Change is great for a consultant like me but can be difficult for business. The new Workplace Health and Safety Act is going to be one of those changes.
Thankfully you have plenty of warning so my suggestion is to start readying for it ASAP. The below link is a good starting point to familiarise yourself with the new laws.
A copy of the new act (June 23 revision) is also available here.
This will replace the current OH&S regulations.
The new law will place a greater emphasis on duty of care and will also drastically change the way safety risk is assessed.
If you are a business owner/manager, you need to know what your obligations are to protect your staff and your own ass.