6	  Things	  Strata	  Managers	  &	  Commi?ees	  Must	  Do	  to	  Avoid	  Personal	  Liability	  for	  Work	  Health	  &	 ...
This	  Year	  the	  Stakes	  are	  Higher	                                                                                ...
But	  the	  Defence	  for	  Personal	  Liability	  is	  Clearer	     1.  Keep	  up	  to	  date	     2.  Understand	  opera...
New	  WHS	  Laws	  at	  a	  Glance	          EffecXve	  1	  January	  2012	  in	  QLD,	  NSW,	  ACT	                  No	  ...
The	  New	  WHS	  Approach	  	                                                        PCBU	                               ...
The	  Basic	  WHS	  Duty	  of	  Care	                                                                                 “To	...
Reasonably	  PracXcable	  Depends	  on	  ……	      Likelihood	  of	  risk	      Degree	  of	  harm	      Actual	  or	  impu...
Person	  Carrying	  on	  a	  Business	  or	  Undertaking	                                                                 ...
Common	  Property	  Used	  Only	  for	              ResidenXal	  Purposes	  Means	  No	  -­‐	  	                          ...
PCBU’s	  in	  the	  Strata	  World	                                                                     Owners	           ...
Primary	  DuXes	  of	  a	  PCBU	                                                                                 Safe	  Wo...
AddiXonal	  DuXes	  of	  PCBU	  in	  Control	  of	  a	                   Workplace	  “The	  person	  with	  management	  o...
DuXes	  of	  an	  Officer	  of	  a	  PCBU	                                                                                 “...
Officers	  in	  the	  Context	  of	  Strata	  •  Commi?ee	  members	  •  Original	  owner	  •  Compulsory	     administrator...
Think	  3-­‐D	  ‘DemonstraXng	  Due	  Diligence’	   ©	  Copyright	  2012	  Teys	  Lawyers   	     	     	     	     	     ...
We	  Can	  Help	  You	  Develop	  a	  SystemaXc	          Approach	  to	  Due	  Diligence	                                ...
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Whats New in 2012 a New Work Health & Safety Regime

  1. 1. 6  Things  Strata  Managers  &  Commi?ees  Must  Do  to  Avoid  Personal  Liability  for  Work  Health  &  Safety   Michael Teys is the Founder and Principal Lawyer of TEYS Lawyers. He has a Bachelor of Laws and practices exclusively in the area of strata title law. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Community Association Lawyers. He was formerly an Adjunct Lecturer with Charles Sturt University. He appears weekly on SKY News Business Channels Property Success with Margaret Lomas and is a regular panellist for the property edition of Your Money, Your Call for the same channel. You can read Michael’s blog at www.michaelteys.com and follow him on Twitter at @MichaelTeys.comWebinar,  7  February  2012   ©  Copyright  2012  Teys  Lawyers                                                                                                www.teyslawyers.com.au    
  2. 2. This  Year  the  Stakes  are  Higher   •  Recklessness  /  risk   –  OC  /  BC  $3million   –  Commi?ee  $600,000  /  5  years  jail   –  SM  $300,000  /  5  years  jail   •  Breach  /  risk   –  OC  /  BC  $1.5  million   –  Commi?ee    $300,000   –  SM  $150,000   •  Breach   –  OC  /  BC  $500,000   –  Commi?ee  $100,000   –  SM  $50,000  ©  Copyright  2012  Teys  Lawyers                                                                                                www.teyslawyers.com.au    
  3. 3. But  the  Defence  for  Personal  Liability  is  Clearer   1.  Keep  up  to  date   2.  Understand  operaXons   3.  Eliminate  or  minimise  risks   4.  Process  informaXon   5.  Supply  resources  and   processes     6.  Verify  provision  and  use  of   resources  and  processes   (Due  diligence  defence  S.27(5)   WHS  2011)   ©  Copyright  2012  Teys  Lawyers                                                                                                www.teyslawyers.com.au    
  4. 4. New  WHS  Laws  at  a  Glance   EffecXve  1  January  2012  in  QLD,  NSW,  ACT   No  ‘grace  period’  for  compliance  (OHS  plans  good  for  12  months)   OC  /  BC  =  Person  carrying  on  a  business  or  undertaking   ResidenXal  strata  exempXon  confusing  &  virtually  useless   Reverse  onus  removed  -­‐  prosecuXon  must  prove  breach  ©  Copyright  2012  Teys  Lawyers                                                                                                www.teyslawyers.com.au    
  5. 5. The  New  WHS  Approach     PCBU   PosiXve  duty  for  ‘Work’  is  the  key   concurrent   Significantly   officers  to   concept  not   duXes  of  care,   increased   exercise  due   ‘Workplace’   consultaXon  &   personal  liability   diligence   co-­‐operaXon   ©  Copyright  2012  Teys  Lawyers                                                                                                www.teyslawyers.com.au    
