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CCH launches new series on work health and safety


CCH launches new series on work health and safety

(Sydney, Australia, 1 May, 2012)CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business today announced the launch of Due Diligence: Duty of Officers, the first book in a new Work Health and Safety (WHS) Due Diligence series. The title is designed for the busy executive and examines the role of, and duties imposed on, officers under the new model work health and safety laws, the majority of which commenced on 1 January 2012. It includes practical and useful recommendations for compliance and attempts to bridge the gap between legal commentary and practical solutions.


Due Diligence: Duty of Officers contains a thorough explanation of all aspects of this duty, including the definition of an officer, the elements of the due diligence concept, and liabilities for breach of the duty. It is written in an easy-to-digest style and is an essential reference text for individuals and companies looking to remain up-to-date with the new reforms and avoid onerous penalties for non-compliance. The book’s author, Michael Tooma, a Partner and Head of OHSS, Asia Pacific at Norton Rose Australia, explained that these penalties can amount to a A$3 million fine or five years’ incarceration.


“This is not just another legal text. At the time of embarking on this project I had authored or co-authored 10 legal texts which have provided commentary in relation to occupational health and safety laws in Australia, several of them on the new laws themselves. It seemed fitting therefore to do something radically different.


“The series draws on my 15 years of specialist practice, research, lecturing and writing on work health and safety issues. Critically, it draws on many conversations with clients, colleagues, and specialist academics. It particularly draws on work done with clients in both investigating the causes of incidents and implementing system improvements,” Tooma said.


The CCH Due Diligence series gives a plain-English explanation of the law, identifies the key practical obligations imposed by the law, and provides a step-by-step guide to meeting those obligations. It includes useful diagrams to summarise key messages. Each topic begins with a case-based exploration of the underlying policy driver to give the reader a better feel for where the law is coming from. Wherever appropriate, a checklist or flow chart is provided to summarise the main steps. CCH’s Director of Books, Australia & New Zealand, Jonathan Seifman, said CCH is very proud to be launching the series in conjunction with Michael Tooma of Norton Rose.


“CCH has worked with Michael on many occasions and our relationship spans decades. Michael is one of the country’s leading authorities when it comes to work health and safety legislation in this country,” Seifman said.


Due Diligence: Duty of Officers costs $49.95 RRP and is available now - along with a range of other work, health and safety titles - from the CCH Australia Online Store.


Caption: Michael Tooma officially launches Due Diligence: Duty of Officers, the first of a multi-part Work Health and Safety series published by CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business



For more information

Greg Conway

Senior Communications Advisor, Wolters Kluwer Asia Pacific

T: +61 2 9857 1886 | Mb. +61 (0)408 290 412 |


About the author, Michael Tooma

Michael Tooma is synonymous with occupational health and safety law in Australia. He is a Partner at Norton Rose Australia, part of Norton Rose Group, a global law firm with approximately 3,000 lawyers in 43 offices around the world. Michael heads up the Asia Pacific Occupational Health Safety and Security Practice of Norton Rose Group. He is also Head of the Australian Government Practice of the firm.


Michael Tooma is the author of 10 texts on occupational health and safety law and of the Managing Work Health and Safety updating service published by CCH. He is an Adjunct Professor of law at Edith Cowan University and was Senior Visiting Fellow at the School of Safety Science at the University of New South Wales, where he taught postgraduate occupational health and safety law for 12 years. Read more about Michael Tooma here


About CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business
CCH ( is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company focused on professionals with annual revenues of (2011) €3.4 billion ($4.7 billion) and approximately 19,000 employees worldwide. Please visit our website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook for more information.
About Norton Rose

Norton Rose Group ( is a leading international legal practice which offers a full business law service to many of the world’s pre-eminent financial institutions and corporations from offices in Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Central Asia.


Norton Rose is strong in financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and pharmaceuticals and life sciences. It has more than 2900 lawyers operating from offices worldwide.


Norton Rose Group comprises Norton Rose LLP, Norton Rose Australia, Norton Rose Canada LLP, Norton Rose South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc), and their respective affiliates. Read more about Norton Rose Australia here.



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