On 18th of June, the new Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 came into effect, replacing the 2007 regulations. The Minister for Finance, Robin Scott MP, has approved the release of eight proposed compliance codes that are aligned with the new regulations which were open for public comment from May 1st to June 9th 2017.
The compliance codes provide duty holders with practical guidance on how to comply with their legal obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, and the new OHS Regulations 2017.
The eight compliance codes cover:
- Hazardous Manual Handling
- Hazardous Substances
- Confined Spaces
- Facilities in Construction
The OHS Regulations also set out a variety of duties in response to the following high risk work practices and industries:
- High risk work
- Major hazard facilities
Additional proposed compliance codes are currently being reviewed and are anticipated to be available for public comment in late 2017.
These additional codes cover Managing Asbestos in Workplaces, Removing Asbestos in Workplaces, Prevention of Falls in Housing Construction, and Prevention of Falls in General Construction.
How does Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 impact me?
Greencap will be releasing summaries of the changes in OHS Regulations 2017 in the coming weeks.
Speak to your Greencap OHS Consultant to learn how the new regulations affect your business.