OH&S Consulting News - March 2016
All of us at OH&S Consulting hope you have a happy and safe Easter break.
If travelling over the Easter break, stay safe on the road and enjoy the journey.
WHS (Resources) Bill Approved for Drafting
Source: Resources Safety Matters, vol 4 no 1 February 2016
Approval to draft is a key milestone in the safety legislation reform program for the WA resources sector. The new legislation has been given high priority by the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office as the intention is to introduce the Bill into Parliament in 2016.
While the new Bill is before Parliament, DMP will continue to develop supporting regulations. This will involve stakeholder consultation through workshops and a further Regulation Impact Statement process. The WHS (Resources) legislation with supporting regulations is scheduled for implementation in 2017.
National Drug & Alcohol Knowledge Base
Source: Safety Solutions Jan 2016
Flinders University’s National Centre for Education & Training on Addiction (NCETA) has launched an online National Alcohol & Drug Database. This database located at http://nadk.flinders.edu.au/ is designed to reduce misinformation around the use of drugs and alcohol.
The database provides information regarding addiction and its impact on health, law enforcement, crime, young people, medical treatment and employment.
According to statistics, 2.3% of employed Australians used methamphetamine in the past 12 months.
Isolating Hazardous Energies Guideline
Source: Resources Safety Matters vol. 4 no. 1 February 2016
Worker exposure to hazardous energies associated with fixed and mobile plant continues to result in a significant number of fatal and serious injuries in Western Australia's minerals sector.
To this end a new guideline Isolation of hazardous energies associated with plant in Western Australian mining operations has been released by the Department of Mines and Petroleum. The guideline is structured to support a risk management approach to the isolation of hazardous energies. It aims to assist mining operations to develop safe systems of work for fixed and mobile plan. Under normal operating conditions, workers are generally protected from contact with hazardous energy through the implementation and monitoring of hazard controls. However, normal operating conditions can be interrupted when work is required to install, test, clean, decommission, or clear obstructions from plant.
DMP stressed that it is important to identify and control potential exposures to hazardous energies during this work, such as the movement or operation of plant and materials, and contact with sources of energy.