NEWS

Cameras to be used to police Jetski Hoon hot spots.

As the 2016/17 boating season is about to start,  all the jet ski riders that have been hibernating over winter are heading out onto the water to have a good time. But if you plan to behave in an antisocial manner, be aware that  new legislation passed in NSW this past July has given Authorities the ability to place cameras on known trouble spots to monitor and police bad behaviour by jet ski riders. Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Duncan Gay has said   “This will initially be introduced on the Georges River and in Port Hacking and Botany Bay. An evaluation will be completed at the end of the 2016-17 boating season before any other declared areas are considered. It is envisaged that a mix of fixed and temporary cameras could be located on land or water, including vessels, and used to target hot spot on-water enforcement locations identified by police and RMS. The use of existing community safety closed-circuit television infrastructure will be explored where feasible.” “Cameras will be used only in declared areas which have had a history of non-compliance with marine legislation and will not be deployed across the State’s waterways to catch people out for minor offences. This scheme will supplement, rather than replace, police and boating safety officer patrols” Full details of the new legislation can be found here After the rising number of incidents last season, this is a positive move to ensure more people can enjoy a trouble free day on the water, and the small element of troublemakers will eventually be caught and held responsible for their actions. Smile for the camera!... read more

Is the blame game crippling your business?

I was talking to some clients the other day. They are a fair sized manufacturer and we have been implementing a new safety management system into their business. The first was with one of the management team, and the conversation went a little like this Client: I can’t wait to get this system fully implemented Me : Why’s that? Client:  Because it will make everyone accountable, we will be able to see what everyone is responsible for and if it is actually getting done. The guys on the floor won’t be able to avoid things like they have previously. A little while later I was talking with one of the floor staff and the conversation went like this Staff member:  Wow, this system looks really cool, so if I report something here it goes straight to the management and I can see what is being done to fix the issue? Me: Yes, and management can also see that you are doing your part to maintain safety. Staff member:  So they can’t tell me that its my fault when things aren’t getting done when it is actually them holding up the process? Me:  Thats right. This seems to be a fairly common situation in many of the businesses we visit, the management aren’t getting the whole picture and are blaming the workers for things not being done by the book and as efficiently as they could be, while the workers are frustrated by the apparent lack of motion coming from the management. If this is the situation in your workplace what can you do about it?  Here is a few... read more

What you need to know about getting your NSW White Card online.

You want to work in construction in NSW. You will need a whitecard to say you have completed general Construction Induction Training. So you google whitecard training and decide to go with an online one because it is cheap and quick. But there is a couple of things you should know before you take the “easy” option 1. NSW whitecards cannot be issued online, any one who says they can is lying to you 2 Most whitecards issued online are issued as a QLD whitecard, and technically they do have reciprocal recognition in other states. However many of the major builders in NSW will not accept a QLD white card because of the multitude of poor quality providers. So you may show up to work and be told to go home, your whitecard is not good enough. 3. It is really hard to prove who completed the course online, and too many people have worked out how to circumvent the ID process for the online courses. 4. Some of the online courses are TERRIBLE, and you don’t actually learn anything that will keep you safe on site. 5. If you complete the online course you may have to wait up to 3 weeks to get your card, if it comes at all. We have heard many stories of young tradies completing a course and then never getting their card, emails and phone calls not being returned and there is no refund or recourse. So, do it right the first time. Attend a White Card Course with a NSW WorkCover Approved provider, like Excite Safety Training. You will pay a... read more

