New work health and safety (“WHS”) laws were introduced in NSW on 1 January 2012. The WHS laws replaced the occupational health and safety (OHS) laws in NSW.
The WHS laws were developed using the model work WHS laws developed by Safe Work Australia in order to provide a nationally harmonised WHS system.
How will the new WHS system be structured?
From January 2012, the national WHS system will be provided by way of:
How has the new work health and safety system been developed?
The process to date has been for the above documents to be drafted by Safe Work Australia, in consultation with the relevant State and Territory Governments, industry and the public. Once finalised, the expectation was that each State and Territory Government would enact the national template Act and Regulations as legislation of their particular State or Territory.
Although there are differences amongst the various State and Territory Governments, the national template Work Health and Safety Act was finalised at the end of 2010 and the NSW Government introduced a Bill into Parliament in May 2011 to adopt the provisions locally. The Bill, which in large mirrors the template legislation, was passed by both Houses on 1 June 2011 and commenced on 1 January 2012.
The national template Work Health and Safety Regulations and the Codes of Practice were drafted and made available for public comment at various times during 2011. The Regulations and some of the Codes of Practice have been finalised and adopted into the NSW system however, there are still some further Codes of Practice which will not be finalised or released until the first half of 2012.
Upcoming seminars – June 2012
The Australian Hotels Association (NSW) will be conducting a further 21 seminars to provide information and guidance to hospitality employers on the new Work Health and Safety legislation which commenced on 1 January 2012.
The seminars are funded through the WorkCover Assist Education and Training Program to assist employers in understanding the requirements of the new laws and how it may affect their business. The seminars will focus on the regulations, including facilities for workers and identifying hazards and risks
Click here for the AHA (NSW) Work Health & Safety Seminar Schedule for venue dates and locations.
All seminars are FREE OF CHARGE to attend.
If you are unable to attend one of the 21 seminars we have scheduled around the State, you are able to download the seminar materials below:
The AHA (NSW) conducted FREE seminars to provide information and guidance to hospitality employers on the new Work Health and Safety legislation in late 2011. These seminars were funded through the WorkCover Assist Education and Training Program. The seminars focused on the Work Health & Safety Act 2011. The WHS seminar materials are available here.
The AHA (NSW) has also developed an Overview of Work Health & Safety Laws factsheet to assist members with the new Work Health & Safety legislation as part of the WorkCover Assist Education and Training Program which can be accessed by clicking here.