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Health and Safety policy development

The health and safety profession recognizes the role of regulatory authorities in the establishment of policy and sees itself as having critical stakeholder role to play in the ongoing development of policy.

Position Statement: Safework Australia

"The SIA strongly supports the critical role that Safe Work Australia plays in providing national policy leadership in the workplace health and safety sector."

Health and Safety Law

Legislation reflects the minimum requirements for health and safety management, and establishes a benchmark of compliance. However, it should never be seen as the main reason for providing safe and healthy work environments.  It is critical that health and safety law in Australia is consistent, and is articulated appropriately to fit the times.  

Position Statement: Health and Safety Harmonized Laws

"A nationally consistent WHS legal framework removes unnecessary duplication and regulatory burden on business, providing greater clarity, certainty and economic efficiency for organisations operating in more than one jurisdiction. Accordingly, the SIA strongly supports the harmonisation of WHS legislation across all Australian States and Territories. In addition, while the SIA acknowledges that separate legislation regulating safety in specific industries or in relation to specific hazards may be necessary, it considers that, where it is possible, this legislation should be aligned with the nationally harmonised WHS laws."  

Health and Safety Enforcement

Effective enforcement is an important component of the suite of measures which produce healthier and safer workplaces. Regulators play a critical role in providing advice on, monitoring, and investigating compliance, as well as incident investigation, determination of causes of incidents, and establishing penalties associated with non-compliance.   Organisations are responsible and accountable for meeting the legislative health and safety requirements applicable to their own organisations.

Position Statement: Enforceable undertakings

"The SIA agrees with the policy of appropriate use of Enforceable Undertakings (‘EU’), to advance health and safety knowledge and practice.

Health and Safety Standards

Setting health and safety related standards for industry, and monitoring progress toward meeting those standards, is critical. The health and safety profession has a role to play in the ongoing maintenance and development of standards.

Position Statement: The Profession’s involvement in Standards

"The SIA is committed to drawing on the wide ranging expertise of its members to contribute positively to the ongoing development of workplace standards which affect the health and safety of all people."

Position Statement: Availability of Australian Standards

"The SIA believes that all Australian Standards related to the management of workplace risks should be made more freely available in order to provide small to medium sized businesses with health and safety management structures that are measurable and auditable. This action would encourage health and safety compliance and accountability as well as supporting productivity."