Update On National OHS Laws
Source: Safety Concepts
The public comment period for the draft model Work Health and Safety
Regulations and 12 draft model Codes of Practice closed on 4 April 2011 and
Safe Work Australia is currently reviewing over 1300 submissions made
Issues raised in these submissions are being considered by jurisdictions
and employer and union representatives, with plans for a final package of
model Work Health and Safety regulations to be considered by ministers in
Additional model Codes of Practice being developed by Safe Work Australia
will also be released for public comment.
a range of construction codes (eg scaffolding, demolition, tilt up
construction, falls in housing construction)
chemicals risk management
A model Work Health and Safety Bill has been developed and agreed
under the Inter-Governmental Agreement forRegulatory and Operational Reform in
Occupational Health and Safety
and the Queensland Work Health and Safety Bill was introduced into the
Queensland Parliament on 10 May 2011.
The harmonised Work Health and Safety laws are scheduled to start on 1
January 2012 and it is anticipated that many of the model Codes of Practice
will also start at the same time.
Be sure to keep an eye out for our regular updates in the coming months
which will provide businesses the opportunity to find out more about the
new laws and how to prepare for the transition to a harmonised system.