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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
The 2009 global outbreak of the H1N1 influenza virus (swine flu) demonstrated how quickly a pandemic situation can arise. Whilst the virus itself has proven to be only mild, health officials continue to monitor outbreaks of the H1N1 virus, as well as other influenza strains, across the globe. In addition, the Australian government continues to […]
Important changes to the Retirement Villages Act and Regulation came into effect on 1 March 2010. The changes include: annual management meetings between operators and residents annual safety inspections a settling-in period for new residents reducing the recurrent charges payable by a former occupant after vacating encouraging operators to keep recurrent charge increases at or […]
The Queensland Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 became effective on 1 July 2008 and introduced a number of changes to the Queensland fire safety standards that have important implications for building owners, occupiers, body corporate managers and property managers. The regulation introduces changes to all aspects of fire safety including egress routes, emergency procedures, evacuation […]
WHO is advising countries in the northern hemisphere to prepare for a second wave of pandemic spread. Countries with tropical climates, where the pandemic virus arrived later than elsewhere, also need to prepare for an increasing number of cases. Countries in temperate parts of the southern hemisphere should remain vigilant. As experience has shown, localized “hot spots” of increasing transmission can continue to occur even when the pandemic has peaked at the national level.