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12 New NSW Codes of Practice:

A Good Time to Review Your “Systems of Work” and Risk Control Measures?

On the 18th of July, WorkCover NSW approved and released 12 new Codes of Practice.


At least one of these new codes applies to your workplace because it applies to all workplaces.


There are now 23 approved Codes of Practice in NSW under the NSW WHS Act 2011.


This may be a good time to review whether the “systems of work” and risk control measures in your workplace are carried out in a manner that fits the guidance in the NSW Code of Practice that applies to that work activity.


This article covers the following topics:


What is a WHS Code of Practice?


Why WHS Codes of Practice are Important in Your Workplace


The 12 New NSW Codes of Practice


Four Broad Steps to Implement a NSW Code of Practice in Your Workplace


What is a WHS Code of Practice?


A WorkCover NSW approved code of practice is a practical guide to how you can achieve the standards of health, safety and welfare required under the NSW Work Health and Safety Act and the Work Health and Safety Regulations.


For example the newly released First Aid Code of Practice provides practical guidance on how to comply with duties under the WHS Act and Regulations to provide adequate first aid facilities in the workplace. This Code includes information on first aid kits, procedures, facilities and training for first aiders. It applies to all types of work and all workplaces covered by the WHS Act, including workplaces that are outdoors, mobile or remote.


Like regulations, codes of practice deal with particular issues and do not cover all hazards or risks that may arise in your workplace. The health and safety duties in WHS legislation require duty holders in your workplace to consider all risks associated with work, not only those for which regulations and codes of practice exist.


Why WHS Codes of Practice are Important in Your Workplace


There are a number of good reasons to follow the guidance of any Code of Practice that covers the work activities that occur in your workplace:











The 12 New NSW Codes of Practice


First Aid in the Workplace

Construction Work

Preventing Falls in Housing Construction

Managing Electrical Risks in the Workplace

Managing Risks of Hazardous Chemicals in the Workplace

Managing the Risks of Plant in the Workplace

Safe Design of Structures

Excavation Work

Demolition Work

Spray Painting and Powder Coating

Abrasive Blasting

Welding Processes.


The Codes of Practice approved by WorkCover NSW under the NSW WHS Act 2011 can be found on WorkCover’s website.


However there are other NSW approved Codes of Practice that were approved under OHS legislation and have not been withdrawn by WorkCover.


You can find all the NSW Codes on WorkCover’s website


Four Broad Steps to Implement a NSW Code of Practice in Your Workplace


Here are steps you may find useful to take in your workplace.


  1. Look at the titles of the Codes of Practice in NSW you can see this list on WorkCover’s website


  1. Make your own list of the Codes that apply to activities that are performed in your workplace.


  1. Compare the guidance in each Code with what occurs in your workplace and create a list of any deficiencies that need to be addressed


  1. Take whatever action is needed to bring your systems of work and risk control measures into alignment with the guidance in the Code that applies to that work activity.


Note: Codes of Practice are one of the elements covered in Courtenell’s short online course called The WHS Legislative Framework. This online course is free for all attendees at Courtenell public and onsite courses.

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