Public comment sought on proposed changes to Victoria’s OHS regulations

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Victorians are encouraged to provide their comments on proposed changes to Victoria’s OHS regulations.

These proposed changes were designed to modernize and streamline the existing OHS Regulations 2007, which automatically expire in June 2017.

Some the proposed changes relate to high-risk work licence classes and requirements, safety management obligations relating to major hazard facilities, mining hazards, entry into a mine, communication and safe air levels in mines, chemical labelling, asbestos removal work and record keeping.

These changes will affect regulations in categories such as Plant, Mines, Asbestos and Major Hazard Facilities.

“By law, the Victoria’s OHS regulations have to be reassessed and updated every 10 years, so this is an important opportunity to modernize the current regulations,” said WorkSafe Chief Executive, Clare Amies.

“The proposed changes will help streamline and modernize the regulations and will better reflect current Victorian work practices.”

Ms Amies said the proposed changes would help reduce the problem of red tape.

“The proposed changes will result in an estimated $9 million reduction in annual compliance costs for Victorian businesses,” said Ms Amies said. “In net present value terms, that adds up to $84 million in reduced red tape over the 10-year life of the new regulations.

“But most importantly, none of the changes reduce safety standards.”

Some of the key changes and key savings include broadening the scope of bridge and gantry and vehicle loading crane HRW licences ($3.6 million annual average cost); reducing material safety data sheet review requirements 9$1.7 million annual average cost); simplifying mine communication requirements ($2.9 million annual average cost); and introducing a specific reach stacker licence, reducing the need for supplementary training for CN licence holders who operate reach stackers ($1.5 million costs).

There will be information sessions across Victoria to provide more information about the proposed changes.

  • Dandenong (10am on 3 August at Dandenong Club Conference Centre)
  • Warrnambool (10am on 4 August at the Sebel Deep Blue)
  • Bendigo (2pm on 10 August at the Bendigo Four Seasons)
  • Ballarat (10am on 11 August at the Mercure Ballarat Lodge and Convention Centre)
  • Geelong (2pm on 16 August at the Geelong Convention Centre)
  • Melbourne (1pm on 31 August at WorkSafe Victoria, Level 7, 222 Exhibition Street

Public comments can be submitted until Friday, 9 September 2016 online, via email or through post. More information is available on WorkSafe Victoria’s public comment website.

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