LAST year, Growcom attended a round table meeting of stakeholders from 18 employer associations and unions, chaired by Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie, to discuss the impact of the model Workplace Health and Safety laws in Queensland.
While stakeholders were generally supportive of the laws, they raised a number of issues and it was agreed a substantial body of work would be undertaken to address these concerns.
Issues raised by stakeholders at the meeting relate to provisions of the Work Health and Safety regulations that have not yet commenced.
In order to provide certainty to industry and to avoid a situation where stakeholders are required to adapt to one set of changes closely followed by another, the start of these provisions will be further delayed until the start of next year. This will ensure that the relevant provisions do not start prior to any proposed changes resulting from the industry round table.
The start of the following provisions relevant to the rural sector will be delayed until January 1 next year:
- Section 48 - Remote or isolated work (the requirement to have an effective communication system in place for remote or isolated work).
- Section 58 - Audiometric testing (the requirement to test all workers exposed to noise levels exceeding the exposure standard).
- Section 217 - Protective structures on earthmoving equipment (the requirement to have a protective structure on earthmoving equipment weighing 15t or more).
- Sections 425 and 429 - Asbestos registers and asbestos management plans (only in relation to buildings built from January 1, 1990, and up to December 31, 2003).
- Section 272 - Changing the duration of plant registration to five years (relevant to manufacturers and designers of plant).
For more information contact Growcom commercial services manager Donna Mogg on 3620 3844 or dmogg@grow com.com.au
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