A fresh look at safety inspections -lunchtime talk Tuesday 9 October

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Central Safety Group lunchtime talk Tuesday 9 October 2018
Non-members welcome!

RSVP by COB Friday 5 October

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A fresh look at safety inspections

There has been surprisingly little research done on how inspectors assess health and safety in workplaces. Although the inspectors' task is grounded in rules and regulations, there are few measures of whether site inspections are standardised, comprehensive and non-idiosyncratic.

Dr Ross Donohue, our speaker on 9 October, has been doing ground-breaking work on this. His research found inconsistencies in how regulatory workplace inspections were conducted, with a wide variety of methodologies and measures in use. There were also few ways to check and validate assessments.

As a result Ross has developed a 7-item generic OHS metric checklist as a standardised tool to assist inspectors. He has also made recommendations for improvements to the induction and training of OHS inspectors.

A trial of this system is being conducted with WorkSafe Victoria inspectors and will be launched internationally at a conference on Wellbeing in the Workplace in Paris next May.

Ross also sees the need for developing measures and training to assist OHS inspectors to assess psycho-social risk.

About the Speaker
Dr Ross Donohue
Dr Ross Donohue works in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University as a Senior Lecturer.

He is currently working on a program to improve the training, competency assessment and development of safety inspectors.

His other work includes developing a competency-based framework and continuing professional development program for OHS regulators.

Meeting Details

Topic: A fresh look at safety inspections
Speaker:  Dr Ross Donohue, Senior Lecturer, Monash University

When: 12:00-1:00pm, Tuesday, 9 October 2018
Where: Level 1, 333 Queen Street Melbourne (AMS Consulting Group)

Cost: attendance members free, non-members $10
          Lunch (optional): sandwich and juice lunch $15
          [Individual membership fee for 2018: $70]

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RSVP by close of business Friday 5 October 2018

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Or contact Jane Loudon, Secretary, Central Safety Group
phone 9387 9768 | mobile 0417 040 252

(NOTE: To cover catering costs, the full fee will be charged for those who advised they would be having lunch but did not attend.)


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