Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012


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Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012

I, the Governor in and over the State of Tasmania and its Dependencies in the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Executive Council, make the following regulations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 .

3 December 2012

PETER G. UNDERWOOD

Governor

By His Excellency's Command,

D. J. O'BYRNE

Minister for Workplace Relations

Chapter 1 - Preliminary
PART 1.1 - Introductory Matters

1.   Short title

These regulations may be cited as the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012 .

2.   Commencement

(1)  Except as provided by this regulation, these regulations take effect on the day on which the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 commences.
(2)  [Regulation 2 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2013, No. 122, Applied:25 Dec 2013] Regulations 459 , 460 and 529 take effect on 1 January 2014.
(3)  [Regulation 2 Subregulation (3) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] [Regulation 2 Subregulation (3) amended by S.R. 2013, No. 122, Applied:25 Dec 2013] [Regulation 2 Subregulation (3) substituted by S.R. 2016, No. 118, Applied:21 Dec 2016] Regulations 423(2) and 479(2) take effect on 1 January 2017.
(4)  [Regulation 2 Subregulation (4) inserted by S.R. 2016, No. 118, Applied:21 Dec 2016] Regulations 168 , 169 , 170 , 178 , 179 , 180 and 181 take effect on 1 January 2019.

3.   Reserved

This regulation has been left blank so as to preserve uniformity with other jurisdictions with regard to numbering of regulations.

4.   Reserved

This regulation has been left blank so as to preserve uniformity with other jurisdictions with regard to numbering of regulations.

