Changes to Work Health & Safety (WHS)
laws are now in effect in Queensland
Amendments to work health and safety (WHS) laws, which commenced on 16 May, require WHS entry permit holders to give at least 24 hours (but not more than 14 days) notice before they can enter a workplace to look into a suspected contravention. To support this, there were changes that:
- increased the penalty for non-compliance with WHS entry permit conditions and introduced a new penalty provision for failure to comply with the WHS entry permit holder notification requirements
- removed the power of health and safety representatives to direct workers to cease unsafe work – workers will continue to have a right to cease unsafe work
- removed the requirement for a person conducting a business or undertaking to provide a list of health and safety representatives to the WHS regulator – an up to date list of health and safety representatives must still be displayed at the workplace
- allowed codes of practice adopted in Queensland to be approved, varied or revoked without requiring national consultation – although consultation with local stakeholders will continue on proposed codes of practice.
Refresh your Health and Safety Representative training with a 1 day course or complete the full 5 day course.
Content accessed from DEIR Website – Work Health & Safety QLD June e-bulletin, 31 July 2014