On 11 March 2020 the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic. As the virus continues to spread, businesses around the globe are preparing for a potentially escalating series of events.

Boards and senior management teams play a critical role in supporting businesses to plan and allocate resources, including making decisions about how and when to enact business continuity plans, and the development of additional existing and new plans for crisis management, and in some cases pandemic management plans.

Given the duration and extent of COVID-19 is unknown, Boards and senior management teams will require specialised advice to appropriately manage the health and safety risks presented by the current health crisis.

GCG has a wide-range of experience in advising boards and senior management teams in both the private and public sectors, and can provide high level support on how to effectively lead organisations through COVID-19.

GCG can provide specialised advice around how to:

  • Plan and manage the health and safety risks presented by COVID-19 over the coming months
  • Put in place a prevention strategy for COVID-19
  • Put in place planning for management of business as usual hazards and the associated risks, including safe systems of work for your teams
  • Make sure that your clients have assurance that your organisation can safely navigate the prevention, and if the worst happens, the management of a COVID-19 case in your workplace
  • Demonstrate WHS due diligence during this unprecedented time of previously unforeseeable risks and the management strategies to help you keep your people safe

The greater GCG team have also created a fully collaborative business-level Business Continuity Plan (BCP) that we are enacting to make sure that we can deliver services to your business in a safe manner.  Let us help you do the same.

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Reduction of Workplace Exposure Standards for Silica and Coal Dust

Reduction of Workplace Exposure Standards for Silica and Coal Dust Australian Ministers recently agreed to reduce the workplace exposure standards (WES) for respirable coal dust and respirable crystalline silica to the levels that were proposed by Safe Work Australia (SWA) earlier in 2019. Background on the WES Review In 2018, SWA developed and documented a methodology to review the existing list from 1995 of adopted national exposure standards…

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Safe Work Australia: New Workplace Exposure Standard for Respirable Dust

Background of the new Workplace Exposure Standard for Respirable Dust On the 18 February 2019, Safe Work Australia (SWA) released two recommended workplace exposure standard (WES) values for Respirable Crystalline Silica, and Respirable Coal Dust, which will impact our clients who regularly deal with these forms of dust. The documents within the links above provide further detail regarding the current recommendations and basis for WES, discussions and conclusions, and some primary…

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Melioidosis: A Cause for Concern in Northern Queensland

Melioidosis in Townsville (Image Taken From Brisbane Times) In light of the devastating flood in the tropic region, GCG would like to spread awareness to those affected about a disease called Melioidosis, caused by bacteria found in contaminated water and soil. The cleanup and rectification from the recent flooding in Townsville continues, with heavy assistance from GCG consultants who were stationed in the region. Adding to a challenging situation, cases…

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World Cup Fever – GCG Sponsors Brisbane City FC

A significant portion of the GCG team are huge sports fans and of late there has been a large amount of World Cup banter circulating. This has ranged from obsessive fandom to bandwagon support – with the occasional well-natured discussion regarding the state of the dive in all professional sports. With the timezone difference between Russia and Australia not being favourable, coffee consumption is also up. It is timely then that…

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“How do I respond to a safety audit?”

Audits.  I know what you’re thinking…successive root canals for a week sounds more appealing.  But it doesn’t have to be like that, does it? The audit variables are almost endless.  Internal audits by corporate managers, external certification audits, government audits, pre-qualification audits, client audits, peer audits, and senior management audits – the list goes on.  What is the auditor like?  Is the auditor not fit to sharpen my pencil?  What…

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