SafeWork NSW Blitz results are in

SafeWork NSW has recently announced the results of their campaign to reduce falls in the workplace – known as the blitz. This campaign was in response to alarming numbers of workplace falls tripling from 2013-2016. Workplace falls is the number one killer on construction sites in NSW. This is a […]


Why you need a safety consultant to reduce workplace risks


Business owners sometimes have the perception that safety consultancy may be an unnecessary financial burden. However, it’s vital to bear in mind that a safety consultant’s role is to identify gaps in existing safety processes. Identifying these gaps and responding with a process restructure helps minimise workplace injuries and can […]


How Risk Assessments Save Your Business Money


Risk assessments often seem like a drain on time, resources, and valuable manpower. However, the investment of these three elements can save your business thousands (if not potentially millions) of dollars in fines, lawyers, and sick leave. If your business doesn’t perform regular risk assessments as part of your safety […]


2018 Review of the model WHS laws (a quick guide)


2018 Review of the model WHS act: a quick guide of the laws   We know you’re busy, so we’ve written a summary of what you need to know about the reviews of the work health and safety laws. Click on the relevant links for more information if you require […]


3 Benefits of Internal Safety Audits to a Business


3 blindingly obvious benefits of your staff completing internal safety audits If the very idea of internal audits emanates a shudder down your spine – you don’t know the power of a good internal audit. Don’t stress – internal audits are here to make your life (and business) better. With […]


The new changes to chain of responsibility obligations


Chain of Responsibility (CoR) obligations have been revised and will be arriving in mid-2018 bringing with it changes which will impact on many more organisations. These changes are closely aligned with workplace health and safety laws and see a significant increase in penalties for non-compliance. What is CoR? The National […]


Optimising technology for organisational safety management

Although technology provides amazing efficiencies for organisations, it is only effective if businesses know how and where to implement it, and can be counter-productive in many circumstances if not implemented correctly. We recently worked with a well-known civil contractor renowned for its effective, innovative, safe and reliable approach to earthmoving, […]


ISO to release health and safety standard ISO 45001


  This year the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will be releasing a standard for workplace health and safety – ISO 45001. It will be inspired by OHSAS 18001 and will set the requirements for occupational health and safety management systems. The aim of ISO 45001 is to provide a […]


BusinessBasics Australia signs more Corporate and Government Clients

BusinessBasics Australia Signs More Clients

BusinessBasics has recently signed contracts with some major clients as it continues to expand its service offerings for large organisations across Australia: BusinessBasics has been engaged to assist NSW Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) for ongoing management of Health and Safety on projects throughout the Hunter and Central Coast. We […]


10 tips for small business workplace safety

10 workplace safety tips

We realise that running a business can be hard – particularly in the small business space, as you just don’t have the economies of scale that larger businesses have. In regards to workplace safety, WorkCover NSW have provided their 10 things every small business should know list, which we’ve supplied below […]


How robust is your safety management system?

Mining Safety Management System

A recent decision in the NSW court found Bulga Underground Operations guilty of a breach of s 8(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000. What is interesting about this decision is that Bulga did have in place a safety management system – however it was not as robust […]


South Australia amends their transporting dangerous goods laws

dangerous goods

South Australia recently amended the Dangerous Substances (Dangerous Goods Transport) Regulations 2008 regulations. Some elements to note to ensure your compliance is that a prime contractor must retain all the transport documents for at least three months after the transportation of the dangerous goods is completed. In addition, the regulations […]


ACCI survey says external consultants are a useful source

Featured on Hunter Headline

  Each year the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) runs their National Red Tape Survey. As with other years the results show that business owners and managers are overwhelmed by legislations, regulations and compliance. We had a quick chat to Hunter Headline about the survey, you can read […]


Does your workplace embrace WHS?

WHS management

Despite a rocky start in 2012, now almost all states and territories in Australia have harmonised and embraced the Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) legislation. For national businesses this has made it an easier process to stay on the right side of the legal requirements, but in reality it is […]


Safety Sense: Managing Workplace Risk

risk management process

Employees are the greatest asset to any business. You’ve likely taken steps to keep your workers performing well and feeling satisfied with their jobs. But what are you doing to protect your employees from physical harm by minimising workplace risk? The Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation requires employers to […]


Changes to Workers Compensation

workers compensation

The Australian States and Territories have been busy reviewing their workers compensation schemes in the last two years, culminating in some significant changes this year. The focus has been on reducing premiums for employers, with an emphasis on returning to work. Below we will outline the changes in each jurisdiction […]