Proposed and actual major changes to the harmonised WHS Acts, as well as surprising developments in the non-harmonised states, dominated OHS Alert's pages in the second quarter of 2014. Check out this review of all the most important safety and workers' compensation news from the three months to 30 June.
Stakeholders in the harmonised states and territories are being asked to comment on whether the model WHS laws should be amended to include stricter entry rules and less prescriptive regulations - but they've been given just days to do so.
Safe Work Australia has released the final version of its model Code of Practice on workplace traffic management, as well as four industry-specific guides to the Code, while WorkSafe ACT has published a guide on WHS management plans for construction contractors.
In this update, OHS Alert examines all the important OHS and workers' comp legislative changes made in the second quarter of 2013. We also recap the most significant court and tribunal rulings and other developments in each jurisdiction.
A number of workplace safety regulations in five jurisdictions commence or change today, while Bill Shorten has been tasked with overseeing both work health and safety and education in new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's cabinet.
The ACT's new "on the spot" fine regime, for workplace health and safety breaches, will provide a deterrent for those PCBUs that are prepared to cut corners on safety because they assume the chances of being prosecuted are slim, the Work Safety Commissioner says.
Apprentice-related supervision breaches can lead to recklessness fines; Queensland removes earthmoving requirement from WHS Regulation; and South Australian WHS Act added to Fair Work right-of-entry laws.
Mirror WHS Acts take effect in South Australia and Tasmania in less than two weeks. In this article, OHS Alert points SA and Tas readers to the resources they need to prepare for the new laws, and looks at the ongoing transitional arrangements in other jurisdictions.