Codes of practice for work health and safety

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A code of practice provides practical guidance for your business on how to achieve health and safety standards required under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act). A code of practice also has effective ways to identify and manage risks.

Changes to the WHS Act came into effect on 1 July 2018 requiring duty holders to comply with an approved code of practice under the Act. Duty holders may, for the subject matter in the code, follow another method, such as a technical or an industry standard, if it provides an equivalent or higher standard of work health and safety to the standard required in the code.

Below are the codes of practice in place:

Information on the hazardous chemicals code of practice can be found on the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS).

Information on Occupational diving operations - standards operational practice and Work health and safety and underwater diving work, incorporating recreational and occupational diving can also be found on ABLIS.

The National code of practice for the preparation of material safety data sheets [NOHSC:2011 (1994)] can be found on ABLIS.

Information on the Health and safety in welding advisory standard can be found on ABLIS.

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