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New Work Health and Safety Legislation – Update

Since 2008 the West Australian government has participated in the national process of harmonising occupational health and safety law across all states and territories. WA’s future health and safety legislation will be based on a national model work health and safety legislation and consist of Work Health and Safety (WHS) act, regulations and codes of practice. The WA state government believes that Western Australia’s current occupational safety and health (OSH) regime has been and continues to be a sound one. It says lost time injuries, diseases and traumatic work related fatalities continue to decline and therefore considers the current system effective despite the increase in WA’s population and workforce and the increasing complexity of WA’s work environments.
Many of the provisions in the Model WHS Regulations and some codes of practice are similar to WA’s existing OSH Regulations 1996 and codes of practice, however some will be different or new.

The government will introduce WA’s version of the model WHS legislation shortly as a green bill and invite the public to comment for a period of three month.

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