5.   Interpretation

(1)  In these regulations –
abrasive blasting means propelling a stream of abrasive material at high speed against a surface using compressed air, liquid, steam, centrifugal wheels or paddles to clean, abrade, etch or otherwise change the original appearance or condition of the surface;
accredited assessor means –
(a) a person who is accredited under Part 4.5 to conduct assessments; or
(b) the regulator;
[Regulation 5 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2016, No. 118, Applied:21 Dec 2016] ADG Code means the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail, approved by the Transport and Infrastructure Council, as in force or remade from time to time, and a reference in these regulations to a provision of that document extends to the corresponding provision (if any) of the document as in force or remade;
administrative control means a method of work, a process or a procedure designed to minimise risk, but does not include –
(a) an engineering control; or
(b) the use of personal protective equipment;
[Regulation 5 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] airborne contaminant means a contaminant in the form of a fume, mist, gas, vapour or dust, and includes micro-organisms;
[Regulation 5 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] amusement device means plant operated for hire or reward that provides entertainment, sightseeing or amusement through movement of the equipment, or part of the equipment, or when passengers or other users travel or move on, around or along the equipment, but does not include –
(a) a miniature train and railway system owned and operated by a model railway society, club or association; or
(b) a ride or device that is used as a form of transport and that is, in relation to its use for that purpose, regulated under another Act or an Act of the Commonwealth; or
(c) a boat or flotation device –
(i) that is solely propelled by a person who is in or on the boat or device; and
(ii) that is not attached to any mechanical elements or equipment outside the boat or device, and that does not rely on any artificial flow of water to move; or
(d) any plant specifically designed for a sporting, professional stunt, theatrical or acrobatic purpose or activity; or
(e) a coin-operated or token-operated device that –
(i) is intended to be ridden, at the 1 time, by not more than 4 children who must be below the age of 10 years; and
(ii) is usually located in a shopping centre or similar public location; and
(iii) does not necessarily have an operator;
[Regulation 5 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014]
article means a manufactured item, other than a fluid or particle, that –
(a) is formed into a particular shape or design during manufacture; and
(b) has hazard properties and a function that are wholly or partly dependent on the shape or design;
asbestos means the asbestiform varieties of mineral silicates belonging to the serpentine or amphibole groups of rock forming minerals including the following:
(a) actinolite asbestos;
(b) grunerite (or amosite) asbestos (brown);
(c) anthophyllite asbestos;
(d) chrysotile asbestos (white);
(e) crocidolite asbestos (blue);
(f) tremolite asbestos;
(g) a mixture that contains 1 or more of the minerals referred to in paragraphs (a) to (f) ;
asbestos containing material (ACM) means any material or thing that, as part of its design, contains asbestos;
asbestos-contaminated dust or debris (ACD) means dust or debris that has settled within a workplace and is, or is assumed to be, contaminated with asbestos;
asbestos management plan – see regulation 429 or 432 ;
asbestos register – see regulation 425 ;
asbestos-related work means work involving asbestos (other than asbestos removal work to which Part 8.7 applies) that is permitted under the exceptions set out in regulation 419(3) , (4) and (5) ;
asbestos removal licence means a Class A asbestos removal licence or a Class B asbestos removal licence;
asbestos removal work means –
(a) work involving the removal of asbestos or ACM; or
(b) in Part 8.10 , Class A asbestos removal work or Class B asbestos removal work;
asbestos removalist means a person conducting a business or undertaking who carries out asbestos removal work;
asbestos waste means asbestos or ACM removed and disposable items used during asbestos removal work including plastic sheeting and disposable tools;
biological monitoring means –
(a) the measurement and evaluation of a substance, or its metabolites, in the body tissue, fluids or exhaled air of a person exposed to the substance; or
(b) blood lead level monitoring;
blood lead level means the concentration of lead in whole blood expressed in micromoles per litre ([mu ]mol/L) or micrograms per decilitre ([mu ]g/dL);
blood lead level monitoring means the testing of the venous or capillary blood of a person by a laboratory accredited by NATA, under the supervision of a registered medical practitioner, to determine the blood lead level;
boiler means –
(a) a vessel, or an arrangement of vessels and interconnecting parts, in which steam or vapour is generated or in which water or other liquid is heated at a pressure above that of the atmosphere by the application of fire, the products of combustion, electrical power or similar high temperature means; and
