Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 amendment commenced 9 December 2016 effective from 1 January 2017.
These amendments include:
- Implementation of the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The GHS is a system used to classify and communicate chemical hazards using internationally consistent terms and information on chemical labels and Safety Data Sheets.
Find out more about the GHS and it’s implementation here.
- Changes to information sharing arrangements, giving inspectors greater authority to investigate non-compliance, and issue statutory notices and to take other prescribed actions under the Electrical Safety Act 2002 (ES Act), the Safety in Recreational Water Activities Act 2011 (SRWA Act) and the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act). Confidentiality requirements also exist to ensure inspectors are kept accountable and credible when exercising such power.
- A further 18 new infringement notice offences were identified for existing work health and safety breaches, that will incur on the spot fines, in key risk areas such as asbestos, hazardous chemicals and construction work.
Further information about all the amendments including infringement notice offences and fines can be found on the Work Cover Queensland website.