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WA Tables Draft WHS Bill

The draft Work Health and Safety Bill 2014 (‘the Green Bill’) has been tabled in Western Australia’s Parliament. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch has now called for public comment on the Bill, the WA version of the national Model Work Health and Safety Bill, the harmonised legislation developed by Safe Work Australia for implementation across […]

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Event Company Fined under WHS Laws

An ACT event hire company has been convicted under the harmonised work health and safety (WHS) laws. Mashera Pty Ltd, trading as Barlens Event Hire, pleaded guilty to breaching section 33 of the ACT Work Health and Safety Act 2011. The Industrial Magistrate recorded a conviction and fined the company $37,500.

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New Return to Work Bill for South Australia

New Return to Work Bill for South Australia

South Australia has introduced the new Return to Work Bill 2014 to Parliament on 6 August, commencing what will be the most significant reform to the State’s workers’ compensation system in over 25 years. The Return to Work Bill proposes the introduction of a new scheme to replace the current Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act […]

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Safety Of Machinery Standard Updated

Safety Of Machinery Standard Updated

Standards Australia has recently released a number of revised parts of the Australian Standard AS 4024.1 Series – Safety of Machinery. The changes are designed to align with global standards and strengthen workplace safety. The revisions have been individually issued at this stage with the entire standard due to be released as a 2014 version […]

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Three Corporations Charged over OHS Breach

Hungry Jack’s, Veolia and Visy have been charged with failing to ensure persons other than employees were safe and not exposed to risk of health and safety. Lawyers for fast food restaurant Hungry Jacks appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court last week over charges relating to the death of an elderly man in one of […]

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ACT Announces New Asbestos Regulations

ACT Announces New Asbestos Regulations

The ACT has announced new laws mandating asbestos awareness training for workers where an employer reasonably believes that worker will work with asbestos or ACM while at work.  

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Safety Reps No Longer Able to Shut Down Unsafe Sites

Health and Safety Representatives no longer have the power to direct workers to cease unsafe work under amendments to Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws.

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New Rules For Site Access in Queensland | WHS, Queensland, OHS

Queensland is looking to clean up WHS worksite access rules and remove certain powers of health and safety representatives. On 13 February 2014 the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 into the Queensland Parliament. The Bill implements findings from a review conducted by the Queensland Government on the national model Work […]

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Queensland Gets New Codes of Practice

Queensland Gets New Codes of Practice

In Queensland a number of new codes of practice took effect from 1st December 2013. A code of practice provides details on how to achieve the standards required under the work health and safety (WHS) legislation, by identifying hazards and managing risks. Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, codes of practice are admissible […]

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SA Suspends Safety Codes That Don’t Work

South Australia has announced the suspension of three workplace safety codes of practice that have been highly criticised by businesses and the State Government’s own advisers. Industrial Relations Minister John Rau announced the move saying the codes were difficult to understand and had the unintended effect of driving up costs. The codes of conduct are additional documents based on […]

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