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How do you support workers to understand complex regulations?

How do you support workers to understand complex regulations?

Over the past few years, many organisations operating in highly complex and regulated environments (agriculture, construction and forestry) have identified that areas of non-compliance are directly related to the complexity of the legislation, regulations and codes that workers are required to follow.

Factors include the sheer volume and difficulty of the requirements to understand and apply, diverse workforces that may have low language, literacy and numeracy skills, and the nature of these industries where people are often working remotely and unsupervised.

When you have some or all of these factors, you can get non-compliance.

12 months ago, a state government regulator asked LDN to provide a solution to their challenge of high rates of environmental non-compliance within their industry. The regulator understood that issuing fines wasn’t making an impact on workers understanding the requirements and complying, so they approached LDN to investigate the root cause of non-compliance and to provide a solution.

After extensive industry, government, and educational consultation, LDN’s solution was to create a ‘just-in-time’ training tool. This tool synthesised all their complex industry environmental regulations and codes into simple language that workers could understand and then apply, for all tasks they were undertaking, even in remote locations.

This tool was launched and piloted in one Australian state, then based on feedback and its success, LDN was asked to create similar tools for every state and territory in Australia.

This resulted in over 3000+ pages of industry regulations and legislation being synthesised and categorised based on every specific task a worker would undertake during their day-to-day job. This tool now makes it easy for workers to understand, apply and comply with their required state-specific environmental regulations.

If you find you have similar non-compliance and are regulated by highly complex rules and laws, we can demonstrate how your industry can benefit from a similar tool.

 

For a demonstration on how we can help make the complex simple, call 03 9510 0477 or email info@safetydimensions.com.au

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New programs: Diversity & Inclusion, Time Management and Leading Through Change.

New programs: Diversity & Inclusion, Time Management and Leading Through Change.

Our newest programs Diversity & Inclusion, Time Management and Leading Through Change can be delivered either face-to-face at your workplace or via our live instructor-led interactive online platform, LDN-i.

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace – what does it really mean for your organisation?
A diverse and inclusive workplace is one that ensures everyone, regardless of role, nationality, orientation or identity feel equally involved and valued in the organisation and its growth.

It goes beyond workplace policies and procedures and acknowledges the unique needs, contributions and perspectives of all as an asset to an organisation. Research has shown some of the benefits of diverse and inclusive workplaces include gains in competitive advantage through higher engagement, more creativity, higher levels of collaboration,  staff satisfaction and better retention levels.

If you are looking to strengthen your organisation’s approach to diversity, our thought-provoking one-day program gives participants an understanding of the personal and economic need to embrace inclusion practices, and the benefits, barriers, and expectations of what it means to live and work with diversity, inclusion and belonging.

Participants in this program will:

  • Build personal relevance around what diversity and inclusion means;
  • Identify their own beliefs and attitudes in relation to diversity and inclusion in various areas;
  • Understand the personal and business benefits of diversity and inclusion;
  • Determine the internal and external barriers that prevent inclusion in the workplace and learn what to do when the barrier presents itself;
  • Learn how to embed diversity into plans and day-to-day operations; and
  • Discover how to support the development of a diverse and inclusive workforce.

This program is aligned to the nationally recognised Diploma-level unit of competency, BSBLDR521 Lead the development of diverse workforces.

This program can be customised for your industry and workplace and we can deliver the one-day program either face-to-face at your workplace, or via our live instructor-led online platform, LDN-i.

Want to find out more and book this program?

Call 03 9510 0477  or email info@safetydimensions.com.au

Time Management: Do More, Stress Less

Do any of these phrases sound familiar: ‘What did you do in all that time?’, ‘I just don’t have enough time!’?.  Statements like these can create stress and frustration, and impact workplace relationships and performance.

It’s expected we are masterful in the critical skill of time management but how do we gain those skills?

Leadership Dimension’s half-day ‘Time Management: Do More, Stress Less’ program helps participants to; explore the barriers to effective time management, identify their own individual time-wasting activities and explore methods to enable them to work smarter, not harder.

They’ll gain the skills and knowledge needed to effectively manage time and conflicting priorities at work, including:

  • Learning how to plan, prioritise, and organise conflicting priorities;
  • Exploring how to manage distractions and overcome procrastination;
  • Understanding how to clarify objectives and negotiate deadlines;
  • Discovering how to manage stakeholders’ expectations; and
  • Building trust and confidence that participants will deliver on what was promised when it was promised.

At the conclusion of the program, participants will have created their own personalised time management action plan they will be able to implement immediately after the program.

This program can be customised for your industry and workplace and we can deliver the one-day program either face-to-face at your workplace, or via our live instructor-led interactive online platform, LDN-i.

Want to find out more and book this program?

Call 03 9510 0477  or email info@safetydimensions.com.au

Leading Through Change

If the last 18 months has taught us anything, it’s that change and uncertainty is constant.

Not only do Leaders need to understand how the forces of change impact on business operations, but they also need to assess which strategies are more likely to engage and support staff in uncertain and turbulent environments.

