Browsing: Workplace safety representatives


Contentious WHS Bill with criminal checks passes Parl

A NSW WHS Bill enabling nationwide criminal record checks of safety representatives has passed Parliament without amendment, despite warnings that the new laws place "no limits" on a minister's powers to veto an elected representative.


Criminal checks enabled by WHS Bill; and more

  • Criminal checks of safety representatives enabled by NSW WHS Bill; and
  • Injury-surveillance crackdown agreed to in Vic, in principle.

WHS notice restored to ensure timely responses to bullying

An employer's anti-bullying and grievance procedures require intervention by a WHS regulator because they lack processes to ensure they are timely and don't cause psychological injuries to those involved, a commission has found.


Employer liable for injuries after "ambushing" unwell HSR

A major employer's conduct towards a health and safety representative after a safety meeting has been slammed by a tribunal, in throwing out the company's reasonable action claim.


Rio policies fostered sycophancy and bullying: WMWA

Rio Tinto's toxic workplace culture of bullying, s-xual harassment and racism is the legacy of a system where career progression hinges on the discretion of direct supervisors and workers fear raising issues, according to a union group.


WHS consultation duties explained in COVID vaccine case

A five-member Fair Work Commission bench has detailed activities that do and do not constitute consultation with the meaning of the model WHS laws, in finding BHP failed to properly consult its workers before imposing a COVID-19 vaccination mandate at one of its NSW sites.


Ventilation, distancing guides cover easing work rules

Properly ventilating work areas is a key precaution against COVID-19 as more workers return to the normal workplace, according to a wide range of resources released for health and safety representatives and others.

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