Discovery – Workplace Health & Safety

Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 (WA)

The Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 (WA) was introduced into the Legislative Assembly in November 2019.

The Bill is largely based on the national model WHS legislation, although it does contain two new industrial manslaughter provisions, 30A and 30B.

CME does not oppose the objective of industrial manslaughter legislation in Western Australia for the most egregious breaches of workplaces health and safety laws.

However, CME believes offences must be carefully drafted to avoid the introduction of any unintended consequences that undermines a key objective of the Bill, which is to drive improved management health and safety in the workplace.

A Committee in the Upper House is currently considering the industrial manslaughter provisions through an inquiry into Part 2 of the Bill.

Over the last month, submissions were received, and public hearings were held.

CME provided a detailed industry submission as part of the current inquiry, which outlined some issues with the proposed approach in WA.

Those invited to speak at public hearings included families, unions, industry groups, and the Department of Mines, Industry, Regulation and Safety.

The Committee is due to report its findings to the Legislative Council on 11 August 2020.

WA Mental Health Awards 2020

CME is excited to sponsor the ‘Mentally Healthy Workplace Award’ at the upcoming WA Mental Health Awards 2020.

The awards are hosted by the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH), with the support of the WA Mental Health Commission.

Through our WHS Committees and Mental Health Working Group, CME is able to see firsthand the importance placed on mental health and wellbeing by our members.

The upcoming event is a great opportunity for the sector to showcase its achievements and to recognise those who have demonstrated excellence, innovation and developed initiatives that support employee mental health.

Nominations are now live!  We encourage members to submit an application by Friday, 11 September.

Finalists will be announced during Mental Health Week, 10-17 October.