WHS the grace period is almost over SA

Many businesses are contacting us from right across Australia, particularly in SA requesting training, safety services and PPE to ensure they are up to standard as the grace period comes to an end for businesses to be compliant with the new nationally harmonised Work, Health, Safety laws.

If your business requires advice, training or safety services please call us on (08) 8596 4243 or email your query to info@affa.net.au

Total Fire Ban affecting your training schedule?

South Australian businesses will suffer the inconvenience today of having scheduled fire training cancelled due to the total fire ban across the state, unless you are a customer of Australian Fire & First Aid. We are the only company in SA to provide digital fire training and therefore the only ones who can proceed with scheduled training on a total fire ban day.

Often it can be a logistical feat to coordinate schedules for any type of training, a feat that quickly turns to frustration should training be cancelled by your provider when it rains or becomes extremely hot like today’s predicted 40c weather in Adelaide.

Australian Fire & First Aid are the only providers of Weather friendly, Environmentally friendly, WHS friendly digital fire training in South Australia. With the use of our Bullex Bullseye Digital Training system, we can train indoors or out, using laser and or water extinguishers. No nasty chemicals, no C02 and no need to cancel due to bad weather.

Click HERE for more information on our digital fire training system or contact our booking team via email on info@affa.net.au

We hope our customers enjoy training in the air conditioning today, we know our staff sure appreciate it!


WHS laws finally passed in SA

For regular followers of our safety blog it will come as no surprise that harmonised Work Health Safety legislation has recently been passed in SA. Over the past 12 months we have maintained close links with Safework SA and have kept you up to date with the latest news, predicting several months ago that the legislation would pass during spring 2012 with an early 2013 start date.

WHS was finally passed as legislation last week on Thursday 1 November 2012 and will come into effect on January 1, 2013. We can only image that many business owners will be panicking at the thought of what the new legislation means for them, especially in light of the fact that penalties have tripled and for the first time can include a jail term for individuals who flaunt the system.


From the many conferences and information sessions we have attended on the subject to the experiences of our customers in NSW, NT and QLD, we can assure you all of a few things.

To ensure your business is on track to meeting the new legislation next year, the best place to start is right here with this article >   WHS how can I be ready? It is a no nonsense guide to preparing your business for the changes that are coming.


For those of you looking to engage new providers of safety services, training or buy new PPE to bring your company up to standards, ensure you are dealing with a reputable provider. We have become very aware in this country of fly by night businesses cropping up in industries for the short term to make a quick $ when the government introduces either a cash bonus or new legislative requirements such as  Solar Companies, Insulation Companies & restoration/building companies in flood/cyclone damaged areas. Our new online safety store (whsstore.com.au) is still under construction, however we have access to over 300 items of common PPE and safety equipment at below retail cost, please feel free to email us for a price if you looking for something info@affa.net.au


Personally my best advice is to know and understand the Australian Standards, industry requirements and other laws which govern your industry and be sure that you are compliant with what they require. Do not take the word of a provider; the onus is upon you to ensure you are receiving the correct information. One of the most significant changes to a common legislation that affects all businesses with premises that is either open to the public or employs more than 1 non family member is AS3745-2010 Planning for emergencies in facilities. The training requirements in section 6.1 of this standard have now become a requirement under WHS and require all staff trained to assist in an emergency situation (first aiders, wardens etc) to undergo some form of training not less than once, in every 6 month period. Don’t get caught out updating your first aid every 6 months, contact us now to find out how to meet these new requirements without breaking the training budget.


THe pasing of WHS in SA leaves on WA and VIC lagging behind, click here to read the official announcment from Safework SA

New Safety Store Under Construction

During our annual business conference in January 2012 we recognised that safety item retailing was not part of our core focus but had infact become a solid financial contributor to our business. Since our inception we have assisted our safety & training customers to source products direct from the manufacturers. This has afforded AFFA discounted rates with many safety wholesalers and an opportunity to provide quality equipment to our existing customers below recommended retail prices. It was almost a tongue in cheek experiment that saw us add the safety store tab to our website in early 2012 to see if there was a market for an ‘online safety store’. To our amazement, our tiny store with only 5 items is the second highest ranking page on our site (behind the home page) and sales have been steadily growing. It is with great excitement that we can now announce that our new WORK HEALTH SAFETY STORE is under construction.

