What are the Model WHS Laws?
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.
Review of Model WHS Laws
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