Welcome to our new distributor!

Bernard Sparkes has joined us in the UK. He can be contacted by email at Bernard@BERTS.World.

We also have a group joining us in NSW headed by Hywell Blake.

If anyone is interested in joining our team, send us an email at Admin@BERTS.World.

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WE ARE THE FIRST AUSTRALIA!

So much excitement!

It is with much excitement and honor this week that we were awarded the first Australia Made license for a Workplace Safety Tech Product!

We have been jumping around the office and there have been more than a few high fives between our tech wizards, marketing team and designers. The tech world is abuzz with the news too, and it couldn’t come at a better time as we enjoy what has been   a stellar launch in 2018.

PROUDLY

“This is the icing on the cake,” says our founder Martin Stow “The Australia Made campaign is a reflection of integrity, and we are so proud to be an approved part of it.”

According to Australia Made sources, there is a direct correlation between consumer purchasing behavior and employment, prosperity and growth.

 

 

Research Shows

‘Research published by the Industry Capability Network shows that for every $1 million of new or retained manufacturing business in Australia, the following effects flow through the economy:

$333,900 worth of tax revenue generated

$985,000 worth of value-added generated

$95,000 worth of welfare benefits saved

Ten full-time jobs created.’

It makes sense to buy things that have been made right here in Australia. (www.icn.org.au)’

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At the same time, our launch of our Saved Assets Calculator has sales staff and enquiring customers shaking their heads in shock and more than a bit of happiness as the savings roll in. The algorithm was designed in-house and is a digital tool capable of calculating the exact cost savings to organisations and small businesses when they move to the Digital system.

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Paperless Council Departments

In 2018 BERT has taken a Victorian country council to a paperless system within various departments and the feedback is wonderful. Col Shepard, Acting Manager of Operation Works at Gannawarra says;

“We went from paper-based reporting that was generic and went with this model to help increase safety and create a better system. Now it is fully customized, easier to use and makes more sense to employees. When compared to some other tech-based systems out there, we found this one to be more affordable and to be honest; you get someone on the end of the phone, the backup service and relationship is better. It is more relevant and cohesive.”

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It is estimated that with a business of 12 employees the product can save anywhere up and over $160,000 a year. Not a bad saving for small business or organizations. According to the McKinsey report, Australians spend 1.8 hours every day on average searching and collaborating information in their job.

When you calculate this at an hourly rate in a year, the stats stack up shockingly.

Not for Profit

Not for Profits and Government organizations are showing much interest, as the reduction in resources and increase in revenue cannot be ignored. Staff are able to report positively meeting KPIs and smashing their budget whilst also meeting sustainability criteria.

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Martin says they are passionate about making the industry better than when they found it.  Sourcing the very best up and coming Australian tech talent available is important.  Another testament to the power of the Australian Made Campaign, with Aussies supporting Aussies, helping the economy which now also includes the Digital landscape as well.
Click the Links For more information about BERT or the  Australia Made Campaign

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Australian Here is Your Online Store for Safety- ALERT- NOT BORING!

Australia, you have asked and we have listened! We are pleased to announce our release of our Online Safety Store. So far we have saved Aussie organsations over $525,890.000 in 3 months alone. How? Workplace Safety Resources. 

So why are they talking?

The very latest tech is set to revolutionise safety and risk management in an Australian first. Replacing paper, apps, and downloads has people talking! The biggest point for discussion? Affordability, simplicity, and security. WHY? Because the inspectors are coming and we want to protect you and your business, your organisation but MOST importantly: your employees. Did we mention the money saving? That’s right, over half a million dollars saved. So we needed to make this more accessible to everyone. Next stop: ONLINE SHOPPING.

BERT Online Store Leaderboard

“After rolling out our suite of products to government and small business, we knew it was only time before we were asked to have an online store on demand. After months of work, development and delivery testing, we are ready to go!” says Martin Stow.

Our team is excited as it now means that instead of having to make downloads or app purchases or fill out forms customers can buy exactly what they need in easy online step. Our in-house system is fiddle proof, highly secure and customers choose what they need, pay and go with a subscription option, with no holding contracts or ongoing charges. “It was time to make it easier for people, to make safety compliance solutions more accessible,” says Martin.

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It was evident from our research out on the field talking to farmers, primary producers, truck drivers and NFP’s- they do not have extra time and resources. Often people are squeezed in a corner to comply. If I am an owner operator truck driver, I have been on the road for hours; I have a million things to do and think about, am I going to feel like downloading an app, swiping, fixing, altering, filling in forms and spaces to create a solution? No way. I want to tap and go with a quick effective yet SECURE tool. If I want to talk to someone, I don’t get some chatbot or an email I speak to an actual person. The next step in our business evolution was an online store where clients can buy and use right away.”

