“Tis the season to be jolly”, and on that note, with Christmas fast approaching, you don’t want to be left wondering when you are going to receive your pay. To help with understanding the changes to pay processing days, WorkPac has commenced putting the information on the bottom of all payslips as of Wednesday 10/11/2021. If you have any concerns, please let WorkPac know ASAP. With Christmas & New Year fast approaching, please note the following Pay Run arrangements: Week Commencing Monday 20th December 2021 Please ensure we have received your approved timesheet by 10am Monday 21st December 2021 to ensure it is processed on time. All pay runs will be processed as per normal. Week Commencing Monday 27th December 2021 Due to the Christmas and Boxing Day Public Holidays your pays will be delayed by 2 working days. Please ensure we have received your approved timesheet by 10am Wednesday 29th December 2021 at the very latest to ensure it is processed on time. All pay runs will be processed on 31st December 2021. The next pay run will then be Tuesday 4th January 2022.Week Commencing Monday 3rd January 2022 Due to the New Year’s Day Public Holiday your pay will be delayed by 1 working day. Please ensure we have received your approved timesheet by 10am Tuesday 4th January 2022 at the very latest to ensure it is processed on time. Please check with your bank with regards to their processing days. Any questions please contact your Recruitment Coordinator. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holidays.READ POST
Need to get in touch with us over the Christmas period? WorkPac’s Business Centres are currently available via appointment only, including during the Christmas period. For any urgent matters, please call us on 1300 967 572 and your call will be directed to the nearest open Business Centre. For information on payroll pay run processing dates over the upcoming public holidays, check out our recent blog post here.READ POST
THIS NATIONAL SAFETY BULLETIN HAS BEEN DEVELOPED TO PROVIDE OUR TEAM MEMBERS WITH GENERAL GUIDANCE ON HOW TO MANAGE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH EXPOSURE TO DIESEL FUMES IN THE WORKPLACE.What is Diesel Exhaust? Diesel exhaust comes from engines burning diesel fuel. It is a complex mixture of gases, vapours, liquid aerosols and particulate substances. These substances are the products of combustion. The main chemical components of diesel exhaust emissions are:Gases and vapours–these are mostly the gases found in air like nitrogen, oxygen, water vapour and carbon dioxide. There are also hazardous chemicals like nitrous oxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, and carbon monoxideFine particles known as diesel particulate matter (DPM) including fine carbon particles. Hazardous chemicals known as poly aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) adhere to the surface of the carbon particles. DPM can act like a gas and stay airborne for long periods of time. DPM can penetrate deep into the lungs because of its small sizeWorkplace Exposure to Diesel Exhaust: The major source of workplace exposure to diesel exhaust on a mine site is from heavy vehicles that use diesel fuel like haul trucks, bulldozers and excavators. Diesel exhaust may also be generated from stationary power sources like generators and winch motors including those mounted to vehicles. Levels of exposure can be higher in enclosed, poorly ventilated areas where the concentration of exhaust can build up like in heavy vehicle repair workshops or underground. Workers who may be exposed to diesel exhaust include; operators, miners, truck drivers and vehicle maintenance workers.What are the Health Effects of Exposure to Diesel Exhaust Fumes? Exposure to diesel exhaust can cause both short- term (acute) and long term (chronic) health effects. Short-term (Acute) effects Short term exposure to high concentrations of diesel exhaust can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs and cause light-headedness, coughing, phlegm and nausea. Very high levels of diesel exhaust exposure can lead to asphyxiation from carbon monoxide poisoning. Long-term (Chronic) effects Long term exposure can worsen asthma and allergies and increase the risk of heart and lung disease. Diesel engine exhaust emissions contain many known carcinogenic substances, for example PAHs adhere to the surface of the DPM. DPM is easily inhaled into the respiratory tract and there is epidemiological evidence which indicates ongoing exposure to diesel exhaust emissions may result in an increase in the risk of lung cancer.How can Diesel Exhaust Exposure be Minimised? Use better air flow, increasing air flow is a safe way to minimise worker exposure. Diesel exhaust in enclosed areas including when engines are idling or under maintenance can be reduced using local exhaust ventilation (LEV), extraction or general ventilation including improved natural air flow. LEV systems remove diesel exhaust before it gets into the air you breathe. Tailpipe or stack exhaust hoses can be attached to a stationary vehicle running indoors and exhausted to outside with an exhaust extraction system where it will not re-enter the workplace or contaminate other areas. Operators must regularly monitor cabin odours/fumes and immediately report any concerns they have to their Supervisor. If during the course of work operators encounter odours/fumes entering the cabin of the equipment being used, they must immediately shut down the equipment, remove themselves from the hazardous environment and report the event to their Supervisor for immediate investigation.Use Safer Work Practices All diesel engines should: • have regular maintenance, frequent tune-ups and the exhaust system checked for leaks, • be turned off whenever possible rather than leaving them idling, and • be fitted with emission control devices (air cleaners) like collectors, scrubbers and ceramic particle traps—these should be checked often and replaced when dirty. Cracks or holes in cabins of plant with diesel engines and their doors and windows should be sealed to prevent diesel exhaust from seeping in. These should be checked