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.
Laws establishing a new safety regulator and transferring "serious" resources cases to the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor have passed in Queensland, with amendments. Meanwhile, a timely Bill mandating vaccinations for healthcare workers has passed in Victoria.
As with asbestos, manufacturing and installing engineered stone products is likely to prove too hazardous under any system of controls, and should be banned, a NSW MLC says. Meanwhile, Victoria has introduced mandatory safety training for solar workers.
The Queensland Government has introduced laws extending the offence of industrial manslaughter and $13 million-plus fines to the resources sector, and providing employment security to those in safety critical management roles. Victoria has announced plans to lengthen jail terms for workplace manslaughter - five months ahead of the new offence's start date.