New work health and safety (WHS) laws replaced the occupational health and safety (OHS) laws in NSW on 1 January 2012. The WHS Act sets out the legal obligations that must be complied with to provide for the health and safety of workers. The harmonisation process is to engage all stakeholders to improve work health and safety including unions and employer organisations. Where breaches do occur a variety of means have been included in the legislation to enforce required improvements. Provisions are also in place for significantly increased fines and possible imprisonment of individuals who fail in their health and safety duties.
Maximum penalties under the WHS Act are $600,000 and 5 years imprisonment for an individual and $3 million for a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU).
As experts in the WHS arena, The IHRF understands that this can be daunting for individuals and organisations. We provide WHS audits to assist you with managing your compliance with the legislation. View our list of services or contact us to find out more.
Call us on 02 9749 7666 to arrange a free audit of your current WHS system.