> 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.
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.
> WHS Amendment Bill bypasses health privacy laws in NSW; > WHS regulators issue warnings after lion attack, other incidents; > Qld announces workers' comp premium rate for 2020-21; and > Labour-hire licensing scheme narrowed in SA.
An Amendment Bill significantly increasing WHS fines and making it easier to secure category 1 convictions has passed NSW Parliament, while the State Government has also created a new WHS offence for silica work.
An employer that negligently failed to identify and remove a slip hazard, which injured a labour-hire apprentice, is entitled to recover the $614,000 damages bill from its public liability insurer, an appeals court has ruled.
> NSW tweaks WHS Codes, investigates deaths, releases RTW paper; > Work operations suspended, as safety laws amended for Qld DV victims; and > Strategies for tackling musculoskeletal disorders released in WA.