regularly and repaired immediately if leaks are detected. The number of diesel-powered plant and workers in the exposure area should be reduced, where reasonably practicable. Workers should be provided with information on hazards associated with diesel exhaust and how to minimise exposure.Consider use of appropriate PPE: Respirators are the least effective method of minimising diesel exhaust exposure and should only be used when it is not possible to control diesel exhaust exposure in other ways. Respiratory protective equipment (RPE) may be appropriate in some situations however you should get advice from a competent person like an occupational hygienist if you are not sure. Specific types of respirators must be used to reduce diesel exhaust exposure. P2 disposable respirators may be suitable if the concentration of vapour in the diesel exhaust is low. Half or full-face respirators with a filter cartridge that protects against gases, organic vapours and particles are generally more suitable. Further information is available in the Australian Standards AS/NZS 1716:2012 Respiratory Protective Devices and AS/NZS 1715:2009 Selection, Use and Maintenance of Respiratory Protective Equipment.Some Additional Resources: Additional Information on managing risks of diesel exhaust exposure in the workplace is available at the following sites: Resources Safety & Health QueenslandSafe Work Australia – MiningDept Mines, Industry Regulation & SafetyThe WorkPac Group Safety and Risk Team will be providing regular updates on this important topic for you. For further information and assistance please contact your Regional Risk Manager on 1300 967 572 or ServiceCentre-OSH@Workpac.comREAD POST
Wednesday 28 April is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers' Memorial Day. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on how to prevent work-related occupational diseases, deaths, injuries and illnesses. It is also a day to remember those that have died from a work-related injury or illness. While the number of work-related fatalities in Australia has been steadily decreasing over the last decade, any workplace death is tragic and unacceptable. The latest finalised data shows that in 2019, 183 workers were fatally injured at work. By raising awareness of work health and safety (WHS) issues and taking action to eliminate or minimise health and safety risks at work, we can help prevent further work-related fatalities and injuries. The World Day for Safety and Health at Work theme for 2021, as set by the International Labour Organization, is anticipate, prepare and respond to crises and invest now in resilient OHS systems. The theme acknowledges the impact that the global COVID-19 pandemic has had on our working lives and the importance of building an effective, resilient and adaptable WHS framework. Workplaces can do this by undertaking risk management that is planned, systematic and covers all reasonably foreseeable hazards and associated risks. A risk assessment can be undertaken with varying degrees of detail depending on the type of hazard and the information, data and resources that you have available. WHS risk management can be as simple as a discussion with your workers or involve specific risk analysis tools and techniques developed for specific risks or recommended by safety professionals. For some complex situations, expert or specialist advice may be useful. See our risk mitigation webpage for a step-by-step guide to managing WHS risks. It is important to remember to also manage psychological and mental health risks. Under WHS laws, you must eliminate or minimise the risk to psychological health and safety arising from the work carried out by your business or undertaking as much as you reasonably can. See our mental health webpage for more information on what you can do at your workplace. The International Trade Union Confederation have set the theme for Workers’ Memorial Day 2021 as ‘Health and Safety is a fundamental workers' right’. We encourage everyone to raise awareness about health and safety in the workplace. READ POST
Now in it’s third year running, the event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer.When Mackay Local Trudy Crowley received the news in 2016 that she had late stage ovarian cancer, she chose to build something positive from the circumstances and that same year the Nude Lunch was born; an evening of drinks, dining and entertainment that would both create awareness and raise funds for Ovarian Cancer Australia.Trudy sadly passed away in late August of this year, and WorkPac would like to offer our condolences to her family, friends, the event organisers, and all those in the Mackay community and beyond who connected with her story.Her legacy will carry on through the Nude Lunch, which raised over $100k in its first two years running; a success that looks set to continue with this year’s event, which has sold over 700 tickets.The money raised from the nude lunch has gone towards Ovarian Cancer Australia, who both fund research and offer support services for those diagnosed and their families.With approximately 75% of women being diagnosed at an advanced stage, these support services are vital.The money raised has also gone back into the local community, with two palliative care beds having been purchased for the Mackay Hospital.The event is being presented by major sponsor Dalrymple Coal Bay, in addition to sponsorships from local businesses and companies operating within the community, including WorkPac Mackay.The Nude Lunch is being held on the 21st of September 2018 from 11am to 5pm at Old Mulherin Park at Mackay Marina.For more information on the event check their websiteTo learn more about Ovarian Cancer or make a donation, visit the Ovarian Cancer Australia page And to learn more about Trudy Crowley and her legacy, you can view Channel 7 Mackay’s tribute video here
