Tag archives: OHS

West Australian Director becomes first person jailed in WA for WHS breaches

For the first time in the 37 years since the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (OSH Act) came into effect, an individual has been sentenced to imprisonment in Western Australia. The successful prosecution may be one of the last prosecutions brought under the OSH Act which is soon to be replaced by the new Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act).

In March 2020 a 25-year-old worker, Mr Jake Williams, was killed and his 21 year old co-worker was seriously injured after they fell nine meters from the roof of a shed they were … Continue Reading

WHS regulators issue guides and codes of practice on psychological health and managing sexual harassment claims

Earlier this year, the Respect@Work – National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces, conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission made key recommendations addressing psychological health and sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. Specifically the inquiry recommended:

  • the model WHS Regulations should be amended to address psychological health by identifying and appropriately controlling work-related psychosocial risks (consistent with the 2018 Boland Review recommendations); and
  • WHS Ministers develop guidelines or Codes of Practice on sexual harassment, allowing it to be dealt with in a ‘consistent, robust or systemic way’.

Since the publication of the Inquiry’s final report, SafeWork NSW and … Continue Reading

LexBlog