Australia: Work Health & Safety - What's News - 19 February 2014

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In the media

Cootes Transport voluntarily takes entire Victorian fleet off the road amid safety concerns
Authorities say they cannot guarantee fuel supplies to eastern Australia after safety faults forced a major Victorian trucking company to pull its tankers off the road. A VicRoads audit has found more safety problems with Cootes Transport trucks, including defective brakes and air bags, loose bolts and oil leaks (15 February 2014). More...

Study pinpoints job role specific carcinogens
A world-first study of occupational carcinogen exposure has revealed that 40 per cent of Australian workers could be exposed to chemicals that may increase their risk of developing cancer (12 February 2014). More...

Safety rebate comes at a bad time for NSW farmers
Farmers in northern NSW say it's a difficult time to be spending money on farm safety measures. The $2,000 rebate is payable to businesses which spend money on initiatives to make working with tractors or livestock safer, or reduce employee exposure to sun and noise (10 February 2014). More...

Whistleblower says a NSW trucking firm is neglecting drivers' safety
A man has blown the whistle on a New South Wales trucking firm, saying the company is forcing drivers to work unsafe hours. Roads and Maritime Services have confirmed it has laid 235 fatigue-related charges against McCabe Transport (11 February 2014). More...

Heavy Vehicle Law Commences
The new National Heavy Vehicle Law and Regulations are now in effect in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. This change minimises compliance burdens on the heavy vehicle transport industry and reduces duplication and inconsistencies across state and territory borders (10 February 2014). More...

Tradies, farmers and drivers most at risk from sun
Trade and construction workers, farmers and professional drivers are the workers most at risk from skin cancer, research has confirmed. A major study by the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, affiliated with the University of Western Australia (07 February 2014). More...

Delaying uniform OHS laws risks national mine safety regime: COAG
Delays in harmonising Australia's occupational health and safety laws are hampering efforts to develop a national mine safety regime. Releasing its final report on developing a seamless national economy, the COAG Reform Council said mine safety reforms are aiming to establish a blanket health and safety regime for the Australian mining industry (06 February2014). More...

Mine safety database has no data
A national database to record mining industry deaths and injuries has yet to have any data entered into it, despite governments starting work on it 12 years ago (05 February 2014). More...

PJ & T Motors fined $59,500 after employee sustains a workplace injury
The Industrial Court has fined a company engaged to remediate a contaminated site $59,500 plus legal fees after an employee sustained injuries to both arms requiring surgery. The defendant faced a penalty of $85,000, with a reduction of 30% resulting in an actual fine of $59,500 (06 February 2014). More...

Quad bike fatalities figures released
As of 5 February 2014, three people have been killed this year in quad bike related incidents. All three deaths were the result of a roll over. There were 21 quad bike related fatalities in 2013, 19 in 2012 and 20 fatalities in 2011. More...

Worker fatalities in Australia
As at 4 February 2014, 11 Australian workers have been killed while at work, according to the latest figures. More...

Blenners directors charged over alleged COR and fatigue breaches
The Queensland Government is taking directors and managers of large North Queensland trucking company Blenners Transport Pty Ltd to court. These complaints relate to 742 charges, including chain of responsibility offences, breaching the requirements of an improvement notice and breaching the Basic Fatigue Management Accreditation conditions (04 February 2014). More...

Safety body seeks to raise awareness of dangers following heatstroke death of driver
WorkSafe WA has started an inspection campaign focusing on truck drivers that work alone. The campaign will involve Inspectors visiting transport organisations to identify common safety risks and provide employers with information on how to comply with Occupational Safety and Health requirements. The full newsletter with checklist can be found here. (05 February 2014). More...

In practice and courts

Gazette - Heavy Vehicle National Law
National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle 4.6m High Livestock Carrier Authorisation (Notice) 2014 (No. 1);
National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle B-Double Authorisation (Notice) 2014 (No. 1);
National Work Diary Exemption for 100km work under Basic Fatigue Management or Advanced Fatigue
Management in New South Wales (Notice) 2014 (No. 1);
New South Wales Fatigue Record-Keeping Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1);
New South Wales Livestock Carrier Driver Work Time Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1)
New South Wales Work Diary Exemption Notice 2014 (No. 1).

Gazette - Heavy Vehicle National Law
National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle 4.6m High and/or 25m Long Vehicle Carrier Authorisation (Notice) 2014 (No. 1) (Gazette - C2014G00229); Queensland Consolidated National Heavy Vehicle Mass and Dimension Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1) (Gazette - C2014G00231).

Hazardous Substances Information System (HSIS) updated
Safe Work Australia has recently completed an update of the HSIS database to reflect the European Commission's 3rd Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to the CLP Regulation (Commission Regulation (EU) No 618/2012. This update comprises changes to nine chemicals and the addition of ten new chemicals. As part of this update, the consolidated lists available on the HSIS website have also been updated (February 2014). More...

QLD: Safety Alert No 302 - Report raises concerns about false mining training qualifications
A report in the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin claims that there may be an unknown number of Queensland mining workers operating under false qualifications allegedly handed out by a training organisation. This is currently a police matter (06 February 2014). More...

Qld Mines Safety Alert 301- Access between primary and secondary escapeways
Site Senior Executives are reminded of their obligations under the Coal Mines Safety and Health Regulation 2001, Section 296 Escapeways, to ensure that there are two trafficable entrances (escapeways) from the surface that are separated in a way that prevents any foreseeable event happening in one of the escapeways affecting the ability of persons to escape in the other (31 January 2014). More...



Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 - Section 97E - Premium Determination Guidelines 2013
This instrument outlines the considerations the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission must use when determining premiums under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (04 February 2014). More...


Bills update

Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014
Introduced by: J P Bleijie MP on 13/02/2014 Stage reached: Referred to Committee on 13/02/2014 Exp Note.


Victorian Proclamations of Commencement

Road Legislation Amendment Act (No. 74/ 2013)
Commencement: 10 February 2014 as the day on which Part 4 and section 34 of that Act come into operation, under section 2(2) VGG No. S 28 Tuesday 4 February 2014.

Heavy Vehicle National Law Application Act (No. 30/ 2013)
Commencement: 10 February 2014 as the day on which that Act (except section 53 and Part 2 of the Schedule) comes into operation, under section 2 VGG No. S 28 Tuesday 4 February 2014.

Statutory Rules

Dangerous Goods (Explosives) and (Transport by Road or Rail) Amendment Regulations 2013 (SR 125/2013)
Notification 15/10/2013 Gazette No. S 357 Tuesday 15 October 2013
Commencement 10/02/2014 Regulations 5, 6 and 7 come into operation on the commencement of section 4 of the Heavy Vehicle National Law Application Act 2013.

See Victorian legislation online

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