In a case involving a charity drive and entry breaches, the Federal Court has rejected a regulator's assertion that workers' subjective "feelings" about how safe their sites are can't justify a stoppage.
A major international study has identified a significant exposure-response relationship between several types of cancer including brain cancer and the hazardous substance lead, which remains prevalent in Australian workplaces.
An employer and three of its managers have been fined for preventing union officials from investigating suspected safety breaches, while the Federal Court has dismissed claims that a union official "negated" a Western Australian employer's choice to operate after an ACT fatality, which led to multiple reckless conduct charges.
More than 500 workers at a NSW council have stopped work due to safety concerns over the ongoing use of weed killer glyphosate, while Australia's agricultural chemicals regulator has proposed banning certain products containing the pesticide chlorpyrifos.
Businesses will be forced to review their WHS and vehicle policies under planned "technology-neutral" road laws that significantly extend prohibitions on driver distractions like mobile phones and in-vehicle displays.
In a long-running case that clarified right-of-entry laws for assisting health and safety representatives, the Federal Court has found a union official's breaches only deserved a low-range fine, in part because they probably improved the safety and efficiency of the relevant site.