Our ‘Leading Through Change’ half-day program supports leaders to:

  • Understand how change affects performance and a Leader’s role in this journey;
  • Recognise the signs of change fatigue, what causes it and potentially what could tip people over the edge; and
  • Discover what people need most during change and what a Leader can do to help their team manage change fatigue and uncertainty (including the impact upon people’s reactions and emotions) and create a climate of certainty in the face of shifting priorities.

At the end of the program leaders will:

  • Understand how the forces of change impact on business operations and how leaders/ managers can adapt in times of uncertainty;
  • Assess which strategies are more likely to engage and support staff in a turbulent environment;
  • Implement communication strategies designed to create certainty around constant change; and
  • Apply key principles back in the workplace and help to develop a change management process

This is an accredited program which leads to the unit of competency BSBTWK503 Manage meetings.

This program can be customised for your industry and workplace and we can deliver the one-day program either face-to-face at your workplace, or via our live instructor-led interactive online platform, LDN-i.

Want to find out more and book this program?

Call 03 9510 0477  or email info@safetydimensions.com.au

All our programs can be customised for your industry and workplace and can be delivered either in-person at your workplace or via our live instructor-led interactive online platform, LDN-i. Contact us on 03 95100477 or email info@safetydimensions.com.au for more information.

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Tragically, 194 people were fatally injured at work in 2020.

Safe Work Australia has published the Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Australia 2020 report, a report that provides statistics about injury-related deaths arising from work-related activities.

While the rate of work-related fatalities has decreased 25% over the last decade, and 50% since 2007, any workplace death is unacceptable.

The report shows 68% of worker fatalities occurred in the following industries:

  • Transport, postal and warehousing (49 fatalities)
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing (46 fatalities)
  • Construction (36 fatalities)

The most common causes of worker fatalities were:

  • Vehicle collisions (41%)
  • Being hit by moving objects (13%)
  • Falls from a height (11%)

Understanding the causes of injury and the industries most affected can help reduce work-related fatalities.

Download the full report: https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-11/Work-related%20traumatic%20injury%20fatalities%20Australia%202020.pdf

 

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Vic Employers – Labour-hire workers now considered employees under amended OHS Act

 In September 2021, new laws passed the Victorian parliament to ensure that labour-hire workers have the same rights and safety protections as other workers.

The Occupational Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2021 (the Act) amends the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act), Dangerous Goods Act 1985 (DG Act), Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (WIRC Act) and the Equipment (Public Safety) Act 1994 (EPS Act).

“This legislation will make important improvements to our existing OHS laws – closing gaps that were being exploited by unscrupulous employers and imposing fines for those who continue to do the wrong thing,” said Minister for Workplace Safety, Ingrid Stitt.

So what do the new laws mean for employers in Victoria?

For employers, the new laws close the gap between their workers and labour-hire workers by:

  • Extending the definition of “employer” and “employee”Labour-hire workers are now considered employees of the host under the Act;
  • Requiring labour-hire providers and host employers to consult and cooperate on their shared responsibility to ensure the safety of labour-hire workers. Any breach of this duty is punishable by fines of up to $32,713 for individuals and $163,566 for businesses;
  • Prohibiting contracts that insure or indemnify a person against paying monetary penalties under workplace safety laws. Offering to enter, or holding such a contract will attract penalties of up to $54,522 for individuals and $272,610 for businesses. Individuals and businesses will have a year to unwind from existing contracts; 
  • Protecting labour-hire workers from a host employer discriminating against them for raising health and safety concerns; and
  • Enabling inspectors to issue entry reports to a person electronically (i.e. via email), without first obtaining their consent and similarly the Act also makes amendments to enable inspectors to issue infringement notices electronically to a person without first obtaining their consent.

When do the amendments take effect?

All amendments came into effect on Wednesday 22 September 2021, except for the labour-hire provisions and new offences relating to the prohibition on certain insurance and indemnities.

The latter will commence on Tuesday 22 March, 2022 to give businesses six months to adapt to the new laws and give WorkSafe time to amend its processes and develop guidance.

Need more information on the changes?

You can find information from Worksafe information about the changes here:
https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/occupational-health-safety-and-other-legislation-amendment-act-2021

Ready to train your people in risk management, hazard identification and subcontractor management?

We have a range of programs to train your people in risk management, hazard identification  and subcontractor management which can be tailored specifically to your industry and organisational needs. Training can be delivered as individual modules or as part of one of our accredited programs.
Our programs inlcude: 

BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health & Safety

The BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety is a nationally accredited program that will teach you how to identify hazards in the workplace, assist with responding to incidents, assess and control risk and consult on work health and safety issues. This program is most suited to those in a Safety Officer or Health and Safety Representatives role, or those currently in leadership roles wishing to shift their career into Health and Safety.

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Risk Assessment & Hazard Identification

This program helps you identify and describe the difference between a hazard and a risk, and introduces a way of thinking about hazard identification and risk management as an everyday activity.

It will also enhance the skills and capabilities of leaders in the areas of hazard identification, risk analysis and identification and how to implement appropriate risk controls.

