Over 1200 submissions were made to Safe Work Australia recently as part of
the public comment process for the draft model Work Health and Safety
Regulations and 12 draft model industry codes of practice.
Employer groups, industry associations and unions were given time to review
issues raised during the public comment process The final drafts of the
model Work Health and Safety Regulations were considered by the Workplace
Relations Ministers Council in June 2011.
Model codes of practice relating to the construction industry, plant and
hazardous chemicals and working with electricity were released for public
comment in September 2011 and are to be released in January 2012.
· managing risks in construction work
· excavation work
· demolition work
· tilt-up and precast concrete in building construction
· falls in housing construction
· safe design of building and structures
· safe design of plant
· how to manage risks of plant in the workplace
· traffic management - construction
· traffic management - non-construction
· managing electrical risks at the workplace
· working in the vicinity of overhead electric lines
· working with underground electrical services
· first aid
· health monitoring
· abrasive blasting
· managing risks of hazardous chemicals
· spray painting and powder coating
· heritage plant
· forest safety
Slated also are additional codes of practice for release in January 2012.
As at January 2012, only NSW, Qld, NT, ACT and the Commonwealth have
adopted the new harmonised Work Health and Safety Act 2011 with Tasmania
set for January 2013 and Victoria and Western Australia looking possibly at
implementing close to that time. However, the 4 non-harmonised states (VIC,
TAS, SA and WA) maintain their existing OH&S regimes, which in some
instances are stronger than the WHS Act 2011.
The undeniable conclusion is that all
Australian businesses and organisations that employ at least one person
MUST HAVE a live Work Health Safety system. Doing nothing
is not an option.