On October 23, 2017, the Parliament of Queensland passed the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2017. The amendment Act amends the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act), Electrical Safety Act 2002 (ES Act) and the Safety in Recreational Water Activities Act 2011 (SRWA Act) to implement key recommendations of the Best Practice Review of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland. The amendments introduce the offense of industrial manslaughter and provide the definition of, exceptions to and penalties for, the offense. In addition, other amendments update obligations to train health and safety representatives and appoint work health and safety officers, among many other things. The goal of these amendments is to improve the health and safety of employees in the workplace.
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