Impending Changes to Aussie Industry

With the impending National changes to the Truck Industry, the products couldn’t come at a better time.

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Mike Wood, head of LATUS, Logistics Risk Specialists is an educator on compliance. “Each business must have an SMS, Safety Management System in place by mid-2018. We are witnessing a lot of distress and confusion in the transport industry over the new legislation involving the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) law. The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) prescribes certain requirements and obligations to ensure compliance and safety for all parties in the transport supply chain. This means that anyone who influences the transport activity is responsible for safety on the road. The penalties are harsh and high; we encourage anyone in this industry, or any workplace industry to be aware of legislation and use the Digital Tools available to them!  They can comply without the stress and heartache that compliance litigation can impose.”

Safety goes a long way

The online store couldn’t come at a better time. Recently cited by Workplace Victoria as an exciting development in Safety and Risk Management, BERT is pleased to be able to be of service to those in need of assistance to transform their business space. The first release of products will include SWMS (Safe Work Method Statements) and Pre- Start Checks for everything from trucks to tractors and chainsaws. Workplace Safety resources that take moments not minutes. 

Gannwarra Shire

The suite of products was rolled out earlier this year in the Gannawarra Shire in Northern Victoria. Col Shepard, Acting Manager of Operation Works at Gannawarra says;

“We went from paper-based reporting that was generic and went with this model to help increase safety and create a better system. Now it is fully customized, easier to use and makes more sense to employees. When compared to some other tech-based systems out there, we found this one to be more affordable and to be honest; you get someone on the end of the phone, the backup service and relationship is better. It is more relevant and cohesive.”

Not for Profit

Would you like a Free Trial with no strings attached? Go to our Online Store and Click FREE TRIAL. We are dedicated to reducing your workplace resources so that your budget goes to where it is needed the very most. 

For NFP’s you can also use our complimentary Volunteer Application Form, to save you time and paper! Click below to access right away, no strings attached. Why? Because we like helping the people who help the people! Volunteer Application Form Free Trial Access

 

New National Young Farmers Safety Pilot Takes Shape

Significant injury and death is a startling and shocking current fact of farming life, but change is in the air.  After a horror spate of workplace injuries in 2018, an unprecedented amount has happened in the Agriculture Industry. Our farming communities are hurting. However brand new initiatives are taking shape in Australia, and it’s nothing short of inspiring, and it is about time. Farmers need help!

One such initiative actioned by the Nation Centre for Farmers Health is an interactive, fun and engaging farmer safety education program. The pilot ran over February at various Secondary Colleges and Ag Colleges in Victoria. The ultimate aim? To help prevent workplace accidents and educate about Personal Protection Equipment.  Gardening with farmer

Alex Robinson, spokesperson for Farmers Health says “The pilot was very positive! We sourced this program from overseas, where it has had an impressive impact on farming communities. This isn’t about replacing existing learning; it is an additional resource to enhance that younger demographic’s learning opportunity. The next generation needs reaching, and as we start to gather the results from the pilot, the feedback so far suggests some tangible results” says the passionate advocate.

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The program originated in North America and facilitated a powerful emotive connection between young farmers and the workplace with plenty of interactive facets, hands-on learning, and visual cues. The program assists in upskilling and identifying risks. It took the organizers 12 months to get the program pilot over here with a long-term goal to roll it out across the country.Hay bales

“The program is quite plastic; we can adapt it to different areas. For example, one area may be focussed on the dairy industry, whilst Horsham, for example, has a cropping and grains bias” says Alex. “We will be surveying the participants and measuring practice and follow through, to see how the learning translates into implementation Australia. Assessing risk and making appropriate choices, being able to read the various situations for young farmers is the outcome we are aiming for.”

Martin Stow founding director of BERT in Australia commented that “Programs such as these with a different angle, a different aspect that can help bridge the younger generation and help reduce Agriculture workplace tragedies are inspiring to say the least. We know how popular digital tools have been in this industry with our Gannawarra Council Digital transformation. Digital tools are becoming popular for all ages. However the young demographic has been most enthusiastic. It is all about making safety simple, accessible and we congratulate The National Centre for Farmers Health on doing just that in such a new dynamic.”

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The National Centre for Farmer’s Health has education at the heart of its organization. “It is of key importance to improve the health, safety, and well-being of farm men, women and children. Rural Australians experience poorer health outcomes than their urban counterparts, and agricultural workers record higher incidences of injury, illness and work-related death than most other industries.”

