Browsing: WHS legislation, regulations, standards and codes (National)


Tougher work health rules; New safety Standard; more

  • Tougher worker health surveillance rules applied in WA;
  • International Standard for work-related safety signs released; and
  • Female injury rate and pandemic show need for WHS change: ACTU.

WHS clauses and PCBU guidance amended

Safe Work Australia has updated the model WHS Regulations and its guidance on the meaning of "person conducting a business or undertaking", while WHS provisions have been amended in NSW and South Australia, and the ACT has established a public register for reporting infringements by WHS licensees.


New ISO COVID-safe Standard applies to all workplaces

The International Organisation for Standardisation has released an OHS Standard, available for free in a read-only format, on working safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The document includes practical guidance on protecting employees as they return to their usual workplaces under easing pandemic restrictions.


COVID plans urged; WHS Regulations amended; and more

  • Workplace COVID plans urged as restrictions ease in NSW;
  • Commonwealth WHS Regulations amended for GHS 7; and
  • Thirty-two WHS notices issued to ACT childcare centres.

New workplace diesel threshold; Chemical Bills; and more

  • New diesel threshold takes immediate effect in WA;
  • Federal Bill creates new framework for chemical risk controls;
  • Change management process missing at time of tank rupture; and
  • Safety inspectors rebuild failed structure for fatality probe.

WHS Regs corrected for GHS 7; PCBU fined $100k; more

  • Model WHS Regulations amended ahead of GHS transition;
  • PCBU fined $100k over child's collision injuries in Qld;
  • All older tower cranes inspected too late in WA; and
  • SA PCBU contravened WHS clause covering MEWPs.

Dreamworld update; WHS exemption for GHS 7; and more

  • Patrons placed "blind trust" in deadly Dreamworld ride: magistrate;
  • Comcare makes WHS exemption for GHS 7, opens awards; and
  • WA amendments expedite lower workplace exposure limits.

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