Codes of Practice

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.

NOTE : 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.

Codes of Practice

Abrasive Blasting

This model Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance for persons conducting a business or undertaking on how to manage health and safety risks associated with abrasive blasting... Read More

Agricultural work near electric lines (Draft)

This Information Sheet provides advice for small businesses and workers on managing the risks of agricultural work carried out near energised overhead electric lines and associated... Read More

Amusement Devices - Annual Inspection (Draft)

This Information Sheet provides advice for small businesses and workers on annual inspection requirements for amusement devices and includes an example annual inspection record. F... Read More

Amusement Devices - General Guide (Draft)

This General Guide provides information on how to manage the risks associated with amusement devices and passenger ropeways at a workplace.  Unless otherwise stated the term amusement device... Read More

Amusement Devices - Inflatable (Draft)

This Information Sheet provides advice for small businesses and workers on hazards and risk controls for inflatable amusement devices.  An inflatable amusement device is fabricated ... Read More

Amusement Devices - Operators Information Sheet (Draft)

This Information Sheet provides advice for small businesses and workers including operators, on the safe operation of amusement devices. The checklist can assist with managing risk... Read More

Amusement Devices - Owners Information Sheet (Draft)

This Information Sheet provides advice for small businesses and workers including owners and managers of amusement devices. It includes a checklist to assist in assessing whether a... Read More

Cash in Transit - Risk Management Form (Draft)

This form can help set out your risk management process for managing cash-in-transit security risks. Read More

Cash in Transit (Draft)

This Information Sheet provides advice for small businesses like security providers and those who engage security providers on managing risks from cash-in-transit activities—for example saf... Read More

Cash in Transit General Guide (Draft)

  This General Guide is for companies, businesses, people and workers in the cash-in-transit industry, usually involving armoured or non-armoured vehicle operations. It is also for: ... Read More

Confined Spaces

This model Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance practical guidance on how to meet the requirements under the WHS Act and Regulations applying in a jurisdiction in relation... Read More

Construction Work

This model Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance to principal contractors and other persons conducting a business or undertaking who carry out construction work on how to m... Read More

Demolition Work

This model Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance for persons conducting a business or undertaking on how to manage the health and safety risks associated with demolition wo... Read More

Electric Lines - Operating cranes or mobile plant (Draft)

This Guide provides information on managing the risks associated with operating cranes or mobile plant near overhead electric lines. Cranes and mobile plant include mobile cranes, vehicle-loadin... Read More

Excavation work

This model Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance for persons conducting a business or undertaking on how to manage the health and safety risks associated with excavation wo... Read More

First Aid in the Workplace

This model Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance for persons who have duties to manage risks to health and safety under the WHS Act and Regulations applying in a jurisdicti... Read More

Forestry - General Hazards (Draft)

This Guide includes information on the more common hazards of forestry operations and practical examples of ways you can control the risks associated with them. It is part of a series of for... Read More

Forestry - Guide Coupe Harvesting Site Access (Draft)

This Guide includes information on potential hazards and things you should consider when preparing logging coupes and access roads to timber harvesting areas. It is part of a series of fores... Read More

Forestry - Infield Processing Forest Products (Draft)

This Guide includes information on the potential hazards of infield processing of forest products and practical examples of ways you can control the risks associated with them. It is part of... Read More

Forestry - Loading, Transportation and Unloading (Draft)

This Guide includes information on the potential hazards of loading, transporting and unloading logs and practical examples of ways you can control the risks associated with them. It is part... Read More

Forestry - Log Extraction (Draft)

This Guide includes information on the potential hazards extracting logs and practical examples of ways you can control the risks associated with them. It is part of a series of forestry ind... Read More

Forestry - Log Landings (Draft)

This Guide includes information on the potential hazards of log landings and practical examples of ways you can control the risks associated with them. It is part of a series of forestry ind... Read More

Forestry - Plant and Equipment (Draft)

This Guide includes information on the potential hazards of plant and equipment used in forestry operations and practical examples of ways you can control the risks associated with them. It ... Read More

Forestry Operations - Definitions (Draft)

Forestry Operations - General Guide (Draft)

The Guide applies to all businesses or undertakings in the forestry industry. It can be used where any of the activities mentioned above are carried out at a workplace. Read More

Forestry Operations - Information Sheet (Draft)

This Information Sheet provides advice on managing the risks of forestry operations.  A forestry operation is work done in the forestry industry to: „„ form, develop and rege... Read More

Forklifts - Owners and Operators Information (Draft)

This Information Sheet provides advice for small businesses and workers on managing risks associated with operating powered forklifts in the workplace. Read More

General Guide - Formwork and Falsework (Draft)

This General Guide provides information on how to manage formwork and falsework risks at a workplace. It is supported by specific guides on formwork, falsework, slip, jump and travelling for... Read More

