The Federal Government has reconfirmed its commitment to slashing the number of industrial chemicals requiring pre-introduction regulatory scrutiny by more than 70 per cent, but has postponed the start date for the new scheme by another year.
> Crane operator breached duty to defy unsafe directions; > Govt pumps funds into ABCC and workplace mental health; > New WHS Regulations for diving work commencing in Tas; and > NSW employers reminded of upcoming RTW requirements.
Employers need to put in place far more comprehensive management plans for handling mental health emergencies in FIFO workplaces, according to one of 18 recommendations from a major new study on the mental health of FIFO workers.
> Code-covered builders warned of WHS ramifications; > NHVR approves Master Code for CoR compliance; > WHS breaches block petroleum licences under new NT laws; and > NSW WHS centre celebrates birthday with new projects.
Victoria will introduce industrial manslaughter laws, Australia's highest maximum work safety fine of more than $16 million, and special workers' comp benefits for emergency workers, after Labor retained power in Saturday's State election.