What are Codes of Practice?

Codes of practice assist you, your employees and your company by providing practical guidelines to enable compliance with the legal requirements of the WHS Act and Regulations.

Approved codes can be submitted as evidence in court proceedings and may be used when determining what is "reasonably practicable" in regard to hazards, risks or controls. 

According to the National Code of Practice for the Prevention of Falls in General Construction "work that involves a risk of a person falling more than 2 metres" is classified as High Risk Construction Work.

Codes of practice cover various areas including:

  • Management of risks and how to identify hazards
  • Implementation and maintenance of control measures
  • Types of devices for use in regard to the risks or hazards
  • Emergency procedures
  • Design considerations

 

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Go to our Industry Information Links & Downloads page for links to vital documents.

For more information on the difference between codes of practice and other guidance material go to Safe Work Australia's document Codes of Practice and Guidance Material Information Sheet.

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