Queensland Government Accepts Recommendations for Enhancing Workplace Health and Safety
The Queensland Government has recently accepted all 31 recommendations from an independent review of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act). The review report, which was conducted to clarify and enhance the existing frameworks and ensure their effectiveness, has been published along with the Government's response.
The review report's main recommendations aim to elevate the role of health and safety representatives (HSRs) in the workplace, clarify the rights of HSRs and worker representatives, and streamline dispute resolution procedures. The report also includes 55 sub-recommendations that address these issues in greater detail.
A key finding from the review highlighted that safety outcomes improve when workers are empowered to have an active role in safety and when there is high levels of cooperation between workers and employers. However, the review also noted the need for more education on the rights of HSRs and worker representatives to ensure their effectiveness.
To implement the majority of the recommendations, it is expected that an amendment Bill will be introduced later this year. The Bill will also include amendments to address recommendations made by an earlier national review of the model work health and safety laws.
The changes proposed in the review report have the potential to enhance the safety and wellbeing of workers, leading to more productive and successful businesses.
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