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.
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.
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".
The duty of employers to consult with workers and health and safety representatives on hazards, risks and control measure extends to identifying and addressing cultural and language barriers, according to updated guidance released for feedback.
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.
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.