David McIvor

PRINCIPALS’ OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELLBEING SURVEY 2019

The report of the latest Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey makes very interesting reading – and notes the disgraceful situations of principals being punched, kicked, headbutted, bitten, spat at, stabbed with scissors or pencils and having school furniture flung at them. The survey has run nationally every year since 2011 in response …

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Work Safety in HealthCare

OSHA’s CEO and Principal Consultant Dr David McIvor has addressed the 2019 national conference of the ‘Health Excellence Institute of Australia’. His talk focussed on “Work Safety in Health Care”. To see his paper, CLICK HERE. Themes covered in the paper included: Major sources of work-related injuries, illnesses and claims in the healthcare sector Inherent …

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WORKING FROM HOME?

Are you working full or part-time from home, or other remote working location? If so, you’re not alone. You still have a right to be able to do your work in a healthy and safe way, in a healthy and safe workplace.  The legal duties (on your employer – and you) under the WHS Act …

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Home-based workers still subject to Work Safety rules

DAVID MCIVORTHE AUSTRALIANNOVEMBER 29, 2014THE increasing number of people working from home is a feature of modern life.Some people run home-based businesses. New mums work from home while looking after young children. And more employers are allowing, even encouraging, employees to work from home rather than come into a main workplace. With a National Broadband Network, working from …

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COMPUTERS AND YOUR EYESIGHT

The use of digital devices, including personal computers, tablets and cell phones, continues to increase.  And, the impact of prolonged usage can often be felt in the eye. Research shows computer eye problems are common. Somewhere between 50% and 90% of people who work at a computer screen occasionally have at least some symptoms of …

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NEAR MISSES – OR NEAR HITS? ARE THEY WORTH INVESTIGATING?

If we accept the basic incident model that says hazards cause or contribute to incidents, and the outcomes of incidents are variously death/injury/illness/damage/cost, then all outcomes must be after-the-event indicators of something having gone wrong. In that context they are lagging indicators. When an incident occurs but there is no measurable outcome, these tend to …

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STRETCH IT OUT

5 Ways To Stretch It Out At Your Desk If you spend most of the workweek sitting, these fast and easy desk stretches are the perfect way to add some fit to your day. It’s no secret, sitting at a desk all day is tough on your health. That’s why it’s so important to add …

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