Reinforcing the Safety Message

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“A primary function any industry Association is to keep its members abreast of legislative changes which lead to new responsibilities and obligations”,  AMCA National Director, David Eynon said.

“The DVD which was launched by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon Bill Shorten, is the latest edition by AMCA to its comprehensive suite range of services available to members,” Eynon said.

Minister Shorten congratulated the Association for producing the DVD.  He said he was disappointed some states are still to commit to the model Act.

The Minister said that while all industry parties now place more importance on safety in the workplace, the actual causes of accidents at work has not changed much in 30 years.

“Everyone must be able to expect to return home from work each night safely,” the Minister said.

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CEO, Peter Anderson, who also spoke at the launch said the initiative by the Association was a great example of leadership in workplace health and safety which employer associations play.

The DVD was prepared by AMCA with funding provided by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations through the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

AMCA support for uniform OHS laws across the country is predicated on the approach that all states do not move to the lowest common denominator.  “Uniform laws make it easier for companies to work across jurisdictions,” David Eynon said.

All states have made a commitment to adopt the model and uniform laws with the exception of Western Australia and Victoria.  David Eynon said, “He hoped that these two states would resolve the outstanding issues shortly and come on board with the uniform system.”

-AMCA