This document provides construction industry workers and employers with information about their UV safety responsibilities and how to stay safe when working outdoors.
WorkSafe Victoria is focusing on the prevention of falls and scaffolding safety
In the lead up to the holiday season more Victorian workers die than at any other time of the year. In construction, falls are a leading cause of death.
This year two Victorian construction workers fell to their deaths. Many others have been seriously injured.
As part WorkSafe’s focus on preventing falls and ensuring scaffolding safety, our inspectors are visiting sites. Inspectors will check fall protections controls are in place, adequate for the task, and in line with control of risk requirements.
We want every employer, builder, site manager, contractor, and worker to put safety first so that every construction worker goes home safely and can enjoy this holiday season.
Click on the below links to read more about prevention of falls and scaffolding safety.
Construction safety focus : Prevention of falls
Construction safety focus: Scaffolding
Compliance code: Prevention of falls in housing construction
Compliance code: Prevention of falls in general construction
PUTTING MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING FIRST WITH MENTALLY HEALTHY WORKPLACES
Thousands of workers around the State will have better support at work while overcoming mental health challenges thanks to the NSW Government’s Mentally Healthy Workplaces strategy.
Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean is today launching a new workplace intervention program, a new website with free support and resources, and additional funding to help drought-affected farm workers living with mental illness and distress.
A new study has found workers in the construction and transport industries experience high rates of traumatic spinal injuries, and there is an urgent need for more effective safety and prevention measures.
Experts have reviewed 824 cases of people admitted to NSW hospitals over three years with workplace-related traumatic spinal injuries.
Office workstations that allow employees to mix up sitting and standing during computer work seem to boost job performance.
A new study suggests sit-stand workstations appear to have a positive impact on job performance and psychological health.
Each year Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists come together for National Skin Cancer Action Week.
With two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70, the action week is an important reminder of the risks of exposure to UV radiation, the need for sun protection and early skin cancer detection for all Australians.
We understand small businesses don’t always feel they have the time, resources or expertise when it comes to managing health and safety in their workplace. Keeping your workplace healthy and safe just got easier.
Responding to the recent release of the Senate Committee for the framework surrounding the prevention, investigation and prosecution of industrial deaths in Australia, the Chairman of the Safety Institute of Australia Mr Patrick Murphy, acknowledged and applauded the work of the committee on this critical body of work and called on State and Federal governments to take action.
“This is a very important report for, work health and safety regulators, business owners, the work health and safety profession and all Australian workers and their families” he said.
WHAT IS MOVEMBER?
Movember is an annual charity event that takes place across the month of November, where men grow a moustache to raise funds and awareness for men’s health projects.
It targets the most prominent health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
Since Movember first started in Australia in 2003, the foundation has grown to fund more than 1,200 men’s health initiatives across more than 20 countries.
It is the only charity to tackle men’s health on a global scale.
On average, men die six years earlier than women.
Tragically, the leading cause of death for Australian men is suicide. Three out of four suicides are committed by men — that’s more than half a million men taking their own life each year, or one man every minute.
The rate of prostate cancer is set to double in the next 15 years, and the rate of testicular cancer has already doubled over the past 50 years.
It’s a global crisis faced by our brothers, fathers, partners and friends. And this is where Movember comes in.
More information: https://au.movember.com/