Work health safety laws full implementation in 2014

Reported by Haydee | 18 Dec, 2013

SafeWork SA recently announced that work health and safety laws will be fully implemented starting 1 January 2014. “The regulations will take effect on 1 January 2014 and aims to further enhance the safety of South Australians by improving work practices and safety planning,” said Bryan Russell, Executive Director of SafeWork SA. A limited number …

Educating workers with temporary working visa on their safety rights and obligations

Reported by Haydee | 03 Oct, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library SafeWork SA aims to educate workers holding temporary working visa on their rights and responsibilities under South Australia’s work health and safety laws and is making this information available online and through Regional Development Australia Committees, employment agents and backpacker accommodation across the state. “Work health and safety is anything but temporary …

New Zealand work safety reforms patterned after Aussie WHS laws

Reported by Haydee | 19 Aug, 2013

New Zealand will soon introduce new work health and safety laws patterned after Australia’s Model Law. These changes are in response to the report of the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy which found the New Zealand WHS system in need of a major reform. “The report of the Royal Commission on …

WorkCover Safety Bus in Helensburgh

Reported by Haydee | 30 Jul, 2013

The WorkCover Safety Bus will visit Helensburgh on Wednesday, 31 July. Safety experts will provide free work health and safety advice to local businesses and workers. Business owners and workers can take advantage of practical advice from safety experts on how to apply work health and safety laws in workplaces. WorkCover NSW Regional South Team …

Free practical safety advice for small businesses in Moruya

Reported by Haydee | 29 Jul, 2013

Small businesses in Moruya can take advantage of the free WorkCover meetings on Tuesday, July 30. WorkCover inspectors will be at the Moruya CWA Hall to provide practical advice on applying work health and safety laws in their workplaces. General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, John Watson is encouraging all local businesses …

Information sessions on new work health and safety legislation

Reported by Haydee | 07 Mar, 2013

Information sessions will be conducted by SafeWork SA representatives to the Mount Gambier community. The information session aims to discuss the new work health and safety legislation and the important role of health and safety representatives. Two sessions will be conducted at the Main corner complex, 1 Bay Road, on Wednesday, 13 March. One session …

Bill introduced to clarify work health and safety laws

Reported by Haydee | 14 Feb, 2013

Minister John RauPhoto: SA Government website Minister for Industrial Relations John Rau has introduced this month a Bill into the SA Parliament which will provide clarity to Work Health and Safety laws. The Work Health and Safety (Self-Incrimination) Amendment Bill 2013 amends section 172 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2012. “During last year’s …

Harmonised laws take effect in South Australia

Reported by Haydee | 01 Jan, 2013

New workplace safety legislation has taken effect in South Australia today, 1 January 2013. The Work Health and Safety Act 2012 replaces the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986. “The new laws are consistent with the old, familiar laws but provide a new approach that clarifies everyone’s roles in workplace safety – from the …

Transitional provisions for WHS laws to be extended

Reported by Haydee | 18 Dec, 2012

Certain transitional provisions for new work health and safety laws will be extended as the government works to address concerns raised by industry. This is a according to a news release by the Office of Fair and Safe Work Queensland. OFSWQ Acting Deputy Director-General Dr Simon Blackwood said the government conducted a roundtable discussion of …

WorkCover Safety Bus to visit the central west

Reported by Haydee | 27 Nov, 2012

The WorkCover Safety Bus is expected to tour the central west within the week to provide work health and safety advice and assistance to local workers and businesses. The Safety Bus will be visiting Oberon and Blayney to provide practical advice on new work health and safety laws, changes to high-risk work licences and WorkCover’s …

WorkCover to hold safety sessions for Port Macquarie builders

Reported by Haydee | 27 Nov, 2012

WorkCover NSW will conduct two information sessions this week for local builders on the new work health and safety laws. According to WorkCover’s Port Macquarie District Coordinator, Col West, local construction workers and employers would receive work health and safety advice from health and safety experts and will be given information on the responsibilities of …

New safety laws will give better protection to workers, says union

Reported by Haydee | 17 Oct, 2012

South Australian unions welcome new safety laws saying workers will be better protected when these laws pass through State Parliament. SA Unions State Secretary, Janet Giles says working people are happy that the Greens and Independent John Darley have decided to support the Government’s Work Health and Safety Bill. “This has been sitting in the …

WA: Public comment sought on national Work Health and Safety Regulations

Reported by Haydee | 17 Aug, 2012

Public comment on the costs and benefits of the proposed national Work Health and Safety (WHS) regulations as they apply to Western Australian workplaces is being sought by the State Government. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the public comment period was an opportunity for businesses, industry and workers to express their opinions on …

Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws and strata title bodies corporate

Reported by Haydee | 07 Aug, 2012

Safe Work Australia has released answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) to clarify whether and if so how the new work health and safety (WHS) laws apply to strata title bodies corporate. The new harmonised WHS laws have already been implemented in New South Wales, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and Commonwealth …

WorkCover develops Bullying Prevention kit

Reported by Haydee | 30 Jul, 2012

WorkCover has recently developed a Bullying Prevention Kit which aims to help employers identify bullying and learn ways to manage it. According to the Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce, there have been 4,746 workers compensation claims for bullying and harassment at a cost of almost $100 million in the last three financial years. …

Safe Work Australia works on new WHS tool kit for volunteers

Reported by Haydee | 18 Jul, 2012

A new tool kit which aims to provide accessible information to volunteer organisations covered by the new Work Health and Safety laws is currently being developed by Safe Work Australia and the Volunteering Working Group. The new volunteer kit will help minimise red tape by showing volunteers how to comply with the laws. It will …

Free workplace safety webinar for small businesses and workers

Reported by Haydee | 29 May, 2012

WorkCover NSW conducted today a free workplace safety webinar for small businesses and workers to help them understand the recent changes in work health and safety laws. This webinar is part of WorkCover’s program which aims to support NSW business, industry and workers in adjusting to the new laws. The webinar will cover how the …

WorkCover NSW to conduct free asbestos webinar

Reported by Haydee | 30 Mar, 2012

A free asbestos safety webinar will be conducted by WorkCover NSW next week to assist businesses and workers in understanding recent changes in work health and safety laws for working with asbestos. The Asbestos Removal and Demolition Requirements webinar is part of WorkCover’s efforts to support NSW business, industry and workers adjust to the new …

WorkCover releases new safety videos

Reported by Haydee | 21 Feb, 2012

WorkCover have released new safety videos on Sunday to raise awareness on its new advisory services and  the new harmonised work health and safety laws. The new TV commercials for WorkCover NSW “Here to help” campaign will focus on the importance of occupational health and safety. In a report published by the Liberal Party of …

WorkCover and NatRoad to conduct free workshops for NSW transport industry workers and employers

Reported by Haydee | 16 Feb, 2012

NatRoad and WorkCover NSW will conduct four workshops for transport industry workers and employers throughout regional NSW this week. The workshops aim to provide information and advice on the new work health and safety laws, industrial relations and transport industry policy issues. NatRoad CEO, Chris Melham said the workshops are designed to assist road transport …

Safe Work Australia sets up helpline to help volunteers understand new WHS laws

Reported by Haydee | 03 Feb, 2012

As part of a package of resources for volunteers, Safe Work Australia has set up the ‘Volunteer Assistance Line,’ a dedicated telephone helpline to assist volunteers and volunteer organisations in understanding how new work health and safety laws affect them. Safe Work Australia Chair, Mr Tom Phillips today launched the new volunteer package assistance in …