Focus on Psychological Health

The term health was used in Western Australia's previous OSH legislation. Under the new WHS Act the term health is further described to include “psychological health”. We can expect to see more guidance and regulatory work take place in the area of psychological...

Work Health and Safety Legislation in Australia

Yesterday Western Australia adopted the WHS Act 2020 and its supporting Regulations. This blog provides a timeline of how we arrived at this new piece of legislation. Overview In Australia the Constitution empowers each State and Territory to enact their own...

Due diligence

The WHS Act imposes a specific duty on Officers to ensure the PCBU meets its work health and safety obligations. In fact, all managers should apply due diligence to the management of WHS in their area of responsibility. So, what does it mean to be diligent? The WHS...

Harmonisation and Modernisation

The introduction of the new WHS legislation hoped to achieve: Harmonisation – a nationally consistent approachModernisation – update health and safety legislation to reflect modern day working arrangement, issues and conditions. Harmonisation The process of...

Who is an “Officer”?

This is a re-post of a  blog from 2015. There is a lot of interest in the impending WHS legislation. I am finding that the greatest misunderstanding is over who is an Officer.......... Many organisations are concerned about the potential implications for...

Is it a system or a plan?

Often in the workplace I see confusion between what is a WHS Management System and a Safety Management Plan. This confusion is not only in the terminology used but also in their application. So firstly what is a WHS Management Systems (WHSMS)? WHSMS can be in a...