Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Workplace Safety & Health Framework

The Workplace Safety & Health framework

The three guiding principles that underpin the new Workplace Safety & Health framework are:
    1. Reducing risks at source by requiring all stakeholders to eliminate or minimise the risks they create;
    2. Instilling greater ownership of safety and health outcomes by industry; and
    3. Preventing accidents through higher penalties for poor safety management

About the Workplace Safety & Health Act

The Workplace Safety and Health Act is an essential part of the Workplace Safety and Health framework. The Act has four key features:  
      1. It places the responsibility for workplace safety on all stakeholders along lines of control at the workplace
      2. It focuses on Workplace Safety & Health systems and outcomes, rather than merely on compliance
      3. It facilitates effective enforcement through the issuance of remedial orders
      4. To prevent accidents at the source, it issues higher penalties for non-compliance and risky behaviour.

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