SafeWork NSW Executive Director Peter Dunphy today opened the public consultation period for the NSW review into nationally harmonised work health and safety laws.

Mr Dunphy said a new discussion paper, released today, examines how the national model work health and safety laws that commenced on 1 January 2012 are working in NSW.

“SafeWork is seeking feedback from businesses and the community about how workplace safety laws are being interpreted, applied and enforced in NSW,” Mr Dunphy said.

“Our work health and safety laws need to reflect our State’s unique operating environment now and into the future,” he said.

“We want to know what is working in NSW and what is not, so we can better understand if there are some laws within the harmonised safety framework that may need amendment to be more effectively applied in our jurisdiction.

“The NSW Government remains committed to reducing injuries and saving lives but we also want to make it easier to do business in NSW by reducing barriers, costs and regulatory burdens.”

The discussion paper is available from our Work health and safety legislation web page and the haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au site.

Responses can be lodged online or by mail and submissions close 20 December.

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