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DYS Issue 68 - November 2019


1. Effective WHS Leadership Actions - Research Results

The Centre for WHS is a Division of the NSW Dept of Consumer Affairs and it recently completed research that would be of interest and value for workers, supervisors, managers, HSRs and committee health & safety committee members.

You can see the research results HERE on the Centre’s website. The results include the details of the four sets of behaviours that will deliver safety results and achieve good leadership.

2. Combatting the Adverse Health Effects of Too Much Sitting

The evidence in favour of reducing sitting time and increasing the frequency of movement in the workplace, continues to grow. Researchers at the University of Queensland created a program and toolkit called BeUpstanding that can be used in any workplace to identify how to sit less and move more. The toolkit is supported by Comcare, Safe Work Australia and other government bodies. For more details go to the BeUpstanding website HERE.

3. Safe Work Australia Latest Report on Fatalities and Serious Incidents

Safe Work Australia has released their Key Work Health & Safety Statistics Australia 2019 Report with an overview containing the latest national work-related injury, disease, and fatality statistics. And it’s presented in a format of tables, diagrams and images.

4. Which is Best? Onsite or Public WHS Training?

Recent feedback from our trainers has again highlighted the fact that clients and onsite course attendees get the most enjoyment and satisfaction from doing practical exercises about real situations and work systems in their workplace. This is perhaps not surprising. (Imagine the buzz a trainee pilot gets from flying and landing a plane for the first time.)

Training in real situations, the actual location and physical environment – it all helps boost the reality, relevance, retention and application of the course information for the attendee.

This article lists and compares the advantages of public and onsite training and you can read the full article HERE

5. How to Minimise WHS Risks in Your Workplace

Minimising WHS risk so far as is reasonably practicable means that the risk is not eliminated but it is reduced to the lowest possible level that is reasonably practicable. And that low level of risk could be the level of “extremely unlikely” or even less.

That sounds like a very desirable state of WHS risk control. And if you research a number of Court judgements you will usually find that a workplace fatality or injury happened because;

  • the hierarchy of control was not used, or

  • it was only partially used, or

  • it was used but the risk controls were not always applied. Read more HERE

6. Courtenell Calendar of Public Courses for Jan-June 2020

We do not have any seats available on our public courses for 2019 but we do have available seats in January 2020. You can see our 2020 public courses calendar on our website and download a PDF copy from our website HERE. It also includes a list of our onsite courses.

7. How to Maintain and Review WHS Risk Controls

If all WHS risks in your workplace have been eliminated, or you have used the hierarchy of control measures to minimise all WHS risks so far as reasonably practicable, then you are in a very good work health & safety position.

However, WHS risk controls need to be maintained and reviewed to ensure they are still effective. Two clauses in the WHS Regulation deal with this; clause 37 deals with the maintenance of control measures, and clause 38 deals with the review of control measures. Read the rest of this article HERE


This publication provides general information about WHS. It is not a legal opinion and does not represent a comprehensive statement of the law to be applied to a particular problem.

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