Browsing: Asbestos


Reverse-onus WHS laws promised by new Labor Govt

Companies and officers accused of WHS breaches could bear the onus of proving they took all reasonably practicable steps to prevent an incident occurring, while the offence of industrial manslaughter will be added to the national model WHS Act, with Labor taking power in the Federal election on the weekend.


WHS amendments to control deadly substance

WHS reforms targeting the multiple subsectors in Canberra that deal with the hazardous substance silica will start taking effect from this month, under a two-tranche strategy announced today.


WHS regulator targeting workplace buildings; and more

  • Have you assessed your workplace buildings for asbestos? A WHS regulator is checking, in support of national plan; and
  • Employer fined after forklift load falls.

Asbestos breaches endanger hundreds, guns injure four

A company and one of its directors have been fined, and handed a hefty decontamination bill, for embarking on a clean-up exercise that could have exposed hundreds of people to asbestos fibres. Meanwhile, a regulator has issued a warning to PCBUs following a "horror month" of nail gun incidents.


Two companies fined for asbestos breaches and form failure; employer charged over death

In a case sending an important reminder to duty holders on the ongoing presence of asbestos-containing materials in many workplaces, two companies have been fined after engineering workers were potentially exposed to asbestos fibres. Meanwhile, an employer has been charged with failing to provide a safe system for unloading imported stones slabs, after a worker was killed.


Court clarifies safety duties to experienced workers

Employers are not required by workplace health and safety laws to "hold the hand" of experienced workers, but must take steps to ensure they have the skills to spot risks and select safe work methods, a court has found in upholding a worker's damages claim.


Beware purchased medical certificates; and more

  • Beware medical certificate subscriptions;
  • Workplace control measures for lung diseases must be reviewed: SWA; and
  • Fit-testing breaches creating serious asbestos risks.

Employer fined $102k; "Top 10" chemicals targeted; more

  • Employer fined $102k over work basket detachment;
  • "Top 10 hazardous chemicals" targeted by NSW guidance; and
  • Regulators issue asbestos warnings, target illegal imports.

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