What SafeWork NSW Codes of Practice Should You Apply in Your Workplace?
Weekly WHS Article 16th June 2022
Achieving the standards of health, safety and welfare
There are 28 NSW Codes of Practice that give practical guidance in how to achieve the standards of health, safety and welfare required under the WHS Act and the WHS Regulations, and they provide you with effective ways to identify and manage risks.
But which of these 28 codes of practice should be applied in your workplace?
This is an important question because usually a SafeWork NSW Inspector or a Court can accept that what you did in following a code of practice satisfies the requirement that a PCBU do everything reasonably practicable to ensure health and safety regarding the subject covered by that code.
But wait there are another 20 codes that were developed based on older laws before WHS law became applicable in 2011. SafeWork NSW says that these older codes can still be used to help you meet your WHS law requirements.
Where are these Codes?
You can find and download any of the 48 codes from SafeWork NSW’s website at https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/resource-library/list-of-all-codes-of-practice
Which Codes are relevant to your workplace?
Use SafeWork NSW’s URL to locate and then scan the list of the WHS Codes and the list of Pre-WHS Legislation Codes of Practice. Check off any that have a title that seems relevant to your workplace activities. Proceed from there to make a list of those codes and verify which codes should be applied in your workplace.
The benefits of using Codes of Practice
See our article called, The Benefits of Using WHS Codes of Practice, on our website at https://www.courtenell.com.au/single-post/the-benefits-of-using-whs-codes-of-practice
WHS Codes of Practice
First aid in the workplace
Hazardous manual tasks
How to manage and control asbestos in the workplace
How to manage work health and safety risks
How to safely remove asbestos
Labeling of workplace hazardous chemicals
Managing electrical risks
Managing noise and preventing hearing loss at work
Managing psychosocial hazards at work
Managing risks of falls at workplaces
Managing the risk of falls in housing construction
Managing risks of hazardous chemicals in the workplace
Managing the risks of plant in the workplace
Managing the risks of silica from engineered stone in the workplace
Managing risks in stevedoring
Managing risks when new and inexperienced persons interact with horses
Managing the work environment and facilities
Preparation of safety data sheets for hazardous chemicals
Safe design of structures
Spray painting and powder coating
Work health and safety consultation, cooperation and coordination
Pre-WHS Legislation Codes of Practice
Amenity tree industry
Accommodation for rural agricultural work
Cash in transit
Collection of domestic waste
Control of work-related exposure to hepatitis and HIV (blood-borne) viruses
Cutting and drilling concrete and other masonry products
Moving plant on construction sites
Overhead protective structures
Safe handling of timber preservatives and treated timber
Safe use and storage of chemicals in agriculture
Safe use of bulk solids containers
Safe use of pesticides in non-agricultural workplaces
Safe use of synthetic mineral fibres
Safe work on roofs part 1 commercial industrial
Safety aspects in the design of bulk solids containers
Safety in forest harvesting operations
Tunnels under construction
Work near overhead power lines