(b) the superheaters, reheaters, economisers, boiler piping, supports, mountings, valves, gauges, fittings, controls, boiler setting and other equipment directly associated with those vessels –
but does not include –
(c) except in Schedules 3 and 4, a fully flooded or pressurised system where water or another liquid is heated to a temperature lower than the normal atmospheric boiling temperature of the liquid; or
(d) for the purposes of Parts 5.2 and 5.3 and in Schedules 3 and 4, a boiler designed or manufactured to the following codes:
(i) AMBSC Part 1 – Australian Miniature Boiler Safety Committee Code for Copper Boilers;
(ii) [Regulation 5 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] AMBSC Part 2 – Australian Miniature Boiler Safety Committee Code for Steel Boilers;
(iii) [Regulation 5 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] AMBSC Part 3 – Australian Miniature Boiler Safety Committee Code for Sub-Miniature Boilers;
(iv) [Regulation 5 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] AMBSC Part 4 – Australian Miniature Boiler Safety Committee Code for Duplex Steel Boilers; or
(e) in Schedules 3 and 4 –
(i) a direct fired process heater; or
(ii) boilers with less than 5 square metres heating surface or 150 kilowatt output; or
(iii) unattended boilers certified in compliance with AS 2593:2004 (Boilers – Safety management and supervision systems);
boom-type elevating work platform means a telescoping device, hinged device, or articulated device, or any combination of these, used to support a platform on which personnel, equipment and materials may be elevated;
bridge crane means a crane that –
(a) consists of a bridge beam or beams, that are mounted to end carriages at each end; and
(b) is capable of travelling along elevated runways; and
(c) has 1 or more hoisting mechanisms arranged to traverse across the bridge;
building maintenance equipment means a suspended platform and associated equipment, including a building maintenance unit or a swing stage, that incorporates permanently installed overhead supports to provide access to the faces of a building for maintenance, but does not include a suspended scaffold;
building maintenance unit means a power operated suspended platform and associated equipment on a building specifically designed to provide permanent access to the faces of the building for maintenance;
bulk, in relation to a hazardous chemical, means any quantity of a hazardous chemical that is –
(a) in a container with a capacity exceeding 500 litres or net mass of more than 500 kilograms; or
(b) if the hazardous chemical is a solid, an undivided quantity exceeding 500 kilograms;
capacity, of a container (in Chapter 7 ), means the internal volume of the container at a temperature of 15oC expressed in litres;
card holder means the person to whom a general construction induction training card is issued;
certificate of medical fitness means a certificate of medical fitness that complies with regulation 169 ;
certification, in relation to a specified VET course, means –
(a) a statement of attainment issued by an RTO stating that the person to whom it is issued has successfully completed the specified VET course; or
(b) in the case of high risk work, a notice of satisfactory assessment stating that the person to whom it is issued has successfully completed the specified VET course; or
(c) an equivalent statement or notice issued by a corresponding RTO;
certified safety management system, in Chapter 8 , means a safety management system that complies with AS 4801:2001 (Occupational health and safety management systems), or an equivalent system determined by the regulator;
chemical identity means a name, in accordance with the nomenclature systems of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry or the Chemical Abstracts Service, or a technical name, that gives a chemical a unique identity;
class means the following:
(a) in relation to high risk work, a class of work specified in Schedule 3;
(b) in relation to asbestos removal work, Class A asbestos removal work or Class B asbestos removal work;
Class A asbestos removal licence means a licence that authorises the carrying out of Class A asbestos removal work and Class B asbestos removal work by or on behalf of the licence holder;
Class A asbestos removal work means work that is required to be licensed under regulation 485 ;
Class B asbestos removal licence means a licence that authorises the carrying out of Class B asbestos removal work by or on behalf of the licence holder;
Class B asbestos removal work means work that is required to be licensed under regulation 487 , but does not include Class A asbestos removal work;
class label means a pictogram described in the ADG Code for a class, or division of a class, of dangerous goods;
clearance certificate – see regulation 474 ;
clearance inspection – see regulation 473 ;
[Regulation 5 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] combustible dust means finely divided solid particles (including dust, fibres or flyings), that are –
(a) suspended in air or settle out of the atmosphere under their own weight; and
(b) able to burn or glow in air; and
(c) able to form an explosive mixture with air at atmospheric pressure and normal temperature;
combustible substance means a substance that is combustible, and includes dust, fibres, fumes, mists or vapours produced by the substance;