The new store/business will be called WORK HEALTH SAFETY STORE and will  housed on a seperate domain, don’t worry it will still be accessible from all pages here on the AFFA website. Whilst we are building the new store with over 300 products we will be temporarily disabling the current store, all of the items we curently sell Aust wide including Warden Hats, 3 in 1 Keyrings, First Aid Kits, Fire Blankets, Stretchers, First Aid Equipment, AED’s and more will still be available, simply send your order to info@affa.net.au.

The new store will continue to sell quality safety products at recommended retail prices and will continue to offer discounts below retail prices to our current training & safety customers.

If you are trying to source a specialised product please do not hesitate to contact us for a comapartive quote on the email above or 08 8596 4243

We recently saved a valued  customer $840 (each) on the purchase of 2 AED machines. St John had priced them at $2540 each, we were able to source the same machine for $1700 each.



WHS, do we need training now?

Tony from NSW posted this question on our website recently, the answer was complex and long winded so we have reposted the question

Dear sir / madam.
I hope you can assist me in the following?
our construction site plumbers (NSW) are required to use oxy / acetelene, therefore they must have a serviced & suitable fire extinguisher in close proximity to their working area. I am trying to arrange for our plumbing employees to partake in regular (say, every 6 months) training in the use of fire extinguishers. However, in order to make this request to our company’s management. I have been searching the Act / Regulation / Codes of Practice and some Australian Standards for documented sections that relates to the requirement of workers having this training.
I believe, if a worker is required to have a extinguisher… Then it is manadatory for that worker to be train in the use of that extinguisher.
Can you help? Do you have any reference material that I can use for highlighting my intentions to our management?
ps. It shouldn’t be about the $ dollar!! I’ve been asking relevant sourses and no advice to date:-(

Thank you

Tony Delyfer
Triple ‘M’ Mechanical Services (NSW WHS coordinator)

Hi Tony,

Thanks for your question. It has taken a while to answer your query as we have had to work in consultation with Workcover NSW to ensure the definitive answer reached was supported by the legislation you are bound by and the authority which upholds that legislation. As you are well aware all laws are open to interpretation, it is simply not possible to cover every single scenario in life (or the work force) and create a specific set of laws for every possible circumstance. The answer to your question unfortunately is not simple so please bear with me as I explain.

The new nationally harmonised WHS laws are, harmonised nationally, this means they are the same in each state but this does not mean it is a federal law. WHS will continue to be governed by each individual state or territory however the laws will be the same barring a few minor jurisdictional items. This is why the laws are operational in some states and not yet in others. Some states are lagging as the harmonisation laws mean quite big changes to policies, process, procedures and a skyrocketing of penalties for those who don’t comply; this is the case in states such as SA and the reason why the SA State Government is yet to pass the new laws. Qld previously upheld some of the most complex OHS laws in Australia and has the highest penalties for noncompliance, changing from OHS to WHS has been a minor transition and the laws were passed on January 1, 2012.

This history is important when answering your question as we need to be sure which law your state/business is currently operating under. The new WHS laws have a few major changes to them and one of them may affect your decisions. The draft legislation was passed as an Act (law) in NSW on January 1, 2012.

There have been some major changes under WHS and two of the biggest effect your question. The term ‘Employer’ has been discarded in favour of PCBU (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking) and ‘Employee’ has been shelved in favour of ‘Worker’. The term PCBU is a little misleading as it does not refer to an individual as much as it does a business entity (unless the business is a sole trader). For example the New South Wales Police Force is a PCBU but not an actual person. Worker refers to anyone who conducts a type of work and this now includes volunteers, temp staff, agency staff & students on work experience in addition to paid workers. PCBU’s will now be responsible for ensuring there is enough safety staff, equipment & training to meet the needs of all workers at any given time. For example a retailer which normally has 3 staff but can swell up to 20 with Christmas casuals is required to ensure there is enough trained personnel and safety equipment to meet the needs of 20 employees, no matter how short the employment term or type.

