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New occupational health and safety arrangements for the maritime industry



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A Peter CookA, AUSTRALIA - - ^ Χ ν \ \ \ Χ . .· X X Z Z Z ' ^ - _ ... ... Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support 5 November 1992 . 64/92

NEW OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE MARITIME INDUSTRY

A new occupational health and safety bill that focuses on preventing shipboard accidents has been approved by Cabinet.

The Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support, Senator Peter Cook, said the new legislation, that will comply with the relevant International Labour Organisation Conventions, flowed from proposals developed by an industry working group.

The new arrangements will bring those sectors o f the maritime industry that are the responsibility o f the Commonwealth, into line with the occupational health and safety arrangements in the states.

The scheme will establish consultative shipboard arrangements aimed at developing healthy and safe workplaces. Underlying these arrangements will be requirements for all people in the workplace to exercise a duty o f care at all times.

"The new arrangements contrast with the prescriptive health and safety requirements o f the Navigation Act, based on the 19th Century concepts o f the factories and workshops legislation," Senator Cook said.

He said, "This is another step towards the Government's goal o f achieving national uniformity in occupational health and safety, based on internationally recognised standards.

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"The new arrangements will also complement the new Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Bill which is currently before Parliament. Both measures represent important elements in the Government's shipping reform policies."

Senator Cook said the inspectorate functions would be provided by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the overall administration would be under the small authority being established to administer the new seafarers compensation arrangements.

"This will ensure the new occupational health and safety arrangements are administered in the most practicable and cost effective way," he said.

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