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28 Sep 2017

And the safety award goes to…

In August, Julieann Cother was presented the annual GIO Safety Award in the presence of colleagues and peers at the Safety and Risk Forum held in Wahroonga, NSW. Julieann is the Corporate WHS Manager for Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing across both Australia and New Zealand. She has been involved

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4 Jul 2017

Winter in the Workplace: The Tissue at Hand

Winter is back AGAIN! It seems like every second person is affected by colds, flu and other nasty winter-related viruses going around. So perhaps it is time to refresh our collective knowledge with a little winter wisdom from the NSW Department of Health…   CATCH IT Keep a supply

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4 Jul 2017

The Door-knocking Dilemma

“…How can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who

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4 Jul 2017

Reputation Risk: An Executive-level Issue

In 1991, during a testimony about his firm’s securities scandal, the famous business magnate Warren Buffett spoke about compliance and following the rules. He finished with the now famous line, “Lose money for the firm and I’ll be understanding. Lose a shred of reputation for the firm, and I

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4 Jul 2017

Taking a chance at potluck?

Let’s not beat around the haystack – potluck lunches are a much-loved institution of Adventist churches everywhere. However, they are not always great for one’s…ahem…constitution. Sometimes the tummy trouble an hour or two post-feast can adversely affect Sabbath afternoon lay activities, well into Sunday. Yes, we’re talking about food

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4 Jul 2017

Don’t Let Criminals School You

A sign outside a Baptist church reads: “Whoever stole our AC units, keep one – it’s hot where you’re going.” Question: What makes a thief or vandal choose your site to hit? Answer: Opportunity When selecting a site to strike, a thief or vandal does not care about a

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4 Jul 2017

Cyber Confidence: The Human Firewall

Christian organisations such as ours pride themselves on their purpose, centred around leading people to Christ. A significant emphasis is placed on living a Christ-centred life, upholding attributes such as trust, friendliness and helpfulness. It is through our personal interactions with people that we hope to share His love

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29 Mar 2017

Why We Heart that Oscars Gaffe

If you didn’t see the moment when the Best Picture Oscar was graciously and decisively handed to its rightful recipients, you missed a great lesson in risk management. In this unbelievable situation, millions worldwide witnessed how different types of people react in a crisis. And it gives us a

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29 Mar 2017

There’s no “IP” in safety.

At a recent safety conference our team were impressed when one of the speakers stressed that when it comes to risk and safety matters there should be no “intellectual property”. It’s a point that we agree is fair – to withhold a resource that could help keep people safe

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29 Mar 2017

Sevs on the Revs. Driving for Church Work.

Don’t ask a New South Welshman to execute a hook-turn in Victoria without complaining. In South Australia remember that indicating a lane change is optional and tailgating is required to get through the next traffic light. When in Queensland make sure to drive either too fast or too slow,

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29 Mar 2017

Mandatory Data Breach Notification Laws

This time next year all Australian government agencies, private sector businesses and not-for-profit organisations will be required to notify the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner as well as the affected individuals when a data breach occurs. What is a notifiable breach? This amendment to the Privacy Act 1988

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29 Mar 2017

Cyber Confidence – Slay these 3 Buzzwords

We know, it’s hard enough to keep current with your teenager’s latest narrative let alone all that cyber stuff because, let’s face it, #boring. But simply increasing knowledge of cyber terms and phrases can really help build cyber confidence. So without further ado, let’s start with our three fave

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29 Mar 2017

Cheap Flights, Big Regrets

We’re not going to beat around the bush: RMS discourages church travel on any airline with a poor safety rating. The best possible price on flights is something we all enjoy, but those few dollars saved could also mean that an airline is ‘saving’ costs maybe where they shouldn’t…like

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12 Dec 2016

Red nosed? More like red-faced!

It’s no fun at all when what was supposed to be a fun activity with a bunch of school kids or a youth group takes a turn for the worst. It can be especially embarrassing if the incident could have been prevented by checking off a few simple precautions.

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12 Dec 2016

Last Christmas we gave you our funds.

It has been a year since we launched the Risk and Safety Funding initiative. What have we done with the money? When we launched Risk and Safety Funding in November 2015, we knew that the old way of doing risk and safety was not cutting through, but what we

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12 Dec 2016

Cyber Confidence – An Introduction

Bolting out of the ’emerging risk’ category, cyber threat is absolutely real, constantly evolving and happening right now. As custodians of our organisation’s insurance and risk we are getting this message loud and clear from across all experts in our industry. Adventist Church Technology Services (formerly known as SPD

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11 Dec 2016

It’s beginning to look a lot like bad driving.

