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Work Health and Safety Legislation Amendments in Queensland

Amendments to Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws came into effect on 16 May 2014. These amendments implement findings from the Queensland Government’s review of national model WHS laws which commenced in Queensland on 1 January 2012.

These amendments include changes to:
• WHS entry permit holders giving notice on entry to workplaces
• Class B asbestos removal licensing requirements
• clearance inspections after Class B asbestos removal work
• asbestos registers
• rollover protective structures on earthmoving machinery
• audiometric testing.

The amendments were made in response to the Queensland Government review of the model WHS laws to address concerns about their impact on businesses, particularly unanticipated or inequitable compliance costs.

The WCD – Workers’ Compensation Solutions team in Queensland are available to discuss the changes, just call Karen Wilson on: 07 3457 8700

To read more about these amendments, visit www.worksafe.qld.gov.au