WorkSafe Queensland is reminding employers and licenses electrical workers who supervise electrical apprentices about the importance of verifying e-profiling cards submitted by apprentices. The e-profiling record is used to determine an apprentice’s readiness to undertake their capstone assessment. This assessment leads to the completion of their qualification, which may ultimately result in an electrical work license.
Verifying e-profile cards must not be merely a tick and flick process. Employers are verifying the evidence provided to ultimately determine the apprentice’s competency to perform electrical work and qualify for an electrical work licence. Additionally, this information forms part of an apprentice’s assessment and may be used as evidence by the regulator if there are future issues relating to competency.
The Queensland Government has introduced the Worker’s Compensation and Rehabilitation (National Injury Insurance Scheme) Amendment Bill 2016 (the Bill) to provide lifetime care and support to
people who are catastrophically injured in the workplace.
- Multiple amputations;
- Extensive burns; and
- Traumatic blindness. This now forms part of the National Injury Insurance Scheme.
- Develop robust water risk management plans; and
- Immediately report the presence of Legionella bacteria
Catastrophic injuries include:
State Industrial Relations Minister, Grace Grace, said that under the Bill, Queensland workers who suffer serious personal injuries as a result of work-related events will get the treatment they need, regardless of fault.
The Queensland Parliament has passed the Public Health (Water Risk Management) Amendment Bill 2016 to help counter the threat of the spread of Legionella bacteria in health care facilities.
From now on, all hospitals, public residential aged care facilities and private health facilities in Queensland are required to:
Water risk management plans must include a description of the facility’s water distribution system, as well as identifying hazards, hazard sources and hazardous events relevant to the system.
A person in charge of a prescribed facility most notify the Department of Health within 1 day of becoming aware of a test confirming the presence of Legionella bacteria.
Penalties for non-compliance range from 200 penalty units (currently $23,560) to 1,000 penality units (currently $117,800).
For more information, visit www.worksafe.qld.gov.au
The Formwork Code of Practice 2016 has been approved by the Minister of Employment and Industrial Relations, Grace Grace. This updates the Formwork Code of Practice 2006. The updated code of practice will
apply to construction work that have commenced on or after 31 March 2016.
- Current best practice in formwork safety management
- Responsive to industry needs and safety concerns; and
- Consistent with the Work Health and Safety Act 2012
- A new risk-based approach to design, certification and inspection requirements (height and volume will be the key factors to decide when engineer sign-off is required);
- Recommended use of stair tread systems as the primary means of gaining access to a working deck (where reasonably practicable); and
- Requiring certification for imported material that is to be used for traditional formwork. This material must conform to Australian Standards;
The updates to the existing code of practice are aimed at ensuring it is:
The key changes include:
For more information and to access the code of practice, go to www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/laws-and-compliance/codes-of-practice/formwork-code-of-practice-2016-commences-31-march-2016