For more information about the new initiative go to https://www.farmerhealth.org.au/page/education
For more information about what BERT is doing for the Agriculture Industry CLICK HERE

 

Death Toll Calls for Solutions

The start of 2018 has been tragic with 12 people killed in workplace incidents in Australia. Many were in the agriculture and farming sector. A well experienced, well known and loved community man crushed to death in a sales yard. A young father slowly asphyxiated in a silo. Another had a tractor roll onto him after a mechanical fault. One young farm worker burned beyond recognition, the investigation still pending. These are just an example of many. None will be going home. All have families. The year 2018 marks the year life will never be the same for any of them.

It stands to reason this industry needs help. We knew this a year ago when we went to the people asking them about their workplace safety and what the issues were. We did not hit the books. We hit the road.  

We spoke with farm managers, herd managers, dairy farmers, fruit and veggie growers. We asked them, what do you need? What are you doing regarding keeping the Workplace safe and ticking the boxes? The responses echoed one another, and they were alarming. 

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“We don’t have the time to do everything expected; our roles are so time-consuming and task heavy, doing all the paperwork is not practical. Therefore it doesn’t all get done.”

“Inductions are quick and on the go, not in-depth or to legislation if they are done at all. The problem you have: Modern Agriculture consists of machinery, heavy duty, logistics, and complex management systems. We don’t have the means to get this done correctly.”

Often the “we just have to use common sense” approach is the catchcry. Common sense, however, does not stop a farming tragedy. One farming manager said of his bosses; they were so tired of the rats eating the paperwork off the tractor, they just didn’t bother. Induction? Forget it. Here are the tractors, here are the cows, put them there, then do this. You get the idea.

The reality is 50% of the workers who died in 2017 were employed either in the agriculture or primary production sector. 306 people have been killed in farming accidents in Australia since 2012. This figure doesn’t mention those critically injured or left permanently disabled. What about the 61.8 Billion dollar cost of work-related injury and disease to the Australian economy? 

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What is the leading killer? Machinery and vehicles.

Those not killed are left in dire straits. Wounds, amputations, traumatic ligament and joint damage and head injuries took up 59% of injuries in the workplace in Australia in 2017.

The age bracket most affected? Young blokes and blokes aged between 55 and 65. Many of them highly experienced, but more importantly, all of them loved. Common sense doesn’t come into it.

Machinery fails, bolts break, things happen to items that are repeatedly used or neglected to be used. Daily inspections, pre-vehicle and machinery checks for faults, amongst so many other failsafe measures have to be taken to stop the carnage. So how do we do this without interrupting and upsetting the workload of these industry owners, managers, and employees? 

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Crossing your fingers a WorkSafe rep doesn’t pop in for a cuppa and a check? Well get the kettle boiling, Worksafe has announced that 40,000 businesses of all industries will be inspected this year.

So what is the solution? We put our team together to come up with a streamlined one-click product that would take away all the paper, take away all the long lists that take up time and make it quick, simple, efficient and compliant, but most of all: AFFORDABLE. SAVING you money, not costing you a fortune. 

These are just a sample of the products we have ready:

Pre-Vehicle Checks

  • Dairy Equipment and Management Checks
  • SWMS documents
  • Automotive mechanical updates
  • Fire Safety
  • Roster Management
  • Herd Management
  • Equipment
  • Incidence reports  
  • Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Staff checklists

There is not much we can’t do at BERTS HQ. We have the new tech; it is reliable, tamper-proof and state of the art.

Do not be the person who is left broken or dying. The one who has to tell Mum and Dad their son or daughter isn’t coming home, or the one who has to explain to his boss that a $50,000 fine is on its way. Don’t be shut down, don’t neglect your mates.

DO be the person who made a difference, helped save lives, improved the standard.

That’s the person we all should be.

Give us a call, it will take 5 minutes. It won’t be a drawn-out sales thing. We aren’t into that. We want to make a difference, and we have the simple solution waiting for you.

1300 237 879 (BERTS WORLD)

To find out more about what we do for the agriculture industry you can also visit here:

https://bertsworld.org/home/agriculture/

*all sources within this document remain anonymous

They’re Coming! Are You Compliant?

Over 40,000 workplaces will be inspected in Australia in the coming year. Businesses of all sizes and industries will have an inspector walk through the door to identify problems. The reason is apparent, workplace safety needs compliance, and when enforced, the result can be positive, when ignored; deadly.

