Preparing for new Workplace Health and Safety laws Sun 26 August 2012 David O'Byrne Minister for Workplace Relations Download hi-res version Tasmanian employees and employers are being encouraged to take part in events held around the State this month as part of WorkSafe Tasmania Month, ahead of the introduction of new workplace health and safety laws at the beginning of next year. The Minister for Workplace Relations, David O'Byrne, today launched the WorkSafe Tasmania Month Program of Events, which runs from 1 October until 2 November. "With just over four months before new workplace health and safety laws come into effect in Tasmania, WorkSafe Tasmania Month offers an ideal chance for businesses and workers to learn more about their rights and responsibilities under the new laws," he said. "Practical workshops will be held across the State during WorkSafe Tasmania Month which focus on the new Act, as well as the supporting regulations and codes of practice. "While the new workplace health and safety laws are an important focus for WorkSafe Tasmania Month events, there are plenty of other free workshops covering a range of topics important to Tasmanian businesses and workers. "These include managing bullying in the workplace, asbestos awareness for beginners, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex awareness and transport industry pitfalls." Mr O'Byrne said the new laws would bring Tasmania's workplace health and safety laws into line with other states and territories. "The new model laws aim to provide a consistent level of WHS for all workers in Australia, reduced regulatory burdens for businesses operating across boundaries, greater ability to move between jurisdictions for workers who have licences or permits, and a larger pool of work health and safety resources for all Australians," he said. For a copy of the WorkSafe Tasmania Month Program of Events or to register to attend an event go to the WorkSafe website at www.worksafe.tas.gov.au or phone the Helpline on 1300 366 322.