> 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.
A major workers' comp Bill amending the test for psychological injuries has passed Queensland Parliament, while Victoria has reported a near record low workplace injury rate, and workers' comp changes have commenced in NSW.
> Hazardous chemical site plan, templates and guide released; > Chemicals Bill streamlines agvet system, introduces new sanctions; > Environment laws with WHS clause pass in NT; > Workers' comp changes protect more workers in ACT; and > NSW amends slow-down safety laws.
Psychologically injured workers will no longer need to prove their employment was the "major" cause of their injury, while employers will be able to apologise to injured workers without fear of admitting liability, under a 79-page Bill introduced in Queensland.
> Employers without "safety resets" to be named in Parliament; > WHS Amendment Bill improves accountability in ACT; > Workers' comp changes for police pass in Tas; and > New dangerous goods guide for all WA duty holders released.
There was a "real and substantial connection" between a worker's employment and her car crash injuries because she was travelling to a doctor for work-related purposes when the incident occurred, a commission has found.