Investigating General Workplace Safety

This week we investigate general workplace safety and an overview of recent statistics paints a frightening picture.

The below information is taken from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland website:

  • For the period January – June 2012, 19 fatalities were recorded
  • 19 fatalities included 17 workers and 2 bystanders
  • This figure includes fatalities resulting from work related trauma at the workplace only. It does not include commuting fatalities / medical intervention or natural causes.
  • The rural sector (including agriculture, forestry and fishing) and the construction sector had the highest number of fatalities (6 each).
  • The most common nature of injury for fatalities during the period was ‘internal injury of chest, abdomen and pelvis’ and ‘Multiple injuries’ (6 each), followed by ‘brain injury’ and ‘electrocution’ (2 each)
  • Being hit by objects’ was the most common incident mechanism (5) among fatalities during the period, followed by ‘vehicle incidents’ (3)
  • ‘Farm Worker’ was the most common occupation group (5) for workers who died during the period, followed by ‘plant operator’ and ‘truck driver’ (3 each). Bystanders accounted for 2 deaths

Makes for sober reading doesn’t it.

As passionate safety professionals, NT encourages all workers to be actively and consciously aware of staying safe at the workplace each and every day / night.

Part Time Work Australia

There are many reasons why people may be looking for part time work in Australia. Part time work is ideal for travellers wanting to fund their exploits, students wanting to work their way through uni, parents juggling children with responsibilities and those needing to supplement their major source of income to meet their bills. The hospitality and construction industries are both great sources of part time work in Australia with a range of unskilled jobs offering flexible hours and shift work.

The hospitality industry is well known for its shift work and covers food preparation, waitressing, kitchen hand jobs and bar work. Those wanting to acquire work within hospitality will benefit from a food safety online course or Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) online course. The Food Safety online course covers basic food handling safety requirements and is beneficial to anyone wishing to work where food is prepared and served. The RSA is a legal requirement for anyone working where alcohol is served including bars, clubs and restaurants, and covers a range of topics related to the safe, responsible service of alcohol.

The construction industry is another industry with part time work opportunities in Australia. Labouring jobs often offer flexible conditions and hours and can be worked around other responsibilities like uni or full time employment. Many construction sites offer weekend work and casual conditions. All construction industry jobs require a White Card, including labouring jobs and cleaning jobs where construction is being carried out.

Narbil Training offers the White Card online course, Responsible Service of Alcohol online course and the Food Safety online course 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The courses take an average of 2 to 4 hours to complete and our pass now & pay later offer means there are no up-front fees.

Backpackers Jobs in Australia

Australia, with its stunning beaches, rugged outback and world class cities, is a popular destination for backpackers and students on their gap year. Most backpackers have a limited budget and in order to see the country will need to somehow supplement their savings. The hospitality industry and the construction industry are two industries offering a large range of casual and seasonal work ideal for backpackers.  In order to work in these industries backpackers will need a White Card (CPCCOHS1001A Work Safely in the Construction Industry), RSA (SITHFAB009A Provide Responsible Service of Alcohol), a Food Handling/Safety Certificate (SITXOHS002A – Follow Workplace Hygiene Procedures) or all three!

The White Card is valid throughout all Australian states and territories and is necessary to work in all jobs, both skilled and unskilled in the construction industry ranging from labourers and landscapers through to carpenters and plumbers. Get a White Card.

The Responsible Service of Alcohol Course – RSA is a legal requirement for anyone working where alcohol is served including all bars, pubs and night clubs and licensed restaurants. Backpackers looking for bar jobs will have to complete this course before starting any work within this industry. Get your RSA Certificate.

Hospitality is another industry providing a great range of jobs for backpackers in Australia, and the food safety course is often a requirement or an advantage in all restaurants, bars, cafes and retail outlets that serve food.  Get your Food Handling and Safety Certificate.

Narbil Training provides all three of these courses in a simple online course format.  The courses can be done on any computer with internet at anytime, day or night, and are quick, easy and affordable. We also offer a pass now, pay later service with no payment required until the course is finished.