Fires are often preventable disasters that can cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage, production losses, the loss of jobs and the loss of lives.The basic elements necessary for the production of fire are fuel, oxygen and an ignition source. Prevention means keeping any of these three elements away from the other two.Everyone has a vested interest in fire prevention in the workplace and there are many simple things that you can do to minimise this risk.Various first aid and back-up fire fighting facilities are available on all sites. Make sure you are familiar with all the fire fighting appliances and check procedures with your site supervisor. If you come across any equipment that is empty or faulty, please inform your supervisor immediately. If you do discover a fire, extinguish it if possible, then advise your supervisor. If you cannot extinguish it, raise the alarm immediately. Never use conductive extinguishers, such as water or foam, on electrical fires.You must never interfere with this vital equipment: Fire hydrants, hoses, and extinguishersThis equipment is exclusively for the fighting of fires and nothing else.
If you haven’t already, make sure you check out Part One of this post, where we covered the registration process, and the best way to search for roles. For Part Two we’ll be covering the application process and how to set up a Job Alert.*Preparing for your next job interviewYour job alert is separate to your myworkpac account, so you will need to begin by setting that up.Now that you have an account, it’s time to start setting up your alerts. You create a job alert directly from the from the Job Alerts page, or you can set one up while doing a job search. Here, we’ll demonstrate how to do both.
Interested in finding a job through WorkPac but not sure where to start? To make it simple, we’re going to walk you through the process of registering via our website, and the best way to use our job search to find the right role for you. So follow these steps to success!Before you can apply for a role through us, you will need to first register your details and experience via our website here. You can also register from our homepage anytime by selecting the icon from the right hand side:The more complete your profile with us is, the better the chance that you will show up when recruiters are searching for candidates. So complete these steps to stand out.Now that the basics are in, you also have the option of adding your work history, preferences and documents. These steps aren’t necessary but they are recommended, as the more detailed your profile is the better your chances of standing out.Remember that filling out these details doesn’t guarantee a job. See our job search for the next steps.Once your profile is complete, you’re ready to search for jobs! We’ve set up our job search to make it easy for you to specify what you’re looking for. It’s not necessary to fill out all the fields provided, but the more you input the more specific your results will be.You have a quick search bar on workpac.com:Or, you can complete our advanced searchSince you already have an account with WorkPac, you’ll already be set up to easily apply for any of these roles!Now that you’re registered with WorkPac and know the best way to use the job search, stay tuned for Part Two of this post, which covers the application process and how to set up a job alert.
Last year we made the decision to expand upon the employee benefits we offer with the introduction of the myrewards platform, available to those who currently work for us or have worked with us previously.The myrewards platform offers discounts and assistance for a range of products including Financial Services, Health and Life Cover, Superannuation and Telco, in addition to a massive range of retail discounts.Interested? Keep reading to find out what we offer and how WorkPac employees can get access. To learn more about WorkPac’s employee benefits, head here.FINANCIAL SERVICES – BANKING WITH WESTPACYou can get access to deals on a wide range of Westpac products, including:• Open a Westpac everyday banking account with no monthly account fee• Apply for a credit card online in 10 minutes and receive a response in 60 seconds + get a low rate credit card with no annual fee in the first year when applying on the Workplace banking webpage• Get 50,000 bonus rewards points on Altitude Platinum cards and 100,000 bonus reward points on Altitude Black cards• 10% off annual premium on home and contents insurance for existing homeowners when buying online• Great home loans with a special offer $1250 rebateHEALTH COVERSpecialists that can assist you by comparing hundreds of policies to help find you the best one.LIFE COVERTo get started on the right track, you can quickly and easily calculate how much cover you’ll need. Once you have an idea of the cover level, advisers can help you choose the insurance best suited to your needs.TELCOThrough Optus Employee Advantage, you can get 10% off for a range of services including SIM only plans, phones with plans and broadband internet, giving you a yearly discount of anywhere between $35-$348 depending on the plan you choose.SUPERANNUATIONFind and consolidate your super into one platform, with the option of choosing which fund you would like it to go into, or they offer you three options depending on what you’re looking for – a low fees fund, an ethical fund or a customizable fund.RETAILWe offer discounts from 2000+ retailers, including:• Up to 47% off movie tickets• 10% off at variety of retailers including Supercheap Auto, BCF, Rebel Sports and David jones• 5% off Coles, Target, Kmart, Dan Murphy’s, Caltex and more• 25% off glasses and sunglasses at specsaversIf you’re a current or former WorkPac employee and haven’t yet accessed the myrewards platform, follow the instructions below:We recruit for a range of both blue-collar and white-collar roles. If you’d like to find work through us and get access to this great range of benefits, there are some simple steps you should follow:Register your skills and experience on our website hereSearch and apply for relevant jobs hereGet in touch with your nearest WorkPac Business Centre, the full list of Business Centres can be found here
In case an emergency arises, it's important to understand the basics of First Aid. Check out our infographic below for more information.
