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14 th AAPA Road Construction and SurfacingHealth and Safety ConferenceThe New Model Work Health and SafetyLaws – Preparing your Organisation forChangeDate: Tuesday, 8 June 2010© Sparke Helmore Lawyers 2010adelaide | brisbane | canberra | melbourne | newcastle | perth | sydney | upper hunter


Model OHS Acthealth and safety dutiesINCIDENTNOTIFICATIONPRINCIPLES THATAPPLY TO HEALTHAND SAFETY (H&S)DUTIESOBJECT &INTERPRETATIONOFFENCES &PENALTIESHEALTH &SAFETYDUTIESWHAT ISREASONABLYPRACTICABLEOTHER IMPORTANTTERMS, APPLICATIONOF THE ACT.OFFICERS, WORKERS& OTHER PERSONSPRIMARY DUTY OFCAREFURTHER DUTIESOF A PERSONCONDUCTING ABUSINESS ORUNDERTAKING(PCBU)2© Sparke Helmore Lawyers 2010


Important term in focusPCBUEMPLOYERPCBU3© Sparke Helmore Lawyers 2010


Some key definitionsSUBSTANCEHAZARDOFFICERRISKDEFINITIONSMEDICALTREATMENTREPRESEN-TATIVEPLANTSTRUCTURE4© Sparke Helmore Lawyers 2010


Definition in focusworkerVOLUNTEERPERSONOFPRESCRIBEDCLASSEMPLOYEESTUDENTGAININGWORKEXPERIENCECONTRACTORAPPRENTICEORTRAINEEWORKERSUB-CONTRACTOROUT-WORKEREMPLOYEEOFLABOUR HIRECOMPANYEMPLOYEEOF SUB-CONTRACTOREMPLOYEEOFCONTRACTORNote: A PCBU is workerif an individual5© Sparke Helmore Lawyers 2010


Health and safety (H&S) dutiesHEALTH AND SAFETY DUTIESDUTIES NOTTRANSFERABLEMORE THAN ONEDUTYCONCURRENTDUTIESMANAGEMENT OFRISKS6© Sparke Helmore Lawyers 2010


Health and safety dutiesrisksmanagement ofELIMINATE(S)REASONABLYPRATICABLERISKCANNOTELIMINATEREASONABLYPRATICABLEßMINIMISEREASONABLYPRATICABLE7© Sparke Helmore Lawyers 2010


Health and safety dutiespracticablereasonablyTIMEACCOUNT+WEIGHTLIKELIHOOD OFHAZARD OR RISKOCCURRINGDEGREE OFHARM THATMIGHT RESULTFROM THEHAZARD OR RISK+ +WHAT PERSONKNOWS OROUGHTREASONABLY TOKNOW ABOUT+THE HAZARD ORRISK+WAYS OFELIMINATING ORMINIMISING THERISK+THE COSTSASSOCIATEDWITH AVAILABLEWAYS…8© Sparke Helmore Lawyers 2010


Health and safety dutiesprimary duty of carePCBUREASONABLYPRACTICABLEWORKERENGAGEDCAUSED TO BEENGAGEDWHOSE ACTIVITIES IN CARRYING OUTWORK ARE INFLUENCED ORDIRECTED BY THE PCBUWHILE AT WORK© Sparke Helmore Lawyers 20109


Other duty holdersDESIGN PLANT,SUBSTANCE ORSTRUCTURESMANUFACTUREPLANT,SUBSTANCES ORSTRUCTURESINSTALL,CONSTRUCTORCOMMISSIONPLANT ORSTRUCTURESPCBUREASONABLYPRACTICABLEIMPORT PLANT,SUBSTANCES ORSTRUCTURESSUPPLY PLANT,SUBSTANCESOR STRUCTURES12© Sparke Helmore Lawyers 2010


Duty of officersDEFINITION OFOFFICERPOSITIVE LEGALOBLIGATIONDUE DILIGENCE13© Sparke Helmore Lawyers 2010