The majority of backpacker jobs in Australia will require certification of some kind, so those planning to work in Australia will be at an advantage if they acquire a White Card, RSA or Food Handling/Food Safety certificate before setting off.

Hard-Hitting Reforms Considered for Alcohol Abused Australia

Alcohol abuse in Australia has reached a point where new laws are being created to ensure that citizens don’t get out of hand. The country’s Brewers’ Association says that liquor licenses being bought back may be warranted in places where clubs and pubs are in good numbers. Denita Wawn, the association head agreed to the notion and said that restricting the trading hours can be considered if the country is to bring down problems related to alcohol.

Tom Kelly, the eighteen year old who was murdered earlier this year in Kings Cross, has sparked a long flaming debate regarding the way in which the country manages alcohol. Liquor outlets in Australia have grown tremendously over the past twenty years, and even trading hours have been extended.

However, it’s the first time that the alcohol sector in the country has thought about inflicting consumers with reforms that will hit them hard. Australia’s Brewers’ Association represents huge companies such as Carlton United Brewery (CUB) and Lion & Coopers. Derita Wawn is of the opinion that governments might have to buy back licenses where clubs and pubs flourish if the country’s alcohol-related issues are to be resolved.

RSA courses are a necessity for any individual looking for a job in Australia’s hospitality sector.

RSA courses news: Low Recordings are Adequate

The union of pilots in Australia is of the belief that the alcohol-testing rule for workers and members of the airline sector, including baggage handlers and engineers, is adequate due to the “infinitesimally low” rate of affirmative recordings. The air-safety regulator of the country also released numbers that showed that only forty five out of 51,000 people tested for alcohol and drugs between the latter stages of 2008 and March 2012, signalling positive readings.

Any individual who has anything to do with aircrafts, including cabin crew, baggage handlers, engineers and pilots will be tested by the Civil Aviation and Safety Authority. Peter Gibson, a CASA spokesman said that legal action was being pursued against those who were tested positive for alcohol and drugs.

One of the pilots of Qantas was recorded positive for alcohol recently, and an investigation has been launched into the same. The captain was made to leave the Boeing 767-300 after her cabin crew’s suspicion grew stronger over her alcohol consumption. Australia and International Pilots Association’s vice-president Richard Woodward said that CASA’s random alcohol and drug testing system needed an overhaul due to the “infinitesimally low” rate of affirmative recordings.

Anyone looking for a job in Australia’s hospitality industry is required to have undergone Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training courses so as to better understand how to handle patrons in an alcohol-serving environment.

Australia Considering National Minimum Price for Alcohol Sales

Alcohol may be charged at a nation-wide minimum price in Australia and hotels have already started their fight-back. The AHA (Australian Hotels Association) has requested the centralised government to dismiss the notion of charging a national starting price on booze.  The ANPHA (Australian National Preventative Health Agency) wants to set a minimum price for sales of alcohol in Australia – something that faces strong opposition from the AHA.

The National CEO of the AHA, Des Crowe said that drink prices would be forced up by introducing a starting price, and the moderate consumers wouldn’t be as impacted as the problem drinkers. The AHA presented its argument by saying that the rule of a minimum price would have an impact on responsible drinkers more than the others, as problem drinkers are most likely to carry on with alcohol abuse, no matter how much they are charged. They think that a large group of people will face financial hardships, without altering the alcohol consumption of the problem drinkers.

Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) courses are a compulsion for any individual looking for employment in the country’s hospitality sector. The course trains students on how to deal with various situations in an alcohol-serving environment.

RSA Training News: Qantas Airways Captain Suspended – Drunk!

According to a new report, the Boeing 737-300 double-engine jet’s captain of Qantas Airways was suspended from the plane’s cockpit only moments before her scheduled take off to Brisbane, from Sydney. Qantas Airways has a zero tolerance policy for alcohol intake by staff members who are on duty, regardless of what levels are detected in the blood. It was the flight attendants who suspected the pilot’s behaviour and reported the same to the operation centre soon after the aircraft left the gate toward departure.