Examples

Wood, paper, oil, iron filings.

competency assessment, in Part 4.5 , means an assessment in relation to the completion of a specified VET course to carry out a class of high risk work;
competent person means the following:
(a) for electrical work on energised electrical equipment or energised electrical installations (other than testing referred to in regulations 150 and 165 ), a person who –
(i) holds an electrical practitioner's licence within the meaning of the Occupational Licensing (Electrical Work) Regulations 2008 ; or
(ii) is otherwise permitted under the Occupational Licensing Act 2005 to undertake electrical work which is prescribed work under that Act;
(b) for general diving work, see regulations 174 and 177 ;
(c) [Regulation 5 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] for a major inspection of mobile cranes and tower cranes under regulation 235 , see regulation 235 ;
(d) [Regulation 5 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] for inspection of amusement devices and passenger ropeways under regulation 241 , see regulation 241 ;
(e) for design verification under regulation 252 , a person who has the skills, qualifications, competence and experience to design the plant or verify the design;
(f) for a clearance inspection under regulation 473 , a person who has acquired through training or experience the knowledge and skills of relevant asbestos removal industry practice and holds –
(i) a certification in relation to the specified VET course for asbestos assessor work; or
(ii) a tertiary qualification in occupational health and safety, occupational hygiene, science, building, construction or environmental health;
(g) for any other case, a person who has acquired through training, qualification or experience the knowledge and skills to carry out the task;
concrete placing boom means plant incorporating a knuckle boom, capable of power operated slewing and luffing to place concrete by way of pumping through a pipeline attached to, or forming part of, the boom of the plant;
confined space means an enclosed or partially enclosed space that –
(a) is not designed or intended primarily to be occupied by a person; and
(b) is, or is designed or intended to be, at normal atmospheric pressure while any person is in the space; and
(c) is or is likely to be a risk to health and safety from –
(i) an atmosphere that does not have a safe oxygen level; or
(ii) contaminants, including airborne gases, vapours and dusts, that may cause injury from fire or explosion; or
(iii) harmful concentrations of any airborne contaminants; or
(iv) engulfment –
but does not include a mine shaft or the workings of a mine;
confined space entry permit means a confined space entry permit issued under regulation 67 ;
construction project – see regulation 292 ;
construction work – see regulation 289 ;
consumer product means a thing that –
(a) is packed or repacked primarily for use by a household consumer or for use in an office; and
(b) if the thing is packed or repacked primarily for use by a household consumer, is packed in the way and quantity in which it is intended to be used by a household consumer; and
(c) if the thing is packed or repacked primarily for use in an office, is packed in the way and quantity in which it is intended to be used for office work;
container, in relation to a hazardous chemical, means anything in or by which a hazardous chemical is, or has been, wholly or partly covered, enclosed or packed, including anything necessary for the container to perform its function as a container;
contaminant means any substance that may be harmful to health or safety;
control measure, in relation to risk to health and safety, means a measure to eliminate or minimise the risk;
conveyor means equipment or apparatus operated by power other than manual power and by which loads are raised, lowered or transported or capable of being raised, lowered, transported, or continuously driven, by –
(a) an endless belt, rope or chain or other similar means; or
(b) buckets, trays or other containers or fittings moved by an endless belt, rope, chain or similar means; or
(c) a rotating screw; or
(d) a vibration or walking beam; or
(e) a powered roller conveyor if the rollers are driven by an endless belt, rope or chain or other similar means –
and includes the superstructure, gear and auxiliary equipment used in connection with that equipment or apparatus;
correct classification means the set of hazard classes and hazard categories assigned to a hazardous chemical when it is correctly classified;

Note

Part 1of Schedule 9 sets out when a hazardous chemical is correctly classified.

