Record crowds flocked to the Queensland Safety Show held recently at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The harmonisation seminar series on occupational health and safety being held across Australia had its biggest ever attendance.
About 700 show visitors heard Norton Rose law firm partner Aaron Anderson tell how new laws on the national model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act legislated in May will affect Queensland.
The Act will be adopted by Australian states at the end of this year and will close the loopholes in accountability.
Marie Kinsella, managing director of Australian Exhibitions & Conferences Pty Ltd, says the surplus number in attendance at the seminar broke records for all the harmonisation seminars held across Australia, including Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.
“We are delighted with the response. Attendees were standing in the aisles and they were also delighted with the seminar,” says Ms Kinsella.
“Queensland will be the first State to implement the new WHS legislation and that is, I believe, a key driver for the record attendance.
“People are hungry for information on how the legislation changes will affect them. “Also, Queenslanders are very proactive in their focus on safety and the safety culture. This is also evident on the overwhelming numbers at the show to date,” says
In his presentation Anderson highlighted one of the biggest changes under the new laws as being the shift in emphasis from the employer-employee relationship.
“Rather than focusing on the duties of employers, the model Work Health and Safety Act refers to the Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU), which is a very broad term and everyone contributing to work will have a duty of care. The concept is
similar to what we have under our existing legislation in Queensland, however the duty will be subject to what is ‘reasonably practicable’, which is new,” says Mr Anderson.
Sponsored by myosh, the Queensland Safety Show was held in conjunction with the Materials Handling Show and Queensland Manufacturing Show.
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