Big law changes in Qld
The Queensland Government has passed laws that strip health and safety representatives of their power to direct workers to stop unsafe work.
As reported in an earlier e-bulletin, the power downgrade is among a raft of changes in the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014.
The bill passed the Queensland Parliament last week, and the new laws will start on proclamation which will occur at a date to be determined.
In addition to removing the power of health and safety representatives to direct workers to stop unsafe work, the bill also provides for a number of other changes.
Among these changes, unions must give at least 24-hours notice before they can enter a workplace to inquire about a suspected WHS breach; a person conducting a business or undertaking no longer needs to provide a list of health and safety representatives to the work health and safety regulator; and codes of practice adopted in Queensland can be approved, varied or revoked without requiring national consultation.
For more details, visit the changes to the law.
Published on 10 April 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.