The other big change to WHS relates to building and construction sites. In the past each individual company on a site was responsible for their own staff, their own safety and their own equipment. Now the head contractor on each site becomes the PCBU in terms of safety and all subcontracted companies effectively become workers under WHS – this means if the head contractor on a site is Company A, and TRIPLE-M are contracted to undertake a portion of the work, Company A is responsible for your safety and ensuring the correct equipment and trained staff are available. The same applies if you are undertaking maintenance or shut down work at another company premises; under WHS they are considered the PCBU and you the worker. But wait . . . . It’s not that simple, it’s safety. There are two other parties which may determine whether or not training is required – that’s right parties, not laws.

Party 1 – The PCBU can delegate their safety duties, however they cannot delegate their responsibility. In simple terms this means that the PCBU must ensure safety needs are being met but they do not have to directly provide them. Smart businesses which sub contract other companies are making it part of their contractual agreements that the subcontract staff (or staff of contracted companies) must be trained in basics such as first aid, warden and extinguisher use. As an example; a large international client of ours (let’s call them Company C) use sub contracted security staff at their manufacturing plant in Adelaide. All subcontracted security personnel must be trained in Warden, Extinguisher & Apply First Aid. Company C do not directly train any of their own staff to fulfil these roles for the following reasons;

  • Should an injury occur they do not want any more staff than necessary away from incoming producing activities, hence it makes sense that non production staff (such as security guards) are the trained first aiders
  • Company C have met their responsibility to ensure enough emergency personnel are on site to cover the entire volume of staff however they have delegated (outsourced) the duty to another company
  • Company C’s staff will not lose time from income producing activities to undertake training and skills updates
  • It should be noted that the cost of such training is negligible as it is a tax deduction and is now reflected in the hourly charge for the security staff , this was not a determining factor in making this decision

The reason I mention this is because many large companies which regularly use subcontracted staff or trades, just like Company C, are expected to follow suit. You may soon find yourselves unwelcome on building sites without current Apply First Aid, Warden and Extinguisher qualifications.

Party 2 – Your insurance company, the large underwriters have been monitoring the progress of WHS in the test state of Qld, in particular when it comes to fire safety. They are well aware of the laws and for some time have been requiring companies in other states to provide evidence of training to obtain insurance before it has legally been a requirement. It is not unusual for an insurer to require more than the legal minimum in terms of safety from a client based on a risk assessment. Irrespective of what you are required to do under WHS, as a bare minimum you should be clarifying the need for training with your professional indemnity and public liability insurers.

What does WHS say?

There are several different regulations, acts and standards that must be reviewed in order to assess whether or not training is required. Not every possible scenario for every specific task can be covered in a a document which is approximately 720 pages long and the new act does not like to repeat itself, so you will see a lot of clauses which are only 1 line long and say (see clause ?)In lay terms it means you need to apply the same principles outlines in the clause quoted to the subject heading.

NSW Work Health Safety Regulation 2011, Part 6.3 Duties of a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking, Division 1 General, 297   Management of risks to health and safety states;

A person conducting a business or undertaking must manage risks associated with the carrying out of construction work in accordance with Part 3.1.

Note. WHS Act—section 19 (see clause 9).

Part 3.1 describes the way in which a PCBU must manage the risks in 8 parts, part 36 contains the information we require and says the following;

36   Hierarchy of control measures

(1)  This clause applies if it is not reasonably practicable for a duty holder to eliminate risks to health and safety.

(2)  A duty holder, in minimising risks to health and safety, must implement risk control measures in accordance with this clause.

(3)  The duty holder must minimise risks, so far as is reasonably practicable, by doing 1 or more of the following:

(a)  substituting (wholly or partly) the hazard giving rise to the risk with something that gives rise to a lesser risk,

(b)  isolating the hazard from any person exposed to it,

(c)  implementing engineering controls.

(4)  If a risk then remains, the duty holder must minimise the remaining risk, so far as is reasonably practicable, by implementing administrative controls.

(5)  If a risk then remains, the duty holder must minimise the remaining risk, so far as is reasonably practicable, by ensuring the provision and use of suitable personal protective equipment.

