Following the WA Government’s commitment to the principle of national harmonisation of safety on 23 October 2015 the Work Health and Safety Bill 2014 (WA) (the Green Bill) was introduced to Parliament. The Green Bill is based on the model Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cth) and contains the core duties of persons conducting a business or undertaking to ensure safety at work.

WorkSafe WA was tasked with the job of reviewing the model Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 (Cth) (the Model Regulations). The Model Regulations set out more detailed obligations relating to safety, for example, obligations relating to particular hazards or types of work.

The purpose of WorkSafe’s review was to identify where the Model Regulations could be modified to “make them more suitable for the Western Australian working environment, minimise prescription and keep the burden of compliance at an acceptable level”.

Yesterday, on 1 June 2016, Worksafe WA issued a Discussion Paper with detailed recommendations on the modifications that it suggests the State Government should implement to ensure that the regulations better suit the Western Australian working environment and to minimise red tape. To access the Discussion Paper, click here.

The recommendations and Model Work Health and Safety Regulations are now open for public comment until 31 August 2016. The version of the model Work Health and Safety Regulations used to develop the recommendations in the Discussion Paper can be found here.

We encourage any businesses who are interested in or have strong views on the regulation of safety in Western Australian workplaces to use this opportunity to make a submission to the State Government.

For more information on how to make a submission, click here.