Proposed OHS regime inferior: Buswell

The state government has reiterated its concerns about elements of the proposed national Occupational Health and Safety Regime, saying it will be inferior to Western Australia's existing regime.


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I cannot believe that the state government honestly believes thats its current OHS legislation is superior to the proposed legislation. In reality, our current legislation does not work. Many companies break the law and many continue to break the law despite prosecution. To make OHS work, individuals need to be made accountable and this is exactly what the new legislation targets. Essentially, it is the officers of corporations that let companies down time after time. Too many officers and business owners shirk their responsibilities or are simply ignorant of safety. I see it often in many workplaces. In fact, i would go so far as to say that many officers fail entirely in their duty to ensure a safe workplace. All too often it is 'someone elses responsibility' which we all know is utter rubbish. Buswell should take the time to really look at the true implimentation of safety into workplaces. Too many people hide behind the fog that our current legislation provides for them. When people currently hear about the proposed changes, they actually sit up and take notice because it is them that may be accountable, not a company name. It also forces processes to be in place and requires that they are followed or individuals may be held accountable.

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