Note. A combination of the controls set out in this clause may be used to minimise risks, so far as is reasonably practicable, if a single control is not sufficient for the purpose.

It is point  5 which is of particular interest here – If a risk then remains, the duty holder must minimise the remaining risk, so far as is reasonably practicable, by ensuring the provision and use of suitable personal protective equipment. This is of interest as you advised the plumbers have been provided with fire extinguishers and in consultation with Workcover NSW in this circumstance, the extinguishers would be regarded as PPE. In addition to clauses not mentioned here on the appropriate use, storage and training for PPE. In another part of the regulations relating to PPE it states that appropriate training is required, so following this path the answer would be yes, it is required. However the most definitive part of the regulations that cannot be argued with (The golden egg) is this;

Part 3.2 General workplace management, Division 1 Information, training and instruction

39   Provision of information, training and instruction

(1)  This clause applies for the purposes of section 19 of the Act to a person conducting a business or undertaking.

(2)  The person must ensure that information, training and instruction provided to a worker is suitable and adequate having regard to:

(a)  the nature of the work carried out by the worker, and

(b)  the nature of the risks associated with the work at the time the information, training or instruction is provided, and

(c)  the control measures implemented.

Maximum penalty:

(a)  in the case of an individual—$6,000, or

(b)  in the case of a body corporate—$30,000.

Therefore the answer is yes, extinguisher training must be provided to your plumbers under the NSW WHS Regulations 2011.

The question we ask now is how much training and when? AS3745-2010 is the standard which outlines the type and frequency of ‘fire’ training which is required.

Section 6.5.3 First-attack firefighting (extinguisher training) states; these occupants shall attend a skills retention activity in First-attack firefighting at intervals not greater than 2 years.

AS37454-2010 outlines the need for, and responsibilities of, wardens, emergency response skills training & general occupant training among other things. This simple question is far more complicated than even I first imaged so I will address the other issues which have been raised in a private email.

What I will conclude with is a responsibility that lies with the lead contractor on sites your staff are working at, in the case of construction the lead contractor has the same responsibilities as a PCBU and under AS3745-2010, Section 6.4.1 General Occupant Training in summary it states; PCBU’s are required to provide general training to all occupants (meaning casuals, employees, subcontractors, volunteers and others covered under the WHS term ‘worker’) at the commencement of their duties at a workplace or structure and a skills retention activity should be provided at intervals not greater than 12 months. This means that every time your plumbers enter a new site they must be provided with basic emergency information as way of induction which includes topics such as who is the Chief Warden, where are the fire blankets, hose reels & extinguishers located, where the emergency exits are (including during the construction process) and where the emergency assembly point is and more.

Thank you for your question, we hope we have been helpful, if any of you have a question relating to OHS, WHS, new laws, safety training or services please email it to us at info@affa.net.au.

The answers to this question were compiled by AFFA staff members who are safety industry experts, in consultation with Workcover NSW.

The following table describes where each state is in the process of WHS harmonisation.

Commonwealth – WHS Laws passed

Queensland – WHS Laws passed

New South Wales – WHS Laws passed

Victoria – No Legislative action, likely to delay until 1 January 2013

Western Australia – No Legislative action

Tasmania – WHS Bill before parliament

South Australia – No Legislative action

Northern Territory – WHS Laws passed

Australian Capital Territory – WHS Laws passed

Launch of our new WHS Vlog

Our highly successful WHS blog is being turned into a Vlog and housed on our YouTube Channel so you can meet some of the members of our team. Our clips will soon be ready but there is one question we are being asked daily at the moment and we did’t think Australia could wait any longer, so we filmed a quick clip in the office using our energy saving toshiba laptops. The number one question we are currently asked is ‘Will fire training be compulsory under WHS’? If you’d like to know the answer simply click on the clip below!

Christmas Closure

Our offices are closing today for the Christmas Break!

Please don’t worry if you have a course booked over the Christmas period, our hard working trainers are still on the road delivering the very best in tailored training courses to corporate Australia, contact details for your trainer have been supplied to the staff member who booked your course. We will be reopening on Monday January 9th 2012 at 9am and we will hit the ground running, all available dates for all course in all locations are just about fully booked, there are only a few dates left in January and February!

