislation. I guess only time will tell us but I hope the trend continues. In 2013, 191 workers died from injuries received at work. This is 16% lower than [...]