The Queensland Government has proposed a number of amendments to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) and the Work Health and Regulations.
A number of transitional provisions were due to commence on 1 January 2014, but the government has decided it is necessary to delay the commencement of these provisions until 1 January 2015.
In particular, audiometric testing obligations and some asbestos-related provisions were identified as areas requiring change.
The main amendments include:
- Extending to 1 January 2015 the arrangements relating to high risk work licensing where national competency units and assessment instruments are not available;
- Inserting new provisions to give permanent effect to class exemptions granted for certified bridge and gantry crane operators and intermediate boiler operators;
- Clarifying the requirements regarding the specific control measures that must be used where there is a risk of falling at least three (3) metres in housing construction work, or falling at least two (2) metres in other construction work;
- Repealing provisions relating to spray painting and excavation work (that were carried over from the repealed Workplace Health and Safety Regulation 2008) as new codes of practice for excavation work and spray painting will take effect on 1 December 2013.