Original Article Posted at Safety Solutions Magazine.
Western Australia has released exposure drafts of regulations for the Work Health and Safety Act 2020, ahead of the commencement of major work health and safety (WHS) reforms in March 2022. The Act brings together work health and safety for general industry, mines and petroleum operations, all under a single WHS Act. Releasing the exposure drafts of the supporting regulations will provide an opportunity for all participants in Western Australian workplaces to prepare themselves to meet the requirements of the new Act and to improve safety in their workplaces.
The regulations will come into effect in March 2022; Industrial Relations Minister Stephen Dawson has encouraged the community to begin familiarising themselves with the regulatory requirements of the Work Health and Safety regime that will come into force in 2022. Drafting the WHS regulations for all three sectors, which are needed to allow the WHS Act to be proclaimed, was a complex process. In recognition of the importance of this legislation, the state government has allocated significant resources to the drafting process and partnered with peak employee and employer bodies to ensure a wide distribution of information about the WHS laws. This approach will complement promotional activities being undertaken by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety to other important stakeholders, as well as a government-funded education and awareness campaign.
“Every Western Australian has the right to expect a safe workplace where at the end of their day’s work they can return home to their loved ones uninjured and healthy. I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to access the exposure draft regulations and to take the time that is available to prepare themselves,” Dawson said.
The exposure drafts of WHS regulations can be accessed below:
- Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 (exposure draft)
- Work Health and Safety (Mines) Regulations 2022 (exposure draft)
- Work Health and Safety (Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Operations) Regulations 2022 (exposure draft)
Other applicable legislation:
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety will be running WHS update sessions during January and February. The sessions will be held in Perth metro and regional areas, with live streaming where possible. Webinar recordings and videos on WHS implementation are also available.