Browsing: WHS Harmonisation (National)

WED
12:55PM

Global company downs tools and groups issue manslaughter demands for world safety day

A global employer will down tools and conduct meetings on minimising occupational cancer risks, for World Day for Safety and Health at Work today. World safety day has also prompted renewed calls for Australia-wide industrial manslaughter provisions and an accelerated response to the review of the model WHS laws.

THU
2:27PM

Industrial manslaughter and harassment vote imminent; Comcare issues anti-harassment guides

The Federal Government has been urged to use its "deciding vote" to add industrial manslaughter provisions and s-xual harassment controls to the national model WHS laws, while Comcare has released a series of guides on preventing workplace s-xual harassment and implementing early intervention programs for injured workers.

FRI
2:32PM

Model WHS changes create asbestos notices, $500k fines

In a significant development, given the recent safety scandals involving the importation and use of asbestos-containing materials, the model WHS Act has been amended to make it mandatory for regulators to issue notices when they believe "prohibited asbestos" is present at a workplace, with maximum fines of $500,000 for those that fail to comply with a notice.

THU
12:05PM

Federal Court closes perceived WHS entry loophole

The Federal Court has rejected a claim that unions don't need entry permits to enter sites to attend "discussions" on safety issues under the dispute resolution provisions of WHS laws.

MON
1:06PM

Some WHS changes could boost safety, others unlikely to

A new impact statement on the recent review of the national model WHS laws has warned that some recommendations could increase compliance costs with minimal safety benefits, including the recommendation to include the hierarchy of controls in the Act.

THU
2:30PM

Major safety and HSR review; Bullying manager; and more

  • Should HSRs' offshore powers be aligned with WHS Act?
  • Manager charged over belittling language and other bullying; and
  • Major employer and others charged with multiple WHS breaches.
TUE
3:59PM

Safety lawyer's tips ahead of new manslaughter laws

Organisations must reassess how they interact with WHS regulators and ensure officers are complying with their due diligence obligations, with the push for industrial manslaughter laws "sweeping the nation", according to a senior health, safety and security lawyer.

WED
2:33PM

WHS manslaughter Bill introduced, promised nationally

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.


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