October 11, 2018

Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) Harmonisation Law Changes: What is it and how will it affect me?

What is Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) Harmonisation?
Up until now in Australia, different states have abided by different sets of Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) laws. The changes to WHS laws in Australia and particularly WHS harmonisation in Western Australia, is designed to provide all states and territories with a consistent set of WHS laws to ‘provide for a balanced and nationally consistent framework to secure the health and safety of workers and workplaces’.
WHS Law Harmonisation in Western Australia (and as already adopted elsewhere in Australia) will replace a range of existing acts and directly affects key stakeholders across employers, employees, contractors, practitioners, regulators, unions and businesses. Changes to, and additional, penalties have also been introduced.
These changes will influence the day-to-day operations in how occupational health and safety (OHS) is practiced and managed as well as how incidents are reported. It will also ensure that health, safety, environment and quality (HSEQ) management as a whole will be simplified, to ensure greater compliance in your workplace.

How does this affect me?

With the aim to create a harmonised approach to managing and regulating health and safety practices, compliance and legislation across Australia, here are three reasons why you should see how the new WHS Act will impact you:
It will influence the way you manage health and safety practices in your workplace, affecting your
day-to-day operations
It will affect how you report workplace incidents, potentially altering your current process of incident management, reporting, and dealing with relevant bodies
It will redefine the role of health and safety representatives, altering your responsibilities and duties

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