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OHS on the Street - Why does health matter to you?

The Ontario Health Study asks citizens on the streets of Toronto why health matters to them! There's never been an easier way to make a difference in the hea...
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Health is important to every person and everybody has their own interpretation on what health means to them.  Occupational health and safety aims to protect peoples fundamental right to be safe in the workplace so they can live their life as they choose to do so.

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Nurses warn against attack on penalty rates

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Nurses and midwives have warned the Federal Government to keep its hands off their penalty rates.Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) federal secretary Yvonne Chaperon said nurses and m.
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The government are looking at changing or removing penalty rates to shift workers (not just nurses).  Not only will this effect these people financially, it will impact on safety in the workplace.  The roll on effect from such a move will see shift workers removing their availability to work unsocial hours, or it will see these people finding alternative jobs where this won't be an issue.  Staffing is already reduced in most workplaces once business hours are over as employers seek to save money by not having to pay too many people penalty rates.  The impact it will create for those who remain in shift work will be; even less staff than there already is to perform the required duties, which will not only impact on the staff's health and safety, but also the patients/public who rely on services such as hospitals, and emergency services.  Over worked and stressed staff results in a higher rate of incidents and errors made at work.  

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Highest OHS fine in South Australian history to be paid by insurance company | Lexology

Highest OHS fine in South Australian history to be paid by insurance company | Lexology | The Future of OHS | Scoop.it
The death of one employee and a near miss for another at an Adelaide's desalination water plant has resulted in the highest Occupational Health and…
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By having insurance companies covering just about everything these days, companies are managing to get off lightly by only paying very minimal amounts of money to get out of paying significant fines for serious breaches to OH&S legislation.  Large companies will pay the insignificant excess' to the insurer and have no incentive to make the changes they should have long before serious incidents had occurred. 

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Metro-North worker James Romansoff died despite new safety system ... - New York Daily News

Metro-North worker James Romansoff died despite new safety system ... - New York Daily News | The Future of OHS | Scoop.it
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Metro-North worker James Romansoff died despite new safety system ...
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This article proves that despite the efforts made by companies to improve their safety procedures, there will always be the factor of 'Human Error,' which unfortunately means that accidents/incidents will always be possible even in the safest of work environments.  

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The kind of work that an Occupational Health and Safety Specialist does.

This video shows the kind of work that occupational health and safety specialists do.

Via Cassie Douglas
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OH&S personnell need to be proactive in their field to minimise the risk to staff in the workplace.  It is interesting that in the USA, OH&S specialists require a minimum 4yr qualification, where as in Australia, this is not necessary.  Employment of properly qualified OH&S staff could further better the safety of workplaces within Australia.

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WorkSafe's approach to marketing safety to teenagers revealed ...

Two articles in two days concerning OHS advertising may seem a little much but in 2008 Australia's Advertising Standards Board (ASB) received complaints about one of the graphic ads used by WorkSafe Victoria at that time.
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Teenagers are the future, teenagers are also exposed to more dramatic and disturbing images on a day to day basis due to advances in modern technology, movies, television, internet and social networking etc.  Teenagers of today are more likely to desensitised to graphic and dramatic advertisement than teenagers from bygone eras.  Therefore graphic examples of accidents/incidents that are potential in the workplace will more likely have a lasting impact on teenagers of today,.

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Randleman man dies in workplace accident | MyFOX8.com

Randleman man dies in workplace accident | MyFOX8.com | The Future of OHS | Scoop.it
RANDLEMAN, N.C. -- Instead of making holiday plans, the family of Martin Soto Rodriguez is getting ready to say their goodbyes after a tragic work accident. The 61-year-old was killed Friday while working at Deep River ...
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Once again it takes a tragic accident to prompt companies to review their safety policies and protocols.  This gentleman unfortunately did not make it home safely from work, which is the fundamental reason we have OH&S legislation and personnel in the workplace.

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Salem high schools named finalists in youth worker safety video contest - Statesman Journal

Salem high schools named finalists in youth worker safety video contest - Statesman Journal | The Future of OHS | Scoop.it
Salem high schools named finalists in youth worker safety video contest
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The top seven videos include: “Flashbacks” by St.
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Teaching children about workplace safety at school is a brilliant idea.  Teaching kids now means they will have work safety well engrained in them once they do finish studies and begin their first jobs.  They will also be more motivated to teach what they know to fellow workers who may not have the knowledge they possess.  Starting work safety education at schools is also great for promoting OH&S as an optional career path as it seems OH&S is something people 'eventually' get into after having some experience in a workplace.  Children are the future, and this is great for the future of OH&S.

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Can you do the Harlem Shake at work - health & safety grounds for dismissal? - Mondaq News Alerts (registration)

Can you do the Harlem Shake at work - health & safety grounds for dismissal? - Mondaq News Alerts (registration) | The Future of OHS | Scoop.it
Can you do the Harlem Shake at work - health & safety grounds for dismissal?
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Interseting case, although the actions of the employee's having fun while on the job initially appeared to breach OH&S policies of the workplace, legally they had not broken any policies regarding OH&S.  This shows the need for ensuring that OH&S managers/staff are fully knowledgeable about the field they are responsible for, to prevent cases of unfair dismissal such as this, and more importantly, to minimise the potential risks in work places which is their fundamental role.

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Workplace Safety (Hilarious)

Probably the funniest "safety video" i've ever seen. Quite possibly the funniest video posted on youtube. And the fact that it is a serious production to war...
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Although situations portrayed in this video appear humorous, it is a simple and effective way of showing workers the many different ways that people can be injured at work.  it shows a variety of settings which gives people ideas on what they can look for in their own work environment that may need to be addressed for safety issues.  Visual images are more likely to stick in peoples mind than education revolving around written examples.

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