Guide for Handling & Transporting Cash (Draft)

This Guide provides practical guidance for persons conducting a business or undertaking about managing health and safety risks associated with handling and transporting cash.  This includes ... Read More

Guide to Falsework (Draft)

This Guide provides information on the design, construction and dismantling of falsework.  It is part of a series of guides for formwork and falsework that includes the: „„ General gui... Read More

Guide to Formwork (Draft)

This Guide provides information on designing, erecting, using and dismantling formwork.  It is part of a series of guides for formwork and falsework that includes the: „„ General guide for ... Read More

Hand Arm Vibration Information Sheet

This Information Sheet provides advice on how to manage the risk of hand-arm vibration (HAV) in the workplace. Workers using hand-held power tools may be exposed to harmful levels of H... Read More

Hazardous Manual Tasks

This model Code of Practice has been developed to explain how to identify hazardous manual tasks, assess the risks of musculoskeletal disorders and eliminate or minimise those risks. This guidance is ... Read More

How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace

This model Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance for persons conducting a business or undertaking on how to manage risks associated with asbestos and asbestos containing ma... Read More

How to Manage Work Health and Safety Risks

This model Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance for persons who have duties to manage risks to health and safety under the WHS Act and Regulations applying in a jurisdicti... Read More

How to Safely Remove Asbestos

This model Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance for persons conducting a business or undertaking who have duties under the WHS Act and WHS Regulations applying in a jurisd... Read More

Importing and Supplying Safe Plant (Draft)

This Guide provides information for people who import and supply plant. Plant includes machinery, equipment, appliances, containers, implements and tools and components or anything fitted or... Read More

Industrial Lift Trucks (Draft)

This General Guide provides information about managing health and safety risks for people who carry out activities involving industrial lift trucks. It is supported by an Information Sheet f... Read More

Information Sheet - Formwork and Falsework (Draft)

This Information Sheet provides advice for small businesses and workers on managing risks associated with formwork and falsework activities, for example formwork and falsework cont... Read More

Labelling of Workplace Hazardous Chemicals

This model Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance to persons conducting a business or undertaking involved in the manufacture, import, supply or use of hazardous chemicals o... Read More

Low voltage overhead service lines (Draft)

This Guide provides information on managing the risks of unauthorised persons working near low voltage overhead service lines near structures and buildings.  For example: „„ paint... Read More

Managing Electrical Risks in the Workplace

This model Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance for persons conducting a business or undertaking on managing electrical risks in the workplace. Read More

Managing Noise and Preventing Hearing Loss at Work

This model Code of Practice applies to all types of work and all workplaces covered by the WHS Act and Regulations applying in a jurisdiction where there is the potential for exposure to noise that ca... Read More

Managing Risks of Hazardous Chemicals in the Workplace

This model Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance on how to manage health and safety risks associated with hazardous chemicals for persons conducting a business or undertaki... Read More

Managing the Risk of Falls at Workplaces

This model Code of practice applies to all workplaces covered by the WHS Act and Regulations applying in a jurisdiction where there is a risk of a fall by a person from one level to another that is re... Read More

Managing the Risks of Plant in the Workplace

This model Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance for persons who conduct a business or undertaking and have management or control of plant in the workplace, as well as to p... Read More

Managing the Work Environment and Facilities

This model Code of Practice applies to all types of work and all workplaces covered by the WHS Act and Regulations applying in a jurisdiction, including workplaces that are mobile, temporary and remot... Read More

Plant - Information Sheet (Draft)

This Information Sheet provides advice for small businesses and workers who design, manufacture, import or supply plant. What is plant? Plant includes any machinery, equipment,applianc... Read More

Preparation of Safety Data Sheets for Hazardous Chemicals

This model Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance on how to prepare a safety data sheet for any hazardous chemicals that are being manufactured or imported for use, handling... Read More

Preventing Falls in Housing Construction

This model Code of Practice is a revised version of the National Code of Practice for the Prevention of Falls in Housing Construction (2010), updated to reflect the requirements under the WHS Act and ... Read More

Safe design and working operation of formwork (Draft)

This Guide provides practical information on the safe design and working operation of slip, jump and travelling forms. It is part of a series of guides for formwork and falsework that includ... Read More

Safe Design of Plant (Draft)

This Guide provides information for people who design, redesign or modify plant to be used in a workplace. Plant includes machinery, equipment, appliances, containers, implements and tools a... Read More

Safe Design of Structures

This model Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance to persons conducting a business or undertaking who design structures that will be used, or could reasonably be expected to... Read More

Safe Manufacture of Plant (Draft)

This Guide provides information for plant manufacturers on manufacturing safe plant for the workplace. Plant includes machinery, equipment, appliances, containers, implements and tools and c... Read More

