Industry needs time to adjust to new safety laws


The transition arrangements for business under the new Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation will be the key to the success of the new laws in the workplace, says Australian Industry Group Chief Executive Heather Ridout.

The new arrangements, announced recently by Workplace Relations Minister Senator Chris Evans, are an integral part of the new legislation, due to take effect from January 1, next year.

"These arrangements recognise the importance of harmonisation but also the impact it will have on business, said Ms Ridout.

“Arrangements established by Safe Work Australia allow a 12-month transitional period for any regulations which create new duties for organizations, she said.

“It is our understanding that each jurisdiction will determine which regulations these transitional arrangements should be applied to and include these provisions in their respective regulations, she said.

"We believe these arrangements will allow companies to implement these important laws in a logical and practical way.

Mr Ridout said the Ai Group is pleased the vast majority of states and territories have now approved the regulations and codes of practices that were endorsed in principle on August 10, this year.

But Ms Ridout was disappointed Victoria and WA have not committed to a January 1, 2012 commencement date to finally achieve a single national standard on workplace safety.

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