According to safety management software specialist, myosh, it is imperative for businesses to act now to ensure compliance with OHS harmonisation laws.
Despite some states lagging in the implementation, myosh spokesperson Adrian Manessis comments that workplace health and safety harmonisation will eventually be the standard for all.
He explains that the requirements under the new legislation are manageable, but it is important for businesses or undertakings to understand their duties and obligations.
He adds that companies will need the help of safety management software to automate the processes and ensure compliance with the new laws. Non-compliance can bring severe fines for staff and senior officers including directors and board members, amounting to $600,000 and five years’ jail for a senior officer and $3 million for a body corporate.
NSW, Queensland, the ACT, NT and the Commonwealth have met the 1 January 2012 deadline to adopt the new harmonisation laws. However, the South Australian and Tasmanian Bills have been blocked in the upper houses while Victoria will delay harmonisation by 12 months and WA has made no commitment to the harmonised laws.
myosh, which is recommended by the National Safety Council and The Industrial Foundation for Accident Prevention will have a strong presence at the Safety in Action trade show to be held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from 17 April to 19 April in conjunction with Melbourne Materials Handling.
Safety in Action is designed to provide an effective way to keep track of the latest safety and productivity enhancing equipment and services. myosh is the principal corporate sponsor and one of more than 200 exhibitors at the safety show.
The Safety in Action trade show is organised by Australian Exhibitions & Conferences .