Safety overhaul in Canberra

Wednesday, 05 September, 2007

ACT Minister for Industrial Relations, Andrew Barr has introduced a range of amendments reforming the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1989.

"The amendments will strengthen the OHS Council provisions and the offences under the OHS Act and the Dangerous Substances Act 2004," Barr said.

"The amendments are the first of two Bills that will comprehensively reform work safety legislation. The next Bill will repeal and replace the entire OHS Act and provide a revised framework for work safety in the territory."

The changes have been implemented to help pave the way towards a national standard for OHS principles.

"The new legislation will address the recommendations contained in the council's report on the OHS Act and will incorporate national work, through the Australian Safety and Compensation Council and COAG, to develop nationally consistent OHS standards and principles for adoption by state and territory governments," said Barr.

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