Safe Work Australia Meeting Endorses New Codes of Practice

The members of Safe Work Australia met in Melbourne and discussed a number of topics including:

- The progress of the model work health and safety (WHS) laws

- Model WHS Codes of Practice

- The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 (Australian Strategy)

They agreed that the following documents would be published on the Safe Work Australia website with the standard disclaimer:

- Revised Workplace Exposure Standards for Airborne Contaminants including the revised Workplace Exposure Standard for Man-made Vitreous Fibres

- Australian Workplace Barometer: Report on psychosocial safety climate and worker health in Australia

- Hazard Surveillance: Residual Chemicals in Shipping Containers, and

- Work-related Traumatic Fatalities, Australia 2010-2011.

An additional 12 Codes of Practice were endorsed by the majority of members as a part of the harmonized WHS laws subject to minor editorial and technical changes:

- Tree trimming and removal work – crane access method

- Safe design, manufacture, import and supply of plant

- Scaffolds and scaffolding work

- Formwork and falsework

- Working in the vicinity of overhead and underground electric lines

- Traffic management in workplaces

- Industrial lift trucks

- Amusement devices

- Cranes

- Managing risks of plant in rural workplaces

- Managing risks of forestry operations

- Managing cash-in-transit security risks.


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