Australia Issues Dozens of Notices on Workplace Safety

SafeWork SA (Australia) inspectors have issued dozens of notices regarding workplace safety provisions and the transport of dangerous goods during a recent joint operation at Monteith.
Teams of eight inspectors working in three daily shifts from the agencys Prevention, Response, Investigation and Dangerous Substances Teams joined South Australia Police and the Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure in inspecting heavy vehicles. (WCxKit)
In South Australia, SafeWork SA regulates the handling and transport of dangerous substances (such as fuel and chemicals), especially by road as well as checking compliance with general workplace safety provisions.
During the operation, SafeWork SA:
  1.  inspected 135 vehicles for compliance with Dangerous Goods and Occupational Health Safety and Welfare laws
  2.  issued 50 Improvement Notices for fire extinguisher, maintenance or first aid provisions
  3.  issued 4 Dangerous Substances Notices for vehicle markings, fire extinguishers or provision of personal protective equipment
  4.  distributed booklets on the new First Aid Regulations and Code of Practice now in effect in SA
  5.  provided information to drivers regarding problem areas frequently identified by SafeWork SA inspectors when inspecting heavy vehicles.


From SafeWork SAs perspective, the operation was a great success and any opportunity to join other government agencies on matters of public safety is always welcomed,” said Acting Executive Director, Bryan Russell.
There is growing awareness amongst drivers and their employers of their statutory obligations regarding the transport of dangerous goods and workplace safety issues such as fire extinguishers and first aid kits, however several of the notices issued covered separate breaches in the same vehicles. 
Overall the level of non-compliance came in at about 20 to 25%, indicating some work still lies ahead for both us and the industry.”

Author Robert Elliott, executive vice president, Amaxx Risks Solutions, Inc. has worked successfully for 20 years with many industries to reduce Workers Compensation costs, including airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. See for more information.  Contact: or 860-553-6604.

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