“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
Do you know the process of reporting a hazard in the workplace?The importance of reporting a hazard in a timely manner is a major component of the WorkPac accident prevention program.If you see a hazard, which can be identified from:observation;inspection;task observation; oras a result of an accident investigation.Please follow the chart below. Our Safety Incident/Hazard Report can be found here If you have a safety issue or concern, no matter how big or small, let us know.All reports are treated with strict confidentiality and personally managed by one of our Risk Managers.Our Safety Incident/Hazard Report can be found here
The dinner is part of the Youth Literature Festival which is run for students, parents and educators in the Mackay region. Australia’s largest privately-owned recruitment company WorkPac are proud to once again be partnering with the Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival through the WorkPac Mackay office to present the Literary Dinner.The Youth Literature Festival, now in its 15th year running, is a key part of the Mackay Festival of Arts program and focuses on creating a fun and engaging environment for students in the region to connect with reading and literature.The festival runs over two days from Thursday the 19th of July to Friday the 20th of July, and includes various events and a variety of presenters, including award winning authors, a slam poet, a gamer, a blogger and a literary agentHeld on the final day of the Festival, the literary dinner allows guests to meet some of these presenters in a more informal environment, with guest speaker Jennifer Byrne giving a keynote speech on the evening.Mr Darian Lawson, the Business Centre Manager of WorkPac Mackay, is proud to once again be sponsoring the event, this year making a $13,000 donation.“The Youth Literature Festival has been such a longstanding event in the Mackay Community, and I’m so proud that we get to be part of it”.“This years Literary Dinner is definitely going to be one to remember, with the wonderful Jennifer Byrne doing a keynote”.“She’s had an amazing career in print, radio and television, so it’s going to really exciting to hear from her, as well as mingle with the great authors participating in the event”.“I look forward to continuing our partnership with the Youth Literature Festival in the future, as well as participating in some of the other fantastic events happening year-round in Mackay”.For more information on the 2018 Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival head here
The ‘Try a Trade’ program offers students in the Mackay region an opportunity to be introduced to a variety of trades.Held consecutively since 2009 in the third term of the school year, Mackay Engineering College’s (MEC) ‘Try a Trade’ Program is one of several fantastic programs the College provides to high school students in the Mackay Region.Offered to sixty Year 10 students from six different schools in the region, the participants attend one day a week for five weeks of the term, going along to a variety of workshops and industry tours.Following the completion of the program, the students then have the option to enrol at college to complete a trade.This is the second year WorkPac Mackay has sponsored the event, and Business Centre Manager Mr Darian Lawson is excited to get involved again with a $5000 donation.“We first sponsored the event last year, and it was fantastic to see so much interest both from the students and from those within the industry”.“At the completion of last years program 100% of the students who participated gave it a positive review, which really affirmed for us how great this program is”.“Following on from that we knew we had to get involved again this year” he said.Mr Lawson says the sponsorship is part of WorkPac’s continued commitment to focusing on local employment.“This program offers clear career pathways for students interested in a trade and we hope they go on to be successful with our clients, including Darymple Bay Coal Terminal”.“Our sponsorship affords us a great opportunity to help grow youth employment, with the ultimate goal of increasing local employment”.“We recruit for a variety of trades positions, so having young people upskilled and ready to work grows the pool of local candidates so we can keep jobs within the region”.For more information on Mackay Engineering College, head to their website
The renewable energy sector is booming with Solar projects happening across Australia and plenty of roles to fill. Are you interested in finding work in Solar? Then check out our infographic below to learn more about the types of roles WorkPac is recruiting for, and the regions to keep an eye on.You can also view our current jobs in Solar hereAnd register on our website here
WorkPac are proud to be have been one of the sponsors of this year’s Chill Factor Challenge. The event, held in the Mackay Magpies Sporting Club on Saturday the 9th June, raised funds to support those living with Motor Neurone DiseaseWorkPac Mackay, are proud to be have been one of the sponsors of this year’s Chill Factor Challenge.First running last year, the Chill Factor Challenge is dedicated to raising funds for MND (Motor Neurone Disease) Queensland and was started by Mackay local Kathy Carlsson following the loss of a family friend to the disease.Motor Neurone disease is a fatal illness with no cure, and affects a person’s ability to walk, speak swallow and breathe.To raise money for MND Queensland, volunteers were sponsored by members of the community to take a slide into a freezing pool of iced filled water at the Magpies sporting club.The Business Centre Manager for WorkPac Mackay, Darian Lawson, was proud to contribute to the cause.“It’s incredibly important to us as a business that we have a positive involvement in our community, and this is such a fun event and a great cause to contribute to”.“Following the challenge, there was also the MND Charity Blue Tie Ball, which the WorkPac Mackay team was honoured to support”.Along with Rio Tinto and the Magpies Sporting Club, WorkPac was one of the major sponsors for the Chill Factor Challenge and the MND Ball, with a $5,000 contribution towards the cause.“Mackay has such a wonderful community of people, and we’re very fortunate to have been able to become so involved”.“We’re on board with some great upcoming events in the area, and I can’t wait to see our involvement grow further”.For more information on the event head to https://www.mycause.com.au/events/chillfactor2018, and to learn more about MND Queensland check their website http://www.mndaq.org.au/Home.aspx.
