New Work Health and Safety Legislation

Monday, Nov 5, 2012

South Australia's new Work Health and Safety legislation will take effect on 1 January 2013.

The introduction of the new laws will see the role of the “responsible officer” being replaced with the concept of Duty Holders which is a much broader concept that imposes specific duties on “officers” of a business. Officers will need to be aware of the obligations that the Bill places on them – in particular the obligation to exercise “Due Diligence” and take reasonable steps to:

  • Acquire and keep up-to-date knowledge on WHS matters
  • Have an understanding of operations, hazards and risks
  • Use resources and processes to eliminate/minimise risks
  • Have regard for and respond to incident and hazard information
  • Ensure PCBU implements processes for complying with duties
  • Verify the provision and use of resources and procedures

Officers have a positive duty requiring proactive action!

The South Australian Work Health and Safety Bill (the Bill), that will replace the current Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986, was passed last night (1 November) by both houses of Parliament. South Australia will now join New South Wales, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and the Commonwealth jurisdictions that have already adopted the new laws. Tasmania will also adopt the laws on 1 January 2013.

SAWIA Seminars coming to your region soon

SAWIA will be conducting seminars on what the new laws mean for your business before Christmas this year. Our seminars will raise your awareness of what the new Work Health and Safety legislation contains and principally what has changed which in turn helps your business meet its legislative obligations under the new laws.  The seminars will introduce participants to wine industry specific issues under the Work Health and Safety Bill.