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As I sat eating my breakfast and reading the papers on the weekend, I was fascinated to see the continued tradition of the good old-fashioned ‘snake oil’ salesman is still alive and well. The paper contained articles interviewing people pushing anything from herbs claiming to cure the terminally ill, to wristbands that improve an athlete’s…

On 1 July 2005, the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 came into effect. The reforms to the Act are aimed to make WorkSafe a more constructive, accountable, transparent and effective regulator, and are the cornerstone of legislative and administrative measures to improve occupational health and safety. The Act is the outcome of a major review of…

Codes of Practice (safety) are issued by Australian state and federal government agencies to advise employers and employees of acceptable ways of achieving compliance with occupational health and safety legislation. They are usually designed to be used in addition to statutes and regulations but can also be incorporated into legislation. One very useful application is…

Current Australian legislation and guidance: Australia-wide legislation: the Australasian Legal Information Institute or Lawlex are good. The Federal Register of Legislation site also has State and territorial legislation. Findlaw is a general resource on legal advice, finding lawyers, legislation and case reports. Victorian laws led the way for much of Australia’s OH&S reforming legislation.This site has links to legislation, Codes and related material….

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