Comments wanted on workplace safety regulations
Source: Insurance News
Safe Work Australia is seeking comment on its occupational health and
safety (OHS) regulations and model code of practice.
The new regulations have been created to support the Federal Government's
model Work Health and Safety Act.
Areas covered in the regulations include general workplace management,
hazardous work, plant and structures and major hazard facilities.
The draft model code looks at handling OHS risks including hazardous
chemicals, asbestos and manual tasks.
Safe Work Australia Chairman Tom Phillips says the harmonisation of OHS
laws will allow businesses to manage the workplace better, resulting in
increased worker safety.
"The model laws will help to improve workplace safety standards across all
industries," he said.
State governments have until December next year to introduce the model work
health and safety laws.