Australia: Inside track: Work Health & Safety - in the media, articles, papers, reports, in practice, in court, cases and legislation

Last Updated: 7 November 2018
Article by Charles Power, Benjamin Marshall, Stephen Trew, Michael Selinger and Rachel Drew

Most Read Contributor in Australia, October 2018

In the media

Work Health and Safety Board looks to better working lives for Queenslanders
The Work Health and Safety Board has developed a five-year plan to make Queensland safer. The Board, made up of representatives from employer associations, trade unions and academia, developed a five-year plan in response to the recommendations of the Best Practice Review into Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (24 October 2018). More...

Improving skills and safety for Victorian farmers
Victorian farmers will get the support they need to work smarter and more safely with the Andrews Labor Government delivering a new program to improve safety across agricultural industries and support workers to adopt new and emerging technology (23 October 2018). More...

Putting mental health and wellbeing first with mentally healthy workplaces
Thousands of workers around the State will have better support at work while overcoming mental health challenges thanks to the NSW Government's Mentally Healthy Workplaces strategy. Visit the new Mentally Healthy Workplaces website here (22 October 2018). More...

Palaszczuk Government saves plumbers $54 million
For health and safety reasons, some contractor classes including plumbers are required to hold two licences, in this case a contractor licence under the QBCC Act, and an occupational licence under the Plumbing and Drainage Act. MPAQ Executive Director Penny Cornah said the Palaszczuk Government's new plumbing and drainage laws have taken the first step to address the legacy matter around the occupational and contractor licensing issue (18 October 2018). More...

Dreamworld ride inspector handed blank maintenance logs
An engineering consultant who signed off on the Thunder River Rapids ride as mechanically and structurally safe weeks before the fatal malfunction that killed four people in October 2016 was given entirely blank daily and annual maintenance logs for the ride (17 October 2018). More...

ISO 45001 published as joint Australian/New Zealand Standard
Standards Australia has announced that AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018, 'Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use' has been published. The International Standard provides guidance to organisations and individuals responsible for safe work systems (17 October 2018). More...

Published - articles, papers, reports

The framework surrounding the prevention, investigation and prosecution of industrial deaths in Australia
On 26 March 2018, the Senate referred the inquiry into the framework surrounding the prevention, investigation and prosecution of industrial deaths in Australia to the Education and Employment References Committee for inquiry and report by 20 September 2018. On 13 September 2018 the Senate agreed to an extension of time for reporting until 17 October 2018. More...

Safe Work Australia fatality statistics
As of 18 October 2018, there had been 100 fatalities reported to Safe Work Australia. This is three more than the latest update on October 4. The numbers and industries may vary from one report to the next, as Safe Work receives more detailed information. Check for updates and more details on fatalities since 2003 at Safe Work Australia

In practice and courts

National

AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018
Requirements with guidance for use - Occupational health and safety management systems - Requirements with guidance for use - Standards Australia. More...

AHRC Submissions - National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces
The Commission is interested in hearing from individuals and organisations about their views and experiences relating to sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. Submissions are now open. The closing date for submissions is 31 January 2019. More...

New South Wales

Consultation @ Work conference
If you are a Health and Safety Representative (HSR), HSR training provider, small business, an employer or a worker, you are invited to attend our free Consultation @ Work Conference on the 31 October 2018 at Sydney Cricket Ground. More...

Queensland

WorkCover Queensland - Five Year Strategic Plan for Work Health and Safety in Queensland
The Board has identified four main areas to focus on over the next five years, with an emphasis on embracing innovation and technology, designing healthy and safe work, fostering a culture of health and safety, and regulating effectively (24 October 2018). More...

WorkCover Queensland - Workers injured when concrete pipe toppled over
Excavation work introduces a number of risks that must be managed, including the risk of people working in the excavation being crushed by unrestrained or inadequately restrained pipes. In addition, weather conditions such as rain or wind can affect ground conditions and cause objects to become unstable. Control measures to prevent unrestrained or inadequately restrained objects in the excavation from toppling over are outlined here (22 October 2018).

WorkCover Queensland - Worker injured in wall collapse
Principal contractors and masonry contractors are also jointly responsible for the development of a risk assessment, which should identify any walls that may need temporary supports during construction work. In addition to your risk assessment, an ongoing inspection program should be established (19 October 2018). More...

Victoria

Latest Safety Soapbox- 19 October 2018
This edition's editorial focussed on suicide with the launch of Incolinks Blue Hats program to tackle suicide in the construction industry. More...
There were 78 incidents notified to WorkSafe in the period 28 September – 11 October 2018, including the usual burns, lacerations, electric shocks, falls and more - but thankfully no fatalities. Download the latest edition of Safety Soapbox, including the attached Reported Incidents. More...

Cases

Victoria

Victoria Prosecution Result Summaries and Enforceable Undertakings

Legislation

Queensland

Subordinate legislation as made – 19 October 2018
No 157Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment (Postponement) Regulation 2018
No 164 Proclamation—Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018 (commencing certain provisions)

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