by Brendan Doyle | Nov 28, 2018

    ISO 45001Now that the new international standard ISO 45001 'Occupational health and safety management systems' is available the next question for an organisation is whether to adopt it, and if so, how to go about implementation (to learn more about the standard go to the ISO website and/or download this information brochure).

    Various international jurisdictions will or have already assessed how the standard should/could be best implemented within their borders. For example Standards Australia have concluded a consultation process and published the AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use (go here for more detail).

    Should we or Shouldn't We?

    It is not a requirement of the standard to be certified in the standard but of course this is the best way to demonstrate you meet its criteria and of course others who you may wish to do business with may require your organisation to be certified.

    So what is the intended outcome of the standard?

    The effective implementation of the standard by an organisation should allow them to achieve, '...a (more) safe and healthy workplace, through a proactive and preventative mindset...'.

    What's Required?

    The 3 key requirements contained in the standard are:

    • Leadership
    • Worker Participation
    • Consultation

    The standard also sets out the success factors for the implementation of the standard:

    • Top management leadership, commitment, responsibilities and accountability
    • Top management developing, leading and promoting an organisational culture to achieve intended outcome of OH&S Management System
    • Commitment and participation at all levels
    • Communication
    • Consultation
    • Resourcing
    • Identifying hazards, controlling risks and taking advantage of opportunities
    • Continual performance evaluation
    • Compliance with legal requirements

    Good News for GSI Members

    The good news for all GSI members is that these success factors together with the 3 key requirements are all inherently satisfied and supported through the application of the GSI's Generation 2 platform.  Whether it is the creation and application of an effective set of OH&S lead and lag performance indicators, communicated through custom dashboards targeted to specific stakeholders, or the regular measurement and analysis of the organisation's culture/climate, or senior management's ongoing assessment of individual and collective leadership capability and associated action planning...these are all overt, direct and credible evidence of meeting the ISO 45001 standard and its key principles of Leadership, Worker Participation and Consultation


    by Brendan Doyle | Nov 09, 2018
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    A common challenge is to keep up with the latest WHS news, research, incidents, court cases, international trends, etc. You will have probably already identified some favourite online resources but have a look at the links below and if any are new to you, you might want to check them out to see if worth adding/updating your current resource list.

    Safety at Work Blog

    News Mail - Workplace Health & Safety

    ABC News - Occupational Health & Safety

    OHS Career News

    OHS Online

    Minn-Post Health

    European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

    Health & Safety Authority

    Healthy Workplaces

    Safety & Health Magazine

    Occupational Health & Safety

    Industrial Safety & Hygiene News


    by Brendan Doyle | Nov 02, 2018

    In asking a question such as 'Are we more safe today?' is about as fundamental a question of safety and risk that could be asked. Are we seeing safer workplaces? Are we managing our risks better today than we did yesterday?  Surely we would all hope to respond with confidence 'Of course!'.

    Screenshot 2018-11-02 10.27.00In Australia (and to a lesser extent New Zealand) a good place to start to look for a response is Safe Work Australia and their 'Comparative Performance Report' with the 19th Edition the most recent. The Report has 3 parts that were published between 6 October 2017 and 4 May 2018. Generally it provides an analysis of trends in work health and safety and workers’ compensation scheme performance across Australia and New Zealand. The trend comparison is between 2011-12 and either 2014-15 or 2015-16.

    There are many tables and graphs as you would expect broken down by Fatality and Serious Injury across industry sector and by jurisdiction (location). The devil, as always, is in the detail but the report includes infographics of Key Findings which provide a snapshot at a glance.

    So what are some of the highlights? [there are important explanations and caveats about all the data contained in the full report that you should read].

    Work-related traumatic injury fatalities

    Australia: between 2011–12 and 2015–16 there was a 10 per cent decrease in the number of workers killed as a result of incidents not on a public road (from 163 10 146)

    New Zealand recorded a 2 per cent increase in the number of compensated fatalities from 84 in 2011–12 to 86 in 2014–15.

    Work-related disease fatalities

    Australia:There was a substantial decrease (down 44 per cent) in the number of fatalities related to occupational diseases in Australia from 2011–12 to 2014–15.

    New Zealand: similar decrease of 46% from 36 in 2011-12 to 19 in 2015-16.

    Here are some examples from the Infographics...

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    by Brendan Doyle | Oct 19, 2018

    GSI's partner in the US, the Bill Sims Company, in conjunction with GSI and the Wilson Consulting Group has created a new entity called the 'Global Safety Institute'.  There are some key reasons why the Institute has been created but essentially it will be a community enterprise of organisations committed to not only benchmarking their safety performance but to also share best practice and to learn from each other. It is essentially an extension of GSI in that GSI is the tool that Institute members will use for assessing their health and safety performance and benchmark against each other.

    Here is a video of Bill Sims Jr talking about why the Institute has been created and explaining how it will work and what value it will generate for all participants.


  • October 2018

    by Brendan Doyle | Oct 11, 2018



    Selfie Fatalities

    From the whimsical file...Taking a selfie is more dangerous than taking a swim!

    According to a recent study 93 people died from taking selfies in 2017 compared to 5 deaths from shark attack! I suppose not too surprisingly it found that the rate had increased dramatically in recent times, and was probably significantly higher than the published figure due to under and/or mis-reporting of cause of death. Probably again not surprisingly it was young males under 30 years that were the highest risk category. Read on...[MINNPOST]

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    Burnout in the Workplace

    From the EU we have 'Burnout in the Workplace - A Review of Data and Policy Responses'. The study asked whether burnout was a disease or a syndrome and found it was both. The importance of this response is how 'burnout' is identified/diagnosed and then treated. Read on...[European Agency for Safety & Health at Work]

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    Confined Spaces - We have a Failure to Communicate

    Approximately 60 percent of all deaths in a confined space are rescuers, because the men and women inside the space can't communicate about the dangers within.We need to solve our communication problem and understand how to properly rescue those we cannot reach. The article lists 4 Failures and recommends practicing a scenario to test current systems and identify potential weaknesses. Read on...[OH&S]

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    Corrie Pitzer - Leadership Keynote 2018 National Safety Council Congress

    Corrie Pitzer, CEO RISKmap International, in his keynote at the recent 2018 NSC Congress, emphasises his consistent message that we need to be wary of unwittingly creating workplaces where we are  'paralyzed by protection'.“Our employees don’t understand risk because we protect them,” Pitzer said. “They have to get back to understanding risk.” Read on...[Safety & Health]

  • What is the 'The World of Safety Today'?

    by Brendan Doyle | Oct 10, 2018
    The World of Safety Today blog will seek to canvas what is happening around the globe in workplace health and safety.  This could be some new research, some new thinking, some great event, any recent safety incidents of note, even some stuff that may make us fact anything that we think is not only of interest but is fresh and stimulating.  Of course would be great to get your comments and suggestions around what is of interest to you.