crane means an appliance intended for raising or lowering a load and moving it horizontally including the supporting structure of the crane and its foundations, but does not include any of the following:
(a) an industrial lift truck;
(b) earthmoving machinery;
(c) an amusement device;
(d) a tractor;
(e) an industrial robot;
(f) a conveyor;
(g) building maintenance equipment;
(h) a suspended scaffold;
(i) a lift;
current certificate of medical fitness means a certificate of medical fitness that –
(a) was issued within the past 12 months; and
(b) has not expired or been revoked;
dangerous goods see regulation 10(1A) ;
demolition work means work to demolish or dismantle a structure, or part of a structure that is loadbearing or otherwise related to the physical integrity of the structure, but does not include –
(a) the dismantling of formwork, falsework, or other structures designed or used to provide support, access or containment during construction work; or
(b) the removal of power, light or telecommunication poles;
derrick crane means a slewing strut-boom crane with its boom pivoted at the base of a mast that is –
(a) guyed (guy-derrick) or held by backstays (stiff-legged derrick); and
(b) capable of luffing under load;
designer, in relation to plant, a substance or a structure, has the same meaning as it has in section 22 of the Act;
determined major hazard facility means a facility that has been determined under regulation 541 or 542 to be a major hazard facility;
direct fired process heater means an arrangement of 1 or more coils, located in the radiant zone or convection zone, or both, of a combustion chamber, the primary purpose of which is to raise the temperature of a process fluid circulated through the coils, to allow distillation, fractionalism, reaction or other petrochemical processing of the process fluid, whether that fluid is liquid or gas, or a combination of liquid and gas;
dogging work means –
(a) the application of slinging techniques, including the selection and inspection of lifting gear, to safely sling a load; or
(b) the directing of a plant operator in the movement of a load when the load is out of the operator's view;
duty holder in Part 3.1 , means a person referred to in regulation 32 ;
EANx, in Part 4.8 , means a mixture of oxygen and nitrogen in which the volume of oxygen is at least 22%;
earthmoving machinery means operator controlled plant used to excavate, load, transport, compact or spread earth, overburden, rubble, spoil, aggregate or similar material, but does not include a tractor or industrial lift truck;
electrical equipment – see regulation 144 (and regulation 148 for Division 3 of Part 4.7 );
electrical installation – see regulation 145 (and regulation 148 for Division 3 of Part 4.7 );
electrical risk means risk to a person of death, shock or other injury caused directly or indirectly by electricity;
electrical work – see regulation 146 ;
[Regulation 5 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] electricity supply authority means a person who holds a licence under the Electricity Supply Industry Act 1995 authorising the transmission or distribution of electricity;
emergency service organisation means the following:
(a) the State Emergency Service within the meaning of the Emergency Management Act 2006 ;
(b) [Regulation 5 Subregulation (1) amended by No. 73 of 2013, Sched. 1, Applied:01 Jul 2014] Ambulance Tasmania established under the Ambulance Service Act 1982 ;
(c) the Tasmanian Fire Service established under the Fire Service Act 1979 ;
(d) the Police Service;
emergency service worker means a member of an emergency services organisation, whether for payment or other consideration or as a volunteer;
engineering control means a control measure that is physical in nature, including a mechanical device or process;
entry, by a person into a confined space, means the person's head or upper body is in the confined space or within the boundary of the confined space;
essential services means the supply of –
(a) gas, water, sewerage, telecommunications, electricity and similar services; or
(b) chemicals, fuel and refrigerant in pipes or lines;
excavation means a trench, tunnel or shaft, but does not include –
(a) a mine; or
(b) a bore to which the Water Management Act 1999 applies; or
(c) a trench for use as a place of interment;
excavation work means work to –
(a) make an excavation; or
(b) fill or partly fill an excavation;
exposure standard, except in Part 4.1 , means an exposure standard in the Workplace Exposure Standard for Airborne Contaminants;
exposure standard for noise – see regulation 56 ;
external review means an external review under Part 11.1 ;
extra-low voltage means voltage that does not exceed 50 volts alternating current (50V AC) or 120 volts ripple-free direct current (120V ripple-free DC);
facility, in Chapter 9 , means a workplace at which Schedule 15 chemicals are present or likely to be present;
fall arrest system means plant or material designed to arrest a fall;

Example

An industrial safety net, a catch platform, a safety harness system (other than a system that relies entirely on a restraint technique system).