In a watershed moment as part of the 2018 Pannawonica NAIDOC Awards, WorkPac had the honour of presenting Christina Hillman the first ever award for WorkPac Robe Valley Employee of the Year. She was presented the award by WorkPac’s Kath Collins, who made the proposal on behalf of WorkPac to have the new award added in addition to the Rio Tinto Employee of the Year Award, as part of the ongoing partnership between the companies.To honour the Robe River Kuruma Marthudunera people, the awards handed out were framed images of Pannawonica Hill, located on Robe River near the mines. The Kuruma name for Pannawonica Hill is Parlapuuni, meaning a mound of mud from under the sea. The Robe River and Pannawonica Hill are the most significant sites to the Kuruma people. The water in the river is called Jajiwura, and each of its tributaries and major water holes have their own Kuruma names.Christina Hillman (R) was presented the award by Kath Collins (L)The theme of NAIDOC Week this year was ‘Because of her, we can!’, celebrating Indigenous women who have made their mark as pioneers, roles models, leaders and change makers, so it was only fitting that the award was presented to someone who exemplifies that theme.Christina is a quiet achiever, but through her commitment leads by example on site, always there to lend a helping hand to those who need it, and willing to do the tough jobs when others hesitate. Well respected by all on site, she is known for her fantastic attitude and work ethic, in addition to her friendly, patient and understanding nature.Working in the traditionally male-dominated area of operating Heavy Mining Equipment, she is a shining example of a strong Indigenous female role model, with strong potential to advance her mining career and move into a leadership position in the future.We’re incredibly lucky to have an employee as hard-working as Christina on board with us, and we cannot wait to see where her career in mining takes her.
In a watershed moment as part of the 2018 Pannawonica NAIDOC Awards, WorkPac had the honour of presenting Christina Hillman the first ever award for WorkPac Robe Valley Employee of the Year. She was presented the award by WorkPac’s Kath Collins, who made the proposal on behalf of WorkPac to have the new award added in addition to the Rio Tinto Employee of the Year Award, as part of the ongoing partnership between the companies.To honour the Robe River Kuruma Marthudunera people, the awards handed out were framed images of Pannawonica Hill, located on Robe River near the mines. The Kuruma name for Pannawonica Hill is Parlapuuni, meaning a mound of mud from under the sea. The Robe River and Pannawonica Hill are the most significant sites to the Kuruma people. The water in the river is called Jajiwura, and each of its tributaries and major water holes have their own Kuruma names. Christina Hillman (R) was presented the award by Kath Collins (L)The theme of NAIDOC Week this year was ‘Because of her, we can!’, celebrating Indigenous women who have made their mark as pioneers, roles models, leaders and change makers, so it was only fitting that the award was presented to someone who exemplifies that theme.Christina is a quiet achiever, but through her commitment leads by example on site, always there to lend a helping hand to those who need it, and willing to do the tough jobs when others hesitate. Well respected by all on site, she is known for her fantastic attitude and work ethic, in addition to her friendly, patient and understanding nature.Working in the traditionally male-dominated area of operating Heavy Mining Equipment, she is a shining example of a strong Indigenous female role model, with strong potential to advance her mining career and move into a leadership position in the future.We’re incredibly lucky to have an employee as hard-working as Christina on board with us, and we cannot wait to see where her career in mining takes her.
At WorkPac, safety is our top priority. Falls are a common workplace injury and can be serious, so it's important to follow correct procedures to make sure you stay safe.If you want to learn more about WorkPac's commitment to Safety, you can view our webpage, and to read through the latest industry codes from the Working at Heights Association (WAHA) head here.To understand the risks and check that you're following the right procedures to stay safe, check out our infographic below.