WHS Update: South Australia

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WHS Update: South Australia

01/11/2012

Amendments to the South Australian mirror WHS Bill have allowed it to gain sufficient support to pass through parliament.

  • Control of risks by duty holders must be minimised “to the extent to which they have the capacity to control the risk”.
  • Union entry permit holders will be required to contact SafeWork SA before entering worksites, abide by any instructions of SafeWork inspectors, and report all findings to SafeWork.
  • The privilege against self-incrimination will be reinstated.
  • High risk construction work falls from heights will be defined as involving the risk of falling more than three metres.
  • Ministers will be required to consult the Small Business Commissioner before adopting model Codes of Practice which will relate to small businesses.
  • SWMS may have addendums added for minor work-method changes.
  • Volunteer officers of strata corporations will be included in duty exemptions for volunteers.

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