This is the ninth edition of the Centre’s Newsletter which is produced as part of its mission to monitor and report on developments in OHS regulation. This edition includes the regular updates on OHS regulatory developments, important new research and reports, and significant recent cases. The feature article in this edition ‘Reasonably Practicable’ and Risk Management – Complementary or Diverging Concepts is an overview of a new Centre working paper which examines the relationship between the concept of ‘reasonably practicable’, which qualifies the general duties and some other provisions under the Australian OHS statutes and regulations, and the risk management principles incorporated in the OHS regulations and some approved codes of practice (advisory standards in Queensland). The nature of this relationship is an important question for employers and other duty holders, OHS regulators and OHS professionals, and unions representing workers’ interests in OHS.
National Research Centre for OHS Regulation, 2004, Regulation at Work - Volume 3 Issue 3, National Research Centre for OHS Regulation, Canberra