OHS Regulations and Codes of Practice released for public comment – Closing 4 April 2011

August 3, 2011

Work on harmonisation of Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws is continuing, and they are timed to start on 1 January 2012. As part of this process, draft regulations and codes of practice have now been released for public comment. The comment period closes on 4 April 2011. These regulations and codes will replace existing safety regulations and codes in all states on 1 January 2012.

The new regulations and codes cover the following topics:

  • Employee representation and issue resolution
  • General workplace management, including remote and isolated work, personal protective equipment, first aid and emergency management
  • Noise
  • Hazardous manual tasks
  • Confined spaces
  • Falls and falling objects
  • High risk work licensing
  • Abrasive blasting
  • Electrical work
  • Diving
  • Plant and structures, including registration of plant and plant design
  • Construction work, including a code of practice for construction facilities
  • Hazardous chemicals, including lead and asbestos
  • Major hazard facilities
  • How to manage health and safety risks (code of practice only)
  • How to consult (code of practice only)

Click here to access the draft regulations, codes and explanatory documents

TWU Vic/Tas (and other State Branches) are working in conjunction with TWU National Office to prepare a response to the Regulations and Codes. Contractors who wish to comment may do so individually or they can forward their comments to TWU by emailing daniela.fragale@twu.asn.au

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