Duty holders will switch from "tick the box" compliance to risk-based safety management systems and have easy access to imported technologies that improve safety, under draft Productivity Commission recommendations for the transport sector.
The majority of Australia's WHS ministers have agreed to maintain the mandatory status of the workplace exposure standards and change the name of the system to make it clear that exposure limits for hazardous chemicals can't be exceeded.
Three employers including a repeat offender have been charged with safety breaches, after the deaths of a confined space worker and a backpacker. The latest development in the backpacker's case coincides with two Federal Court rulings on the employment status of workers at the site where she was killed.
> Falling work fatality rate encouraging, but "not cause for celebration"; > Regulators issue fatality alerts, PCBU receives 13 prohibition notices; and > Many employers falling short of sun-related WHS duties.
> WHS regulator issues Christmas party warning and safety alert; > New WHS Code of Practice introduced in Qld; > Safety inspectors' powers increase with passing of OPGGS Bill; > Journey claims restored by NSW private member's Bill; and > New WorkSafe Vic chief and chair announced.
Head contractors on Commonwealth-funded projects cannot satisfy the requirement to conduct a minimum number of random drug and alcohol tests each month by counting pre-employment or for-cause tests, a fitness-for-work audit program has highlighted.
A coronial inquest into the death of an Australia Post motorcyclist, who was struck by reversing machinery, has made recommendations for reducing public safety hazards around work sites, and highlighted cross-jurisdictional issues that hampered the regulatory response to the incident.
A police officer accused of associating with the mafia, while investigating a high-profile murder, has failed in his Federal Court bid for workers' compensation for mental injuries he incurred from an internal investigation.