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  • Laying charges against officers: a useful strategy?
    The Australian officer convictions have indeed been against small business owners who are 'on the tools' as it were. In that regard it is a similar outcome to those jurisdictions around the world which have introduced the crime of industrial manslaughter: it's the small business owner who gets charged and jailed.

    So far, we can say that directors/officers of large corporates have a near-zero risk of being personally charged with H&S offences or industrial manslaughter.

    I'm not arguing for wielding the big stick, but setting that aside - it doesn't seem fair, does it?
  • Laying charges against officers: a useful strategy?
    Whoa! I didn't realise the penalty provisions in HSW Act 2015 were so severe :lol:
  • Amanda Douglas on cannabis legalisation and drug testing
    Amanda, many thanks for your time and expertise this morning, it's been a fascinating discussion and one that always provokes much debate.
    And thanks to everyone who submitted questions and comments!
  • Amanda Douglas on cannabis legalisation and drug testing
    Time is almost up. Last questions please!
  • Amanda Douglas on cannabis legalisation and drug testing
    The culture of the workplace must be an important factor. Drug testing, particularly random testing, has always struck me as undermining of the trust necessary for a high performance workplace.
  • Amanda Douglas on cannabis legalisation and drug testing
    FWIW, I will be voting in favour of the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which puts me in the minority of the Safeguard survey respondents!
    Experts in health and science far cleverer than me have concluded the Bill is the best way forward, and certainly the current 'war on drugs' regime has failed for decades.
    (If there was evidence that legalisation would result in a higher risk of injury incidents in the workplace, I would think again. But to my knowledge there isn't any.)
  • Amanda Douglas on cannabis legalisation and drug testing
    Looking at the 400+ responses to the recent Safeguard survey on legalisation, I suspect many H&S people fear that legalisation of cannabis will lead to an increase in the number of workers turning up for work impaired.
    Is there any evidence this would occur?
  • Amanda Douglas on cannabis legalisation and drug testing
    Would you expect urine testing to be replaced by oral fluid testing? Given that urine testing is unrelated to impairment.
  • Amanda Douglas on cannabis legalisation and drug testing
    Start firing in your questions, people!
  • Amanda Douglas on cannabis legalisation and drug testing
    OK, it's time to post your questions here. It would be great to have two or three questions posted by, say, 9.15 tomorrow. More questions always arise during the session, of course.
  • Using Social Media Platforms for Engagement
    Interesting - I didn't know you have to re-log in for every chat! Probably because as Forum administrator I log in every morning and stay logged in all day, so I just read contributions as they come in.

    The alternative would be that if the weekly email contains at least one thread you want to comment on, then log in at the overall Forum page (which you can keep on your Favourites) and then you can comment on anything you like, with only the one log-in.
  • Using Social Media Platforms for Engagement
    If the Safeguard Forum had a private channel for an external organisation to use for H&S chat, how would that work for you?
  • Survey: what if recreational use of cannabis is legalised?
    Preliminary analysis of just over 400 responses:

    Supplementary question Mr Speaker: how representative of the general voting population are H&S practitioners?
  • Dr Joanne Crawford on links between musculoskeletal & psychosocial risks
    Joanne, on behalf of everyone, many thanks for your enthusiastic participation and breadth of expertise on this topic. And let's hope for some NZ collaboration with the group in Australia.
    You can give your typing fingers a break now!
  • Dr Joanne Crawford on links between musculoskeletal & psychosocial risks
    Fifteen minutes left, so it's time to get those last questions in! Go on, everything you ever wanted to ask about MSDs and psychosocial risk, but were afraid to ask.
  • Dr Joanne Crawford on links between musculoskeletal & psychosocial risks
    A Forum member has sent me this query which I'm posting on behalf:
    "I am currently writing up the 3rd injury in less that 6 weeks for tennis elbow for workers in the cleaning team. The job involves manual scrubbing and two-thirds of their shift will involve scrubbing motions. Ageing workforce is a factor alongside developing arthritic conditions since commenced employment here. All three are fearful of losing employment and it is likely that the symptoms went unreported for some time. Any advice on preventing escalation of this type of injury?
  • Dr Joanne Crawford on links between musculoskeletal & psychosocial risks
    A couple of thoughts. First, why is the high rate of musculoskeletal disorders not diminishing, given all we have learned over the last 20 years about redesigning work to minimise lifting and pushing (to take one example)?

    Second, have we have kept our efforts to address MSD risks and psychosocial risks in silos, largely disconnected, because 'common sense' does not suggest any link between them?

    Send in your questions for Joanne now - by simply responding to this thread.

    All questions and other responses go into a moderation queue to be released by me in some kind of logical sequence. I can't guarantee all responses will see the light of day, depending on repetition etc.

    I'll release the first question around 9.30am as a starter for ten.
  • Dr Carl Horsley on Safety-II in healthcare
    Carl, many thanks for taking part in this Q&A session and for providing such thoughtful and thought-provoking responses! Now we'd better let you go so you can prepare for another day in ICU, which surely must be the most exciting/alarming work environment of all: you never know what is going to come through your door, and the stakes could not be higher. Thanks for your work - and be sure to pass on our appreciation to all of your team. Good work!
  • Dr Carl Horsley on Safety-II in healthcare
    A last one from me: some people worry that introducing a Safety-II approach to their work will require them to abandon their old ways, ie "Safety-I".
    Erik Hollnagel makes it clear that he sees Safety-II sitting alongside Safety-I.
    What was your experience?
  • Dr Carl Horsley on Safety-II in healthcare
    Now's the time to get those final questions in for Carl!