Health and safety

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In this section you will find a range of reports and resources to help you protect yourself and your colleagues at work, including the NSWNMA’s essential 2013 guide to Work Health and Safety Essentials for Nurses and Midwives and the 2014 Nurses and Midwives Guide to Reasonable Workloads.

Also in this section is the Garling Report and news about workers compensation in NSW.




Pilot alcohol project to empower NSW communities

A new project launched yesterday will offer NSW residents much needed support to address alcohol-related harms in their communities. A one-year pilot, the Alcohol Community Action Project (ACAP), will also provide the NSW Government with a model for...



WorkCover inquiry closes today!

Unions are making submissions to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the functions of WorkCover. Nurses and midwives are encouraged to make a brief submission to the Inquiry by telling a quick story about their experiences with Work Health and Safety, Wo...



Workers compensation medical expenses

On 16 December the NSW Government put out a new Regulation regarding workers compensation medical expenses. Before the Regulation, all injured workers who were not receiving weekly payments on 1 January 2013 would be cut off medical payments from 1 J...



Cytotoxic drugs compliance survey

Over 2012-2013, WorkCover inspectors conducted a survey of compliance with requirements for managing risks form cytotoxic drugs. Below is a summary of their report showing, for the most part, a high level of compliance in most areas. WorkCover inten...



Go Home on Time Day

Today is the fifth annual Go Home on Time Day, an initiative of the Australia Institute and beyondblue which aims to promote work-life balance and mentally healthy workplaces. Executive Director of the Australia Institute Dr Richard Denniss said it w...





Unions NSW Safety Awards call for nominations

Unions NSW is calling for nominations for the Unions NSW Safety Awards in the following award categories: Best solution to a health and safety issue (WorkCover Award) Best  individual contribution to WHS (WorkCover Award) Safety Mate Award Return ...



Thousands die or injured at work each year in Australia

Over half-a-million workers injured and thousands killed each year in Australia shows we need to strengthen, not weaken, workplace safety regulation, unions say. Data shows that 600,000 workers are injured per year, 127,000 of those seriously, costi...



Bullying resources

An amendment to the Fair Work Act which passed into law in June 2013 enables the Fair Work Commission to deal with complaints of workplace bullying as from January 1, 2014. [However, much of this could change under the Abbott Liberal Government ele...



Safety alert – sling failures in aged care

WorkSafe Victoria has issued an alert on patient slings. This was issued after two sling failures caused serious injuries to aged care residents. Further information Worksafe Vic alert...