WorkSafe Victoria recently added 22 new Inspectors whilst 3 new Inspectors have been added by WorkSafe in the ACT. The bottom line is that each State in Australia has a regulating body who manages compliance of the WHS/OHS laws and an Inspector could visit your workplace at any time. The question is, are you ready for them?
As you’re no doubt aware, on the 17th of June the new OHS Regulations 2017 came into effect in Victoria. Some significant changes have been made, so it’s vital to know how they will affect you. This is especially true if you have asbestos in your workplace, are involved with hazardous chemicals or are in the construction or mining industry.
Regulators have reworded some of the existing laws to clarify their scope. The new legislation also uses a simpler consecutive numbering system.
You will need to pay special attention to these new laws, if your workplace:
Technology is constantly evolving and plays an integral part in transforming the way we all work. It’s also being used for the successful management of health and safety in an organisation and there’s no doubt that it has reduced health and safety incidents. At JTA we are actively embracing technology to improve the way we conduct business as well as to improve the service we provide to our customers. Two projects have significantly changed the way we work and could be of interest and benefit to your business.
Whilst statistics show that the Australian annual work-related fatality rate is actually decreasing, this should not lull you into a false sense of security. Safety complacency still kills! What can you do to ensure you don’t join these statistics?
The recent news regarding the asbestos incident at Cremorne in Sydney, is yet another reminder of the importance of responsible and safe asbestos management.