John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Review of Occupational Safety and Health laws tabled

    12/12/2006 4:23 PM

    The latest review of Western Australia’s occupational safety and health laws has been completed and submitted to the State Government.

    Employment Protection Minister John Bowler tabled the report from the review - undertaken by independent barrister Richard Hooker - in State Parliament today.

    Mr Bowler said a Government response to the report would be formulated after the report was examined by the Commission for Occupational Safety and Health.

    “The report contains 25 recommendations across a broad spectrum of issues, some of which promote legislative changes,” he said.

    “I intend to refer the report to the tripartite commission for comments and advice before formulating a Government response.

    “I can say, however, that Mr Hooker has indicated that he is ‘cautiously satisfied’ with the overall state of occupational safety and health legislation and administration in WA.”

    WA’s occupational safety and health legislation requires that the Occupational Safety and Health Act be reviewed every five years.

    A discussion paper was issued in April this year and submissions were considered by Mr Hooker in formulating his final report.

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