On 1 January 2012, the Work Health and Safety Act 2011
(NSW) ("the Act") came into force in New South Wales.
Although the Act was originally intended to be part of a process of
harmonisation of work health and safety laws, harmonisation has not
occurred (and probably won't occur in the foreseeable future).
However, what has occurred is a change of work safety laws in New
South Wales (and Queensland, and the Commonwealth
Most importantly, directors of companies must exercise due
diligence to ensure that the work safety obligations of the company
are being met. If your Board is relying on you, you need to
understand what the new laws mean.
This session will focus on the key changes in the new
legislation, covering the following areas:
an overview of the new legislation, starting with the primary
duties which are owed in the workplace (including by whom and to
whom duties are owed)and the positive obligations (and personal
liability) of due diligence
the practical aspects of dealing with WorkCover, including when
you need to notify a workplace incident to WorkCover, the powers
and duties of inspectors, and how to respond when an inspector
the role of workers and unions in work safety, including the
new provisions which allow workers to elect Health and safety
representatives, and how to manage union right of entry, and
the role of Codes of Practice, with a case study of the
controversial new draft model code on "Preventing and
responding to Workplace Bullying". The draft code has the
potential to completely change the obligations of employers in
relation to workplace bullying and we will identify what the
current law is and how it might change.
The session will be presented by maree skinner, special Counsel
and angus macinnis, senior associate, each of whom have
considerable experience in relation to work safety advice and
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
3.30pm - 5.00pm
Level 8 angel Place
123 Pitt Street, Sydney
20 March 2012
e: email@example.com t: 02 8233 9667
There is no charge for this session. If you hold a Law Society
Practising Certificate and this session is relevant to your
immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional
development and practice of law, you may claim 1.5 MCLe/CPD points
for attendance at this session.
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guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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