Poor merging technique. Creeping speed. Distracted by mobile phone. Tailgaiting. Not stopping completely at stop signs. Impatience and road rage. When you get behind the wheel are you naughty or nice? Our motor vehicle insurers in Australia and New Zealand have expressed concern about our poor motor vehicle claims

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9 Oct 2016

The Tale of Two Burglaries

We had just moved to a new city and were visiting with old friends at their home when our happy chatter was pierced by a shrieking alarm. The owner of the house, a long-term resident of an area considered a ‘rough’ part of town, had a heightened sense of

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29 Sep 2016

What’s the secret to funding success?

RMS has two types of funding available for risk and safety projects. GIO – available to Adventist Church organisations in Australian states or territories where GIO is the workers compensation insurer. Those are Western Australia, Northern Territory, ACT, New South Wales and Tasmania. Criteria, terms and conditions apply. You

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29 Sep 2016

Travellers! Get to a doctor before you get home.

Do I need to see a doctor if I get sick or injured when overseas? We’ve been getting this question a lot, but unfortunately it is being asked too late. Uniquely, when we’re travelling we don’t really want to admit that we might be sick or injured because we

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29 Sep 2016

Pokémon Go. Players gonna play.

Your church is most likely some kind of landmark in the world of Niantic’s hugely popular augmented reality game, Pokémon Go, which means you may occasionally find people you’ve never seen at church before gathering nearby. Perhaps that feels weird and awkward, and it probably is, but before we

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29 Sep 2016

New Rules in the Game of Drones

The next generation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) are smaller and lighter in weight, prompting changes in both law and insurance. Previously, RMS was unable to offer any form of liability cover for drones causing damage or injury. Drones weighing under 2kg are now covered while being

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29 Sep 2016

Event Success! Get on board for 2017.

Hosted by Risk Management Service, the first ever Safety and Risk Forum took place on August 16-17, 2016. A unique gathering of work, health and safety and risk professionals from across the Church network this inaugural event featured prominent international speakers. “Ideas that Change Culture” was the overarching theme

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5 Jul 2016

Your Safety is Worth It

People like you…you’ve got something to give, and you do give. You have families, friends, pets, some even have cats. You contribute something positive to the world either through your job, through volunteering, or simply making a meal for a new mum. You are loved and you love others.

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5 Jul 2016

When the Volume is at Eleven

It’s a Saturday night at your local church hall and the much anticipated music group has set up and is playing with gusto some of the songs that you know so well. The kids are having a good time too as the music fills the room. The following day

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5 Jul 2016

An Expensive Way to Save Thirty Seconds

Do you recognize this scenario? The nearest step ladder is in another room or inaccessible part of the building and your chair is right there, enticingly convenient and looking pretty sturdy. Maybe it’s a swivel chair, or your grandma’s teak dining chair, maybe even your kid’s Ikea seat and

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5 Jul 2016

The Principal at Stake

In 2014, Dr Mark Thompson, a school principal for the Victorian public school system sadly took his own life. He was experiencing high levels of stress, burnout and abuse. It is heartbreaking to think that something like this could happen, and perhaps we may see Adventist Education as being

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5 Jul 2016

See You Later!

We’ve all been there. At the other end of the line to a very unhappy customer. In the workplace, you will encounter dissatisfied people from time to time and it can be stressful and unsettling. Dealing with difficult people is a job demand that requires a greater level of

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5 Jul 2016

Outdoor Gas Heaters Inside? You Must be Kidding!

Using outdoor gas heaters indoors is dangerous and potentially fatal. The use of outdoor patio heaters and petrol generators indoors is increasing, yet this particular practice poses a serious threat to health and safety. If the oxygen depletion doesn’t kill you then the carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning most likely

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5 Jul 2016

Godspeed, Travellers.

As an organisation we travel a lot – 66,430 travel days in one year! Some of us are a little naïve when we start – and there is room for our experienced travellers to become complacent. So before you travel – pause – and “Take 5” to think about

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1 Jul 2016

A Good Year for GIO States

In support of continued improvement in workplace safety, GIO offers financial assistance for safety management projects to the SDA Church within WA, NT, ACT, NSW and Tasmania. We were pleased with the quality of applications for the 2015/16 financial year and happy to report that all of the funding

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23 Mar 2016

Calendar Rulers are Back!

These six-year calendar rulers are a long-standing RMS tradition and are highly sought after. The good news is that they’re back and we’re ready to give them away! These nifty little tools are made of quality plastic with a 20cm ruler along one edge and an 8in ruler on

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20 Mar 2016

The Big Picture

Most days at RMS we are up to our eyeballs in thousands of pages of insurance policy documents, work health and safety legislation or developing responses to emerging risk issues. When it’s like this it is easy to be consumed by the detail and forget the purpose. Lately, we

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20 Mar 2016

The Best Defence

Ancient Chinese general, military strategist and author of The Art of War, Sun Tzu, is often attributed to this quote, “Invincibility is a matter of defence, vulnerability is a matter of attack”. Churches are commonly perceived as places of openness, refuge and safety in times of need. Lately, however,

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20 Mar 2016

Serenity Now!

