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Petzl solutions for workers over 100 kg

Thursday, 10 May 2018 1:20:09 pm Australia/Sydney



Some Petzl products show 100 kg.

Only the EN 341 (descenders), EN 12841 (rope access) and EN 813 (Seat harnesses) standards allow certification for masses over 100 kg.

For all other equipment, European standards require testing with a mass of 100 kg.

The requirements of the standards only partly cover the consequences of a fall of a 100 to 140 kg user (including equipment)

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Posted in Safety News By HEIGHTECH Safety

10 ways to protect your hands

Monday, 7 May 2018 12:08:40 pm Australia/Sydney

Protect Your Hands and Fingers. As Some Tools Can’t Be Replaced

Safety is in your hands. Taking care of your tools every day ensures that your hands and fingers remain unscathed. The 10 Ways To Protect Your Hands post offers great tips to protecting your hands and fingers.

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Posted in Safety News By WorkSafeGEAR

Privacy Notice causes student angst

Friday, 4 May 2018 12:01:09 pm Australia/Sydney

Privacy Notice causes student angst

Some RTOs that have provided students with the new Privacy Notice have shared reactions to the document.

I’m not signing this. I don’t understand anything it says, really.
Why does the government want to know everything about me just because I’m doing this course?
I don’t get this. What am I saying is ‘true and correct’? 
What are the legal consequences if it turns out that something I said isn’t ‘true and correct’?
Does this say anything I write down can be sent to the government?
Am I still allowed to do the course if I don’t sign this?
My employer doesn’t know I’m doing this course. Will you tell them?
What’s my training activity data? Is it all the assessments that I do?
Is NCVER going to give my personal information to an overseas call centre?

Read: Privacy Notice and Declaration

Some students are refusing to sign the Notice/Declaration. This is their right, of course. However, it presents the RTO with some logistical challenges.

Challenge 1
Department of Education and Training have the following paragraph on their website:

RTO’s may provide training to a student, even if a student does not provide their consent to the collection, use and disclosure of their personal information (via the acknowledgement to the Privacy Notice and Student Declaration). RTOs must submit the data for that student to the National VET Provider Collection and advise at the time of reporting that student consent was not provided.

Fair enough. The challenge is how does an RTO ‘advise at the time of reporting that student consent was not provided’?  All reporting must be AVETMISS compliant, so if there is no field to record this, then the student’s refusal to provide consent cannot be reported. There is an AVETMISS field in the NAT00080 file to exclude a student from being contacted by NCVER as part of the Student Outcomes Survey (linked below), but this is one small part of what is covered by a student’s refusal to provide consent.

So the current situation is that an RTO can still enrol a student who refuses to consent to the release of their personal information, but the RTO is obligated to report the student’s data to NCVER anyway. There is a privacy challenge here.

Challenge 2
If a student refuses to provide consent, then it appears as though they are also refusing permission for their results to be added to their VET transcript. This needs attention.

Challenge 3
Some RTO personnel have found that they spend considerable time deciphering the Notice so that it makes sense to students, and re-assuring them about the intention, so that they will sign it. Some of the issues are listed below.

‘RTO may disclose your personal information for these purposes to third parties’
There is not ‘may’ about it. The RTO is ‘required’ to collect and disclose some personal information to NCVER, to a VET regulator on request, and a government department if they have a funding contract with that department.

At no point does an RTO have to disclose directly to ‘organisations conducting student surveys’ or ‘researchers’.

The use of personal information or training activity data by an RTO for ‘statistical, regulatory and research purposes’ is an in-house matter. Most RTOs analyse their data to inform operations: 68% of students completed this course; 90% of students attend the night class. These findings are not published and do not breach any privacy laws.

There is no requirement to disclose all personal information that may be collected by an RTO, yet this inference is implicit in the language. RTOs may also collect personal information to assist them to deliver quality programs to their target audience. Shirt size? Type of industry? Work location? Internet literacy level? Name of emergency contact?

‘I declare that the information I have provided to the best of my knowledge is true and correct’. The student has not provided any information as part of this Notice.

Personal information disclosed to NCVER may be used or disclosed for the following purposes: Issuing a VET Statement of Attainment or VET Qualification. Really? NCVER issues testamurs?

The lack of any information about protection of a student’s personal information makes this a Release Notice, rather than a Privacy Notice.

‘One-size-fits-all’ Notice
RTOs are identifying clauses that are never relevant to their operational context. Thousands of RTOs never have anything to do with a school. Thousands of RTOs operate business to consumer, so they enrol individuals and have no contact with employers. Thousands of RTOs work with unemployed people who are not at school and have no employer. The blanket approach makes it unnecessarily long and adds significantly to student confusion.

No sense of audience
The Notice is not yet fit-for-purpose. The first paragraph is incomprehensible to many students. Several students read ‘collect personal information about you and to disclose [it]’ and then they refused to read any further.  Thousands of adult learners have no experience with legalese as a literary genre. Thousands of adult learners have English as a second language. Thousands of adult learners are top guns in their trade but are not advanced readers.

Unclear who is issuing this Notice
It is not clear if this is an RTO-issued Notice or an NCVER-issued Notice. If it is the former, then where is the RTO’s authority to issue a Notice about what NCVER will do with personal information? What is the legal repercussion for the RTO if there is a data breach at NCVER?

