We have created a Member Guide that outlines the major changes that are about to happen when WA's new Work Health and Safety laws commence.
On 11 March 2022, Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston announced that the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 and its supporting regulations would come into operation on 31 March 2022.
The new laws harmonise WA's Work Health and Safety laws with those of other states and territories. Among other changes, they introduce the following four concepts that Association members and any of their staff with responsibilities for engaging or supervising workers need to know about.
- The term ‘Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking’ (PCBU)
- The new offence of industrial manslaughter with a possible prison sentence
- Banning of insurance cover against Workplace Health and Safety penalties
- Enforceable undertakings as an alternative type of penalty
The Member Guide is another new resource for members of The Master Plumbers and Gasfitters Association of WA. It gives a simple explanation of the key changes that are coming and why people at the top of an organisation can be held liable. It also covers transitional arrangements and where to find additional information.
Where to find the Member Guide
Association members can get it by logging into the members-only area and selecting 'Workplace Health and Safety Law Member Guide' under Members' Resources (on the left-hand side of the page).