The objective of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (the Act) is to prevent a persons death, injury or illness being caused by a workplace, a relevant workplace area, work activities, or plant or substances for use at a workplace.
The Act makes provisions for:
- imposing workplace health and safety obligations on certain persons who may affect the health and safety of others because of workplaces, work activities or by plant or substances for use at a workplace
- establishing a workplace health and safety board and industry sector standing committees
- electing workplace health and safety representatives and establishing workplace health and safety committees
- making regulations and codes of practice
- developing accredited training programs for accredited providers and registered training organisations
- promoting community awareness about workplace health and safety
- appointing inspectors and enforcement procedures
- appointing workplace health and safety officers and accredited providers to assist industry to manage particular risks
- collecting workplace health and safety contributions and statistical data for the workplace health and safety regulation and related education and prevention services.
- The Regulation sets out requirements relating to:
- the registration of plant and plant design
- a certificate to work in an earthmoving or particular crane occupation
- a licence to perform a class of high risk work
- a certificate to perform a prescribed activity
- a certificate of authority of appointment of a workplace health and safety officer
- a certificate of appointment of an accredited provider
- a bonded asbestos removal certificate.
It also sets out:
- workplaces requiring a workplace health and safety officer
- fees applicable under the Act
- plant and plant design requiring registration
- national uniform standards for confined spaces, hazardous substances, lead and noise.