The new Work Health and Safety uniform laws impose extensive obligations on those who conduct a business or undertaking to ensure the safety of anyone who may be affected by the operation of the business or undertaking. These obligations are not confined to the safety of employees and will cover customers, members of the public and even trespassers across most of Australia.
Directors and managers are particularly vulnerable under the new law. There are hundreds of provisions which create penalties, many of them criminal. Conviction will expose defendants to large fines, costs orders and in some cases imprisonment.
Authored by the Hon Francis Marks, former Judge of the Industrial Court of New South Wales, and industrial law specialists Deborah Dinnen and Lauren Fieldus, this book describes obligations under the law in clear and concise language and explains what needs to be done to comply with them.
The Honourable Frank Marks is one of the best-qualified persons I know to write a text on occupational health and safety law….Because the new laws have such a broad reach – affecting anyone who conducts a business or undertaking, officers of corporations, workers and customers and members of the public who may be present in a workplace – this book has wide appeal…The beauty of the book is that it is written in plain language by someone with years of practical experience and with an eye to what is important for those directly impacted by the legislation.
From the Foreword by Justice Roger Boland, President, Industrial Court of New South Wales
A refreshingly practical and common sense overview of the new safety regime. The book dissects the many obligations and complex requirements of work health and safety law into easily understood pieces.
The authors deliberately adopt the standpoint of participants in an enterprise who are charged with applying the new laws in practice. Therefore the target readership for the book are not other lawyers, but people who are more likely to be their clients. For this reason it is an excellent resource for all ‘hands on’ practitioners, but particularly human resource and safety managers in small and medium sized businesses.
Alex Bukarica, Director – Legal & Industrial, CFMEU Mining and Energy Division
This text is lead authored by the Honourable Francis Marks, who was a judge of the Industrial Court of New South Wales for 19 years until his retirement in 2012. It is not primarily aimed at lawyers, but rather at those on the ground in governance, management and human resource roles within a workplace.
In short, this book is what it says it is: a practical guide. It offers an easy-to-digest overview and a quick reference point for practitioners familiarising themselves with the new laws.
Rebecca Crawford, Law Letter (Law Society of Tasmania) Autumn 2014
Foreword by Roger Boland – Industrial Court of NSW, President’s Chambers, Sydney