fault, in relation to plant, means a break or defect that may cause the plant to present a risk to health and safety;
female of reproductive capacity, in Part 7.2 , means a female other than a female who provides information stating that she is not of reproductive capacity;
fire risk hazardous chemical means a hazardous chemical that –
(a) is any of the following:
(i) a flammable gas;
(ii) a flammable liquid (hazard category 1 to 3);
(iii) a flammable solid;
(iv) a substance liable to spontaneous combustion;
(v) a substance which, in contact with water, emits flammable gases;
(vi) an oxidizing substance;
(vii) an organic peroxide; and
(b) burns readily or supports combustion;
fitness criteria, in relation to diving work, means the fitness criteria specified in clause M4 of Appendix M to AS/NZS 2299.1:2007 (Occupational diving operations – Standard operational practice);
flammable gas has the same meaning as it has in the GHS;
flammable liquid means a flammable liquid within the meaning of the GHS that has a flash point of less than 93oC;
forklift truck, in Schedules 3 and 4, means a powered industrial truck equipped with lifting media made up of a mast and an elevating load carriage to which is attached a pair of fork arms or other arms that can be raised 900mm or more above the ground, but does not include a pedestrian-operated truck or a pallet truck;
friable asbestos means material that –
(a) is in a powder form or that can be crumbled, pulverised or reduced to a powder by hand pressure when dry; and
(b) contains asbestos;
gantry crane means a crane that –
(a) [Regulation 5 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] consists of a bridge beam or beams supported at one or both ends by legs mounted to end carriages; and
(b) is capable of travelling on supporting surfaces or deck levels, whether fixed or not; and
(c) has a crab with 1 or more hoisting units arranged to travel across the bridge;
gas cylinder means a rigid vessel –
(a) that does not exceed 3 000 litres water capacity and is without openings or integral attachments on the shell other than at the ends; and
(b) that is designed for the storage and transport of gas under pressure; and
(c) that is covered by AS 2030.1:2009 (Gas cylinders – General requirements);
general construction induction training means training delivered in Australia by an RTO for the specified VET course for general construction induction training;
general construction induction training card means –
(a) in Division 2 of Part 6.5 , a general construction induction training card issued under that Division; or
(b) in any other case, a general construction induction training card issued –
(i) under Division 2 of Part 6.5 or under a corresponding WHS law; or
(ii) by an RTO under an agreement between the regulator and an RTO or a corresponding regulator and an RTO;
general construction induction training certification means a certification for the completion of the specified VET course for general construction induction training;
general diving work means work carried out in or under water while breathing compressed gas, and includes –
(a) incidental diving work; and
(b) limited scientific diving work –
but does not include high risk diving work;
genuine research means systematic investigative or experimental activities that are carried out for either acquiring new knowledge (whether or not the knowledge will have a specific practical application) or creating new or improved materials, products, devices, processes or services;
GHS means the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, Third revised edition, published by the United Nations as modified under Schedule 6;

Note

The Schedule 6 tables replace some tables in the GHS.

hazard category means a division of criteria within a hazard class in the GHS;
hazard class means the nature of a physical, health or environmental hazard under the GHS;
hazard pictogram means a graphical composition, including a symbol plus other graphical elements, that is assigned in the GHS to a hazard class or hazard category;
hazard statement means a statement assigned in the GHS to a hazard class or hazard category describing the nature of the hazards of a hazardous chemical including, if appropriate, the degree of hazard;
[Regulation 5 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] hazardous area means an area in which –
(a) an explosive gas is present in the atmosphere in a quantity that requires special precautions to be taken for the construction, installation and use of plant; or
(b) a combustible dust is present, or could reasonably be expected to be present, in the atmosphere in a quantity that requires special precautions to be taken for the construction, installation and use of plant;
hazardous chemical means a substance, mixture or article that satisfies the criteria for a hazard class in the GHS (including a classification referred to in Schedule 6), but does not include a substance, mixture or article that satisfies the criteria solely for 1 of the following hazard classes:
(a) acute toxicity – oral – category 5;
(b) acute toxicity – dermal – category 5;
(c) acute toxicity – inhalation – category 5;
(d) skin corrosion/irritation – category 3;
(e) serious eye damage/eye irritation – category 2B;
(f) aspiration hazard – category 2;
(g) flammable gas – category 2;
(h) acute hazard to the aquatic environment – category 1, 2 or 3;
(i) chronic hazard to the aquatic environment – category 1, 2, 3 or 4;
(j) hazardous to the ozone layer;

Note

The Schedule 6 tables replace some tables in the GHS.

hazardous manual task means a task that requires a person to lift, lower, push, pull, carry or otherwise move, hold or restrain any person, animal or thing that involves 1 or more of the following:
(a) repetitive or sustained force;
(b) high or sudden force;
(c) repetitive movement;
(d) sustained or awkward posture;
(e) exposure to vibration;

Examples

1

A task requiring a person to restrain live animals.

2

A task requiring a person to lift or move loads that are unstable or unbalanced or are difficult to grasp or hold.

3

A task requiring a person to sort objects on a conveyor belt.

