The South Australian Greens are introducing a WHS Amendment Bill to create the offence of industrial manslaughter with an "emergency" defence, while Federal Labor has hinted at plans to better harmonise WHS laws, in addition to introducing the offence nationally.
Yesterday's sentencing of South Australia Police (SAPOL) over the death of an employee in a freezer has provided crucial WHS lessons for PCBUs with workers who work alone. Meanwhile, the State Government has flagged laws to protect the health of emergency workers from "disgusting behaviour".
> Apply the hierarchy of controls to road traffic, new WHS guide says; > Major HVNL changes and Road Safety Office flagged; > Eight WHS Codes of Practice approved in SA; and > New WHS Minister appointed in NSW.
> Forty-four silicosis claims lodged in Vic, new Code released in WA; > New fitness-for-work tips and WorkSafe inspectors for WA; > WHS Regulations for lead amended in SA; and > Comcare forums target engagement and unknown WHS risks.
> Major WHS amendments strengthen unions' role in ACT; > Record $55m workplace mental health plan launched in NSW; > Enforcement date for labour-hire scheme postponed in SA; and > WA makes further amendments to electrical safety rules.
The push for nationwide industrial manslaughter laws has hit a stumbling block, with Nick Xenophon "quietly" withdrawing his long-term support of the movement ahead of the South Australian election tomorrow.
Safe Work Australia has launched the public consultation process for the review of the model WHS laws, posing 37 questions for discussion and pointing to the reasons why industrial manslaughter provisions weren't included in the Act.