The Australian Industry Group has welcomed the release of the draft national model workplace safety regulations for public comment.
Ai Group NSW Director, Mark Goodsell says the release of the document is a “major milestone on the road to consistent workplace safety laws” from January 1, 2012.
"Nationally consistent laws have been long awaited by multi state employers, says Mr Goodsell.
“Most importantly it will provide a single consistent base for safety regulation, so that all employers, workers and regulators can concentrate on achieving better outcomes, not navigating up to nine different sets of rules.
"Ai Group urges employers to understand the draft national regulations and Codes of Practice that apply to their operations. Some will apply to all workplaces, and other to specific types of hazardous work.
"Ai Group will be holding member consultation meetings in all states in February 2011 before making a detailed submission on the draft regulations, " Mr Goodsell says.
Ai Group is an industry representative on Safe Work Australia, the body that is guiding OHS harmonization.