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About Compliance Codes Review

With the review of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (OHS Regulations 2017) now complete, the Minister for Finance, Robin Scott MP, approved the release of eight proposed compliance codes for public comment.

The proposed compliance codes were available for public comment from Monday 1 May to Friday 9 June 2017. 

Public comment has now has now closed and WorkSafe is considering the submissions received. The submissions are available here. 

Compliance codes provide duty holders with practical guidance on how to comply with their legal requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act) and OHS Regulations 2017. While the guidance provided in a code is not mandatory, a duty holder who complies with a code will – to the extent it deals with their duties or obligations under the OHS Regulations – be considered to have complied with those duties or obligations.

WorkSafe Victoria (WorkSafe), in consultation with stakeholders, reviewed and updated the following now out dated codes of practice, compliance codes, and guidance to form the eight proposed compliance codes now open for public comment. The codes and guidance were reviewed to ensure they reflected modern work practices and hazards, and the duties in the OHS Act 2004 and the newly updated OHS Regulations 2017 that will take effect on 18 June 2017.

Compliance codes open for public comment

  • Proposed Hazardous Manual Handling Compliance Code
  • Proposed Hazardous Substances Compliance Code
  • Proposed Plant Compliance Code
  • Proposed Confined Spaces Compliance Code
  • Proposed Demolition Compliance Code
  • Proposed Excavation Compliance Code
  • Proposed Facilities in Construction Compliance Code
  • Proposed Noise Compliance Code

The four remaining proposed compliance codes (Managing Asbestos in Workplaces, Removing Asbestos in Workplaces, Prevention of Falls in Housing Construction, and Prevention of Falls in General Construction) are expected to be made available for public comment in late 2017.

The Finalised Codes

Following the close of public comment, submissions will be reviewed and considered and feedback incorporated where appropriate. WorkSafe will provide the finalised codes to the Minister for Finance, Robin Scott MP, for approval in his role as Minister responsible for the OHS Act.

Once approved, the compliance codes will be scheduled to take effect.

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