Workplace Health Safety QLD Act Amendment

A Council of Australian Governments’ review into work safety laws will consider reducing a range of administrative requirements including registration of certain items of plant and asbestos health monitoring record keeping requirements.

Until the Queensland Government can consider the review’s recommendations, commencement of a new five yearly registration renewal period for items of plant such as lifts, cranes and pressure vessels will be postponed and the current annual renewal period maintained until 1 January 2016.

The commencement date for mandatory asbestos health monitoring requirements will also be extended until 1 January 2016.

In addition, the transitional arrangement permitting holders of high risk work licences for non-slewing mobile cranes to also operate a reach stacker will be extended until 31 December 2015. As consideration is being given to reach stackers no longer being a separate class of high risk work, the transitional arrangement has been extended to avoid disruption for industry.

Download the Work Health and Safety Amendment Regulation (No. 1) 2014 and explanatory notes at https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/LEGISLTN/SLS/RIS_EN/2014/14SL238E.pdf  – look for SL No.238 of 2014.