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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.


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.


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.

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.

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".


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.

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.


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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