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26
Feb

PCBUs and officer fined $223k, cheap controls overlooked

The following article from OHS Alert  is clear evidence of the danger of ignoring Codes of Practice or WorkSafe guides because they aren’t legislation.  The case in this article  demonstrates that you do so at your peril. For other informative OHS articles subscribe to OHS Alert News Service Here Read Full Article
25
Oct

Key learning in a recent emergency at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

A workplace emergency is an unwanted event however a recent emergency in NSW has provided some valuable lessons in preparation and preparedness for all worksites. A serious fire on a construction site led to the collapse of a large crane and during a coronial inquiry into the incident the coroner found that whilst the fire was extremely serious; “The evacuation,

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23
Oct

Decline in House Fires is Good News

Tasmania has experienced a fall in the number of house fires over the past 20 years. This is due to targeted education by the Community Fire Safety division of Tasmania Fire Service. School Fire Education starts by reaching our children in primary schools across the state who take the fire safety message back to the home with many families planning

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30
Sep

How do we respond to alarms?

We hear alarms on a daily basis, home security or car alarms can be an extreme annoyance, most people ignore them and just keep walking by. Have you ever been in a busy supermarket when a fire alarm sounds? People have become so accustomed to false alarms being a nuisance and not a real emergency and just keep on shopping.

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7
Sep

TFS 2016 Bushfire Safety – MAKE A PLAN

Bushfire sparks and embers can rain down well ahead of a fire. Just because you can’t see the fire doesn’t mean you’re safe. Know your bushfire risk and make a plan.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT –TASFIRE TRAINING

Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) has recently conducted a review of service delivery, including services offered by TasFireTraining, TFS’ commercial training division.

From April 2021 TasFire Training will no longer be delivering training courses to the non-government sector apart from those workplaces that have on site Emergency Response Teams. We would like to thank you for your custom over the period we have built our relationship.

We understand that this is a big change, however this will allow TFS to focus on supporting the emergency response capability of government departments and emergency response teams in high risk industries with the resources we have available. The following links provide information on issues of compliance:

We recommend that you review the following Worksafe document: Managing the work environment and also refer to Section 5 Emergency Plans, and this fact sheet Fact sheet -Emergency Plans.

WHS Legislation requires workplaces to have an emergency plan in place and people are appropriately trained. The following is a Worksafe link to a code of practice laws-and-compliance / codes-of-practice

Advice on development and legislative requirements on Fire Evacuation Plans for specified buildings go to Evacuation Plans.

Scheduled public courses will proceed until the March 31, 2021and can be found here.

We undertake to monitor impacts of this decision on the sector over time and we encourage you to seek out an alternative training provider that meets your needs.

If you have any concerns or have any further questions please contact Acting Director of Training Jeff Harper on (03) 61665500 or by email to Jeffrey.Harper@fire.tas.gov.au with the Subject: TasFire Training – withdrawal of services.

Justin Young
Manager–TasFireTraining

 

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