The ACT government has introduced new work health and safety legislation in the Legislative Assembly which will mean more worker training and consultation on major construction sites, when it comes into effect.
The amendment will relate to major construction projects with a contract price of over $5million and will require employers to establish work groups in consultation with eligible unions, facilitate elections for health and safety representatives, create a health and safety committee and ensure these committee members received the proper training.
The new legislation was developed following a review into the state’s construction industry work health and safety culture conducted last year by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). The review suggested that the culture could be improved with meaningful consultation with workers on workplace safety.
The new legislation will be debated soon and should come into effect by 1 January 2019.