DWS Safety & Compliance Newsletter

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  • AUSTRAC Reporting due March 31

  • Novel Coronavirus

  • Fair Work Australia

  • Work, Health and Safety – Heat & Fatigue

  • First Aid and Defibrillators

  • The lesson of the Yellow Wiggle

Compliance reporting time! You have until March 31 to get your 2019 compliance report done. Feeling a bit nervous about your answers? Remember that it is an offence to provide false or inaccurate answers. If you aren’t confident that your AML/CTF Compliance Program is meeting current legislation, now is the time to act.

AUSTRAC have released a video on Board oversight and Compliance Officer obligations. Click here to watch.
AUSTRAC have asked that businesses affected by the bushfires to call them if they are having difficulties in meeting their AML obligations. AUSTRAC will assist wherever possible.

In addition, there may be many people without primary photographic identification as a result of losing their possessions in the bushfires. AUSTRAC have recommended taking a flexible approach to identification in these situations, while still maintaining your AML/CTF identification requirements. It is acceptable to use secondary identification documents to meet your ID sign in and payout requirements such as utility bills and government correspondence.

More information about identifying customers who don’t have conventional forms of ID, click here. As well as covering customers who have been affected by natural disasters, this includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customers, transgender customers or customers who have come to Australia as refugees.

Novel Coronavirus

The Novel Coronavirus has been spreading fast so we have put together 2 Fact Sheets with everything you need to know about the Coronavirus.

NOTE: This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and updates will be provided as information on the virus becomes clearer. All information will be derived from official Government sources.

Fair Work Australia

The recent bushfires have not only been devastating but they have also created headaches for businesses and employees with pay and entitlements questions being thrown into the mix.
Fair Work have released information on leave entitlements, pay during stand down and support for small business.


Heat & Fatigue 

Heat and fatigue are two major factors that we have to deal with in Australia over our hot summer months. The importance of staying hydrated cannot be emphasized enough. The focus for WHS has also been on the safety of our amazing brave fireys and volunteers and also on the health of everyone affected by the air pollution that resulted from the bushfires.
Safe Work Australia have released information about Working in Air Pollution. There are obligations on employers to protect workers health and safety and manage risks.

First Aid and Defibrillators

I am frequently asked about whether a workplace should have a defib installed and how many staff to train as first aid officers. The answer is always based on the risk of your venue, your customer and staff profile and proximity to prompt medical treatment. First aid training is an essential and valuable skill to have for everyone. You should have at least one trained staff member on shift at all times.
Please read my recent blog on the ”Lesson of the Yellow Wiggle” to learn more about how a defib works and when to use one.
Get in contact for a venue-specific first aid risk assessment today.

The Lesson of the Yellow Wiggle

Recently, the original Wiggles came back together to perform a series of charity concerts to raise funds for bushfire victims and wildlife. Greg Page, the original yellow Wiggle collapsed as he left the stage and went into cardiac arrest. Luckily, with immediate CPR and defibrillation, Greg is recovering well in hospital. We wish him and his family well in the recovery phase and beyond.

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