WAs postponed  new Work Health and Safety Act 2020 will now replace all previous acts on 31/3/2022 as will the three Regulatory instruments that underpin the Act; General, Mines and Petroleum.  Initially slated for effect from 1/1/2022 the complexities have been addressed and the Act has now been proclaimed.

The new WHS Act brings WA more closely into line with the national model WHS Act including the primary duty of care for all PCBU to provide for the safety of workers and others.

The new Act also aligns the due diligence requirements for safety and business officers including consultation, issue resolution and financial allocation.

Unlike the model WHS Act the WA WHS Act includes the industrial manslaughter provisions and precludes businesses obtaining insurance against safety related fines.

WorkSafe WA have confirmed it will “ adopt a supportive and educative approach” to low risk breaches that have to do with the NEW duties, but that this is not carte blanche nor a moratorium on responsibilities.

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Elisha Radwanowski BCom(HRM&IR)