OHS harmonisation - from the Act to the codes at Safety In Action

Source: Safety Snippets

Just as public comment closes for a new set of draft workplace health and safety regulations and codes of practice, experts at the Safety In Action trade show will explain the changes and what they mean for Australian workplaces.

Free seminars by Safe Work Australia and the Norton Rose law firm on each of the show's three days at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from April 5 to 7 will also help employers come to grips with the harmonised work health and safety Act due for implementation at the end of the year.

Safe Work Australia has released draft regulations and a dozen draft model codes for public comment, which closes on April 4. Announcing a series of seminars at Safety In Action hosted by expert exhibitors including the Australian Industry Group, show organiser Marie Kinsella said it was important to assist employers prepare for a new regulatory regime.

"At the Harmonisation Master Classes, Safety In Action visitors will learn about the proposed changes and how to comply," she said. "The regulations and codes of practice tell us exactly how to make our workplaces safe so, in many ways, they're even more important to understand in detail than the Act."

Five Harmonisation Master Classes have been confirmed. The Australian Industry Group will discuss the new regulations, while other exhibitors examine four draft Codes of Practice. Risk Management Technologies will deal with the draft Code of Practice for the Preparation of Safety Data Sheets for Hazardous Chemicals; Noise Management Services will explain Managing Noise and Preventing Hearing Loss at Work; Carter Corporation will discuss How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace; while ATTAR examines Managing the Work Environment & Facilities.

The seminars addressing the Codes of Practice and the Act will be run daily at Safety In Action from April 5 to 7 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. The 45-minute classes are free and bookings are highly recommended. Sponsored by myosh, the dedicated OHS trade show is run concurrently with the Melbourne Materials Handling show, CleanScene; The National Cleaning & Hygiene Expo and the Safety Institute of Australia's Safety In Action Conference. For more information, visit www.safetyinaction.net.au, email safetyvisitor@aec.net.au or phone Australian Exhibitions & Conferences Pty Ltd on