Ministers responsible for WHS have agreed to review the content and operation of the model WHS laws. This is part of the original plan to review the model WHS laws regularly and ensure they continue operating effectively. Safe Work Australia has appointed Marie Boland to conduct the review.
The review is examining how the model WHS laws are operating in practice, whether they are achieving the objectives stated in the model WHS Act or if they have resulted in unintended consequences. In particular:
A review of asbestos stabilisation and containment practices
The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) has published it's final report following it's review of asbestos stabilisation and containment practices.
The aim of this study was to identify the current products and practices in use for containing and stabilising asbestos either to assist in the removal of ACM, or to maintain the ACM in-situ.
While considerable efforts have been made to remove asbestos-containing materials (ACMs), it is not currently feasible to completely remove all asbestos from the built environment.
The effects of age and weathering on exposed asbestos materials can cause degradation and leave it in a potentially friable state. Stabilisation processes such as encapsulation present a potential means to effectively manage ACMs in-situ pending longer-term removal.
A structural engineering firm which drew up the plans for excavation works at a Mt Waverley construction site has been convicted and fined $380,000 after the pit collapsed, leaving homes teetering on the edge of a 10 metre drop.
Ambulance Victoria was convicted and fined $400,000 yesterday for failing to adequately record and store stocks of morphine and fentanyl, following an investigation into the death of a paramedic at Heywood near Portland, in 2015.
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