A major upheaval of the new process for prosecuting alleged OHS offenders in NSW has been averted, after a judge rejected an employer's claim that the District Court has no jurisdiction to deal with OHS matters.
Employers urged to comply with model first-aid Code of Practice; WorkCover NSW investigates another glass incident, releases workers' comp guide on claims disputes; and New Zealand to establish new OHS regulator in light of Pike tragedy.
Mirror WHS Acts take effect in South Australia and Tasmania in less than two weeks. In this article, OHS Alert points SA and Tas readers to the resources they need to prepare for the new laws, and looks at the ongoing transitional arrangements in other jurisdictions.
Employers should be aware of inspectors' powers under the model WHS laws, with workplace health and safety regulators likely to crack down on breaches from the start of next year, according to an employment lawyer.
In what is believed to be the first judicial decision involving the model WHS Act, the NSW IRC has upheld an employer's application to have an improvement notice stayed, but rejected its claim that it was not a PCBU when a contractor received an electric shock.
Safe Work Australia and WorkCover NSW have released new harmonisation guides on discriminatory conduct, slips and trips and incident notification. Also in this article, the Northern Territory's new work health and safety laws have commenced for miners.
NSW might have been one of the first jurisdictions to pass and enact a mirror Work Health and Safety Act, but the COAG Reform Council has accused it of joining Victoria and Western Australia in "undoing" the harmonisation process. Also in this article, Safe Work Australia has launched new WHS resources for volunteers and HSRs.