There were over 250 passengers on board for the trip to Queensland’s Gold Coast City. The pilot was asked to leave the cockpit immediately once detected and the jet was made to return to Kingsford-Smith Airport’s gate. After assigning a substitute captain to replace the flight officer who was suspended, the aircraft took off to Brisbane. CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) has been informed of the incident by the airline. A full investigation is set to be conducted and the trial will begin after the findings have been collected in one month’s time.

RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) courses train students on how to go about serving alcohol to people in the hospitality sector. It is a must for any individual seeking a job in Australia’s hotel industry.

Debate over Death on Kings Cross

Kings Cross inSydneyhas seen a public uproar over the passing of Thomas Kelly, an eighteen year old who died after being hit while he walked along a street on Kings Cross earlier in July, 2012. A panel which included police, politicians, representatives of the liquor industry and crime experts were crammed into the Town Hall to hold discussions about the issue, with hundreds of public representatives.

Mark Murdoch, the New South Wales Assistant Police Commissioner addressed the forum saying the time to fixSydney’s alcohol addiction has come. He got straight to the point, without mucking around, and said that the availability and abuse of alcohol is the real problem, drawing applause from the crowd.

He added that drugs have been a historical problem in Kings Cross, however, the alcohol problem seems to be outdoing it. While Mr. Murdoch spoke at the Town Hall, inspectors walked into the bars in Kings Cross to start a major conformity audit of all venues that are licensed on the nightclub strip.

George Souris, the Hospitality Minister assured that checks had commenced and that they will go on over the following few days. He also revealed that the areas licensing approvals and transport issues will be addressed by a management plan that is currently under development. The incident is yet another reminder of responsible behaviour and more vigilance on the part of businesses serving alcoholic drinks, and reiterates the importance of RSA courses.

Western Australia Encourages Pregnant Women to Abstain From Alcohol

The moral responsibility of West Australians has come to the forefront over increasing concerns of selling alcohol to to-be mothers. Reports indicate that luxury hotels are refusing alcoholic beverages to pregnant women. CEO of AHA (Australian Hotel Association) Western Australia Bradley Woods says that employees at liquor outlets and hospitality workers are not sure if they are legally obliged to serve alcohol to pregnant women.

The issue gained prominence when an advertising campaign from a the state government encouraged women who were pregnant to abstain from the consumption of alcohol.

Western Australia is holding hearings this week with regard to foetal alcohol syndrome following an enquiry from the federal parliament.

The campaign is picking up pace and posters that say ‘abstaining from alcohol during pregnancy is the safest step forward’ are being put up at several places. While banning pregnant women from consuming alcohol may be an option, the campaign stresses on educating them first before being forced into creating such a law. Bartenders and hospitality workers who have undergone RSA courses in alcohol serving will be trained on how to handle situations in a bar or restaurant. It is absolutely vital that you have the requisite training before applying for a job in the country’s hospitality sector.

New Report Reveals RSA Licensees in NSW More Responsible With Service

The advantages of undergoing training courses in responsible service of alcohol are bringing many benefits to licensed venues. According to a recent report released by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, RSA licensed staff of establishments serving liquor was more responsible in their service and less likely to allow youngsters to consume acute levels of alcohol.

A survey conducted with over 2,500 young adults in 2002, 2006 and recently in 2011 revealed positive trends in alcohol service around New South Wales. The participants were asked numerous questions on their drinking habits in licensed venues. The respondents were then filtered out based on premises that served alcohol beyond the acute risk limit. They were also asked to indicate their behavioural signs of intoxication like slurred speech, loss of coordination, spilling of drinks, loud behaviour, quarrelsome attitude, and falling over.

About 60% of the respondents admitted that they had in fact consumed dangerous levels of alcohol in public as opposed to 66% in 2006. The weekly rate of drinking in excess has also significantly reduced from 25.1% to 20.2%. The vigilance of staff trained in RSA courses also showed significant improvement. The number of patrons identified with signs of intoxication increased from 10% in 2002 and 15% in 2006 to 19% last year.