Browsing: WHS legislation, regulations, standards and codes (NSW)


New WHS laws target gig companies and workers

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.


First WHS Code on psychosocial hazards commences

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.


Second PCBU fined for fall-causing consultation breaches

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.


Manslaughter Bill a "strong signal" on WHS expectations

Ahead of introducing a WHS Bill creating the offence of industrial manslaughter, the NSW Opposition has highlighted the deterrent effect of tougher safety laws, and raised concerns about a recent case where a company avoided category-1 charges for a fatality-causing offence "of the utmost objective gravity".


Easing COVID restrictions; Quarterly update; and more

  • Easing of COVID restrictions accelerated for offices;
  • Diesel threshold commences in NSW, regulatory approach revealed;
  • Company charged with category-1 safety breach of HVNL; and
  • Did you miss our latest major WHS and COVID review?

Workplace dust and emission rules tightened in Vic, NSW

Employers will be required to prepare a "silica hazard control statement" and obtain a special licence under proposed Victorian regulations affecting four sectors and 24 sub-industries. Meanwhile, tighter workplace exposure thresholds, including for diesel emissions, take effect in NSW next week.

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