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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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Ongoing Pandemic Preparedness

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 […]

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Reforms to Retirement Village Laws

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 […]

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Queensland Fire Safety Regulations

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 […]

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WHO Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 briefing note 9

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.

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