Consultation critical for OHS reforms

by 24 Jun 2009

Consultation with and engagement of employ ers throughout the OHS reforms is critical to ensuring they meet their safety objectives, ac cording to an Australian expert .

The reforms, which have the potential to de liver significant economic benefits by harmonis ing disparate OHS legislation, will facilitate safer workplaces, reduce the compliance burden and increase workplace productivity, according to Greg Evans, acting chief executive of Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).

“This represents one of the most significant OHS reforms in Australia’s history,” said Evans.

Overseeing the development of a national model OHS act is the Safe Work Australia Council, which met for the first time last week, and will have a critical role to play in the reform of Australia’s system of occupational health and safety and harmonising legislation across Aus tralia’s nine OHS jurisdictions.

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