Tick, Tick, Boom! Safe Work Australia wants your explosive submissions

It is hard to believe that one of the most dangerous aspects of many Australian businesses – the use of explosives – is subject to different rules and regulations across each Australian jurisdiction. These differences make abiding by explosives regulations in Australia confusing and cumbersome for businesses who operate across different jurisdictions, resulting in administrative and financial burdens.

The Commonwealth Government is proposing to address these inconsistencies by implementing national explosives regulations. However, before this can be done, the Government wants to hear from employers who work with explosives in their business through consultation with Safe Work Australia.

In late July 2015 Safe Work Australia released its Discussion Paper and Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) on Explosives Regulation in Australia to encourage feedback from employers who may be impacted by explosives regulation. While feedback is welcomed on any issue, Safe Work Australia has identified 3 areas where current variations between State and Territory regulations may be problematic, including:

  • the different definition of “explosives”;
  • differences in licencing arrangements (including both occupation and activity based licences), leading to different conditions being imposed in different areas; and
  • differences in incident notification requirements, depending on the specific State or Territory regulator.

Safe Work Australia is seeking feedback to understand the issues employers (and other stakeholders) face due to variations between State and Territory explosives regulations, including costs.

You can provide your submissions on the discussion paper online, via email or by post by 5.30pm AEST, Thursday 10 September. Employers are encouraged to have their say at the submissions website: https://submissions.swa.gov.au/swaForms/pages/index

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