Work Health and Safety Standards provide guidance to help ensure safety, performance and reliability through the specifications of goods, services and systems. Regulations set out the standards employers need to meet for specific hazards and risks, such as noise, machinery and manual handling. They also set out the licenses needed for specific activities, such as forklift operation, the records employers need to maintain, and the reports they need to submit.

There are both Australian and international standards, as well as standards developed by certain regulators, and industry standards developed by professional industry associations for the purpose of maintaining a standard in performance for the particular activities within the industries. Some are non-mandatory guidelines but others are compulsory. Each state will gave its own standards although Safe Work Australia is committed to developing a single set of federal WHS laws.

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Experts in Work Health and Safety Standards are often needed to give opinions in workers compensation claims or where regulatory authorities are prosecuting businesses for inadequate compliance with industry guidelines due to employee complaints, WorkSafe inspections, or investigative journalism reports.

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Relevant Articles Safe Work Australia: Model WHS Laws

In 2011, Safe Work Australia developed a single set of WHS laws to be implemented across Australia. These are known as ‘model’ laws. For the model WHS laws to become legally binding, the Commonwealth, states and territories must separately implement them as their own laws.

Comcare: The WHS Act

Comcare administers the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) and Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 (WHS Regulations) in the Commonwealth jurisdiction. The WHS Act and WHS Regulations implement model work health and safety laws that have also been adopted in most of the Australian states and territories.

Relevant Cases Rovera Scaffolding (Act) Pty Ltd v Director-General Of The Chief Minister, Treasury & Economic Development Directorate (Administrative Review) [2016] ACAT 127

One issue in this case was concerned with the contention that there was no legal requirement to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the erection of scaffolding, where those instructions conflict with the Australian Standards.

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A sample of our experts in Ergonomics - WHS standards

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Work Health Safety - Railway Specialist expert

Over the course of his forty year career, ID7384 has worked on railway projects throughout Australia in a variety of roles extending from practical to advisory. His range of expertise spans railway processes from the planning stage to execution, including safeworking, workplace training, and the review of operational procedures. He has worked in operations of varying sizes, from smaller private railways to sprawling state-wide public transport networks.

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