Scaffolding near overhead electric lines (Draft)

This Information Sheet provides advice on managing the risks of erecting, dismantling and using fixed scaffolding near overhead electric lines and associated electrical equipment w... Read More

Scaffolds - Information Sheet (Draft)

This Information Sheet provides advice for small businesses and workers on managing the risks associated with tower and mobile scaffolds and related scaffolding work. Read More

Scaffolds - Inspection and Maintenance (Draft)

This Guide provides information on scaffold inspection and maintenance including information on certification that a scaffold is safe to use. It is part of a series of guidance material and shou... Read More

Scaffolds and Scaffolding - General Guide (Draft)

This General Guide provides information on how to manage risks associated with scaffolds and scaffolding work at a workplace. It is supported by guidance material for specific types of scaff... Read More

Scaffolds and Scaffolding- Guide (Draft)

This Guide provides information on specific types of scaffolds and scaffolding and practical examples of ways you can control some of the risks associated with them. It is part of a series of gu... Read More

Spray Painting and Powder Coating

This model Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance for persons conducting a business or undertaking on how to manage health and safety risks associated with spray painting an... Read More

Suspended Scaffolds - Guide (Draft)

This Guide provides information on the potential hazards for suspended (swing stage) scaffolds and provides practical examples of ways you can control the risks associated with them. It is ... Read More

Timber Harvesting - General Guide (Draft)

This Guide includes information on the potential hazards of timber harvesting operations and practical examples of ways you can control the risks associated with them. It is part of a series... Read More

Traffic Control Measures Checklist (Draft)

This checklist can help you implement effective control measures in your workplace. Using this checklist is not mandatory—you can use whatever means are most useful and practical to identify t... Read More

Traffic Management - Construction (Draft)

This Guide has been developed to supplement the General guide for workplace traffic management. It provides information on how to manage risks that may arise from traffic movements at construction w... Read More

Traffic Management - Events (Draft)

This Guide has been developed to supplement the General guide for workplace traffic management. It provides information on how to manage risks that may arise from traffic movements at public events.... Read More

Traffic Management - General Guide (Draft)

This General Guide provides information on how to manage traffic risks at a workplace. It is supported by specific guidance material on traffic management for shopping centres, construction ... Read More

Traffic Management - Shopping Centres (Draft)

This Guide has been developed to supplement the General guide for workplace traffic management. It provides information on how to manage risks that may arise from traffic movements in shopping centr... Read More

Traffic Management - Warehousing (Draft)

This Guide has been developed to supplement the General guide for workplace traffic management. It provides information on how to manage risks that may arise from traffic movements in warehouses. Read More

Transporting High Loads - Guide (Draft)

This Guide provides information on the responsibilities of transport operators, their workers and others when transporting high loads. Contact with energised overhead electric lines by high ... Read More

Tree and Vegetation Management near overhead electric lines (Draft)

This Information Sheet provides advice for small businesses and workers on managing the risks associated with cutting, trimming or treating trees and other vegetation with chemical... Read More

Welding Processes

This model Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance for persons conducting a business or undertaking on how to manage health and safety risks associated with welding. This Cod... Read More

Whole Body Vibration Information Sheet

This Information Sheet provides advice on how to manage the risks of whole-body vibration (WBV) in the workplace. Workers using machinery in workplaces can be exposed to harmful levels... Read More

Work Health and Safety Consultation, Co-operation and Co-ordination

This model Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance to persons conducting a business or undertaking on how to effectively consult with workers who carry out work for the busin... Read More

Working in the vicinity of electric lines - Definitions (Draft)

Definitions for the General Guide for working in the vicinity of overhead and underground electria lines and supporting specific guides. Read More

Working in the vicinity of electric lines - Information Sheet (Draft)

This Information Sheet provides advice for small businesses and workers on managing the risks associated with working in the vicinity of overhead and underground electric lines. Read More

Working in the vicinity of electric lines (Draft)

This General Guide provides information on how to manage risks when working in the vicinity of overhead and underground electric lines at a workplace. Read More

Workplace Vibration Exposure to Whole Body

This Guide provides information on how to manage risks associated with vibrating machinery in the workplace, and in particular whole-body vibration. A summary is available in the information... Read More

Workplace Vibration Hand Arm Exposure

This Guide provides information on how to manage risks associated with vibrating plant in the workplace, in particular hand-held power tools. A summary is available in the information sheet ... Read More

Workplace Vibration Measure and Assess Whole Body

This Guide provides information for occupational hygienists, ergonomists and other professionals involved in the measurement and assessment of workplace vibration exposures from vibrating pl... Read More

Workplace Vibration Measure and Assessment Hand Arm

This Guide provides information for occupational hygienists, ergonomists and other professionals involved in the measurement and assessment of workplace vibration exposures from vibrating pl... Read More

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