NSW has applied its new penalty unit system to more types of WHS offences - instantly increasing the maximum available fines - and added more WHS offences to the list of breaches attracting infringement notices.
Employers could be fined nearly $200,000 for failing to comply with new notification regulations for COVID-19 in Victoria. Meanwhile, a WHS regulator has issued an alert to help duty holders identify fake respirators during the pandemic.
> HSE adviser allegedly unlawfully snubbed by official; > New WHS Code of Practice commences in NSW; > Two more jurisdictions halve workplace silica threshold; and > Draft national safety guidelines for asbestos-cement pipes released.
New laws accelerating workers' access to COVID-19-related compensation and easing constraints on damages claims have been flagged for Western Australia. The State has also revised the start date for its mobile phone distraction crackdown, and called for comments on an anti-violence Code for workplaces.
NSW's latest WHS Amendment Bill, which overrides health privacy laws, will ensure regulators can identify and take enforcement action against specific employers exposing workers to existing and emerging health and safety risks, the State Government has revealed.