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Review of the model WHS Regulations for diving work

16th September 2016

COAG Consultation Regulation Impact Statement – Safe Work Australia

On 22 August 2016, Safe Work Australia (SWA) released a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) on the model Work Health and Safety Regulations for diving work.

The RIS estimates that between 9,000 and 10,000 workers in Australia perform diving work annually. Divers are at risk of a number of injuries and illnesses as diving work is undertaken in a non-respirable environment, often at increased pressure. Safe Work Australia prepared the Consultation RIS to consult on proposed changes to the diving work provisions in the model Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011.

The COAG RIS for consultation prepared by SWA has been assessed as adequate by the Office of Best Practice Regulation.

SWA are seeking further information and feedback from stakeholders through the call for submissions. Submissions are now open and will close on 30 September 2016.

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