Browsing: Workplace safety representatives

WED
2:05PM

COVID vaccine mandate defended as "business decision"

Employer SPC has hit back at claims it failed to consult workers on its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination regime, stressing the mandate is a "business decision" to ensure the health and safety of staff and others.

THU
2:01PM

Dismissed HSR abused important WHS position

A commission full bench has upheld a finding that a health and safety representative was not entitled, under WHS laws, to be paid for attending the disciplinary meetings of a colleague, and his illegitimate attempt to claim this payment was an "abuse" of a "vitally important role".

FRI
3:51PM

Workplace violence: a Q&A with WorkSafe's Nielsen

Many Australian workers believe acts of workplace violence are just "part of the job" and choose to "forget" incidents instead of reporting them, making the issue difficult to address, WorkSafe Victoria's safety boss tells OHS Alert.

TUE
11:25AM

Mandatory workplace masks; New WHS Minister; more

  • Workplace masks mandatory for "circuit breaker" lockdown;
  • Cash to oversee WHS again; and
  • Guide to electing HSRs for "multi-PCBU" groups released.
FRI
11:42AM

WHO's COVID guidance "downplays" work exposure risks

The World Health Organisation's workplace health and safety guidelines for COVID-19 are "unacceptably complacent" in parts and overlook evidence on workplace outbreaks, according to an occupational health academic, who fills in some of the "gaps".

FRI
12:47PM

WHS Code for COVID-19 clarifies consultation duties

A new WHS Code of Practice has provided PCBUs with clear guidance on their duties to consult with workers, health and safety representatives and other businesses in a COVID-19 context. Meanwhile, Comcare has produced a "micro-learn" video on using face masks at work in the pandemic.

TUE
11:19AM

Company, director get high-range fines for sacking HSR

A company director who falsely claimed a health and safety representative was a poor performer and sacked him, after the HSR complained to a safety regulator, denied other employees the important protections provided by the elected role, the Federal Court has found.


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