Queensland WHS amendments

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Queensland WHS amendments

04/08/2014

The Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 commenced in Queensland in May 2014.

This Act amends the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 with some changes, including:

  • Requiring WHS entry permit holders to give at least 24 hours, but not more than 14 days, prior notice before they can enter a workplace to inquire into a suspected contravention. This will align with other entry notification periods in the WHS Act and the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).
  • Increasing the penalty for non-compliance with WHS entry permit conditions and introducing a new penalty provision for failure to comply with the WHS entry permit holder notification requirements.
  • Removing the power of HSRs to direct workers to cease unsafe work. Workers will continue to have a right to cease unsafe work.
  • Removing the requirement for a PCBU to provide a list of HSRs to the WHS regulator. An upto- date list of HSRs must still be displayed at the workplace.

To view the amendment Act click here: Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014

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