WorkPac has proudly partnered with the NRL Voice Against Violence initiative to assist the community to ‘stand up’, ‘speak out’ and ‘take action’ to prevent violence against women and children.A series of face to face education workshops will be delivered by NRL Ambassadors to 16-18 year olds in grassroots clubs across Australia. WorkPac Group, Rio Tinto and Goodline have partnered up with the NRL, along with the North Queensland Cowboys, to deliver these workshops in the Western Cape community from June 8- 12 2018.Resources to get help are available at the end of this article.There are many things in life that are quite simply wrong, things that you can’t make an excuse for or even try to justify – domestic and family violence is one of those things. Domestic and family violence is a complex and deeply entrenched problem that we have here in Australia with;One in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to themOne in four children exposed to domestic violenceOne in five women experience harassment within the workplaceOver 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner WHAT IS THE NRL VOICE AGAINST VIOLENCE INITIATIVE?The NRL Voice Against Violence initiative aims to assist the rugby league community to ‘stand up’, ‘speak out’ and ‘take action’ to prevent violence against women and children.STAND UP – To acknowledge that gender-based violence is an issue in Australia and in our local community.SPEAK OUT – To raise awareness and highlight the realities of the current domestic violence situation in Australia.TAKE ACTION – Most of us are not violent but we all have a role to play in the prevention of violence against women and children.GETTING HELPThe NRL partners with three national domestic violence services who can provide you with the help you need.White Ribbon Australia: White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led Campaign to end men’s violence against women. Find out more at http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/Our Watch: Our Watch has been established to drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence against women and children. Find out more at http://www.ourwatch.org.au/Full Stop Foundation: The purpose of the Full Stop Foundation is to support and resource the work of Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia. The Full Stop Foundation works to expand trauma counselling services for those who have experienced sexual assault and domestic violence, and to change the attitudes and behaviours that allow violence against women and children to occur. Find out more at http://fullstopfoundation.org.au/ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINESAn extensive list of counselling and support can be found on White Ribbon Australia’s Website. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence and need help or support, please click here.WorkPac employees are also encouraged to use our Employee Assistance Program through Gryphon Psychology. Phone: 1800 056 076 or gryphonpsychology.comPlease remember if you, a child or another person is in immediate danger, call 000
WorkPac runners up for the ‘Best Company Indigenous Employment and Training Initiative Award’ at this year’s Queensland Resources Council Indigenous Awards.Australia’s largest privately-owned recruitment company WorkPac were honoured to attend the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Indigenous Awards, held during reconciliation week on the 28th of May, as finalists for the ‘Best Company Indigenous Employment and Training Initiative Award’.The award is for those who have developed programs or strategies that boost attraction and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s to the resources sector.WorkPac’s nomination for the award was for ‘Murri’s in the Mines’, an initiative which places Indigenous WorkPac employees in traineeships across Australia as a means of starting their careers in mining, and is run by WorkPac’s Indigenous division JobTrailJobTrail began its development in 2015 following meetings with WorkPac’s Founder and Chairman Phil Smart and his longtime friend Albert Bowie, with an aim of increasing the company’s investment and contribution to Indigenous employment and training in Australia. Officially launching in November 2016, the ‘Murri’s in the Mines’ initiative has been a focal point of JobTrail’s work.Although they did not win on the evening, JobTrail’s National Manager Julian Genn is proud of the nomination and of what they have achieved so far.“The work of all the finalists in this category is exceptional, so to have come runners up is an honour in and of itself”.“This has shown us that we are on the right track with this program and given us renewed energy and focus as we continue to grow and develop ‘Murri’s in the Mines’ through 2018 and beyond” he said.Mr. Genn also congratulated Downer Mining, who won for their Indigenous Work Readiness Recruitment and Training Program run in partnership with Blackwater PCYC.“I’d like to congratulate Downer and our friends at the PCYC on their win, and on their continued progress in furthering the growth of Indigenous employment in the resources sector”.For further information on the Queensland Resources Council Indigenous awards, head to https://www.qrc.org.au/policies/qrc-indigenous-awards/.