Options if you have questions

Department of Education and Training – Read FAQs at this page and if you do not find the answer to your question here, further questions may be directed through the Skilling Australia information line on 13 38 73 or via email at

 NCVER – If you have a query, their client support team can be contacted in a number of ways, which are listed on their website: click here


Read the post: RTO new privacy requirements

Reference:  VET Data Policy

Reference:  AVETMISS-Survey-contact-status

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AS1891.4 Proposed changes

Monday, 30 April 2018 11:26:36 am Australia/Sydney

AS / NZS1891.4 is widely references in Safe Work Australia Codes of Practice covering working at height issues.

It is also widely referenced as a source document for worker training on safe working at height. Not expecting major impact on the Codes as the updates are not going to be in conflict.

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Posted in Safety News By AS1891

Watercorp worker dies in accident at wastewater treatment plant in Perth

Friday, 20 April 2018 3:11:11 pm Australia/Sydney

A Water Corporation's man has died in a workplace incident in Henderson in Perth's south.

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Posted in Safety News By Water Corp ABC News

Dynamic and Low Stretch Ropes

Friday, 13 April 2018 12:48:53 pm Australia/Sydney

Maintaining and looking after climbing and absiel ropes.

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Posted in Safety Equipment Alerts By BlueWater Ropes

3M Virtual Reality Simulation Adds New Dimension to Safety Training

Friday, 9 March 2018 8:15:34 pm Australia/Sydney


3M Virtual Reality Simulation Adds New Dimension to Safety Training

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Posted in Safety News By 3M safety

Sydney street shut down, witnesses treated after woman jumps from Sydney Tower

Updated about 10 hours ago

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VIDEO: Woman dies after Sydney Tower incident (ABC News)

A major police investigation shut down sections of Pitt Street in Sydney on Thursday afternoon after a woman jumped to her death from one of the city's most popular tourists attractions.

Paramedics responded to reports of a woman threatening self-harm at Sydney Tower in the CBD about 2:40pm.

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NSW Police Inspector Robert Winkler would not comment on the circumstances surrounding her death, but said there were a number of witnesses to the incident, which occurred near the corner of Pitt and Market streets.

"This was a very traumatic situation and support has been given to a number of witnesses at this point, as well as police and emergency services," he said.

Inspector Winkler said a small number of witnesses had been interviewed by police and he appealed for any others to come forward.

He said all roads in the area were now opened and there would be no impact on pedestrians or traffic in the CBD on Thursday evening.

Witnesses reported a heavy police presence in the area, and a police helicopter overhead.

Sydney Tower Eye said on social media: "Following an incident, the attraction has been closed until further notice".

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Posted in Safety News By ABC news

GWO Training Australia

Wednesday, 7 March 2018 11:24:40 pm Australia/Sydney

Wind turbine technicians flocked to GWO training in 2017

  • Global Wind Industry Training Records Database (WINDA) publishes first full year data
  • 44,000+ people completed GWO Basic Safety Training in 2017
  • Top ten training providers delivered over 52,000 GWO modules in 2017
  • 135 nationalities trained in 36 countries 
Copenhagen – Thursday 22 February 2018 – Global Wind Organisation has published its first annual report, which shows that during 2017 44,418 technicians from 135 countries received GWO certified safety training in 2017.

GWO, a non-profit representing wind turbine manufacturers and operators covering more than two thirds of the market**, operates WINDA, which verifies the certification status of GWO Certified Training Providers and the training status of technicians or ‘Delegates’, who have attended GWO certified training courses.
WINDA launched in October 2016 and GWO today publishes its first full year of data. 

The report reveals a range of information including a top ten training providers (see table below), who delivered over 52,000 modules in 2017. Meanwhile, 30 providers delivered more than 100 modules every month and the top 15 nations represented on WINDA now includes significant markets outside Europe, with Mexico, India and the USA all increasing their volumes of training. 

Jakob Lau Holst, CEO of Global Wind Organisation, says: “GWO strives for an injury free working environment in the wind industry, through cooperation among the members and other stakeholder organisations in setting world wide safety training standards based on industry statistics and risk evaluations. 

“We are confident the numbers speak for themselves. Our membership frequently reports that by adopting GWO standards they can make considerable improvements in the overall efficiency of their training programs.
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Posted in Safety News By GWO

Drops Training

Wednesday, 7 March 2018 11:21:17 pm Australia/Sydney

DROPS Global Training

DROPS Global offer a range of Dropped Object Prevention Awareness and Training programmes, each derived from industry lessons learned and associated best practice and applicable across the full supply chain.

Drops Global Training

The interactive programmes provide a comprehensive understanding of dropped objects in the offshore and onshore workplace and an opportunity to explore the methods applied to control and prevent dropped object occurring.

DROPS Train-The-Trainer is a modular familiarisation product delivered to personnel (onshore or offshore) who will in turn adapt the content and cascade the training throughout your organisation.

In many cases, this material has been used as the foundation for Asset Specific Dropped Object Awareness and Prevention Training - tailored by users and providers to suit operations, activities and requirements.

The modular framework of the material can also be adapted to provide excellent resources for a wide range of facilitated sessions to assist in the implementation of Dropped Object Prevention and Management and to establish and develop the key elements for campaigning, managing and auditing performance.

To find out more, please contact DROPS Training

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Posted in Safety News By Dropped Objects
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