Amendments to the WHS Regulation 7 August 2020
An amendment to the WHS Regulation concerning two matters: the requirement to register plant items, and, some clarification about traffic control work including penalties.
Amendments to the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 (WHS Regulation) came into effect on 7 August 2020.
Plant item registration
The Work Health and Safety Amendment (Miscellaneous) Regulation 2020 (Amendment Regulation) maintains the current registration period of 1 year for items of plant and clarifies the items of plant that are required to be registered.
Traffic control work clarified
The Amendment Regulation clarifies that traffic control work includes directing traffic in accordance with a work zone traffic management plan and is not limited to using a stop/slow bat or boom gate.
It also allows for the following existing offences to be dealt with by way of a penalty notice.
- failing to minimise the risk of an object falling on a person by providing adequate protections against the risk,
- failing to take certain actions in connection with the use of scaffold at a workplace.
See Schedule 18A of the WHS Regulation for further information.