The final report on the Model Work Health and Safety Laws review, by Marie Boland, former Executive Director of SafeWork SA, was released in December 2018. Reassuringly the review found that “the model WHS laws are, for the most part, working as intended”. However, it also went further into the detail of the regulations, uncovering dissatisfaction with specific provisions and making 34 recommendations which, if implemented, could significantly affect the substance of the current laws and their enforcement.
In 2003 a skin cancer judgment found skin cancer was ‘serious’ and ‘dangerous’ enough for a retired truck driver to sue his employer of 35 years for damages, putting sun protection and potentially UVR protection more generally, on the agenda for employers.
Australia is one of the most bushfire prone countries in the world. This means that across a range of industries workers may be affected by bush fires while commuting to or from work or their home location. Have you considered this when reviewing risks and implementing policies?