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Work health and safety laws

Overview of the legislation
Overview of the Work Health and Safety Act, Safety in Recreational Water Activities Act, Regulations and codes of practice.

Transitional provisions
Transitional provisions are included to smooth the transition to the new requirements which will require some action by business operators in order to comply.

Exemptions to the regulation
The Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (WHS Regulation) allows the regulator to grant an exemption from compliance with any provision of the WHS Regulation.

Work Health and Safety legislation amendments
Amendments to Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws came into effect on 16 May 2014. These amendments implement findings from the Queensland Government's review of national model WHS laws which commenced in Queensland on 1 January 2012.

Definitions under the work health and safety laws.

Duties under the work health and safety laws.

Due diligence
The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (the WHS Act 2011) imposes a specific duty on officers of corporations and unincorporated bodies.

Things that don't apply anymore
Information about what no longer applies under the work health and safety laws.

Representation and participation, workgroups and health and safety representatives.

General workplace management
Managing risks, general workplace management, training, information and instruction, general working environment, first aid, emergency plans, personal protective equipment, remote and isolated work, managing risk from contaminants, hazardous atmospheres, storage and ignition sources and falling objects.

What are the penalties if you are in breach of the work health and safety laws?

Information and guidance materials about the work health and safety laws.