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10 Things you need to know - Health & safety harmonisation

There are over 500+  pages in the  Work Health & Safety Regulations.  The following is a short list of some of the items that will affect many businesses:

  • A work health & safety management plan is required for all construction projects with a value of $250,000 or more
  • Safe work method statements are required for high risk construction projects.
  • Hazardous substances which are household chemicals will no longer need to be included in a hazardous substances register.
  • Terminology for OHS & WHS Representatives is replaced with HS representatives.
  • No term is prescribed for the duration for a health and safety committee.
  • All contractors are covered under the definition of workers (including subcontractors of contractors).
  • Hand held tools are defined as plant.
  • OHS/WHS committees may remain under the new work health and safety laws, in the form of health and safety committees (HSCs).
  • As a PCBU you will need to consult with all workers in your workplace because this term will cover more than just employees.
  • The term employee is replaced with worker which includes employees, labour hire, volunteers, apprentices, work experience, contractors and sub-contractors.

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