Workplace Safety Australia

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Update – the RSRT's 2016 Order

Delayed start? Yesterday, the Full Bench of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) heard from various applicants who had applied for variations to and a stay of the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments and Road Safety...more

Where do you sit in the Hierarchy?

Training, signage and personal protective equipment (PPE) are some of the more visible and "go to" risk control measures adopted throughout workplaces. These types of controls are often the first that come to mind because...more

Director prosecution and conviction in New South Wales

The NSW work health and safety regulator has brought a successful prosecution against a company director resulting in a criminal conviction and fines against the director and the company. An order was also made requiring the...more

Ending the Death Penalty in WHS Matters

Despite the fact that Australia has not executed anyone for a crime since February 1967, a recent coronial decision has lamented the willingness by some businesses to continuing with the death penalty for WHS matters. The...more

Experts Alone Cannot Save You - Australia Labour, Employment Workplace Safety Alert

A recent decision by the NSW Industrial Court (Court) is a further reminder that businesses can't hide behind appointed experts or delegate their safety obligations and responsibilities to others. It is also a reminder that...more

Breach of a Safety 'Golden Rule' Does Not Give Employers an Absolute Unfair Dismissal Defence

A recent Fair Work Commission (FWC) decision reinforces that proving a work health and safety breach will not act as an impenetrable mantra to defend an unfair dismissal claim. Employers must prove they act consistently (and...more

What to do When an Inspector Comes Knocking

Visits to workplaces by work health and safety (WHS) inspectors are a necessary part of the enforcement regime of WHS regulators. They often occur in circumstances where organisations are under considerable time pressures,...more

SafeWork Australia Releases Amended Work Health and Safety Regulations

SafeWork Australia has issued a revised version of the model Work Health and Safety Regulations (Regulations). The Regulations are not yet in force, but will introduce the following key changes if they are adopted in...more

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