Workplace Safety, Deadly Jellyfish And Tourists: A Novel Approach To An Emergent Problem

Crowley-Cyr, Lynda (2020) Workplace Safety, Deadly Jellyfish And Tourists: A Novel Approach To An Emergent Problem. University of Queensland Law Journal, 39 (3). pp. 549-567. ISSN 0083-4041


Abstract

This article considers the hazards posed by marine stingers (notably Irukandjis) to recreational divers and snorkelers through the lens of Queensland’s unique workplace health and safety regulatory regime. The sustainability of diving and snorkelling tourism is highly dependent on the quality and safety of the services provided. The regime already contemplates the role of operators, the impact of sting-protective swimwear and other matters. An independent review of the State’s workplace laws in 2017 influenced changes to the law to improve its clarity, enforcement and prosecutions. However, this article argues that in relation to the management of marine stinger risks, with further slight adjustments to enhance clarity and consistency, the regulatory framework could achieve greater effectiveness in terms of compliance. This is important in a harmonised regulatory system. Other jurisdictions in Australia facing dangerous jellyfish hazards can refer to Queensland’s laws as a model of industry standards for the provision of safer recreational water activities. The article concludes with practical recommendations.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice (1 Jul 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2021 01:01
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2021 04:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: marine stingers; jellyfish; Irukandjis; recreational water activities; divers; snorkelers; Queensland; risk management; workplace health and safety
Fields of Research (2008): 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180199 Law not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4807 Public law > 480799 Public law not elsewhere classified
48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4899 Other law and legal studies > 489999 Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920407 Health Protection and/or Disaster Response
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200408 Injury prevention and control
11 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 1104 Tourism services > 110499 Tourism services not elsewhere classified
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2305 Work and labour market > 230506 Workplace safety
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/40928

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