One of the things we’ve noticed over the years is the volume of detailed information and documentation that seems part and parcel of Work Health and Safety. It certainly overwhelms us, our research shows that it overwhelms you too, and that’s the last thing we want. Feeling like a

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20 Mar 2016

Hello I.T.?

Technology is not something we can hide from, so part of our strategic plan is how we can use technology to improve our work so we can help you better. Now an integral part of our lives, technology, while frustrating at times can make processes a lot simpler and

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20 Mar 2016

Finding Balance

There is a saying that is usually attributed to Benjamin Franklin that says “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. This saying dates back to 1789 and unfortunately both death and taxes are still certainties in our world today. I’d like to

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20 Mar 2016

4 Things You Don’t Like About Us

You said some serious stuff about us, that’s okay, we’ll grow from it. Avondale Business School conducted research on our behalf, specifically regarding Work Health Safety (WHS) and what their findings show us is that we can do better in four key areas, but also we’re doing some things

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6 Dec 2015

Do you need WHS templates?

Have you been wondering how you can get your hands on some WHS templates? Many of our Work Health and Safety (WHS) resources have only been available through our ‘Member Only’ area of this website. Thanks to your feedback we have developed four new template documents for WHS activities

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2 Dec 2015

Thank you and Happy Christmas

It has been an eventful year for RMS with many exciting opportunities arising including our new Risk and Safety Funding program. We want to THANK YOU our readers, supporters, suppliers and customers! We have enjoyed helping you throughout the year and we are committed to helping and supporting you

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2 Dec 2015

Risk Dollars. Work Smarter.

Launched in November the Risk and Safety Funding program is already helping Church organisations solve risk and safety problems. What is it? RMS is so deeply committed to helping Church organisations get their risk and safety in order that we’re putting our money where our mouths are. RMS is

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2 Dec 2015

2 Things You Don’t Want to Know About Christmas

We know it comes around every year. Without fail. We’re across the shopping hassles, the parking dramas, the “whose-turn-is-it-to-host” politics… so what else is there we could possibly need to know about our favourite time of the year? Read on and store this info for some post-Christmas lunch small

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22 Sep 2015

Standing is the New Black

In case you’ve been too busy beavering away at your work to notice, sit-to-stand desks are the cult office product du jour. Presented with the alarming results of research (conducted by Sanitarium’s Vitality Works) into the health and wellbeing of Adventist workers, the RMS team decided to take a

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22 Sep 2015

Rob Kalinowski joins RMS

Our new Risk Coordinator, Rob Kalinowski, is a keen cyclist, avid reader and a fascinating story-teller with a strong interest in history, people, religion and culture. Currently residing in Lisarow on the New South Wales Central Coast, Rob doesn’t mind the 40 minute commute to work which takes him

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22 Sep 2015

One Simple Way to Lighten Your Insurance Load

Chuck stuff out. Don’t organize it. Don’t buy pretty boxes from Ikea. Don’t look at storage solutions on Pinterest. Just bin it. Chuck it. Throw it. Donate it. Discard it. Delete it. If you don’t really need it, you don’t have to keep it. Here’s how that relates to

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22 Sep 2015

Cash Cover – Gone but not Forgotten

Back in June we told you that Cash in Safe and Cash in Transit cover would cease to exist as separate cover lines but would become part of contents cover. While the cover has been “moved” so to speak, there are still the same expectations as before about how

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22 Sep 2015

Are You Ready for Anything?

Business Interruption or “BI” for short is the risk of interruption to business operations and can result from different scenarios including: Traditional property damage Cyber weaknesses or attacks Non-damage BI Supply chain Acts of Terrorism Environmental causes Product recall Marine transit We’re Hosting a Business Interruption Information Seminar.  

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22 Sep 2015

8 Things You Need to Specify to be Covered.

Some categories of property are not protected under either building or contents cover unless they are specified. Unlike moveable equipment the below list represents property that is fixed or permanent. Signage Playground equipment Shade sails Swimming pools Fences Sheds Retaining walls Driveways / footpaths For example, a shade sail

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19 Jun 2015

One small cover change that you need to know.

It’s official. As of July 1, 2015 Cash in Safe and Cash in Transit cover lines will no longer exist the way they used to. We brought the change to your attention a few months ago while the exact details were being refined. We are happy to share that

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18 Jun 2015

Ken Marsh retires after 26 years

Pursuing his personal interests and passions is what Ken Marsh is looking forward to when he retires from his role as Senior Advisor – Safety Management next month. Ken started his career in 1967 with the Royal Australian Air Force as an engine fitter and “musterer” which saw him

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