Download the course outline>>

Subcontractor Management

Learn to effectively manage WHS site risks and performance by learning how to effectively select, manage and monitor the complex and difficult world of subcontractors.  It also covers the WHS obligations regarding subcontractors, stepping through the various stages of effective subcontractor management, including assessing, evaluating safety history, attitude and managing expectations of performance and reporting.

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Call us on 1300 453 555, email info@safetydimensions.com.au or use our contact form here.

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Work-related fatigue: a guide for employers from WorkSafe Victoria

Work-related fatigue: a guide for employers from WorkSafe Victoria

WorkSafe Victoria has produced a guide on how to prevent workplace injuries to employees.

According to the guide, “Fatigue is an acute and/or ongoing state of exhaustion that leads to physical, mental or emotional exhaustion and prevents people from functioning safely and within normal boundaries.”

Fatigue affects a person’s health, increases the chance of workplace injuries occurring, and reduces performance and productivity within the workplace.

This publication assists employers and persons with duties under OHS laws to comply with those laws in relation to fatigue in the workplace. It explains an employer’s legal obligations, causes and effects of fatigue, how to identify it in the workplace, how to consult with employees, and ways to use a risk management approach to prevent fatigue.

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Download the

Work-related fatigue: a guide for employers

from WorkSafe Victoria

Ready to train your people in safety, risk management, hazard identification or subcontractor management?

We have a range of programs to train your people in risk management, hazard identification  and subcontractor management which can be tailored specifically to your industry and organisational needs. Training can be delivered as individual modules or as part of one of our accredited programs.

You can see our full program suite here >> or see some relevant qualifications or units below:

BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health & Safety

The BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety is a nationally accredited program that will teach you how to identify hazards in the workplace, assist with responding to incidents, assess and control risk and consult on work health and safety issues. This program is most suited to those in a Safety Officer or Health and Safety Representatives role, or those currently in leadership roles wishing to shift their career into Health and Safety.

Read more about this program >>

Risk Assessment & Hazard Identification

This program helps you identify and describe the difference between a hazard and a risk, and introduces a way of thinking about hazard identification and risk management as an everyday activity.

It will also enhance the skills and capabilities of leaders in the areas of hazard identification, risk analysis and identification and how to implement appropriate risk controls.

Contact us.

 

Subcontractor Management

Learn to effectively manage WHS site risks and performance by learning how to effectively select, manage and monitor the complex and difficult world of subcontractors.  It also covers the WHS obligations regarding subcontractors, stepping through the various stages of effective subcontractor management, including assessing, evaluating safety history, attitude and managing expectations of performance and reporting.

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Want to find out more about how we can customise our programs to your industry and organisation?
Let's talk!
Call us on 1300 453 555, email info@safetydimensions.com.au or use our contact form here.

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How do you support workers to understand complex regulations?

5 tips for working successfully with subcontractors

Organisations are increasingly including subcontractors in their internal training, so everyone is aligned under a single Health & Safety framework. Not only is this beneficial for alignment of safety behaviours, but from a WHS compliance perspective, you have a duty of care to everyone who walks on site – and this includes your subcontractors.

Here are 5 things you should do to meet your WHS obligations and make partnering with your subcontractors run smoothly.

 

1. Know your obligations

Do you know your legal obligations when it comes to your subcontractors?

If you don’t know how can you plan to be compliant?

PCBUs (Persons Conducting Business or Undertaking) must ensure the health and safety of all workers at work in the business or undertaking including those :

  • who are engaged or are caused to be engaged by the PCBU – this includes subcontractors.
  • whose activities in carrying out work are influenced or directed by the PCBU.

You can check out our video below “WHAT AM I ACCOUNTABLE FOR?” which covers information about your general obligations.

2. Align subbies with your safety culture

Get your subcontractors involved in your internal safety training. Doing a safety course or have a special safety briefing? Get them involved. Subcontractors can’t meet your standards if they don’t know what your standards are. Training should focus on how to build partnerships with your subcontractors, rather than micro-managing them.

 

3. Appropriate supervision

Have regular project meetings to address whether your subcontractors’ performance is meeting the project’s safety and quality requirements. Keep a record of the communications and documentation you share with subcontractors so everyone is clear on who needs to do what, when and how.

 

4. Two-way communication

There should be two way communications between you and your subcontractor. Always be approachable and communicate clearly and succinctly so there’s no room for miscommunication or errors.  When the lines of communication are easy and each side knows the expectations, issues can get resolved more quickly and more gets accomplished.

 

5. Give them feedback

When you need to give your subcontractor feedback, do it in a way that encourages continuous improvement rather than blame, and remediation over retaliation. It’s also important to give positive feedback and acknowledge a job well done.

Want to learn to manage subcontractors?

Our 1-day live and interactive online program via computer or device.

Our program covers the WHS obligations regarding subcontractors and is designed to step through the various stages of effective subcontractor management, including assessing, evaluating safety history, attitudes, performance and reporting.

Subcontractor Management is one of our most popular and requested programs, now available to the public via our live and interactive online format, available from anywhere you can access an internet connection.

Program Format & Cost


This program is a facilitator-led, real-time, interactive training environment via an internet-connected computer or device.
This is not a pre-recorded online program, it is the same experience as our face-to-face programs.


Dates and costs : contact us

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