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Changes to AS4083 Planning for emergencies – health care facilities

The objective of AS4083 Planning for emergencies – Health Care Facilities is to assist health care facilities in effectively planning for both internal and external emergencies. This Standard is used in conjunction with AS3745, Emergency control organisation and procedures for buildings, structures and workplaces. Standards Australia has released AS4083–2010 which supersedes AS4083–1997. The following outlines […]

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Planning to Manage a Crisis – RiskLogic Presentation

Over the past three months the RiskLogic Business Continuity Team has been busy presenting at various Business Continuity forums. In July, Mira Lose and Jodie Wentworth delivered “Planning to Manage a Crisis” at an Advanced Business Continuity Management Seminar hosted by Continuity Forum Ltd. The aim of the seminar was to provide experienced practitioners with […]

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New Business Continuity Standard AS/NZS5050

Business Continuity (BC) has developed into a recognised profession and the requirement for having a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) in place has become more important. As a result, an increasing number of Business Continuity (BC) standards and guidelines have emerged and gained prominence in recent years. Australia adhered to this trend through its recent introduction […]

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Occupational Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Occupational Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Background Occupational noise-induced hearing loss (ONIHL) is a significant health and economic problem in Australia. Despite the seriousness of the issue, research suggests that several personal and institutional factors affect stakeholders’ willingness, ability or opportunity to implement effective noise control and hearing loss prevention strategies. On 25 August 2010, Safe Work […]

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Social and Economic Costs of Influenza

Australian Health Authorities have warned that despite the weather warming up, the worst of the flu season has yet to hit, with the number of cases likely to spike in September & October. The warning coincided with the release of a survey showing colds and flu have cost Australian companies more than $7 billion in […]

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Lessons Learnt – The Liverpool City Council Fire

In the early hours of Sunday morning, 15 August, Liverpool Council’s Administration Building and Chambers were almost entirely destroyed when a huge fire engulfed the building. “The roof of the building collapsed but fire crews managed to save the northern section of the building” [7]. Fortunately no one was injured and no evacuations were necessary. […]

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Effects of the New Zealand Earthquake

At approximately 4:35 am on Saturday 4 September 2010, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the South Island of New Zealand, near to the nation’s second largest city, Christchurch. The quake struck at a depth of 16.1 km, approximately 40 km West of Christchurch. The resulting tremors caused widespread infrastructure damage, cut electricity supplies, closed airports, […]

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5 Impacts of the BP Oil Crisis

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is considered to be one of the worst corporate disasters in recent history. The impacts have been so wide spread and significant, that there are many experts saying the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico could be fatal to the 101-year-old company. Over the last 80 days since […]

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Leading the Way. Building a business continuity culture in your organisation

“Embedding BCM in the organisation’s culture” forms the outer edges of the BCI’s Business Continuity Management Lifecycle1.  It encompasses all the steps required to implement a business continuity program.  Rightly so.  It’s probably the most difficult and arduous requirement of any business continuity program, but it is an essential element.  An organisation’s ability to respond […]

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New National Occupational Health and Safety Laws under Development

Work is continuing on the development of a harmonised OHS legislation that would replace the current individual legislation in each state.  Currently all states, territories and the Commonwealth are responsible for making and enforcing their own OHS laws. Although these draw on a similar approach for regulating workplaces, there are some differences in the application […]

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