Statistics from Safe Work Australia show that in 2016, 182 workers were fatally injured at work. In 2012–13, work-related injury and disease cost the Australian economy $61.8 billion, representing 4.1% of GDP. Just two weeks ago BHP was fined  $400,000 for an employee’s death at Olympic Dam in 2015. The good news? Workplace deaths have decreased by 49% since 2007 as a result of the improvement to safety practices.

Recent events should encourage employers to make sure their workplace is complying with the various codes of practice. Self-regulation and auditing is the most successful way to do this.

According to Safe Work Australia, the first thing is to identify the hazards in your workplace. You are on the lookout for anything with the potential to cause harm. Chat with your workers, ask them questions about what they have seen or believe to be unsafe or in need of attention.

Then assess the risks, so you need to make a judgment about the seriousness of each hazard you have identified. Then rank them concerning priority, which ones can cause the most significant harm and needs the most urgent attention.

Now act! Go through the list and fix the problems, making sure any potential new hazards are immediately identified. The risk needs to be removed. For more information on making sure you meet the criteria for when workplace inspection happens in your workplace go to:

https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au

So what happens when an inspector comes knocking?

They take issue notices, give directions, conduct interviews and make inquiries which can include taking photos, measurements, and samples. If an inspector finds serious health and safety breaches at a workplace, it may be referred for further investigation and the employer may be prosecuted. Find out more about the powers of WorkSafe inspectors under health and safety law and WorkSafe investigations and prosecutions.

If you would like help with identifying your Hazards and Risks, click here to download our complimentary Induction Kit.

 

 

 

Australia, We Have Arrived!

In a country where fast-paced consumerism is on the increase, the demand for safety and risk management, as well as organisational data recording, is at an all-time high. Technology is evolving at an unprecedented rate, marking a pivotal moment in Australian Business history. The combination of the two presented us with an opportunity to develop a customised system to help!

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We took our team with over 60 combined years of innovation, governance experience, sales and NFP involvement and created a dynamic system that is set to lay some pretty serious foundations in Aussie business circles.    

With an exciting launch of a cache of customizable risk and safety management systems in 2018, we are presenting solutions with incredible feedback in the test phase. Our inspiring leaders of BERTS; Mike Wood and Martin Stow saw that heavy resource problems facing large business groups,  NFPs, Social Entrepreneurs and Small Owner Operators needed something fresh encompassing emerging technology.

“Many organizations are scrutinized and left trying to manage safety, and risk management compliance with a “one size fits all model,” says Mike. “The risk of loss of resources, money and time is compounding. Many businesses aren’t meeting their requirements, which leaves them wide open for both tragedy and harsh consequences. The time has come for diligence and customized care that doesn’t cost the earth,”

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Our refreshing philosophy that one size indeed doesn’t fit all when it comes to safety and risk management has been popular with organisations.  “You don’t want a band-aid for a broken leg solution,” says Martin. Since opening our digital solutions to a cross-section of industries, we have witnessed repeated feedback: the complex issues facing business owners are being transformed into user-friendly and simple options.  This is alongside a complimentary BERTS assistant ( a real person!)  is something that is bound to shake up the Safety and Risk Tech industry.

“We see many organizations weighed down with complex and expensive systems and a real difficulty in managing data collection that is ‘fiddle proof’ and automated.  We see it as our service to the Business Community as a whole to help them keep afloat of issues and become stronger than ever before.”

Why?

“Quite simply because we love what we do, we love developing relationships built on integrity. It makes everyone feel good! We are so excited about how technology can simplify and assist people in business, and the excitement combined with a passion for safety is infectious in our company culture” says Martin.  This philosophy in addition to a passionate team has seen the company go from strength to strength, a philosophy echoed by the voice of industry!

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According to Industry.gov.au “Evidence shows that when a small business begins to digitize and use digital tools, it creates new growth opportunities and diversifies revenue streams. This is the same for workplace safety, we now have the tech to supply workplace safety tools for Australia that are simple. Adopting digital technologies also helps small businesses to find talent, access finance, work smarter and enhances the value of the business when it is time to sell. However, many small businesses are not taking advantage of the opportunities that the digital economy offers.”  Headed by Mark Bouris, the department will be launching a Small Business Digital Taskforce in 2018 addressing issues facing Aussie industry.

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It is a timely nudge for all organizations big and small in every industry to embrace digital solutions and make sure their risk safety blueprint is built on integrity and customization.  These steps will ensure they continue to be the driving force of our foundations for many years to come and not end up another tragic statistic for those to look at in the future.