Hazchem Code means a Hazchem Code under the ADG Code, also known as an Emergency Action Code;
head or upper body means the area of a person's body at or above the person's shoulders;
health monitoring, of a person, means monitoring the person to identify changes in the person’s health status because of exposure to certain substances;
heritage boiler means a boiler that –
(a) was manufactured before 1952; and
(b) is used for a historical purpose or activity, including an activity that is ancillary to a historical activity;

Examples

1

Historical activity: a historical display, parade, demonstration or re-enactment.

2

Activity ancillary to a historical activity: restoring, maintaining, modifying, servicing, repairing or housing a boiler used, or to be used, for a historical activity.

high risk construction work – see regulation 291 ;
high risk diving work means work –
(a) carried out in or under water or any other liquid while breathing compressed gas; and
(b) involving 1 or more of the following:
(i) construction work;

Notes

1

Subparagraph (ii) includes some additional construction-related activities.

2

For construction work generally, see Chapter 6 . For the meaning of construction work, see regulation 289 .

(ii) work of the kind described in regulation 289(3)(d) ;
(iii) inspection work carried out in order to determine whether or not work described in subparagraph (i) or (ii) is necessary;
(iv) the recovery or salvage of a large structure or large item of plant for commercial purposes –
but does not include minor work carried out in the sea or the waters of a bay or inlet or a marina that involves cleaning, inspecting, maintaining or searching for a vessel or mooring;
high risk work means any work set out in Schedule 3 as being within the scope of a high risk work licence;
high risk work licence means any of the licences listed in Schedule 3;
hoist means an appliance intended for raising or lowering a load or people, and includes an elevating work platform, a mast climbing work platform, personnel and materials hoist, scaffolding hoist and serial hoist, but does not include a lift or building maintenance equipment;
ignition source means a source of energy capable of igniting flammable or combustible substances;
importer, in relation to plant, a substance or a structure, has the same meaning as it has in section 24 of the Act;
incidental diving work means general diving work that –
(a) is incidental to the conduct of the business or undertaking in which the diving work is carried out; and

Example

Acting underwater is incidental to the business or undertaking of filming.

