QLD: Update on National Harmonisation of OHS Laws

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has affirmed its commitment for the harmonisation Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) laws, stating that it will continue working with other jurisdictions over the coming year.

Workplace Relations Ministers from around Australia had come to a consensus in 2008 to nationally harmonise OHS laws. Currently, Safe Work Australia is developing model OHS laws that will be implemented by the end of 2011 by each territory and state.

According to WHSQ, the drafts for the following Model OHS regulations have been considered by the Strategic Issues Group – Occupational Health and Safety:

* hazardous chemicals and inorganic lead;
* construction and induction training;
* asbestos;
* falls;
* confined spaces;
* noise;
* manual tasks;
* diving work.

The model regulations are expected to be made available for public comment in a few weeks. The period for public comments will end on February 2011.

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