Harmonisation of OH&S regulation in Australia : an evaluation of three initiatives
Brown, Kerry A., Furneaux, Craig W., Janssen, Sandra K., & Allen, Donald B. (2008) Harmonisation of OH&S regulation in Australia : an evaluation of three initiatives. In Third International Conference of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Construction Innovation – Clients Driving Innovation: Benefiting from Innovation, 12-14 March 2008, Gold Coast, QLD.
Australian Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) regulatory regimes are fragmented across differing systems and compliance requirements in multiple jurisdictions. We argue that harmonisation offers a way of establishing adaptive OH&S which may facilitate better OH&S outcomes within the construction industry. Three initiatives which sought to improve the effectiveness of OH&S measures in Australia are evaluated:
Comare, which enabled certain organisations to opt out of state based workplace health and safety insurance schemes into a national scheme; National Occupational Health and Safety Council standards, codes of practice and guidance documents; and
Australian Government Building and Construction Occupational Health and Safety Accreditation Scheme, implemented by the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner It concludes that while there is a high level of information sharing between jurisdictions, a fragmented OH&S policy framework remains in place. A list of harmonisation mechanisms which can assist in determining appropriate co-ordination mechanisms in OH&S systems is advanced.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||Occupational Health and Safety, Regulation, Harmonisation|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Administration (160509)|
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Research Centres > CRC Construction Innovation
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2008 (please consult author)|
|Deposited On:||22 Oct 2008 00:00|
|Last Modified:||19 Sep 2013 00:45|
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