On January 9th, 2014 the Model Work Health and Safety Regulations were amended. As a knock on effect NSW have made amendments to their regulation, which quietly took effect February 13th, 2015.
Safe Work Australia made changes to the model regulation that incorporated technical amendments made to correct inadvertent errors, clarify policy intent and address workability issues. So in turn Workcover NSW did the same with the aim of not creating a regulatory burden for NSW businesses.
The NSW changes mainly apply to high risk work, diving work, plant and major hazard facilities. They are also looking at the penalty notices for unlicensed asbestos removal and non-notification.
On a side note Workcover NSW are not changing the definition of ‘combustible liquids’ and keeping it unchanged, and not removing the term ‘generate’ to clause 152.
The details of the changes can be found here:
If you are still unsure how this may affect you, call us on 1300 2 BE SAFE