Reminder - public comment on WA’s workplace safety laws

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WorkSafe has issued a reminder that the public comment period for the Work Health and Safety Bill 2014 will close on January 30.

WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today reminded anyone who intended to submit a public comment on the new laws that they had only three weeks left in which to so do.

“Western Australians are being given the opportunity to contribute to the State’s future workplace safety and health system, and I strongly encourage anyone who has an interest in this area to submit their comments while the opportunity exists,” Mr McCulloch said.

“The draft Work Health and Safety Bill 2014 – known as the Green Bill – was tabled in Parliament in October 2014.  It is the WA version of the national Model Work Health and Safety Bill, the harmonised legislation developed by Safe Work Australia for implementation across Australia.

“The Green Bill has been drafted to include the core provisions of the Model WHS Bill, but has been refined to reduce red tape and ensure it is in the best interests of WA businesses and the WA community.”

Comments can range from complete rejection of the WHS Bill to general comments on the application of the Bill to a particular job, workplace or industry, or specific work safety and health issues.  Comment can also be submitted on specific sections of the Bill.

To view the Green Bill and to submit comments, go to the WorkSafe website at www.worksafe.wa.gov.au.  The website offers a number of items to assist in making a comment, including a podcast of an information session held in November.

Media contact: Caroline De Vaney 6251 2363 or 0408 927563 (media enquiries only)

caroline.devaney@commerce.wa.gov.au

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09 Jan 2015

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