The Society is moving towards a transition from state legislation to the long-awaited federal legislation, which will be known as the Work Health Safety Act.
The Society, along with other interested associations, has previously made a submission into the content of this legislation with particular emphasis on health monitoring. To view our submission see attached PDF.
When the Society was formed in 1978 one of the main concerns of the membership was the lack of specific legislation in regards to occupational health and safety (OHS) concerns in the workplace. Regulation of OHS was contained in a number of individual pieces of legislation which were very hard to police. The Society, through expert knowledge and invitations to intra-state, interstate, and overseas input, made a positive contribution to the introduction of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of Western Australia together with the regulations, codes of practice, guidance notes, policies, and general information brochures. The regulatory body of the day, commonly known as Work Safe, also had a number of their employees join and provide empirical knowledge to the Society.