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OHS Laws
Harmonisation
Update
CSG September 2011 Presenter: Steve Baltas, Manager, Strategic Policy-National OHS Reform, WorkSafe Victoria

Update On The Harmonisation Of Health And Safety Law

Presentation by: Steve Baltas, Manager, Strategic Policy-National OHS Reform, WorkSafe Victoria

Presentation package now available (members only)

The Model Work Health and Safety Bill is still on schedule to become law in all States, Territories and the Commonwealth by 1 January 2012. Steve Baltas, Manager, Strategic Policy–National OHS Reform for WorkSafe Victoria, gave an update on its progress to Central Safety Group on 9 September 2010.
While the WHS Act is significantly consistent with the Vic OHS Act, there are a number of key changes, which Steve outlined, along with some outstanding issues in the Model Act still to be addressed.
He also discussed the development of national Regulations and Codes of Practice, the drafts of which will be released for public comment. Finally, he provided a timeline for all work to be completed to ensure a commencement date of January 1, 2012. It is an ambitious project.

The presenter:

Steve Baltas has been with WorkSafe Victoria for the last 11 years, working in management roles in the fields of strategic policy and safety reform. At the beginning of 2010 he was appointed one of 4 directors of the National Health and Safety Reform Division to support the Health and Safety Business Unit, which is undergoing extensive restructuring, and to develop and implement a business plan for 2010/11. Most recently he has been involved with leading and directing all the activities of a multi-disciplinary Strategic policy team to support Victoria’s role in the national OHS reform process established by COAG in 2008.

 
Fire
Safety
Compliance
CSG October 2010 Presenter: Russ Porteous, CEO, Maintenance Essentials

Demystifying fire & essential safety measures compliance in Victoria

Presentation by: Russ Porteous, CEO, Maintenance Essentials

Presentation package now available (members only)

All owners and occupiers of buildings and places of public entertainment have extensive obligations under the Building Regulations (Vic) 2006 in relation to essential safety measures At his presentation to Central Safety Group on 12 October 2010, Russ Porteous, CEO of Maintenance Essentials, provided a guide to navigating these obligations.
He gave information both for the preparation of an annual essential safety measures report and for building owners to satisfy themselves that essential safety measures are being maintained properly. This included a 9-point checklist that he said would help building owners & agents sleep at night.

The presenter:

Over the last 20 Years, Russ Porteous has worked with the ‘big guns’ in the fire protection industry, multinationals such as Wormald and Tyco, honing his skills in fire safety, building design, sales, communication, marketing and technology. In 2001, Russ seized an opportunity to start a new venture, Maintenance Essentials, and bring together a team of competent professionals to this fire protection consultancy. With a head office in Melbourne, Maintenance Essentials provides strategic fire protection services to commercial, government, residential, healthcare and other properties throughout Victoria.

 
Health Hazards
of Sedentary
Behaviour
CSG September 2010 Presenter: Associate Professor David Dunstan, Head - Physical Activity, Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute

Health Hazards of Sedentary Behaviour

Presentation by: Associate Professor David Dunstan, Head - Physical Activity, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute

Presentation package now available (members only)

The public health recommendation that people spend at least 30 minutes a day in moderate to vigorous exercise was released in 1996. This was against a social background of a high level of daily physical activity compared to work today. The health consequences of this decline in activity were discussed by Associate Professor David Dunstan from the Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute at Central Safety Group's meeting on 14 September 2010.
David cited a number of recent studies, which show that the magnitude of chronic diseases and poor health among working Australians, together with emerging evidence that sitting time increases risk, highlight the need for increased focus and resources to understand better the potential hazards of prolonged sitting in the workplace. David also gave some recommendations for incorporating more movement into one's daily working life.

