Have your say on the future of explosives regulation
The public comment period on explosives regulation in Australia is now open and Safe Work Australia is encouraging Australians to have their say through the Explosives Regulation in Australia: Discussion Paper and Consultation Regulation Impact Statement.
Safe Work Australia is progressing this work on behalf of Work Health and Safety Ministers who have been asked by the Council of Australian Governments to progress greater consistency of explosives regulation, where there are clear benefits to be derived.
Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer, Michelle Baxter is inviting businesses, industries, workers and the wider community to comment on how explosives are regulated across Australia and the issues, if any, this regulation may raise for people involved in the explosives industry.
The input received through this public comment process will help inform policy options and shape advice to Ministers on the future regulation of explosives.
“Safe Work Australia acknowledges that variations between jurisdictions’ explosives regulation may have an impact on businesses, workers, regulators, interest groups and law enforcement agencies,” said Ms Baxter.
“Safe Work Australia is seeking comment on the current regulation of explosives and the impact this regulation may have on those involved in the explosives industry.
“This is an excellent opportunity for individuals, businesses and industries which import, manufacture, transport, store, supply, use and export explosives to provide information on any issues regulatory variations across jurisdictions may raise including the nature and extent of the impact of such issues on them.
“I strongly encourage anyone involved with explosives to have their say on explosives regulation in Australia,” Ms Baxter said.
Safe Work Australia has developed the Discussion Paper and Consultation Regulation Impact Statement in collaboration with the Commonwealth, state and territory governments, industry groups and employee representatives.
The public comment period is open for six weeks from 30 July 2015 until 10 September 2015. Submissions close at 5.30 pm AEST, Thursday 10 September 2015.
For more information or to have your say on the Discussion Paper and Consultation Regulation Impact Statement, visit the Safe Work Australia Public Submissions website.