Browsing: Workplace safety legislation, regulations, standards and codes

FRI
12:25PM

New safety near-miss duties explained in memorandum

The new notification rules introduced in Victoria require employers to report incidents involving "serious" rather than "immediate" health and safety risks, in a change that captures "near misses" and better aligns the provisions with those in the national model WHS Act, tabled documents have shown.

WED
3:45PM

Safety notification duties extended to near-miss incidents

Employers will be required to report safety "near misses" and incidents involving infectious diseases to a workplace safety regulator, under new Victorian laws that also increase the benefits available to workers with silicosis and similar conditions.

MON
3:49PM

Manslaughter Bill passes LC; Standard commences; more

  • Industrial manslaughter Bill introduced to NSW Lower House;
  • New solar safety Standard commences with transitional provisions; and
  • Offshore laws with "modified" WHS provisions pass Parliament.
THU
3:55PM

Utilise fatality data: SWA; Fines excluded from code; more

  • Utilise injury-causing data to prevent fatalities, says SWA;
  • Fines excluded from SA's anti-harassment and bullying code; and
  • Beware hazardous aftermarket modifications.
THU
11:23AM

New debarment regime targets safety and IR breaches

Businesses that breach workplace safety, workers' compensation, employment or environmental laws in any jurisdiction or overseas can now be blocked from supplying goods, services or works to Western Australian agencies, under Australia's "first debarment regime".

FRI
3:34PM

Dept fined for violence breaches; WHS guides out; more

  • Department fined for violence-related safety breaches;
  • Three interpretive guidelines released for WA's WHS Act; and
  • Scrutiny warning issued ahead of industrial manslaughter session.
FRI
1:41PM

First-aid Code commences, new Regulations confirmed

A new Compliance Code instructing employers to consider keeping EpiPens in their first-aid kits has taken effect in Victoria, while the State Government has locked in new silica-related OHS Regulations covering multiple industries, with amendments to the clauses released for public comment.

WED
3:49PM

New WHS Code released, fatality toll increases again

Safe Work Australia has published a new WHS Code of Practice, revealed, in its latest statistics report, that the nation's work-related fatality rate increased two years in a row, and informed gig employers of their workers' comp obligations.


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