The absence of government orders mandating COVID-19 vaccinations does not prevent employers from implementing a mandatory workplace vaccination policy where this is critical to staff safely performing their roles, according to a senior WHS and employment lawyer.
All NSW workplaces including offices and warehouses will be required to comply with the State's QR code system for the COVID-19 pandemic within a matter of days, under a plan to protect workers and quickly emerge from the current lockdown.
NSW's WHS regulations are being amended to mandate PPE and safety induction training for gig economy riders, but the State Government has been accused of shielding "Silicon Valley behemoths" and blaming workers for a string of fatalities.
Australia's first WHS Code of Practice on eliminating and minimising psychosocial risks has taken effect in NSW, and will, according to the State Government, remove the "guesswork" from tackling the issue. NSW has also launched its work safety awards for 2021.
Australia's WHS ministers have agreed to amend the model WHS Regulations to prescribe control measures for psychological risks, and significantly increase safety penalties, but proposed industrial manslaughter laws were voted down at their meeting yesterday.
A second PCBU has been convicted over a worker's two-metre fall, and fined more heavily than the first PCBU, after its failure to consult and coordinate with other parties on a task it knew to be dangerous resulted in the incident.