However, the employer’s responsibility doesn’t end there. The WHS Act also requires persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) to notify the regulator immediately after becoming aware that a notifiable incident arising out of the conduct of the business or undertaking has occurred. Significant penalties apply to PCBUs who fail to notify: up to $10,000 for an individual or $50,000 for a corporation. Continue reading →
Tooting horns and the steady grumble of trucks and motorbikes filled the Illawarra on Sunday 17 November as more than 1500 vehicles, including four trucks from Alsco’s Wollongong branch took part in the i98FM Camp Quality Convoy. The annual event is the largest fundraiser in Australia, having raised over $5 million dollars since 2005 for children living with cancer and their families.
Back in 1994, Ray Anderson, the founder of Interface – one of the world’s largest carpet manufacturers – challenged his employees to pursue a bold new vision: to “be the first company that, by its deeds, shows the entire world what sustainability is in all its dimensions: people, process, product, place and profits – and in doing so, become restorative through the power of influence”. Using the inspiration its designers found in the natural world, Interface developed its ‘Mission Zero’ campaign, which aims for zero emissions, zero waste and zero oil by 2020. Continue reading →
Clean Room Garments, Deane Apparel and Fresh & Clean have all settled in after making the big move.
A SYMBOL OF CHANGE AND GROWTH
In the 50th Year of operation there was a milestone for Alsco. The new building at Glendenning was complete and Clean Room Garments, Deane Apparel and Fresh & Clean had made the big move in. Continue reading →
The Fraunhofer Research Institution in Germany has created gloves that indicate if hazardous substances are present by changing colour.
Employees in chemical production, the semiconductor industry or in laboratories are frequently exposed to harmful substances. The biggest problem with this is that many of these toxic substances are imperceptible to human senses, meaning workers don’t know when they’ve been exposed. Continue reading →
It’s been an exciting year on the WHS front with multiple changes to legislation across most of Australia. There is now a standardised measure for safety (WHS) across Australia (except for WA and Victoria) and Alsco has reviewed their 4801 system to ensure every branch and all Alsco employees follow the safety system.
Despite the number of changes we have faced this year, there are a couple of genuine positives that have occurred in 2013: Continue reading →
Ray Lipscombe, from Alsco’s Melbourne branch, has found a great way to support a worthwhile cause:
The Cancer Research Ride participants
I have always enjoyed riding a bike, however about eight years ago I realised I wasn’t getting any younger, so I decided to give myself a few challenges. I started to do a few long rides, however after a few years I thought I needed a bigger challenge and came up with the idea of riding from Sydney to Melbourne. Continue reading →
The ability to administer effective first aid in the event of a life-threatening injury or sudden illness in the workplace can save lives. There’s no denying the importance of that. However, for Australian businesses, first aid readiness is also a requirement of the Work Health and Safety Act (WHS Act) and the Work Health and Safety Regulations.
What’s so important about First Aid?
Providing immediate and effective first aid to workers or others who have been injured or
become ill at the workplace may reduce the severity of the injury or illness and promote
recovery. In some cases it could mean the difference between life and death. Continue reading →
Congratulations to our top sales executives for great results in 2012.
In late February Alsco and Fresh & Clean’s team of top performing sales executives from around the country made their way to beautiful Torquay on the Victorian coastline for the 2013 Sales Conference. The two day conference saw the team come together for training and recognition of their successes in 2012.
The first day featured presentations from Fresh & Clean National Sales Development Manager Monique Welsh, Alsco National Business Development Manager Dianne Lang and National Sales Manager for Managed Training Services Michelle Kay Clough. Each spoke about sales wins over the past twelve months, as well as their experience of what makes a successful sales executive. Continue reading →
The Stir Kinetic Desk automatically rises and falls to force workers to regularly stand up and stretch their muscles. Sound annoying? Well, consider this: research has shown that the more you sit, the higher your risk of developing chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure. Prolonged sitting is also responsible for a range of bodily aches and pains, including back, neck and shoulder pain, disc pressure, carpal tunnel, blood clots, obesity, muscle atrophy, and low enzyme production.
The solution to all of these problems? Easy! More physical activity, which the Stir Kinetic Desk encourages, using inbuilt software to move workers from sitting to standing positions throughout the day. Users can either manually adjust the height of the desk when they want to stand up by double-tapping the screen, or set the computer to automatically raise and lower the table at regular intervals. Continue reading →