How NSW workplaces will be affected by new OHS laws

Seminars on the biggest changes to safety laws in decades, practical safety workshops and all the products and services needed to keep workplaces safe and compliant will make The Safety Show a vital source of information this October.

Visitors to The Safety Show Sydney and Sydney Materials Handling, which will run from October 2 7 to 29 at the Sydney Showground, will hear how safety in NSW will change when the state’s occupational health and safety law follows a new national Model Act.

The proposed new laws will affect union powers, the personal liability of company officers and even the onus of proof when safety breaches are judged in court.

Safe Work Australia, the umbrella body responsible for developing the national model OHS legislation, will present a seminar on October 28 at The Safety Show outlining the impact of the changes.

A feature of national Safe Work Week, The Safety Show and Sydney Materials Handling show together are NSW’s largest workplace safety event and will host more than 300 exhibitors this year. Products and services on offer extend from first aid supplies and training through to machine guarding and risk management.

Among the high profile exhibitors are WorkCover NSW, Blackwoods, Elliott Australia, Ingal EPS, Ingal Civil Products, NTP Forklifts, Spill Station Australia and Webforge.

Organiser Marie Kinsella of Australian Exhibitions & Conferences Pty Ltd, anticipates many of the 10,000 who visited last year’s shows will be back again in October.

“Last year, 34 per cent of visitors had been the year before as well – because we always have lots of new exhibitors to see and, anyway, there’s a strong legal mandate to stay very current with safety,” she said. “It will be even more important this year with the new laws on their way.”

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