Category: Minister for Workplace Safety

Silica Workplace Exposure Standard Halved

The Andrews Labor Government is urging employers to do everything they can to protect workers from deadly silica dust with the introduction of a new national exposure standard. A majority of Work Health and Safety ministers have agreed to halve the workplace exposure standard for respirable crystalline silica to a time weighted average of 0.05mg/m3 […]

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Don’t Make The Holidays A Season To Forget

Victorian employers and workers are being urged to take time, take care and stay safe at work in the lead up to the holiday season. A new WorkSafe campaign highlighting the risk of workplace incidents towards the end of the year is underway, reminding employers not to rush workers to meet unrealistic deadlines. Employers are […]

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Statement On The Ombudsman’s Report Tabled Today

The Victorian Government welcomes the Victorian Ombudsman’s report, WorkSafe 2: Follow-up investigation into the management of complex workers compensation claims, tabled today in Parliament. The report reveals disturbing examples of injured workers who have been unfairly treated and unjustly denied their legal entitlements. It also demonstrates a systemic problem with the current model of claims […]

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Workplace Manslaughter Enshrined In Law

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on an election commitment and making workplace manslaughter a criminal offence, under tough new laws passed by the Parliament, because no person deserves to die at work. As many as 30 people are killed in workplaces across the state every year, with 20 people having already lost their lives […]

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Protecting Retail Workers This Festive Season

The Andrews Labor Government is urging retail sector employers to look after their workers during the busy Christmas period. November and December are traditionally the peak months for the retail industry and its casual workforce grows substantially to meet the demands of shoppers. This includes large numbers of workers hired for temporary positions, whose inexperience […]

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New Dangerous Goods Laws Pass Parliament

Rogue operators who stockpile dangerous goods could face up to 10 years in jail after tough new laws passed Victorian Parliament today. The Dangerous Goods Amendment (Penalty Reform) Bill 2019 ensures those who flout dangerous goods laws get a serious penalty. The Andrews Labor Government announced earlier this year it would crack down on people […]

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WorkSafe Chief Executive And Board Members Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government today announced Colin Radford as WorkSafe Victoria’s new Chief Executive. John Merritt has been appointed as the new Chair of WorkSafe’s Board, while Elizabeth Lukin and Julie Warren have both been appointed as Board Directors. Mr Radford is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority. He has […]

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Workplace Manslaughter To Be Enshrined In Law

The Andrews Labor Government will make workplace manslaughter a criminal offence as promised, under tough new legislation introduced in Parliament today, because no person deserves to die at work. As many as 30 people are killed in workplaces across the state every year, with 19 people having already lost their lives so far in 2019. […]

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Statement On The Chair Of Worksafe Victoria

The Government has been advised that Paul Barker will be stepping down as Chair of WorkSafe Victoria’s Board of Directors at the end of October. Mr Barker was appointed Chair in September 2015. He previously served on the Board between 2001 and 2012 and was Deputy Chair between 2005 and 2012. In his time at […]

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Dodgy Operators Storing Dangerous Goods On Notice

Victorians are being asked to keep a look out for dodgy operators storing or handling dangerous goods in a way that might put the community at risk. An Andrews Labor Government awareness campaign has been launched urging members of the public to call WorkSafe if they suspect dangerous goods – such as drums or containers […]

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