Queensland WHS regulations approved

The gazettal of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (WHS Regulation) is the culmination of extensive consultation at both national and state level.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has prepared a range of information products about the regulatory package to assist duty holders in understanding the changes. WHSQ will provide further information products and fact sheets in the near future.

The new regulations are outcome based, with details on control measures to be provided in various codes of practice.

The WHS Regulation 2011 reflects the national model WHS Regulation, with some changes, which will enable it to operate effectively in Queensland.

The Queensland Government recognises that it will take time for industry to adjust to some of the new requirements, so transitional provisions are included to smooth the process. These effectively give industry enough time to comply with those regulations that are new for Queensland and require some action by business operators.

Transitional periods vary. A table (PDF, 295 kB) outlining these provisions for Queensland is available on the WHSQ website www.worksafe.qld.gov.au.

Safety in recreational water activities

Diving is a significant industry in Queensland and the Safety in Recreational Water Activities Regulation 2011 ensures that the strict safety standards in Queensland's diving and snorkelling industries are maintained.