Businesses will struggle to meet new workplace safety standards when they come into force on January 1, industry groups say.

New occupational health and safety laws, which passed Parliament on Thursday night, put more responsibility on every member of an organisation to ensure safety in the workplace.

Industrial Relations Minister Russell Wortley says the laws aim to prevent workplace deaths like the 16 that have occurred during the 19 months MPs debated the legislation.

However, business and industry groups warn the new standards will be too complex and will increase red tape and costs.