Important Regulations when conducting work at heights

What are Regulations?

The Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 (Australian Government) provide details on how to prevent, minimise or eliminate hazards and risks in your workplace.

It is a legal requirement that any PCBU (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking) must adhere to what the Regulations say.

At times there may not be a Regulation or Code of Practice that relates to your industry. If this is the case, then you must choose an appropriate way to manage exposure to the risk "as far as is reasonably practicable".

Hierarchy of Legislation for Working at Heights

With the introduction in many Australian States of Workplace Manslaughter Laws, penalties of which can include jail time and massive fines, it is now even more important to ensure that systems are compliant and workers are given adequate fall protection.

Additionally, failing to take action is no excuse as this can be seen as negligent and, should a death occur in your workplace, you may still be charged. For more information read our article: New Workplace Manslaughter Laws.

Workplaces must adhere to:


Are you and your buildings meeting statutory requirements? Take a Height Safety Risk Calculator and find out now.

To find your relevant industry and territory regulatory body go to the website links at the bottom of our Industry Information page.

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