Duty of officers – due diligence definedACQUIRE &KEEP UP TODATEKNOWLEDGE OFWORK H&SMATTERSGAIN AN UNDERSTANDINGOF NATURE OFOPERATIONS OF BUSINESSOR UNDERTAKINGENSURE HAS AVAILABLEFOR USE APPROPRIATERESOURCES &PROCESSES TO ENABLEHAZARDS ASSOCIATEDWITH OPERATIONS TOBE IDENTIFIED & RISKSTO BE ELIMINATED ORMINIMISEDENSURE HASAPPROPRIATEPROCESSES FORRECEIVING &CONSIDERINGENSURE HAS &IMPLEMENTSPROCESSESFORCOMPLYINGWITH ACTEnsure has appropriateprocesses for receivingVERIFY and considering PROVISIONinformation regarding& USE OFincidents, hazards &RESOURCES &risks & responding in aPROCESSEStimely way.AND GENERALLY OFHAZARDS & RISKSASSOCIATED WITH THOSEOPERATIONSINFORMATIONREGARDING INCIDENTS,HAZARDS & RISKS &RESPONDS IN A TIMELYWAY© Sparke Helmore Lawyers 2010Note: Reasonablesteps and use ofexamples14


Duties of workersTAKE REASONABLECARE FOR OWNH&STAKE REASONABLECARE THAT ACTS OROMISSIONS DO NOTADVERSELY AFFECT THEH&S OF OTHER PERSONSCOMPLY WITHREASONABLE INSTRUCTIONTO COMPLY WITH ACT BYPCBUCOMPLY WITH ANYREASONABLE POLICY ORPROCEDURE OF PCBURELATING TO WORKPLACEH&S THAT HAS BEENNOTIFIED TO WORKERSNote: broad definition of ‘worker’15© Sparke Helmore Lawyers 2010


Table of penaltiesCategory Description Maximum penaltyCategory 1Category 2Category 3Most serious casesBreach of a health and safety dutyand the person is reckless as torisk of death or serious injury orillness to that individual(burden of proof – withoutreasonable excuse)Breach of a health and safety dutyand the failure exposes anindividual to a risk of death orserious injury or illnessBreach of a health and safety duty(without risk of death or seriousinjury or illness)PCBU = $3 millionIndividual (as PCBU or officer ofPCBU) = $600,000 and/or 5 yearsimprisonmentWorkers and other persons =$300,000 and/or 5 yearsimprisonmentPCBU = $1.5 millionIndividual (as PCBU or officer ofPCBU) = $300,000Workers and other persons =$150,000PCBU = $500,000Individual (as PCBU or officer ofPCBU) = $100,000Workers and other persons = $50,00016© Sparke Helmore Lawyers 2010


Incident notificationDEATH OF APERSONSERIOUSINJURY ORILLNESSDANGEROUSINCIDENT17© Sparke Helmore Lawyers 2010


Model OHS Actparticipationconsultation, representation &PROVISIONALIMPROVEMENTNOTICESCONSULTATION,COOPERATIONBETWEEN DUTYHOLDERSRIGHT TO CEASEOR DIRECTCESSATION OFUNSAFE WORKCONSULTATION,REPRESENTATION& PARTICIPATIONCONSULTATION WITHWORKERSISSUERESOLUTIONHEALTH &SAFETYCOMMITTEESHEALTH & SAFETYREPRESENTATIVES(HSR)18© Sparke Helmore Lawyers 2010


Model OHS Actpermit holderworkplace entry by WHS entryGENERALENTRY TO INQUIREINTO SUSPECTEDCONTRAVENTIONSPROHIBITIONSWORKPLACEENTRY BY WHSENTRY PERMITHOLDERENTRY TOCONSULT &ADVISEWORKERSDEALING WITHDISPUTESWHS ENTRYPERMITSREQUIREMENTSFOR WHS ENTRYPERMIT HOLDERS19© Sparke Helmore Lawyers 2010


Model OHS lawsenforcement measuresREVIEW OFDECISIONSIMPROVEMENTNOTICESENFORCEABLEUNDERTAKINGSPROHIBITIONNOTICESPERFORMANCEAND CULTUREINJUNCTIONSENFORCE-MENTMEASURESNON-DISTURBANCENOTICESCONTINUOUSIMPROVEMENTREMEDIALACTIONGENERALREQUIREMENTSAPPLYING TONOTICES20© Sparke Helmore Lawyers 2010


Next StepsNovember 2010 - January 2011: Model Regulations,Model Codes of Practice and Issues Paper for publiccomment.June 2011: Model Regulations and Codes of Practicesubmitted to Workplace Relations Ministers Council foragreement.July 2011: All Model WHS Regulations and ModelCodes of Practice provided to jurisdictions for six montheducational/transitional phase.1 January 2012: Commencement date of Model Actand Model Regulations21© Sparke Helmore Lawyers 2010


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