Australia's Harmonized Workplace Safety standard laws are they working?

Wednesday 12 December 2012 @ 12.03 p.m. | Industrial Law

Australia is working toward a harmonized workplace safety standard of laws for the health and protection of all workers regardless of industry. Workers will be provided equal protection and safe working standards and be recognized with specific licenses and training for national standards of safety.

The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (No. 137 of 2011) which commenced on 1 January 2011 implemented a Model Work Health and Safety Law within the Commonwealth jurisdiction aimed forming part of a system of nationally harmonised occupational health and safety laws. The Act applies to businesses and undertakings conducted by the Commonwealth, public authorities, andtransitionally, non-Commonwealth licensees.

The law recognised the importance of harmonised OHS laws a critical area of regulatory reform. Achieving nationally uniform OHS laws was a key priority of the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) national reform agenda aimed atreducing regulatory burdens and creating a seamless national economy.

Following is an infographic that that looks at the OHS System and looks to whether its working.

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Graphic supplied By: Compliance and Safety LLC


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