World Day for Health & Safety 2016

This year’s theme for  World Day for Safety and Health at Work is work related stress Work related stress is something that too many of us are living with on a daily basis and it can massive repercussions on your health and well being.   Being stressed at work can impact all aspects of your life, particularly relationships with those closest to us. If you or your co-workers  are experiencing work related stress, there are a few things that can be done in the workplace  to help reduce the effects. – Encourage workers to take regular breaks Regular breaks for rest, movement,  changing focus or having a drink or snack can allow workers to come back to their task with renewed vigour.   If you have ever found yourself struggling to complete a task while hungry, fatigued or uncomfortable you have most likely experienced anxiety, frustration, and stress, which can lead to poor decision making and injuries.   A short break,  whether it is putting down the tools and going for a walk, taking a nap, grabbing a coffee or doing some star jumps, can be enough to recharge your mind & body and allow you to complete the the task in better humour.   Taking a break may also mean taking additional  days off from time to time.  Make sure you use your holiday leave,  and actually have a break from work – the work will still be there when you return. – Ensure workers are adequately trained Inadequate training is stressful not only for the person trying to work without all the knowledge they require, but also for those... read more

Are you WHS compliant?

How safe is your workplace? Excite Safety Training Director,  Jayme Smith, was recently interviewed by Chris Ashmore as part of the Chartered Accountants – Business in Focus Series. In this interview he talks about workplace safety and what you as a PCBU (Person conducting business or undertaking) are required to do to keep your workers safe and what some of the benefits are if you do the right... read more

Your IPhone could save your life…

Imagine this. You find yourself in an emergency situation and you need to call emergency services, but all you have is someone else’s phone which is pin code locked – and you don’t know the code. What do you do?   1.  Swipe from left to right to reveal the key pad 2.  On the bottom left of the screen tap emergency 3.  Dial 112 to be connected with emergency services wherever you are in the world. The emergency number for the country you are in will also work.  ( Triple zero “000” in Australia,  911 in America, 999 in the UK and so forth) 4. Press the green button to place the call and ask for the service you require – Police / Fire / Ambulance Strangely enough all you need is a handset with a bit of battery power and some sort of network coverage – even if the the handset has no SIM installed or if the network the handset is connected to is inactive in that area. the phone will find any available signal to put you in touch with emergency services. Please share this handy tip with your friends and family as it could just save their life  ... read more

Cheers! Excite Safety Training is now an RTO!!!

We have been working on this for a while , actually about 2 years… but haven’t been able to share until now Excite Safety Training is now a Registered Training Organisation!  RTO code 41296 What does this mean? It means that we are recognised by  ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority) as meeting the requirements to deliver Nationally Recognised Training as We have applied for and gained recognition to deliver the following Units of Competency CPCCOHS1001A – Work safely in the construction industry CPPFES2005A – Demonstrate first attack firefighting equipment PUAWER004B – Respond to workplace emergencies PUAWER005B – Operate as part of an emergency control organisation PUAWER006B – Lead an emergency control organisation PUAWER011B – Manage workplace emergency initial response teams SISOPWC202A – Demonstrate simple personal water craft skills in controlled conditions SISOPWC303A – Ride personal water craft in moderate to difficult conditions You can find full details of these units at Training .gov.au and we will be uploading our course brochures and booking details to our website in the next few days. We are looking forward to delivering our first courses as an RTO soon!... read more

Save time with safety

Cost benefits of safety – Part 4 This is the final of this 4 part series (Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here) looking at some of the major cost benefits to business owners and employers who invest in safety. Some benefits are easy to define, others not so much, but they all affect the bottom line of your business in a positive way Part 4 – Time saved As the old saying goes “Time is money” so it stands to reason that saving time is saving money.   If you have read the preceding three parts you would have seen the cost benefits that investing in safety can return via Tax deductions, increased productivity and Insurance reductions.  But all this takes time you say. Yes. Time will be one of the biggest investments you will make in researching, developing, implementing, documenting and maintaining the health & safety program in your workplace If you would like to save time you could outsource your health and safety program to a professional consultant like Excite Safety Training. Someone who knows the requirements and can give you expert advice on how to achieve the results you want for your workplace health & safety program. With the appropriate advice your workplace could be compliant with your minimum safety requirements in as little as a week,  and your ongoing safety program maintenance commitment could be a little as 2 hours per month.   That means you can start claiming the other benefits sooner. I am proud to announce that Excite Safety Training has developed the “Excite Safety Net” program that can minimise the... read more