“This inquiry will be investigating the prevalence of bullying, harassment and discrimination within a number of emergency services agencies and the effectiveness of protocols and procedures in place to manage and resolve such complaints,” the Hon Robert Borsak, Chair of the Committee said.
The committee will be focusing on agencies including, the NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW, the NSW Police Force, the NSW State Emergency Service and the Ambulance Service of NSW.
Using Drones, Apps, Computer Simulations, and Social Media for Safety
Work health and safety regulators, technology leaders and a range of government and private sector organisations met at a breakfast seminar to discuss the introduction and embedding of these new technologies to enhance work health and safety.
The seminar was co-hosted by WorkSafe ACT, SafeWork NSW and the Safety Institute of Australia and showcased progress and use of new technologies to date and foreshadowed emerging technologies and its uses.
The WA Government has approved the process of up dating the current W.A. health and safety legislation. They are not planning to adopt the harmonised WHS Model Act and Regulations but will base their legislation on the Model Act. It will improve consistency with WHS law in the rest of Australia and cover all industries.
The plan includes introducing a number of industry specific regulations to suit the State's unique conditions, enabling the resources sector to continue to use a risk-based approach. Petroleum and major hazard facility industries will continue to operate under a safety case approach.
Statistics between January and May 2017 show a spike in serious injuries to workers on Sydney building sites. At least 13 construction workers were killed or seriously injured in falls.
The Executive Director of SafeWork NSW said: “A fall, even from a relatively low height, can result in serious injury or death. Most of the recent incidents could have been prevented if safe work systems such as safety harnesses or work platforms had been used.”
“Inspectors will be conducting planned and unannounced visits to construction sites across Sydney, and will show zero tolerance to workers being put at risk of serious or fatal injuries,” he said.