Public comment on the costs and benefits of the proposed national Work Health and Safety (WHS) regulations as they apply to Western Australian workplaces is being sought by the State Government.
WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the public comment period was an opportunity for businesses, industry and workers to express their opinions on the model Work Health and Safety Regulations package.
“Harmonised work health and safety laws will affect all Western Australian workplaces in varying degrees, and it is important that we all provide input during this consultation process to gauge the impact of the new laws on all WA workplaces,” Mr McCulloch said.
“An Australia-wide consultation process took place late in 2010, but the current public comment period is specific to WA and aims to give participants in all WA workplaces the opportunity to provide their views on the proposed new laws.”
An Information and Issues Paper which offers easy to understand details regarding the changes which would take place with the adoption of the model WHS Regulations was prepared by WorkSafe. Letters and emails will also be sent to subscription lists and industry associations. Press and radio advertisements will also be utilised to increase awareness of the public comment period.
Public forums will also be conducted in regional WA to make sure that regional communities are aware of the new laws.
The Information and Issues Paper and additional information on submissions can be accessed through the WorkSafe website.