Work health and safety Act 2011

Source: WorkCover NSW news update

New work health and safety (WHS) laws replaced the occupational health and safety (OHS) laws in NSW on 1 January 2012.

These new laws will provide greater consistency, certainty and clarity across Australia making it easier to understand your workplace health and safety duties. Businesses and volunteer organisations that operate over several states will be able to initiate nationwide safety policies and procedures.

To assist business, industry and the community transition to the new legislation, transitional arrangements have been implemented.

For example, existing OHS committees will become WHS committees and these committees will have 12 months to ensure their membership aligns with the new legislation.

Further information on this and other transitional arrangements as well as the key changes for industry, businesses, workers, directors and volunteers are available from the links below. Call 13 10 50 for more information about the new work health and safety (WHS) laws.