A "world-first" study conducted for the National Transport Commission, which will inform new safety laws, has confirmed the ability of alertness monitoring technology to identify fatigue-related impairment in truck drivers.
> Apply the hierarchy of controls to road traffic, new WHS guide says; > Major HVNL changes and Road Safety Office flagged; > Eight WHS Codes of Practice approved in SA; and > New WHS Minister appointed in NSW.
Labour-hire companies across four industry sectors will be banned from operating in Australia if they commit serious WHS or workers' comp breaches, or if they can't prove compliance with workplace laws after past breaches, under a proposed registration scheme approved by the Federal Government.
In this follow-up story on the major review of the model WHS laws, OHS Alert examines more recommendations and two areas that will, according to leading health and safety lawyer Michael Tooma, have a significant impact on the regime and duty holders.
The six-Bill package establishing Australia's new risk-based regulatory scheme for industrial chemicals has passed the Senate with tighter-than-planned rules for "introducers". Meanwhile, NSW has made further amendments to its dangerous goods regulations.
Employers and safety professionals could be on the verge of having cheaper or even free access to Australian Standards incorporated into work health and safety laws and other legislation, with Standards Australia describing a recent judgment as an "exciting step towards delivering greater value and improving access" to the documents.