Bulletin - October 2016

Bulletin

WA - WorkSafe Inspections - Program to target various industries
QLD - Nature Conservation Act 1992 - Regulations for managing protected areas
QLD - Resources - Tougher environmental laws for groundwater extraction proposed
TAS - Asbestos Tasmania - Related Diseases (Occupational Exposure) Compensation Act 2011

WA - WorkSafe Inspections - Program to target various industries

Worksafe is undertaking multiple proactive inspection programs looking at safety issues in the:

  • accommodation industry – targeting soft tissue injuries in smaller accommodation providers. More.
  • furniture retailing sector – targeting soft tissue, lost time injuries. Inspectors will check for hazards in showrooms and warehouses attached to showrooms. More.
  • amusement centres and operators of inflatable amusement devices – targeting the safety of children on amusement rides. More.
  • goods and equipment rental and hire industry – targeting industry specific injury areas such as muscular stress from lifting, carrying and putting down objects. More.

QLD - Nature Conservation Act 1992 - Regulations for managing protected areas

The Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing is inviting comment on its notice of intention to consult on the remaking of Regulations under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 relevant to the management of protected areas. It is expected that a consultation regulatory impact statement, outlining the proposed scope and potential impacts of the remade Regulations, will be released in November 2016. Comments close 30 November 2016. Click here to comment

QLD - Resources - Tougher environmental laws for groundwater extraction proposed

The QLD Government has introduced the Environmental Protection (Underground Water Management) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, to provide tougher assessment of environmental impacts for resource companies wanting to take groundwater for mining activities. The new laws, among other things, applies to new EA applications for resource activities that include groundwater extraction, and clarifies that ‘make good’ obligations arise, where underground water rights are the likely cause of impairment, even if there is an uncertainty. Read more.

TAS - Asbestos Tasmania - Related Diseases (Occupational Exposure) Compensation Act 2011

WorkSafe Tasmania has commissioned an independent review of the Asbestos-Related Diseases (Occupational Exposure) Compensation Act 2011. Amongst other things, the review will assess the extent the Act provides for:

  • appropriate compensation, for people who have contracted asbestos-related diseases in the course of their employment
  • the prompt resolution of applications and payment of expenses
  • certain judgements and agreements about contracting asbestos-related diseases in the course of a worker’s employment.

Comment close 14 October 2016. Click here for more