Our Work Health Safety (WHS)  blog has been a huge success, doubling the hits we receive each day, we will be turning the blog into a vlog (video blog) over summer so you will get to ‘meet’ us in person. There is always plenty going on at AFFA and we can’t wait to share it with you all via our blog and vlog. If you aren’t currently subscribed to the blog it’s easy to do, just click on the link in the sidebar at the right of this post to receive email notifucation everytime we post a new article.

We hope you all have a very happy and of course safe Christmas and New Year, we look forward to working with you all again in the new year.

We’ll leave you with a little Christmas Safety Humour!

WHS – how can I be ready?

One of the toughest questions facing businesses in the final quarter of 2011 is ‘how can I be ready for something if I don’t know exactly what it is’? At Australian Fire & First Aid we are here to help, we have reviewed a wide variety of documentation available from various sources and industry bodies around the country and have also attended seminars so we can combine the best bits of that advice for you here in one place.

To create this blog article we first sat down as a team and brainstormed our best advice that we have been providing to our clients. Next we compared our ideas to the advice being offered by official government bodies and industry sources to ensure we were on track and providing current and correct information. We also reviewed a wide variety of articles from unofficial bodies to see if they had suggested anything we hadn’t thought of. We found that everything we had thought of had already been mentioned somewhere on the internet, we also found that no single site had a list as comprehensive as we are about to provide. For this reason we will not be crediting every department, body, source or blog we have reviewed to get to this point. Instead we have chosen to provide you with links to the government safety agency/body in all Australian States and Territories and other relevant links which will assist you in being prepared and moving forward .

All Businesses

STEP 1) Immediately set aside some specific time for your ECO, Safety Representatives, Business Owner or other applicable person/s to review your current policies and procedures. Compare them to the current OHS laws by which you are bound. Do you meet the current standards? The national harmonisation laws will not be too different from what is currently in place in most states. From the information we have received the ‘what’ & ‘who’ of safety won’t change as much as the ‘how’. Ensuring you are compliant with all current legislation is a great place to start.

STEP 2) Set aside some time at the very beginning of 2012 for the health and safety representatives and other key stakeholders of your business to meet, review and discuss the changes that have occurred. Be prepared to issue communication to all staff about any changes that affect your workplace. This would be a great time to discuss available communication strategies, how cost effective they are to implement and if they will succeed in meeting your target audience.

STEP 3) Set aside some funds for the first quarter of 2012 for WHS education. There are and will be many free seminars available nationwide from government bodies (see links below) regarding the changes but these book out extremely quickly and you should be prepared to pay for training if free training is not available. Discuss the types of training that may be required and the number of people who may require it to set a realistic budget. You will see from our tips below that many forms of training are required and should have already occurred.

STEP 4) Consider conducting a site inspection concentrating on the 14 points below, if you are time poor or unsure of how to properly assess your current situation outsource to a reputable company.

Small Businesses

The following is listed in alphabetical order, the order each category is listed in should not be taken as a sign of each aspects importance.

1)      Asbestos – Ensure your company has an asbestos register and that it is up to date. Conduct a mini audit to assess if all asbestos in the premises is clearly and correctly labelled. Any asbestos which is breaking up or in poor condition must be dealt with immediately by a licenced professional. http://www.asbestosaustralia.com.au/

2)      Chemicals – Do you have a chemicals register? Do you have Material Safety Data Sheet’s for each of the chemicals used in your workplace, are they stored and handled correctly and are the people using them TRAINED to do so (if required)? http://www.msds.com.au/

3)      Electrical – Have you had your required equipment tagged and tested, is it up to date and the register complete and current? Is all of your equipment in good working order with no damaged cables or plugs? Does your business premises have a hard wired safety switch installed? Click link to see a table from the Australian Standard of testing requirements and frequencies AS3760-2010 Tag & Test Table

4)      Fire – Do you have access to the required amount of portable fire fighting equipment? Has the equipment been maintained in accordance with standards and all registers relating to servicing up to date? Is your staff TRAINED to operate the equipment or act as a warden in an emergency?

