The following amendments have been made to the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011 and Regulations since commencement on 1 January 2012.
Globally harmonised system of classification and labelling of hazardous chemicals (GHS)
Amendments have been made to adopt a new version of the GHS to allow hazardous chemicals classified and labelled under the current version of the GHS to be supplied and used.
On 1 January 2021, an updated version of the GHS will begin with a two-year transition to the 7th revised edition of the GHS (GHS 7) Australia wide.
From 1 January 2023, it will be mandatory for importers and manufacturers to comply with GHS 7. Suppliers and end users can continue to supply or use products that were labelled under the previous GHS until stock has run out.
A full description of these changes can be found on the GHS page - https://worksafe.nt.gov.au/safety-and-prevention/hazardous-chemicals/globally-harmonised-system
In addition, the following references to Australian Standards have been updated:
- AS 2397:1993 (Safe use of lasers in the building and construction industry) has been superseded by AS2397:2015 of the same name
- AS 4343:2005 (Pressure equipment – Hazard levels) has been superseded by AS 4343:2014 of the same name
- AS 1200:2000 (Pressure equipment) has been superseded by AS/NZS 1200:2015 of the same name
Amendments have been made to the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Regulations 2011, more specifically the regulations dealing with Lead and Diving.
Diving regulation changes
Amendments have been made to clarify the requirements for training for general diving work and correct drafting errors that have contributed to ambiguity around the required competencies.
References to Australian Standards for diving have been amended to:
- remove reference to AS/NZS 4005.2:2000 – Training and certification of recreational divers; and
- replace references to AS/NZS 2299.1:2007 – Occupational diving operations – Standard operational practice with the 2015 version.
The diving regulation amendments are in effect from 21 August 2019.
A full description of these changes can be found in the Information bulletin - Amendments to the diving work regulations.
Lead regulation changes
The following amendments have been made to the regulations dealing with Lead:
- the definition of lead risk work is changed;
- there is a reduction in blood lead levels that trigger increased frequency of biological monitoring;
- there is a reduction in the blood lead levels that trigger immediate removal of workers from carrying out lead risk work;
- there is a reduction in the blood lead levels that allow a worker to be returned to carrying out lead risk work after removal.
A transition period is in place and the lead regulation amendments do not come into effect until 1 July 2021.
A full description of these changes can be found in the Information bulletin - Amendments to blood lead removal levels.
During September and October 2015, a public consultation period was open for discussion of the possible amendments. As well as seeking written feedback, there were public information and feedback sessions held in Darwin and Alice Springs.
A summary of the feedback has been developed. A copy of this summary will be sent to the people and organisations that contributed to the discussion.
The Northern Territory Government considered the feedback and decided to progress amendments to three areas of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Regulations 2011. The amendments will commence on 4 April 2016 and will:
- increase the construction project trigger point value to $500,000
- make the regulator the sole issuer of construction induction cards in the Northern Territory
- allow licence and permit holders to notify matters to the regulator via phone, email, mail or in person.