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

Workplace safety, Jurisdiction, Legislation, regulation and caselaw, Topic/practice, Issue/challenge/risk
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.






Model WHS changes create asbestos notices, $500k fines

Workplace safety, Jurisdiction, Legislation, regulation and caselaw, Issue/challenge/risk
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.


Mirror WHS Bill finally introduced in WA, as NT Bill passes

Workplace safety, Jurisdiction, Legislation, regulation and caselaw, Issue/challenge/risk
After being flagged in the State budget more than seven years ago, Western Australia has finally introduced a mirror WHS Bill, which includes a two-level industrial manslaughter offence and a new duty of care for "WHS service providers". Meanwhile, the Northern Territory's industrial manslaughter laws have passed Parliament.


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