5)      First Aid – Do you have the required number and type of TRAINED First Aiders? Do you have the required number and correct type of First Aid Kits available, are they stocked and does each contain appropriate record keeping information?

6)      Forklifts – Are all operators appropriately TRAINED and currently licensed? Have safety issues been identified & recorded and are they being followed such as wearing of seatbelts and use of reverse tones, lights and sound signals for movement throughout the business premises? Ensure your vehicle(s) is well maintained and all faults are rectified immediately.

7)      Height – Do you have appropriate handrails, industrial ladders & clear access? Are youn oeprating from a stable platform? Is appropriate footwear and if part of a multi-tiered construction, headwear being worn? Have all reasonable measures to prevent a fall been taken?

8)      Machinery – Ensure all machinery is in safe working order & operators are adequately TRAINED. Ensure all by products of powering or operating machinery such as fuel, wood chips, swarf or similar are appropriately managed for safety and environmental factors. Determine if powered equipment needs/meets tag & test requirements.

9)      Manual Handling – Evaluate the need for staff to be TRAINED in manual handling procedures. Consider signage to encourage best practises where manual handling is a frequent occurrence. Evaluate high risk handling operations and seek eliminate them or find alternatives.

10)   Noise – Have all efforts been made to reduce noisy undertakings where possible? Ensure noise reduction equipment is appropriate, well maintained and available to all affected persons on or near site. Is decibel testing (otoacoustic emissions testing) required & up to date?

11)   PPE – Determine what Personal Protective Equipment is required for your site and ensure it is available. Ensure all PPE meets current standards, is in good repair, fits well and is accessible to those who may require it.

12)   Records/Registers – Have records relating to TRAINING, near miss reports, hazards, accidents, site meetings etc been stored for correct periods & in the correct manner? Do you have & use registers for site visitors, chemicals (MSDS), asbestos, training or other areas which require a register? Is the information within current?

13)   Storage –  Clear access to paths, to and from surrounding areas and ensure storage areas are free of clutter. Check that installed systems are correct type and strength for items being stored, locks where required are available and in working order and being used.

14)   Surface Maintenance – Ensure all walkway surfaces are cleared of debris & clutter, cords, cables and other tripping hazards are removed. Ensure surfaces are non-slip where possible and signed elsewhere and appropriate footwear is worn at all times. Assess condition of surfaces for maintenance requirements including pot holes, uneven broken concrete, frayed carpet, and mould build up or other potential health or safety hazards and address immediately or outsource to an appropriate agency.

Medium and Large Businesses

The 14 key areas of self-assessment for small businesses (above) is a useful tool to be distributed to the OHS representatives and management at sites or departments of larger businesses. The following information has been listed in alphabetical order, the order each category is listed in should be not taken as a sign of its importance.

1)      Accountability – Identify key safety stakeholders in your business, ensure responsibilities are clearly documented, understood and accepted. Provide TRAINING where appropriate to elected position holders. Ensure reps are known to all (safety board) and accessible.

2)      Consultation – Consult with staff and other key stakeholders regarding health and safety issues on a regular basis and ensure appropriate channels are established for feedback and commentary.

3)      Hazards & Risks – Eliminate all possible hazards and risks from operations, minimise the impact of those unable to be eliminated by way of training, procedures & supply of safety equipment where reasonably possible.

4)      Injury Management – Ensure return to work programs are managed by competent trained staff (Return to Work Coordinator) or outsourced to a suitable agency. Ensure consultation occurs to inform injured parties of available options and services.

5)      Planning – Include relevant policies on health and safety in your businesses strategic plan/mission statement. Assess corporate infrastructure to ensure resources are available and adequate to carryout duties and achieve targets as described in policies.

6)      Reporting/Records Management – Ensure all reports of serious hazards, risks, injuries and claims are reported through appropriate channels to correct management levels. Assess record keeping of reports to ensure compliance with current legislation.

7)      Training – Ensure elected and volunteer OHS representatives, Return to Work Coordinators and OHS staff are appropriately trained to undertake prescribed duties. Re-evaluate positions regularly to ensure above are capable and willing to fulfil role responsibilities.

