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    Work Health and Safety Regulations for Western Australia Discussion Paper

    A discussion paper outlining recommendations to amend the model Work Health and Safety Regulations for the Western Australian workplace environment.

    1 June 2016

  • Discussion Paper: Work Health and Safety Regulations Western Australia

    i

    Contents Introduction ............................................................................................................................................ 1

    Background ......................................................................................................................................... 1

    Approach ............................................................................................................................................. 2

    Version used ....................................................................................................................................... 3

    Format of Discussion Paper ................................................................................................................ 3

    Classification ................................................................................................................................... 4

    Regulation impact ............................................................................................................................... 4

    Submissions......................................................................................................................................... 5

    Questions ............................................................................................................................................ 6

    Reference to Australian Standards ..................................................................................................... 6

    Specific topics...................................................................................................................................... 7

    Asbestos .......................................................................................................................................... 8

    Diving work ..................................................................................................................................... 8

    Electrical work ................................................................................................................................. 9

    Plant item registration .................................................................................................................... 9

    Next steps ......................................................................................................................................... 10

    Record keeping ..................................................................................................................................... 10

    Retention of records general ......................................................................................................... 10

    Retention of records after cessation of employment ................................................................... 10

    Health monitoring records ............................................................................................................ 11

    Retention of records - plant .............................................................................................................. 12

    Making records available for inspection ........................................................................................... 12

    Jurisdictional notes ............................................................................................................................... 13

    External review body ........................................................................................................................ 13

    Spent Convictions ............................................................................................................................. 14

    References to environmental protection law ................................................................................... 14

    Definition accredited assessor ....................................................................................................... 15

    Definitions electrical ...................................................................................................................... 15

    Definition pressure piping .............................................................................................................. 16

    Definition primary emergency service organisation ...................................................................... 17

    Definition Strata title body corporate ............................................................................................ 17

    Safe distance from power lines......................................................................................................... 18

  • Discussion Paper: Work Health and Safety Regulations Western Australia

    ii

    Stay of decision ................................................................................................................................. 18

    Confidentiality of information .......................................................................................................... 19

    Western Australia: ........................................................................................................................ 19

    Commonwealth:............................................................................................................................ 19

    Victoria: ......................................................................................................................................... 20

    Consequential amendments ................................................................................................................. 20

    Enforceable undertakings ................................................................................................................. 20

    Workplace entry by work health and safety entry permit holders .................................................. 21

    Training and competency ..................................................................................................................... 21

    Competent person ............................................................................................................................ 21

    Specified training courses ................................................................................................................. 23

    Generic training requirements.......................................................................................................... 24

    Construction induction ..................................................................................................................... 24

    Health and Safety Representative training ....................................................................................... 25

    High risk work licences classes ........................................................................................................... 26

    Definitions rigging work ................................................................................................................. 26

    Concrete placing booms ................................................................................................................... 27

    Boilers - Definitions ........................................................................................................................... 27

    Boilers high risk work licence classes ............................................................................................. 28

    Reach stackers .................................................................................................................................. 29

    Authorisations ....................................................................................................................................... 29

    Notice of assessment time to apply ............................................................................................... 29

    HRWL Reassessment of competency ............................................................................................. 30

    High risk work licence Requirements for accredited assessors ..................................................... 31

    English language requirements ......................................................................................................... 31

    Qualifications .................................................................................................................................... 31

    Conditions of accreditation ............................................................................................................... 32

    High risk work licence Working under supervision ........................................................................ 33

    High risk work licence Grace period for renewal ........................................................................... 33

    High risk work licence registered training organisation to retain records .................................... 34

    Residential requirements for authorisations .................................................................................... 34

    Residential requirements for high risk work licences ................................................................

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