An Academic Report Into Industrial Law and Business Occupational Health and Safety

2347 Words Aug 3rd, 2012 10 Pages
An Academic Report into
Industrial Law and Business
Occupational Health and Safety
Work Health and Safety Act 2011 QLD No. 18
Model Work Health and Safety Act

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1.0 Introduction 3
2.0 History and Purpose of OH&S Legislation 4
3.0 Scope of WHS Act 5
4.0 Key Provisions in a Business Context 6
5.0 Primary Duty of Care 7
6.0 Application of OHS 9
7.0 Regulation Change, a Harmonious Approach? 11

8.0 References 13
8.0 Resources 13

1.0 Introduction

According to recently published data uncovered within the ABS WRIS (Australian Bureau of Statistics, Work-Related Injuries Survey published 2011), in 2009 it was estimated that 640,700 Australian workers
…show more content…
To conclude the report, further analysis of the regulatory scheme will provide insight into the possibility of improvement and development of this legislation.

2.0 History and Purpose of OH&S Legislation

Queensland Work Health and Safety Act 2011 No.18 (repealed the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995 no 25)
Model Work Health and Safety act 2011
Australia was developed as a federation, with six states and two internal territories, and a Commonwealth Government. The Commonwealth Constitution which defines the legislative powers of the Australian Parliament does not provide the Commonwealth broad power to legislate for work health and safety. Consequently there have been ten general statutes for work health and safety implemented nationwide.
The fundamental principles of Australian occupational health and safety are enshrined in State, Territory and Commonwealth legislation. Despite each jurisdiction employing its own individual legislation, the general intentions and provisions have remained somewhat consistent. However, on January 1 2012, nationally uniform Work Health and Safety legislation was passed which replaces each State, Territory and Commonwealths’ individual statues, ‘Ensuring all workers in Australia have the same standard of health and safety protection, regardless of the work they do or where they work’. (Guide to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011). While each State will retain their jurisdictions and the ability to

Related Documents