About OHS Regulations Reform
The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (OHS Regulations) and Equipment (Public Safety) Regulations 2017 (EPS Regulations) commenced on 18 June 2017.
Resources are 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 Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 and OHS Regulations 2017, which are available on the WorkSafe website.
What has changed?
The 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 email@example.com.
Your submissions and feedback
Your feedback and engagement has played a vital part in making sure the OHS Regulations and EPS Regulations are streamlined and modernised to better reflect current Victorian work practices.
The draft OHS Regulations 2017, EPS Regulations 2017, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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