  6. 6. The  Basic  WHS  Duty  of  Care   “To  ensure,  so  far  as  is   reasonably  pracXcable,  the   health  and  safety  of   workers  and  other   persons”     Hargreaves  v  Telstra  Corp  Ltd   [2011]  AATA  417  (17  June   2011)  is  the  high  water  mark  ©  Copyright  2012  Teys  Lawyers                                                                                                www.teyslawyers.com.au    
  7. 7. Reasonably  PracXcable  Depends  on  ……   Likelihood  of  risk   Degree  of  harm   Actual  or  imputed  knowledge   OpXons  to  eliminate  &  minimise  risk   Cost  v  risk  ©  Copyright  2012  Teys  Lawyers                                                                                                www.teyslawyers.com.au    
  8. 8. Person  Carrying  on  a  Business  or  Undertaking   Business   Volunteer  associaXon   exempXon  –  strata  fails   community  purpose  test   Profit     PCBU   Non-­‐profit   ResidenXal  purposes  only   exempXon  –  applies  only   to  occupants  doing   domesXc  work   Undertaking   ©  Copyright  2012  Teys  Lawyers                                                                                                www.teyslawyers.com.au    
  9. 9. Common  Property  Used  Only  for   ResidenXal  Purposes  Means  No  -­‐     •  OC  /  BC  employees   •  Common  property  with   commercial  lots   •  On-­‐site  lenng  agent   •  Lots  used  as  home  businesses   •  Nannies  employed  in  lots   •  Lots  for  short  term   accommodaXon   •  CommunicaXon  towers  /   satellite  dish  /  adverXsing  signs   •  Paid  workers  temporarily  on   site  ©  Copyright  2012  Teys  Lawyers                                                                                                www.teyslawyers.com.au    
  10. 10. PCBU’s  in  the  Strata  World   Owners   Corp  /  Body   Corp   Strata   Manager   Building   Manager   Lot  Occupier  ©  Copyright  2012  Teys  Lawyers                                                                                                www.teyslawyers.com.au    
  11. 11. Primary  DuXes  of  a  PCBU   Safe  Work   Environment   CondiXons  &   Health   Safe  Plant  &   Structures   Monitoring   PCBU   Primary   Duty  of   Adequate   Welfare   Care   Safe  Work   Systems   FaciliXes   Info,   Training,   Safe  Use   Handling  &   InstrucXon,   Storage   Supervision  ©  Copyright  2012  Teys  Lawyers                                                                                                www.teyslawyers.com.au    
  12. 12. AddiXonal  DuXes  of  PCBU  in  Control  of  a   Workplace  “The  person  with  management  or  control  of  a  workplace  must  ensure,  so  far  is  reasonably  pracFcable,  that  the  workplace,  the  means  of  entering  and  exiXng  the  workplace  and  anything  arising  from  the  workplace,  are  without  risks  to  the  health  and  safety  of  any  person”      S.20  WHS  Act  2011   ©  Copyright  2012  Teys  Lawyers                                                                                                www.teyslawyers.com.au    
  13. 13. DuXes  of  an  Officer  of  a  PCBU   “An  officer  of  a  PCBU   must  exercise  due   diligence  to  ensure  that   the  PCBU  complies  with   its  duXes  and  obligaXons”       S.27  WHS  Act  2011  ©  Copyright  2012  Teys  Lawyers                                                                                                www.teyslawyers.com.au    
  14. 14. Officers  in  the  Context  of  Strata  •  Commi?ee  members  •  Original  owner  •  Compulsory   administrators  •  Strata  managers  •  Building  managers   ©  Copyright  2012  Teys  Lawyers                                                                                                www.teyslawyers.com.au    
  15. 15. Think  3-­‐D  ‘DemonstraXng  Due  Diligence’   ©  Copyright  2012  Teys  Lawyers                                                                                                www.teyslawyers.com.au    
  16. 16. We  Can  Help  You  Develop  a  SystemaXc   Approach  to  Due  Diligence   Seven   Personalised   essenXal  WHS   le?er  of  advice   forms,   to  send  to  your   precedents  &   FAQ’s  for  your   checklists   staff,  website   schemes   &  client   Porqolio  risk   handouts   assessment   workshop   Gap   analysis  of   Call  now  on  02  9562  6500  or  email  us  at   your   service@teyslawyers.com.au                                                 current   process   for  your  fixed  fee  proposal  ©  Copyright  2012  Teys  Lawyers                                                                                                www.teyslawyers.com.au