Duty holders will switch from "tick the box" compliance to risk-based safety management systems and have easy access to imported technologies that improve safety, under draft Productivity Commission recommendations for the transport sector.
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A safety regulator will have greater powers to enter offshore facilities, take possession of documents and require people to answer questions, under a 169-page Amendment Bill that extends the abrogation of the privilege against self-incrimination to more entities.
Businesses will be forced to review their WHS and vehicle policies under planned "technology-neutral" road laws that significantly extend prohibitions on driver distractions like mobile phones and in-vehicle displays.