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Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996

The Regulations set minimum requirements for specific hazards, work and administrative practices in relation to work safety and health.

Contents

  1. What are the regulations?
  2. How can I meet my obligations?
  3. View the regulations
  4. Forms

1. What are the regulations?

The Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 have the effect of spelling out specific requirements of the legislation.

Regulations may prescribe minimum standards and have a general application, or they may define specific requirements related to a particular hazard or particular type of work. They may also allow the licensing or granting of approvals and certificates etc.

2. How can I meet my obligations?

Under the Act, there are two types of instruments to help you meet your workplace health and safety obligations - regulations and codes of practice.

If there is a regulation about a risk, you must comply with the regulation.

If there is a code of practice about a risk, you must either:

  • do what the code says; or
  • adopt and follow another way that gives the same level of protection against the risk.

If there is no regulation of code of practice about the risk, you must choose an appropriate way and take reasonable precautions and exercise proper diligence to ensure you meet your obligations.

3. View the regulations

The State Law Publisher provides an electronic copy of the Act and Regulations.  The State Law Publisher progressively amends its documents to include any legislative changes.  This usually occurs a week or two from the time the amendments appear in the Government Gazette. 

You may download or print this legislation free of charge, however, please note that this is not a legal document and as such can not be used in a court of law.

You can access the latest version of the regulations on the State Law Publisher site here.

4. Forms

The Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 require that certain forms are used when notifying the Commissioner of certain matters, when dealing with improvement or prohibition notices, when referring matters to safety and health magistrates, and other matters. You can access the required forms here.

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