The Queensland government conducted a survey last month to help determine if small business need amendments to the State’s mirror Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act.
The survey involved 15 questions primarily designed to gauge the level of awareness, implementation and amount of time and cost to comply with the legislation.
The Queensland Attorney-General had indicated the legislation would be amended if it was found to have “compliance or cost burdens” as large industry has the capacity to invest in new technology and engage additional resources, which make it easier to comply.
Small businesses often struggle to put effective systems into place and maintain them in circumstances where there a no extra layers of management for training and supervision and where the workforce often has minimal education and training for the job. It is understood the Queensland government is contemplating how to make the WHS laws less prescriptive.