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Taking up arms in the name of pest control brings new meaning to work health and safety.

In 2013 The Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002 (NSW) was amended to allow the use of guns on land used by the public, to assist with pest control. This introduces a new issue for businesses and undertakings using such land, and for those managing and maintaining it.

The risks involved in allowing hunters to use guns on parkland to which the public has access are clear:

People may be blissfully unaware that someone is using a rifle nearby.

This issue provides a real test for the new horizontal consultation obligations in the model Work Health and Safety laws.

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Published in National Safety magazine, June-July 2013.

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