Legislative Framework ACT REGULATION Codes of Australian Standards Industry Practice Standards Materials Guidance Workbook page 3
Function of the WHS Regulations The most important function of the WHS Regulations is to specify the steps that are required for compliance with the general duties under the Act Matters are included in the Regulations in order to streamline the Act Workbook page 3
PRELIMINARY REPRESENTATION AND PARTICIPATION GENERAL RISK & WORKPLACE MANAGEMENT HAZARDOUS WORK PLANT AND STRUCTURES What’s covered in the WHS Regulations Workbook page 4
CONSTRUCTION WORK HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS ASBESTOS MAJOR HAZARDOUS FACILITIES MINES GENERAL What’s covered in the WHS Regulations Workbook page 4
WHS Regulations Some things may appear to be missing Abrasive blasting Welding Some construction hazards e.g.: overhead protective structures, structural collapse, lowering of materials Spray Painting Certificates of competency for pest controllers Licensing for load shifting equipment GENERAL DUTIES Identification and Management of Risk What is reasonably practicable - state of knowledge Workbook page 5
Approved Codes of Practice A practical guide to achieve the standards of health and safety required under the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act and Regulations. Provide duty holders with guidance on effective ways to manage work health and safety risks.
Admissible in court proceedings under the WHS Act and Regulations May be relied on by courts as evidence of what is known about a hazard, risk or control and in determining what is reasonably practicable Designed to be used in conjunction with the WHS Act and Regulations but do not have the same legal implications WHS Act and Regulations may be complied with by following another method if it provides an equivalent or higher standard An inspector may refer to an approved Code of Practice when issuing an improvement or prohibition notice What is the legal effect of Codes of Practice?
WHS Regulations Codes of Practice PRIORITY CODES How to manage work health safety risks WHS Consultation, Cooperation & Coordination Managing work environment and facilities Managing noise and preventing hearing loss at work Hazardous manual tasks Confined spaces How to prevent falls at workplaces Preparation of safety data sheets for hazardous chemicals Labelling workplace hazardous chemicals How to manage and control asbestos in the workplace How to safely remove asbestos
First Aid in the WorkplaceDemolition Work Managing Risks in Construction Work Spray Painting and Powder Coating Preventing Falls in Housing Construction Abrasive Blasting Managing Electrical Risks at the Workplace Welding and Allied Processes Managing Risks of Hazardous Chemicals Safe Access in Tree Trimming and Aboriculture Managing Risks of Plant in the Workplace Preventing and Managing Fatigue in the Workplace Safe Design of Building and Structures Preventing and Responding to Workplace Bullying Excavation Work Second Stage Codes of Practice and Guidance Material
WHS Regulations Transitional arrangements and WorkCover NSW Codes Existing NSW Codes of Practice will continue to operate until replaced by national Codes of Practice or guidance materials or revoked Where NSW has a Code of Practice on issues that are not specifically regulated, these Codes will become guidance material and must be considered when deciding what is “reasonably practicable”