Qld reforms to improve workplace safety welcome
23rd Apr 2015
Industrial relations reforms announced today by the Palaszczuk Government will play an important role in helping to strengthen and improve safety scrutiny and oversight on Queensland work sites, the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) said today.
ALA Queensland President Rod Hodgson said the reforms announced today were welcome, in particular the commitment to restore the right of independent WHS permit holders to immediately enter sites where a safety risk has been identified.
“Many members of the ALA have to deal first-hand with the impacts of unsafe workplaces, and our members frequently see the consequences of unsafe workplaces not only on workers and their families, but also on employers,” Mr Hodgson said.
“Being able to get quick and timely assessments and investigations in relation to workplace safety through restoring immediate right of entry provisions for WHS permit holders is important – not only will it improve safety, it will also strengthen efforts to reduce workplace injuries.
“These industrial relations reforms together with the promised repeal of workers’ compensation injury thresholds, will play an important role in helping to improve workplace safety for all Queenslanders,” he said.