health and safety

104 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Google, Apple, Nic Hopkins

Google & Apple: stop road deaths and injury from mobile phones

Pictured is my cycling teammate Graham. He was a paramedic and a cyclist. Our team would go cycling every Sunday. Recently, that all changed forever. On one of those cycle trips, a driver became distracted using her mobile. Graham was as far left to the shoulder as he could safely be. But her four wheel drive catapulted him off his bike from behind almost killing him. Graham is now a lifelong paraplegic. This picture is the day he was released from hospital 6 months after the accident. He is devastated. It’s heartbreaking. He recently said: "It's the simple things in my life that I miss the most, like holding my wife's hand when we go for a walk. I miss a full body hug.” His life had changed forever. All because the driver was distracted while using their mobile phone. 70% of drivers now admit to using their mobile phone while driving. Distracted drivers from mobile phone use is now regarded as the #1 safety issue on our roads globally. These accidents are completely preventable. Apple and Google have the power and the technology to change this. They could auto-enable their existing “Do Not Disturb” function on their smartphones, which can activate as soon as a vehicle starts moving. You could still use maps and Bluetooth. You just wouldn’t be distracted by notifications or text messages. The current "opt-in" setting isn’t working due to our severe addiction to these devices - so it needs to be opt out, or people won’t use it. If users opt out, then cause death or serious injury, this could then be logged in court. Smartphone distraction on our roads is killing people and ruining lives like Graham’s. We take drink driving seriously. It’s time for our technology companies, Apple and Google, to take responsibility and stop causing deaths and injury by not acting on this.

Klaus Bartosch
31,782 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Hon. Rita Saffioti MLA, Hon. Liza Harvey MLA, Hon. Donald Punch MLA, City of Bunbury, Colin Spencer, Jason Gick

Save the Tuart Bushland from development!

RE: DALYELLUP BEACH ESTATE: proposed Greenpatch Development, Structure Plan No: 11453P-SP-04B (Lots 9105, 9076 and 8019.) Concern over the proposed Dalyellup (greater Bunbury/ Shire of Capel WA 6230) Greenpatch Development - precious Tuart bushland at risk to the developers! Preston River to Ocean Regional Park land area to extend and cover the Greenpatch - Lots 9105, 9076 and 8019. Kept as a natural buffer, due to: • loss of natural vegetation and habitat; • community health concerns, proximity to the Dalyellup Waste Water (sewerage) Treatment Plant (WWTP) including the Dalyellup Waste Residue Disposal Facility (DWRDF) and; • sustainable planning concerns. 1. Loss of natural vegetation and habitat - Critically endangered species reside here.2. Community Health Concerns - including radiation, soil/water contamination and high levels of Chromium.Concerns as to why? - A Detailed Site Investigation and a Health Risk Assessment of the Greenpatch have never been carried out. 3. Sustainable planning concerns.4.The lots in question are zoned ‘Urban’ under the WAPC’s Greater Bunbury Region Scheme (GRBS) which traditionally is defined ‘for residential development and associated local employment, recreation and open space, shopping, schools and other community facilities’. 5. Population density. Please consider this a legacy you will create to leave the future generations of Western Australia. Please be the change we know that you can be.

Get Ya Rocks Off Crystals
111 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Greg Hunt MP, Jill Hennessy

Jill Hennessy: end the hospital food negligence risking lives of patients like my daughter

I never imagined hospital food might risk the lives of sick patients. But that’s what’s happening — with a 13 year old boy tragically dying and my own daughter suffering a reaction with hospitals failing to meet food safety standards for patients with allergies. Like any parent, I was devastated hearing about Louis Tate – this young boy was recovering from an asthma attack, but he died after being served breakfast ignoring his known allergens. Shockingly, the government hasn’t bothered to fix the food safety systems in hospitals since his death. My daughter Kaley suffered a reaction last week from the hospital's breakfast, despite warning staff and the allergies being in her record. But she was served a potentially-fatal meal with dairy, eggs or  nuts. Her throat began to close up, and I hate to think of where she would be if I didn’t intervene. Then it happened again at another hospital later in the week.   Hospitals are meant to help sick patients, not kill them or cause severe health risks. My daughter was almost the next death. The Health Minister must act now to fix hospital food safety and ensure no more patients suffer preventable, damaging allergic reactions. Hospital kitchens need to provide nut, dairy, egg, gluten and fructose free food for allergy sufferers. There needs to be higher standards for food safety and ensuring hospitals are an allergen-free environment. Just like teachers in schools across Australia, nurses need to be trained to administer epipens. Please sign my petition now calling on the Health Minister Jill Hennessy to urgently review hospital food safety -- and ensure hospitals are safe for sufferers of life-threatening food allergies.

Lynne Edwards
16,642 supporters