Safe Work Australia – Priority Industry Snapshots

Safe Work Australia recently published a set of updated work health and safety (WHS) snapshots providing insights into the key national data and WHS issues in seven priority industries. The industries covered by the snapshots include: agriculture road transport manufacturing construction accommodation and food services public administration and safety, and health care and social assistance. The… Read more »

Enforcement date for labour-hire scheme postponed in SA

The planned enforcement date for South Australia’s new labour-hire licensing scheme has been delayed by a minimum of five months. The labour-hire scheme was established to make it more difficult for “rogue” labour-hire operators to ignore appropriate WHS standards, underpay workers or exploit visa workers. The scheme commenced on 1 March, and Consumer and Business Services was scheduled to… Read more »

SafeWork SA: High Risk Work Forklift Licence News

SafeWork SA published an article advising that their Inspectors will be focusing on high risk work forklift licences, maintenance and operating procedures over the next few months in an effort to reduce the risk of incidents and injuries. Refer to Safe Work Australia’s forklift Information Sheet for tips on managing the risks. For more information refer to General… Read more »

Breaking news: We’re all in this together – changes to Chain of Responsibility for transport safety effective 1 October

The process of reform of the transport and logistics industry will commence its national implementation (excluding Western Australia and the Northern Territory) from 1 October 2018. The reform process began with the Heavy Vehicle National Law 2014 (the HVNL), which was first introduced in Queensland (as the host jurisdiction) then adopted in New South Wales,… Read more »

Changes to model WHS Regulations to protect workers exposed to lead processes

Safe Work Australia published an update regarding a Decision Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) Managing the risks associated with lead in the workplace: blood lead removal levels and workplace exposure standard in August 2016. Ministers responsible for work health and safety considered the RIS, and the majority agreed to reducing the current permissible blood lead levels… Read more »