About OHS Regulations Reform
The new Occupational Health and Safety Regulations
2017 (OHS Regulations) and Equipment
(Public Safety) Regulations 2017 (EPS Regulations) commenced on 18 June 2017.
available to assist you in understanding the new Regulations and what the
changes mean for you. This includes summaries of the changes and comprehensive
guides comparing the 2007 and 2017 Regulations, which are available on the
The new OHS Regulations 2017 and EPS Regulations 2017 are also available online.
What has changed?
The new OHS
Regulations 2017 are mainly the same as the OHS Regulations 2007. However, you
need to be aware of the changes and make sure you are compliant.
If you are affected
by the changes, the detailed information and guides available on the
WorkSafe website will help you
identify how to stay compliant.
For further information you can contact the
WorkSafe Victoria Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Your submissions and feedback
Your feedback and engagement has played a vital part in making sure the OHS Regulations 2017 and EPS Regulations 2017 are streamlined and modernised to better reflect current Victorian work practices.
The draft Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 (OHS Regulations), Equipment (Public Safety) Regulations 2007 (EPS Regulations), and Regulatory Impact Statement were made available for public comment from 18 July to 9 September 2016.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit feedback. WorkSafe’s response to the submissions is available here.
Comments were mainly focused on specific issues, including:
- the proposal to allow duty holders to assume that asbestos is not present in buildings, structures, ships or plant built or made after 31 December 2003. As a result, this proposal was removed from the final Regulations.
- the requirement for prescription-only veterinary medicines to include Globally Harmonised System of Chemical Labelling (GHS) and GHS hazard and precautionary statements. As a result, an exemption was included in the final Regulations.
- recommendations to extend the Prevention of Falls Part to apply to risks of falls from two metres or less. As a result, the note to reference an employer’s obligation to apply a hierarchy of controls when addressing risks of falls from two metres or less was strengthened.
- the proposal to require emergency procedures where there is a risk of ground collapse or the site becoming engulfed with soil. The requirement to establish emergency procedures has been retained in the final Regulations.
In addition to the public comment period, WorkSafe undertook a significant amount of stakeholder engagement throughout the review, with more than 236 hours of face-to-face engagement with stakeholders taking place. This included:
- Establishing 10 topic-specific stakeholder reference groups (SRG) who attended 65 topic-specific meetings to provide feedback on proposed policy changes.
- Contacting 73 stakeholder organisations to make them aware of the review and offer the opportunity to comment on their experience with the current regulations and how they could be improved.
For further information on the submissions and our response, contact the WorkSafe Victoria Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 or email us at email@example.com.
OHS001 - Australian Association of Miniature Railways and Model Engineers
OHS002 - Name withheld
OHS003 - Name withheld
OHS004 - Confidential
OHS005 - Peter Moylan
OHS006 - Peter Ferguson
OHS007 - AITAC Pty Ltd
OHS008 - Vaughan Duggan
OHS009 - Paul Baggeridge
OHS010 - Name withheld
OHS011 - Name withheld
OHS012 - Confidential
OHS013 - Qenos
OHS014 - Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (Construction and General Division) Victorian and Tasmanian Branch
OHS015 - Rawlings Safety Group
OHS016 - Wendy Macdonald
OHS017 - Australian Nursing and Midwifery Association Victorian Branch
OHS018 - Confidential
OHS019 - Lisa Stevens
OHS020 - Master Electricians Australia
OHS021 - Name withheld
OHS022 - Minerals Council of Australia
OHS023 - RG Chemical Safety
OHS024 - Haztech Environmental
OHS025 - Asbestos Council of Victoria/GARDS Inc.
OHS026 - ACCI / Attachment A
OHS026 - ACCI / Attachment A
OHS027 - CropLife Australia
OHS028 - Australian Industrial Truck Association / Attachment A
OHS029 - David Bartlett
OHS030 - Vasalia Govender
OHS031 - Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce
OHS032 - Name withheld
OHS033 - Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (Construction and General Division) Victorian and Tasmanian Branch – Additional submission
OHS034 - Civil Contractors Federation
OHS035 - Name withheld
OHS036 - CEPU (Plumbing Division)
OHS037 - Name withheld
OHS038 - Housing Industry Australia
OHS039 - Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union Education and Training Unit
OHS040 - Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union Education and Training Unit - Additional submission
OHS041 - Accensi Pty Ltd
OHS042 - Fire Protection Association Australia
OHS043 - Safety Institute of Australia
OHS044 - Bayer
OHS045 - Solutions in Engineering
OHS046 - Name withheld
OHS047 - Victorian Farmers Federation
OHS048 - Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association
OHS049 - Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
OHS050 - Toll Group
OHS051 - The Australian Workers' Union
OHS052 - Victorian Trades Hall Council
OHS053 - Master Builders Association of Victoria
OHS054 - Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union
OHS055 - AgNova Technologies
OHS056 - Greencap
OHS057 - Herbert Smith Freehills
OHS058 - Australian Industry Group
OHS059 - Construction Material Processors Association Inc
OHS060 - Crane Industry Council of Australia
OHS061 - Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Disclaimer: To the full extent permitted by law, WorkSafe Victoria does not accept liability for any loss or damage suffered or for any claims whatsoever arising in any way from any party making a submission or any third party included, identified or named in a submission in any way or form.