Archive for January, 2015

The Importance of Context in Risk Management

ISO 3100 provides us with principles and guidelines on risk management. It is a framework that can be applied to all organisations. The first step in this framework is ‘establishing the context’ This important step is often missed, resulting in an ineffective health and safety management system. Often we see organisations that adopt (or purchase) […] → Continue Reading The Importance of Context in Risk Management

A Western Australian History of Harmonisation

Whilst WA has always agreed in principle to the national harmonisation of WHS legislation – the process has been less than harmonious. The target date of January 2012 for implementation seems a distant memory. So why the delay?? A Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) was conducted at  a national level. The Western Australian government felt that […] → Continue Reading A Western Australian History of Harmonisation

A Brief Timeline of Harmonisation

In February 2008 the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council (WRMC) agreed to the development of model legislation for enactment by each State, Territory and the Commonwealth, as a means to harmonising health and safety legislation across Australia. In July of that year the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) signed an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) to facilitate this process. […] → Continue Reading A Brief Timeline of Harmonisation

Harmonisation – What is it and why is it taking place?

What is harmonisation? Harmonisation is an endeavour to create consistent WHS (Work Health and Safety) legislation across the states, territories and Commonwealth in Australia. Why is it taking place? WHS legislation is periodically reviewed. Whilst we have had minor changes to our law it has been a long time since our last major update. In […] → Continue Reading Harmonisation – What is it and why is it taking place?