Workplace Safety

Q. How do I know if I am doing the right thing?

A. Investigate and educate yourself on how your industry is creating a safe work place. Model codes of practice are guides developed by government and industry in collaboration to help you control risk. The ways of controlling risks that have been deemed effective are known as “control measures”. That means when these control measures are implemented as a part of a wider workplace health and safety system, they enable the standards of health, safety and welfare required under the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act and the WHS Regulations in Tasmania to be achieved.

An approved code of practice applies to anyone who has a ‘duty of care’ as described in the code e.g. a small business operator. In most cases, following an approved code of practice would achieve compliance with the health and safety duties in the WHS Act in Tasmania. But it’s important to remember that codes of practice deal with particular issues and do not cover all hazards or risks that can arise.

Q. If the work in my workplace is not covered by a model code of practice do I still need to have safety systems in place?

A. All duty holders (e.g small business operators), need to consider all risks associated with work (e.g in the day-to-day running of a business); not only those for which regulations and codes of practice exist.

The following model Codes of Practice will be approved in Tasmanian from the 1st January 2013:

  • How to Manage Work Health and Safety Risks
  • Hazardous Manual Tasks
  • Managing the Risk of Falls at Workplaces
  • Labelling of Workplace Hazardous Chemicals
  • Preparation of Safety Data Sheets for Hazardous Chemical
  • Confined Spaces
  • Managing Noise and Preventing Hearing Loss at Work
  • Managing the Work Environment and Facilities
  • Work Health and Safety Consultation Co-operation and Co-ordination
  • How to Safely Remove Asbestos
  • How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace
  • First Aid in the Workplace
  • Construction Work
  • Preventing Falls in Housing Construction
  • Managing Risks of Plant in the Workplace
  • Managing Risks of Hazardous Chemicals in the Workplace
  • Safe design of structures
  • Managing electrical risks at the workplace
  • Demolition work
  • Excavation Work
  • Welding Processes
  • Spray painting and powder coating
  • Abrasive blasting
     

Changes to model codes of practice and model codes are ongoing, so to make sure you have the most up-to-date information, contact your aware365 consultant today.

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