As mentioned previously there are a number of bodies and organisations across Australia who are regarded as experts in the matters of OHS & WHS. Free training seminars are being run regularly to inform the business community and wider public of the proposed national harmonisation of WHS. Please speak to your local official government department for further information or clarification of WHS.

National Agencies

Business .gov.au                             www.business.gov.au

Safe Work Australia                       www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au

Local Agencies

Australian Capital Territory         www.ors.act.gov.au

New South Wales                            www.workcover.nsw.gov.au

Northern Territory                         www.worksafe.nt.gov.au

Queensland                                      www.deir.qld.gov.au

South Australia                               www.worksafe.sa.gov.au

Tasmania                                          www.workcover.tas.gov.au

Victoria                                             www.worksafe.vic.gov.au

Western Australia                           www.commerce.wa.gov.au/worksafe/

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WHS – who will enforce the new laws?

New National Work Health Safety laws are coming to Australia soon. The team here at Australian Fire & First Aid have been doing their research to be able to provide you with the best, most accurate information that is currently available on the subject including:

New National WHS explained?

How laws are made in Australia – this is important as it will help you understand why the word ‘proposed’ is used a lot.

When will the new laws be passed and come into effect?

How long will we have to comply with the new WHS laws?

Who is going to enforce the new laws?

What you can do now to be ready?

New national WHS laws are coming January 1st, 2012

Before you read how laws are made in Australia, have you read our previous article How long do businesses have to comply? You may find this article easier to follow if it is read in order.


The same bodies and authorities who currently enforce the state and territory based Occupational Health & Safety laws will enforce the new national WHS laws, such as unions and Workcover.

If you would like to speak to Australian Fire & First Aid about Fire Training, First Aid Training, Safety Training or Safety Services please give us a call on (08) 8596 4243, we provide training and services Australia Wide.

Our next article is entitled WHS – what you can do now to be ready.

If you would like to speak to Australian Fire & First Aid about Fire Training, First Aid Training, Safety Training or Safety Services please give us a call on (08) 8596 4243, we provide training and services Australia Wide.

Our next article is entitled WHS – What you can do now to be ready

Copyright Australian Fire & First Aid 2011. Reproduction of this article must be in its entirety and credit ww.affa.net.au

WHS – how long do business have to comply?

New National Work Health Safety laws are coming to Australia soon. The team here at Australian Fire & First Aid have been doing their research to be able to provide you with the best, most accurate information that is currently available on the subject including:

New National WHS explained?

How laws are made in Australia – this is important as it will help you understand why the word ‘proposed’ is used a lot.

When will the new laws be passed and come into effect?

How long will we have to comply with the new WHS laws?

Who is going to enforce the new laws?

What you can do now to be ready?

New national WHS laws are coming January 1st, 2012

Before you read how laws are made in Australia, have you read our previous article When will the new laws come into effect? You may find this article easier to follow if it is read in order.


To date the only concrete information we have received is ‘businesses will be given a reasonable length of time to comply’ sounds a little like that old question ‘how long is a piece of string?’ but common sense will dictate what a reasonable length of time is. For example if a business is required to undeRtake a safety service such as Electrical Tagging & Testing every 3 months and they have not undertaken that service in the past, it would not be reasonable for them to book their first service in May 2012. Sometime within the first 3 months of 2012 would be far more reasonable. A business which is already undertaking a service that will require increased frequency due to WHS will be given a little more leniency to adjust their service or training schedule to meet the new laws. It is widely expected that safety companies will be inundated with new requests over the normally quiet period of December and January from businesses seeking to be compliant with the new laws. Not everyone will be able to receive the training they require immediately. If you are able to prove you have booked in for required services or training and have been given the next available date you should be covered.  At Australian Fire & First Aid we provide our clients with a booking confirmation letter which shows the date the enquiry for services was first made and the date of the course/service booking. If your staff require a particular type of training every 6 months it would not be reasonable to wait 5 months to make an enquiry and then produce a booking confirmation for 3 months later. Penalties will apply to businesses who do not comply with the WHS laws.

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Our next article is entitled WHS – Who will enforce the new laws?

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