The presenter:

Professor David Dunstan is Head of the Physical Activity Laboratory at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne. He is also Adjunct Professor at the ECU Health and Wellness Institute, Edith Cowan University and a Public Health Research Fellow with the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth). Prior to this he spent 5 years at the International Diabetes Institute, where he began as Director of Physical Activity Programs and Research, before becoming a Research Fellow. In 2007, he won the Young Tall Poppy Science Award (Victoria) from the Australian Institute of Policy and Science, which recognises the achievements of Australia's outstanding young scientific researchers

 
Modern
Safety
Communication
CSG August 2010 Presenter: Kevin Jones, Author, SafetyAtWorkBlog.com

Communicating safety through modern technology

Presentation by: Kevin Jones, Author, SafetyAtWorkBlog.com

Presentation package now available (members only)

The advent of the internet and social media means that there is now a myriad way to communicate to the world, whether for good or ill. For safety professionals, it offers a whole new way to circulate worthwhile safety messages. Kevin Jones, author & blogger at SafetyAtWorkBlog.com guided us through this new landscape at Central Safety Group's meeting 10 August 2010.
Kevin analysed a number of platforms and gave tips on how to ensure your safety messages are noticed, as well as how to identify credible websites and blogs. Kevin’s own blog has been operating for 2.5 years and attracts up to 18,000 readers a month. He noted that social media can never diminish the advantages of the type of face-to-face meeting offered by Central Safety Group.

The presenter:

Kevin Jones has been a consultant, writer and commentator on OHS matters for many years, and is a Life Member of Central Safety Group. He is well known for his award-winning SafetyAtWorkBlog.com, as well as a podcast series of interviews with leading safety experts at safetyoz.podbean.com

 
Occupational
Violence
CSG July 2010 Presenter: Professor David Caple,  OHS Consultant and Adjunct Professor, Centre for Ergonomics & Human Factors, La Trobe University, David Caple & Associates

Occupational violence – what is happening in the workplaces that interface with the public?

Presentation by: Professor David Caple, OHS Consultant and Adjunct Professor, Centre for Ergonomics & Human Factors, La Trobe University, David Caple & Associates

Presentation package now available (members only)

Occupational violence is a major OHS risk in a number of occupations where staff interfaces with the public. These include corrective services, hospitals, banks and disability services. At Central Safety Group's meeting on 13 July 2010, Professor David Caple discussed this growing problem and the circumstances in which it can occur.
He also spoke in detail about interventions, primarily in relation to workplace design. To illustrate this, he shared a range of such interventions from a project he undertook with the Department of Justice in their Justice Service Centres. Finally, he outlined some strategies to support staff should a violent incident occur.

The presenter:

Professor David Caple, who has a background as an ergonomist, has been a leading figure in occupational health and safety in Australia for many years. He has advised a wide range of businesses, industry groups and public sector organisations and worked with Australian and overseas governments on work health and safety strategy. He is an OHS consultant and Adjunct Professor, Centre for Ergonomics & Human Factors, La Trobe University.

 
Management
Systems &
Assessments
CSG June 2010 Presenter: Terry Dold, Davis Langdon Certification Services

Management Systems & Assessments

Presentation by: Terry Dold, Certification Manager, Davis Langdon Certification Services

Presentation package now available (members only)

According to AS/NZS 4801:2001, there are many reasons why organisations implement an Occupational Health & Safety Management System, including legal imperatives, ethical concerns, industrial relations considerations and to improve financial performance. Implementation of an effective OHSMS should, however, primarily lead to a reduction of workplace illness and injury.
Terry Dold, Certification Manager at Davis Langdon Certification Services discussed the AS/NZS 4801:2001 model at Central Safety Group's meeting on 8 June 2010, and how certification can contribute to the success of an OHSMS. He explained the difference between accreditation and certification and gave a detailed account of the certification process.

The presenter:

Terry Dold has 20+ years experience as Insurance Premium Auditor and Safety Inspector in the USA, prior to moving to Australia in 2002. as I am now auditing Management Systems for a JAS-ANZ accredited Certification Body. He has been Certification Manager at Davis Langdon Certification Services since 2006, where he specialises in Management System development & implementation; 3rd Party Certification audits for Quality (9001), Safety (4801/18001) & Environment (14001) and 2nd Party Audits for supply chain verification.

