Update - new workplace health and safety laws

As communicated to members in September last year, the WA state government announced the introduction of a new Work Health and Safety Bill that was designed to modernise workplace safety laws, better protect workers, hold those responsible for any workplace deaths and improve consistency with laws across Australia.

Since the announcement was made, there has been substantial headway in this area with the Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 (the WHS Bill) being tabled in Parliament on 27 November 2019 and the development of regulations to support the WHS Bill progressing. There will be separate sets of regulations for mines, petroleum and general workplaces.

Key features of the WHS Bill include:

  • Two new offences for industrial manslaughter
  • A requirement for inspectors to make decisions to resolve WHS issues within two days
  • Prohibition on insurance for monetary penalties
  • Inclusion of a new duty of care for WHS service providers 

Visit bit.ly/WHS_Bill_2019 to view the WHS Bill. We will continue to keep members updated with future developments.

Source: ThinkSafe magazine, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety