QLD: WHS Regulation Alert

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has issued an update on the commencement of new requirements under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (the Regulation).

Although the Regulation started on 1 January 2012, some of the requirements in it had a delayed commencement or transitional arrangements in place. Over the next eighteen months, these requirements will come into effect on specific dates.

Emergency plans (section 43 of the Regulation)

From 1 July 2012, a person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure an emergency plan is prepared and maintained for the workplace and implemented in the event of an emergency.

Under Part 4 (Evacuation planning, instruction and practice) of the current Queensland Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008, a duty holder is required to prepare and keep an emergency and evacuation plan. A duty holder is not required to have two separate plans – one plan incorporating the requirements of each of the two regulations will ensure compliance.

Notifying Workplace Health and Safety Queensland of demolition work (section 142 of the Regulation)

From 1 July 2012, the following demolition work must be notified in writing to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland at least five days before the work starts:

  1. demolition of a structure, or a part of a structure that is load bearing or otherwise related to the physical integrity of the structure, that is at least six metres in height
  2. demolition work involving load shifting machinery on a suspended floor
  3. demolition work involving explosives.

For this requirement, the height of a structure is measured from the lowest level of the ground immediately adjacent to the base of the structure at the point at which the height is to be measured to its highest point.

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