NT Government has proposed changes to the WHS laws. This review has aimed to incorporate feedback on issues identified in the territory since the commencement of the harmonised legislation in 2012.
The key points these proposed changes hope to address are; ensuring the cost of complying with the laws has not increased without a tangible health and safety benefit, and to make it easy to still conduct work whilst complying and performing tasks safely.
With the key changes including;
- Changes to Class A & B licenced removal applications
- Mandatory audiometric testing only within the mining industry
- Construction project trigger point increased to $500,000
- Removal of HSRs power to cease work, whilst retaining the right for workers to cease work
- 24hours notice will be requited before a permit holder can enter a worksite
- Remove the requirement for NT to nationally consult to remove or edit Codes of Practice, allowing for territory specific codes to be adopted more easily.
This public comment period is open until 26th October. Further information can be found at the NT Work Safe website.