New OHS Regulations 2017 – how do they affect you?


Effective 18th June Victoria’s new OH&S Regulations 2017 (OHS Regulations 2017) came into effect. This replaces the existing 2007 version. But what impact will these have on the height safety industry?

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The key changes that affect our industry are:

Definitions

In these Regulations— fall, in

Part 3.3 – Prevention of falls, means a person’s involuntary fall of more than 2 metres;

Part 3.3 – Prevention of Falls

The key change to the Prevention of Falls regulations is in relation to: OHS Regulations 2017, Regulation 3.3.1, Regulation 41 Application of Part Regulation –  A note to clarify that legislative obligations still apply to the risk of falls below two metres has been added to regulation 41 of the OHS Regulations 2017.

 

  1. A fall in this Part means an involuntary fall of more than 2 metres (see the definition of fall in Regulation 5).
  2. Section 21 of the Act imposes duties on employers to, so far as is reasonably practicable, provide and maintain a working environment that is safe and without risks to health. This includes managing risks associated with falls of 2 metres or less. In accordance with section 20(1) of the Act, employers must eliminate risks associated with falls of 2 metres or less so far as is reasonably practicable and, if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the risks, reduce those risks so far as is reasonably practicable, having regard to the matters set out in section 20(2) of the Act.

What is high risk construction work?

In Part 5.1 – Construction, high risk construction work means any of the following construction work—

Section 322 – What is high risk construction work? In this Part, high risk construction work means any of the following construction work (a) where there is a risk of a person falling more than 2 metres.

 

If you require more assistance and advice on how these changes affect you, contact the team at Sayfa on 1300 301 755 or info@sayfa.com.au.