Updated Requirements for ISO 45001 ‘Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems’ Compliance

Overview ISO 45001 is designed to replace AS/NZS 4801 and OHSAS 18001 standards for ‘Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems’. The new standard was initially proposed in June 2013. After an extensive consultation process that took into consideration more than 6,300 comments, the ISO released its first draft in January 2016, followed by a final […]

Post-Brexit Health and Safety Compliance in the United Kingdom

26 January 2020 marks a slight revision to the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (UK). With the House of Commons and House of Lords preparing for life post-Brexit, the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (UK) converts the below European Union regulations into domestic United Kingdom law. This includes: Chemicals (Health and Safety) and […]

Standard for Respirable Crystalline Silica Exposure to be Reduced by 50%

A quorum of Work Health and Safety ministers across Australian States and Territories have agreed to halve the workplace exposure standard for respirable crystalline silica to a time-weighted average of 0.05mg/m3 over an eight-hour day. The level follows proposals from Safe Work Australia in 2019, which ratified a new national exposure standard for respirable crystalline […]

Potential Changes for the Western Australia Work Health and Safety Legislative Landscape

In late November, the Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 (WA) was introduced to the WA Legislative Assembly. The potential Act will replace the following: Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 (WA); Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations 1995 (WA); Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (WA); Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 (WA); and Petroleum […]

WHS Experts Engaged in WA for HSE Shutdown Coverage

The Work Health and Safety Experts (‘WHSE’) have been engaged by a Western Australian-based operation to provide health, safety and environment advisor shutdown coverage during critical works. Duties during the shutdown include: Daily toolbox talks and focus topics; Delivering inductions and HSE training; Environmental dust and noise monitoring; Incident investigations to be performed to both […]

CFMMEU Official Loses Right of Entry Permits – In the matter of Entry Permit of Blake Patrick Hynes [2020] FWC 97

In August 2018, CFMMEU official Blake Hynes used his ‘Right of Entry Permit’, issued under s 512 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), to enter the Enco Precast work area on Queensland’s Gateway Motorway Upgrade Project. Hynes also possessed a ‘State Entry Permit’ issued under section 132 of the Work Health and Safety Act […]

Employee Dismissal Upheld by the Fair Work Commission for Repeated OSH Breaches – Ashley Williams v Viridian Glass Limited [2020] (U2019/6510)

In June 2019, a driver/glass worker with thirty years of service Ashley Williams made an application under section 394 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) for alleged unfair dismissal from his employment with Viridian Glass Limited. Williams was terminated for continued breaches of company occupational safety and health policies and procedures. In the application, […]

Use Personal Biometric Data of an Employee – Lee v Superior Wood [2019] FWCFB 2946

The Fair Work Commission’s hearing of an appeal of Lee v Superior Wood is a must-read for Australian employers who are currently looking at implementing fingerprint technology into their operations. Timbermill worker Jeremy Lee, without any legal training or assistance, overturned a decision against him with the Full Bench finding that his fingerprint was personal […]

CCTV Review Post-Incident by an Employer Compliant with Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) – Kaliszewski v DOJCS [2020] VCAT 27

Steven Kaliszewski, employee of Corrections Victoria, was demoted from senior officer to prison officer after an investigation reviewed CCTV footage and found him spending excessive periods in the lunchroom and not supporting the safety and security of his workplace. Kaliszewski complained that from the use of CCTV footage in the investigation that the employer breached […]

Changes for New South Wales Mining and Petroleum Operations – The Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum) Amendment Regulation 2019 (NSW)

The Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum) Amendment Regulation 2019 (NSW) amends the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014 (NSW) and commence from 1 February 2020. Please find outlined below the amendments to the legislation and reasoning behind the revisions. Clause Amendment Reason 3 Updated definitions of ‘Wiring Rules’ applying […]