 
Designing
the Workplace
of the Future
CSG May 2010 Presentation: Valerie Mack, Workplace Designer, Woods Bagot

The break-out zone and the workplace of the future

Presenters:

    Valerie Mack, Workplace Designer, Woods Bagot
    Chris Correll, Sales Manager Victoria, Corporate Culture Australia

Presentation package now available (members only)

Office settings have changed a great deal over the last 100 years. Where once the focus of offices was on processes, now there is much more collaborative work, and technological innovations have meant that office work can be done almost anywhere.
Valerie Mack, Workplace Designer at Woods Bagot & Chris Correll, Sales Manager Victoria for Corporate Culture Australia, presented their vision for offices of the future at Central Safety Group's meeting on 11 May, 2010.
Valerie spoke about the Woods Bagot approach, which involves a team of specialists, including an ergonomist, ecological sustainable development consultant and acoustic consultant when designing an office. Consultation with staff is also key.
Chris & Valerie showed many examples of new design ideas to make workplaces more flexible, comfortable and people-focused.

 
Community
Fire
Safety
CSG March 2010 Presentation: Kelvin Blackney, Chairman, Safety Institute of Australia (Geelong Branch):Community Fire Safety – it is happening

Community Fire Safety – it is happening

Presentation by: Kelvin Blackney, Chairman, Safety Institute of Australia (Geelong Branch)

Presentation package now available (members only)

Kelvin Blackney's experience as a firefighter in the 1969 Lara fires, which destroyed 44 homes, made him determined to set up an effective community-based fire property preparation system. At Central Safety Group's meeting on 16 March 2010, Kelvin shared the 4-step process he has developed for any community or workplace to use to prepare for bushfire or wildfire attacks.
There was no powerpoint presentation to accompany this talk, but in the meantime, Kelvin has written a submission to the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission on behalf of the Safety Institute of Australia, in which he describes his 4-step community plan in detail. It is attached here for members to view.

The presenter:

Kelvin Blackney joined the Lara Rural Fire Brigade in the 1960s. In 1993 he received the Community Individual award at the Victorian Fire Awareness Awards. As chairman of the Safety Institute of Australia (Geelong Branch), he became aware in 2001 of a culture improvement process called Values-Driven Safety (VDS) and introduced the concepts into the construction industry. He also believes it has a place in Community Fire Safety culture. He is a Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and a Registered Safety Professional.

 
 

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OHS Job Scene–What’s
Different
Now

CSG October 2021 Zoom meeting - Speaker: Helen O'Keefe, Founder & Principal Consultant, HOK Talent Solutions



The current job scene for OHS – what’s different now

Presented by Helen O'Keefe, Founder & Principal Consultant, HOK Talent Solutions

Tuesday 12 October 2021, noon

The current job scene for OHS – what’s different now
What’s the current job scene for OHS? The news is that at the moment there are more roles on offer than candidates, according to Helen O’Keefe, who runs a leading national health & safety executive search agency. This will be the subject of her zoom presentation for CSG at midday on Tuesday 12 October.
Helen will discuss the reasons for the current shortage of applicants happening across the board in a range of industries, as well as in different levels and roles in the OHS field.
She will be offering advice to recruiters, current job seekers and people trying to decide whether to move in the current job climate. “When you have a candidate-led market, the traditional recruitment methods may not work,” says Helen. “Candidates also need to consider certain things carefully before accepting a new role.”
Helen will talk about how workplace changes during the pandemic have led to some organisations creating different OHS roles or adding new requirements.
The session will conclude with discussion and questions from the audience.

About the Speaker:

Helen O’Keefe is the founder of HOK Talent Solutions, which specialises in national HSE recruitment. Helen has a passion for the health and safety industry, and had been working in recruitment for this sector before founding her own agency in 2015. Prior to this, her background includes working as National Recruitment Manager for the Australian Red Cross, and as an HR consultant with pharmaceutical company GSK.

Date: Tuesday 12 October 2021
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
How: Online via Zoom.
N.B. A video recording of the session will be available on the website exclusively for financial members.
Cost: Financial members* free. Others $10
[Individual membership fee for 2021: $75]
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