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What are the codes of practices under the Work Health & Safety legislation?

The following model Codes of Practice have been finalised for implementation under the Intergovernmental Agreement for Regulatory and Operational Reform in Occupational Health and Safety.

  • Abrasive Blasting
  • First aid in the workplace
  • How to safely remove asbestos
  • Labelling of workplace hazardous chemicals
  • How to manage and control asbestos in the workplace
  • Preparation of safety data sheets for hazardous chemicals
  • Confined spaces
  • Managing risks of hazardous chemicals in the workplace
  • Construction work
  • Hazardous manual tasks
  • Work health & safety consultation, co-operation and co-ordination
  • Managing noise and preventing hearing loss at work
  • Demolition
  • Managing risks of plant in the workplace
  • Managing electrical risks in the workplace
  • How to manage work health & safety risks
  • Excavation work
  • Safe design of structures
  • Managing the risks of falls at workplaces
  • Spray painting and powder coating
  • Preventing falls in housing construction
  • Welding processes
  • Managing the work environment and facilities


Codes of practice being revised

The following draft model Codes of Practice:

  •  Preventing and Managing Fatigue in the Workplace, and

  •  Preventing and responding to Workplace Bullying

are currently being revised based on public comment. They are expected to be finalised in the first half of 2013.

Draft Codes of Practice awaiting approval

These DRAFT Codes of Practice have been approved by Safe Work Australia Members and are ready for approval by the Select Council on Workplace Relations (Ministerial Council). The Codes will become model WHS Codes of Practice under the Inter- Governmental Agreement for Regulatory and Operational reform in OHS when they are approved by the Ministerial Council.

  • Safe design, manufacture, import and supply of plant

  • Traffic management in workplaces

  • Managing cash-in-transit security risks

  • Scaffolds and scaffolding work

  • Tree trimming and removal work - crane access method

  • Industrial lift trucks

  • Formwork and falsework

  • Managing risks of plant in rural workplaces

  • Cranes

  • Managing risks in forestry operation


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