Australia: Workplace Relations & Safety - What's News - 13 August 2013

Last Updated: 19 August 2013
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In the media

New Queensland workplace wellness program
The Workplaces for Wellness Program offers Queensland businesses access to a new website that provides more than 40 additional resources, such as templates, tools, ideas and tips to help develop and manage a sustainable workplace wellness program. The focus of the program is to address the high rates of chronic disease and support more than two million Queensland adults in the workplace (07 August 2013). More...

Transport of Dangerous Goods Code to be updated with international best practice
The laws governing the transport of dangerous goods such as chemicals on road and rail will be updated in line with the latest international guidelines, in a package of proposed amendments released by the National Transport Commission (NTC) for public consultation (06 August 2013). More...

Farm auditors out in force
Over 50 fruit and vegetable farms in the Wide Bay region of south-east Queensland will be audited this month to make sure managers and contractors are complying with health and safety rules. The Wide Bay is a high risk area because it's a fresh food hub with a large backpacker workforce (06 August 2013). More...

Queensland Port pilot safety move
The Newman Government introduced changes to legislation that will improve the delivery of ship pilotage services and maintain the state's high safety standards. From November, pilotage services will be transferred to individual government-owned port corporations allowing on-the-spot decisions that are safe for industry and the environment without waiting for advice to come from Brisbane (06 August 2013). More...

Transport safety priorities highlighted in videos: ATSB
The ATSB has released the first in a series of short YouTube videos highlighting areas where more can be done to improve transport safety in Australia. The first video focuses on the recurring dangers facing general aviation pilots, particularly around low-level flying, striking power lines, fuel management and flying into bad weather (07 August 2013). More...

Quad bike fatalities a tragic reminder of need for safety
WorkCover NSW is urging farmers and farm workers to make safety a priority following two recent deaths on NSW farms. Farmsafe Australia figures show more than 170 Australians have died in quad bike incidents since 2001 with children accounting for approximately 20 per cent of all fatalities (05 August 2013). More...

New national truck safety inspection laws introduced
Laws to keep unsafe trucks off the roads, introduced after a series of horrific fatal accidents, are being unravelled by Roads and Maritime Services. Independent authorised inspectors instead of government inspectors will be able to carry out trucks' annual safety checks under changes being introduced this month (04 August 2013). More...

$6.4 million to tackle Australia's deadly asbestos legacy
The Minister for Workplace Relations Bill Shorten has announced an additional $6.4 million for the new Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency to implement the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Awareness and Management (31 July 2013). More...

In practice and courts

Australian Dangerous Goods Code 7th Edition (ADG7) released: consultation
ADG7 provides detailed technical specifications, requirements and recommendations applicable to the transport of dangerous goods by road and rail, including requirements concerning classification, packaging, marking and labelling and documentation. Feedback on the proposed amendments close 02 September (August 2013). More... More... More...

QLD: Workplace Health and Safety - Electrical Safety Outlook
Covers: turn off the power before entering ceiling spaces feature; Changes to low voltage switchboard rescue training; Amendments to the Electrical Safety Act 2002; Have your say on inverter standards (August 2013). More...

QLD: Department of Mines Safety Bulletins

Petroleum and Gas Safety Alert 58 - Fatality on a CSG drilling rig (PDF, 108 kB) 07 August 2013.

Mines Safety Bulletin 135 - Pedestrian and light vehicle interaction with loaders at surface mines and quarries (PDF, 138 kB) - 07 August 2013.

Explosives Information Bulletin 23 v19 - Explosives Inspectorate Contact details (PDF, 74 kB) – 26 July 2013.

Explosives Information Bulletin 71 v7 - List of authorised explosives (PDF, 312 kB) – 26 July 2013.

VIC: Workcover : Work of a minor nature: Fact sheet
This fact sheet describes 'work of a minor nature' when testing, maintenance or repair work is carried out in connection with a structure. WorkCover considers 'work of a minor nature' to be work which can be safely performed with little pre-start preparation of the work area and does not relate to any structural repairs of existing building or structures (July 2013). More...




Transport Legislation (Port Pilotage) Amendment Bill 2013

Introduced by: Hon S Emerson MP on 6/08/2013

Stage reached: Referred to Committee on 6/08/2013.

Bill Exp Note Explanatory Speech

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