If you have one or more employees – Workers Comp is compulsory

Independent Brewers Association Beer News, Brewery Safety

  Workers’ compensation is a compulsory, statutory form of insurance for all employers in every state and territory in Australia and provides protection to workers if they suffer a work-related injury or illness. Any brewery that employs or hires workers on a full-time, part-time or casual basis, under an oral or written contract of service…

Plant & Equipment

Independent Brewers Association Beer News, Brewery Safety

What is Plant? Plant includes any machinery, equipment, appliance, container, implement and tool, and includes any component or anything fitted or connected to any of those things. Plant includes items as diverse as lifts, cranes, computers, machinery, conveyors, forklifts, vehicles, power tools and amusement devices. Brewers, like many in the food and beverage industry, purchase…

Forklifts and a safe workplace

Independent Brewers Association Brewery Safety

As we head into a new year it is time to revisit a source of major risk in our workplaces, that of forklifts mixing with pedestrians, fixed plant, other vehicles and the workplace environment. Things can go terribly wrong without the proper controls in place. In this newsletter we will discuss some vital requirements surrounding…

IBASafe: Managing Your Event

Independent Brewers Association Beer News, Brewery Safety

  It’s that time of year where we all dust ourselves off after our Christmas celebrations and look toward planning the events for the year to come. Whether it is your own event or a third party hosted event at your facility/venue, there is a duty to ensure everyone enjoys a successful and safe event,…

IBASAFE: Know Before You Pour

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Chemical Safety In Your Brewery While breweries don’t require large supplies or varieties of hazardous chemicals to function, brewers do make use of cleaners and sanitisers to keep brewery equipment safe to operate—and these materials can cause serious injury if workers are exposed to them and not immediately treated. Similarly, some flammable liquids may be…

IBASAFE: CHAIN OF RESPONSIBILITY LEGISLATION

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ARE YOU PREPARED? With October 1 fast approaching, the Heavy Vehicle National Regulator (NVHR) have reformed to align the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) with other national safety legislation. Under the reforms, everyone in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) for a heavy vehicle will have a non-transferable positive duty to ensure, so far as is…

IBASafe: Working at Heights

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Working safely whilst at heights A fall hazard is potential to be displaced from one level to another, no matter the height, but obviously the greater the height the more severe the outcome. Understanding the risks associated with the work to be conducted is important in knowing if a safer alternative is available and what…

IBASafe: prevent manual handling injuries at your brewery

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How to prevent manual handling injuries impacting your brewery Statistics published by Safe Work Australia for 2015-16 report the average time off work for a Musculoskeletal Disorder is between 5-6 weeks. The average Workers Compensation claim cost for this type of injury in 2015-16 was $50,000. So the impact on your workers compensation premium could…

ibasafe: CoR, what does it mean for a brewer?

Independent Brewers Association Beer News, Brewery Safety

What is CoR and what does it mean for a brewer? Like any other manufacturing business, a typical brewery will receive deliveries, and dispatch goods on heavy vehicles. So did you know that you have a role in ensuring the safe transport of goods on heavy vehicles? If you are wondering why, have a look…

ibasafe: Regulators are getting serious

Independent Brewers Association Beer News, Brewery Safety

Regulators are getting serious about safety In last month’s newsletter we provided six steps to deliver on your WHS due diligence obligations. In recent times we have seen a trend from regulators in various Australian jurisdictions of a more strict enforcement of the penalties for breaches of safety legislation. There have been two category 1…