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WorkPac has been nominated for the award for their continued commitment to Corporate Social ResponsibilityAt this year’s Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association Australia & New Zealand (RCSA) Industry Awards, representatives from Australia’s largest privately-owned recruitment company WorkPac, will be proudly attending as finalists for the ‘Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Excellence’ award.The award is granted to businesses in the recruitment and staffing sector that have demonstrated ongoing commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, not just financially, but through the integration of social, ethical, environmental and philanthropic values throughout the business.WorkPac’s Managing Director, Mr. Praanesh Prasad says these values were most clearly demonstrated by last year’s Leadership Conference in Cambodia, attended by high achievers within the business.“While the Leadership Conference is a great way to reward some of our best employees, it also provides us with a fantastic opportunity to give back”.“Last years conference was held in Cambodia and whilst there, the 117 attendees worked together to build seven houses for impoverished families”.“The experience was incredibly rewarding and humbling for all those who attended and acts as a strong reminder of WorkPac’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility” he said.While the conference was a way for the company to make a big impact, Mr. Prasad knows that it is the small contributions made every day that are truly representative of WorkPac’s core values.“While we are extremely proud of what we achieved at last year’s Leadership Conference, WorkPac are committed to creating a culture across the entire business that encourages continued social responsibility in the communities we operate in”.“Over 80% of our Business activities are in regional and rural Australia and we always strive to make a positive impact to those areas”.“This is achieved through our employees integrating themselves with towns and the locals, providing job opportunities for those in regional areas and affording sponsorships and financial contributions to local programs and businesses” he said.Winners for all the award categories will be announced at the RCSA Australian Industry Awards Night on June 14th.For further information on the RCSA awards, click here to head to the event page
WorkPac have been announced as finalists for the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) ‘Best Company Indigenous Employment and Training Initiative Award’ for their ‘Murri’s in the Mines’ initiative, which is run by the company’s Indigenous division JobTrail.The award is focused on acknowledging companies who have successfully developed strategies which boost attraction and retention of Indigenous peoples to the resources sector.Development of WorkPac’s JobTrail division began in 2015, when WorkPac’s Founder and Chairman Phil Smart arranged a meeting with his longtime friend Albert Bowie and members of the senior management team to discuss how WorkPac could best increase their contribution to Indigenous employment.‘Murri’s in the Mines’ has been a central initiative of the JobTrail team and JobTrail’s National Manager Julian Genn is pleased with the how it has developed since it launched in November 2016, with WorkPac’s Indigenous workforce growing 265% since that time.“WorkPac and JobTrail started the ‘Murri’s in the Mines’ initiative as a way of encouraging Indigenous WorkPac employees to complete their traineeships and begin a career in mining”.“So far, thanks to the program, Indigenous trainees have started at mine sites in Central Queensland including Hail Creek, Middlemount South and Daunia, as well as in the Cape York Peninsula, in addition to a two-year traineeship offered to secondary students at a corporate mining office in Brisbane” he said.JobTrail also ensures participants receive ongoing mentorship and support throughout their employment.“At the majority of the mine sites, those participating in the programs receive mentoring from local Traditional Owners, we are constantly focused on these relationships”.“We are also extremely proud to have former NRL player Scott Prince and AFLW player Ally Anderson as the Ambassadors for the program, meeting with participants to provide support and encouragement”.Although proud of what JobTrail has been able to achieve thus far, Mr. Genn looks forward to expanding the ‘Murri’s in the Mines’ initiative.“Regardless of the outcome of the awards, being announced as finalists is a positive indication that we are heading in the right direction towards our aim of creating a more fair and inclusive future”.“Moving ahead I look forward to expanding the initiative and further growing Indigenous employment across the company’s entire workforce”.The QRC Indigenous Awards will during Reconciliation week, on the 28th of May 2018. For more information on the awards, check out their website here
Kidston is the story of an old gold mine has been converted to the first integrated solar and pumped hydro project in the world.Local James Harrison who, upon returning to Kidston, couldn’t believe that what he knew as a disused mine site, could be transformed into a thriving solar farm + hydro storage - and nab him a solar job in the process!Once the largest and richest gold mines in Australia, Kidston was closed permanently in 2001 leaving two holes that are over 350 meters deep. What at first may have seemed like a forgotten ghost town, was actually a golden opportunity.Kidston is the first integrated solar and pumped hydro project in the worldSo how does it work?The holes store water;Water flows downhill from one hole to the next, creating clean energy;Solar power pumps the water back uphill from one hole to another, like charging a battery; andThe whole process uses 100% clean energy - enough to power 280,000 homes - and cuts pollution equivalent to removing 33,000 cars from the road!Kidston demonstrates the potential of rural towns - once the hubs of industries past - to lead the way to our sustainable, renewable-powered future. It proves, that solar energy and hydro storage can pump life back into them, bringing job opportunities and energy independence, reducing pollution, and elevating these small towns seated at the fringes of industry into energy hubs.WorkPac are currently looking for people in regional towns to work on several projects we have solar jobs across Australia including: QLD - Kidston, Townsville, Hughenden, Collinsville, Emerald and Clermont . VIC - Mildura, Swan Hill and Bannerton. NSW – Griffith. Register todaySource: https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/kidston-solar-project