A Code of Practice provides details on how to achieve the
standards required under work health and safety (WHS) legislation,
by identifying hazards and managing risks.
A person with duties under WHS legislation can comply with their
duties by adhering to another method, such as a technical or
industry standard, as long as it gives a standard of health or
safety that is equivalent to, or higher than, the code of
The new codes are part of the national harmonised work health
and safety laws that were adopted by NSW in 2012, and mirror Safe
Work Australia's model Codes of Practice. The new Codes replace
a number of existing codes that were in place under previous
occupational health and safety laws.
The 12 new Codes of Practice are:
First aid in the workplace;
Preventing Falls in Housing Construction;
Managing electrical risks in the workplace;
Managing risks of hazardous chemicals in the workplace;
Managing the risks of plant in the workplace;
Safe design of structures;
Spray painting and powder coating; and
The five existing Codes of Practice that have been revoked
"to avoid duplication or conflict" are:
Safe work on Roofs (Part 2 – Residential Buildings);
Work in Hot and Cold Environments;
Amenities for Construction Work; and
Prevention of Occupational Overuse Syndrome.
Acting General Manager of WorkCover's Work Health and Safety
Division, Peter Dunphy said that the new codes are about making NSW
workplaces safer: "The new codes make it easier for everyone
to know and understand their responsibilities... While what was
safe previously will continue to be safe under the new codes, it is
important that businesses, industry and workers understand the key
The new Codes affect all industries, however, as the new codes
relate to first aid, construction work, electrical, chemical and
plant risks, welding and spray painting, they will have the
greatest impact on those in the construction, electrical and
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