Amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 – Driver Medical Standards

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On 10 May 2019, amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 (OSH regulations) came into effect.

The amendments bring the OSH regulations in-line with the updated driver medical standards for commercial driver licensing for use by health professionals and driver licensing authorities.  These amendments references the 2016 edition of Assessing Fitness to Drive (including the corrections encompassed in the 2017 reissue) and extend the current requirement in the OSH regulations to have undertaken a medical review from 3 years prior to driving to a maximum period of 5 years.

The changes delivered by the amendments are consistent with the McGowan Government’s policy to protect the safety and health of Western Australian workers.

The amended OSH regulations can be accessed here.

Austroads is responsible for publication of Assessing Fitness to Drive and the publication including a summary of changes from the previous (2012) version can be accessed at http://www.austroads.com.au/drivers-vehicles/assessing-fitness-to-drive

Should you require further information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the DMIRS Customer Contact Centre on 08 6251 2200 or at wscallcentre@dmirs.wa.gov.au.

Source: Ian Munns | DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL, SAFETY REGULATION

Nicola Edwards