04:55 pm, Sunday 30 October, 2011
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has released a film to help executive officers understand their new obligations under national work health and safety laws, due to take effect on 1 January 2012.
The new laws place an onus on CEOs, general managers and Board members to ensure steps are taken to support a positive health and safety culture in their organisations.
The film explains that safety responsibilities cannot be delegated and sets out the enforcement powers for breach: personal fines of up to $600,000 and imprisonment up to five years. Your business can also face fines of up to $3 million.
From 1 January 2012, there needs to be a very clear strategy in terms of addressing safety in the workplace. It’s critical that safety strategy is communicated well and effectively across every business and organisation.
The Safety Watchdog has also published the studio filmed presentations from the Safe Work Week information sessions.
Produced in three parts and available for download or to be played directly from the website, are:
- a guide to Queensland’s Work Health and Safety Act 2011
- a guide to the model Work Health and Safety Regulation (Chapters 1 to 3)
- a guide to the model Work Health and Safety Regulation (Chapters 4 to 11).