Guide to new OHS regulations now available

By Jeff Salton on July 27th, 2017

Business located in Victoria or those who interact with Victorian companies need to be aware of recent changes to the State’s OHS regulations.

The mandatory 10-year review of the Victorian OHS Regulations has been completed and the new OHS Regulations 2017 are now in force.

Editor-in-Chief of the Health & Safety Handbook, Michael Selinger, says that in general terms the new regulations are mainly the same as the old ones but have been renumbered.

“Areas where there have been changes, which require review, include workplaces where asbestos is present. Homeowners must now be notified of asbestos removal work, while some labelling requirements for hazardous substances will affect manufacturers and importers,” Michael says.

Businesses that operate in construction, mining or a major hazard facility are affected, as are those businesses whose workers require high-risk licences.

“In some cases there are transitional periods for compliance but otherwise the changes are operational from 18 June 2017,” Michael says, noting that Compliance Codes are also under review.

WorkSafe Victoria has released comprehensive guide to the new Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017.

Affected employers

Rather than trawl through the entire legislation, the guide is designed to help affected employers and other duty-holders ensure their compliance with the new regulations, which took effect on last month, after earlier public consultation.

According to WorkSafe Victoria’s Executive Director of Health and Safety, Marnie Williams, the new regulations will lift safety standards and reduce red tape.

“Although the regulations are mainly the same, they do introduce a number of changes which improve Victoria’s already high workplace safety standards and, where appropriate, reduce red tape for Victorian businesses,” Ms Williams said.

A guide to the new Equipment (Public Safety) Regulations 2017, which also came into effect on 18 June, is also available.

Both guides and a range of other resources can be found at or by calling the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089.

The Health & Safety Handbook, written by the experts at Holding Redlich lawyers, has more than 70 chapters covering all aspects of workplace health and safety – regardless of which jurisdiction your business operates in. Any changes in legislation between States and Territories is clearly identified so there is no confusion about which ‘rules’ apply to your operations. This is especially helpful if your business operates in more than one jurisdiction.

Take an obligation-free trial of the Health & Safety Handbook and check out the information for yourself without risk. All topics are covered, from Alcohol and Other Drugs through to Young Workers (and everything in between).

Order your copy of the Health & Safety Handbook today to ensure you and your business are doing everything that you are legally required to do about your workers’ safety.

The guides are available by clicking on the following links:
OHS Guide

EPS Guide


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