Occupational Health and Safety in NSW is currently legislated by the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 and the Occupational Health and Safety Legislation 2001.
Variations to both the Act and Regulation have been made since this time but there are changes planned for the introduction in January, 2012, of proposed changes that will affect NSW and Australian Occupational Health and Safety laws.
For the first time in Australia there will now be harmonisation of work, health and safety laws that are supported by all governments across Australia.
This means that NSW will join all States and Territories and be legislated by the same Work, Health Safety requirements and obligations.
Currently States and Territories have differing OHS Acts and Regulations which can be very confusing if your business encompasses across border undertakings. The new harmonization is proposed to make Work Health and Safety legislation uniform and therefore easier to understand, comply with and ultimately create even better Work, Health Safety outcomes for Business, Employers and Workers.
Margaret encourages everyone to be aware of the new changes that will affect them as business owners, employers and workers.
WorkCover NSW is a wealth of information on Health and Safety and I highly recommend and encourage you to visit their website, read and understand the proposed legislative changes in order to make the progression easier for you and your company.
or telephone them on 13 10 50
WorkCover NSW is also conducting FREE seminars throughout NSW on the proposed new WHS – Work Health Safety Legislation and you can register online if you wish to attend.