(b) [Regulation 5 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] involves limited diving;
(c) [Regulation 5 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014]
independent, in relation to clearance inspections and air monitoring under Chapter 8 , means –
(a) not involved in the removal of asbestos; and
(b) not involved in a business or undertaking involved in the removal of asbestos –
in relation to which the inspection or monitoring is conducted;
industrial lift truck means powered mobile plant, designed to move goods, materials or equipment that is equipped with an elevating load carriage and is in the normal course of use equipped with a load-holding attachment, but does not include a mobile crane or earthmoving machinery;
industrial robot means plant that is a multifunctional manipulator and its controllers, capable of handling materials, parts or tools, or specialised devices, through variable programmed motions for the performance of a variety of tasks;
[Regulation 5 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] inflatable device (continuously blown) means an amusement device that is an inflatable device that relies on a continuous supply of air pressure to maintain its shape;
in situ asbestos means asbestos or ACM fixed or installed in a structure, equipment or plant, but does not include naturally occurring asbestos;
intermediate bulk container (IBC) has the same meaning as IBC has in the ADG Code;
internal review means internal review under Part 11.1 ;
in transit, in relation to a thing, means that the thing –
(a) is supplied to, or stored at, a workplace in containers that are not opened at the workplace; and
(b) is not used at the workplace; and
(c) is kept at the workplace for not more than 5 consecutive days;
lead means lead metal, lead alloys, inorganic lead compounds and lead salts of organic acids;
lead process – see regulation 392 ;
lead process area means a workplace or part of a workplace where a lead process is carried out;
lead risk work – see regulation 394 ;
licence holder means –
(a) in the case of a high risk work licence, the person who is licensed to carry out the work; or
(b) in the case of an asbestos assessor licence, the person who is licensed –
(i) to carry out air monitoring during Class A asbestos removal work; and
(ii) to carry out clearance inspections of Class A asbestos removal work; and
(iii) to issue clearance certificates in relation to Class A asbestos removal work; or
(c) in the case of an asbestos removal licence, the person conducting the business or undertaking to whom the licence is granted; or
(d) in the case of a major hazard facility licence, the operator of the major hazard facility to whom the licence is granted or transferred;
licensed asbestos assessor means a person who holds an asbestos assessor licence;
licensed asbestos removalist means a person conducting a business or undertaking who is licensed under these regulations to carry out Class A asbestos removal work or Class B asbestos removal work;
licensed asbestos removal work means asbestos removal work for which a Class A asbestos removal licence or Class B asbestos removal licence is required;
licensed major hazard facility means a major hazard facility that is licensed under Part 9.7 ;
lift means plant that is, or is intended to be, permanently installed in or attached to a structure, in which people, goods or materials may be raised or lowered within a car or cage, or on a platform and the movement of which is restricted by a guide or guides, and includes –
(a) a chairlift, escalator, moving walkway and stairway lift; and
(b) any supporting structure, machinery, equipment, gear, lift well, enclosures and entrances;
limited diving means diving that does not involve any of the following:
(a) diving to a depth below 30 metres;
(b) the need for a decompression stop;
(c) the use of mechanical lifting equipment or a buoyancy lifting device;
(d) diving beneath anything that would require the diver to move sideways before being able to ascend;
(e) the use of plant that is powered from the surface;
(f) diving for more than 28 days during a period of 6 months;
limited scientific diving work means general diving work that –
(a) is carried out for the purpose of professional scientific research, natural resource management or scientific research as an educational activity; and
(b) involves only limited diving;
local authority, in relation to a facility, means the local authority for the local authority area in which the facility and the surrounding area are located;
local community, in relation to a major hazard facility, means the community in the surrounding area;
lower explosive limit (LEL), in relation to a flammable gas, vapour or mist, means the concentration of the gas, vapour or mist in air below which the propagation of a flame does not occur on contact with an ignition source;
maintain, in relation to plant or a structure in Chapter 5 , includes repair or servicing of plant or a structure;
major hazard facility means a facility –
(a) at which Schedule 15 chemicals are present or likely to be present in a quantity that exceeds their threshold quantity; or
(b) that is determined by the regulator under Part 9.2 to be a major hazard facility;
major hazard facility licence means a licence granted under Part 9.7 in relation to a major hazard facility;
major incident – see regulation 531 ;
major incident hazard means a hazard that could cause, or contribute to causing, a major incident;
manifest means a written summary of the hazardous chemicals used, handled or stored at a workplace;

Note

See Schedule 12 (Manifest requirements) for what a manifest must contain.

manifest quantity, in relation to a Schedule 11 hazardous chemical, means the quantity referred to in Schedule 11, table 11.1, column 5 for that hazardous chemical;
manufacturer, in relation to plant, a substance or a structure, has the same meaning as it has in section 23 of the Act;
mast climbing work platform means a hoist with a working platform used for temporary purposes to raise personnel and materials to the working position by means of a drive system mounted on an extendable mast that may be tied to a structure;
materials hoist means a hoist that –
(a) consists of a car, bucket or platform cantilevered from, and travelling up and down outside, a face of the support of a structure; and
(b) is used for hoisting things and substances but not persons;
membrane filter method means the membrane filter method described in the Guidance Note on the Membrane Filter Method for Estimating Airborne Asbestos Fibres [NOHSC:3003 (2005)];
mixture, in Part 7.1 , means a combination of, or a solution composed of, 2 or more substances that do not react with each other;
mobile crane means a crane capable of travelling over a supporting surface without the need for fixed runways and relying only on gravity for stability;
modification, in relation to a facility – see regulation 534 ;
musculoskeletal disorder means an injury to, or disease of, the musculoskeletal system, whether occurring suddenly or over time, but does not include an injury caused by crushing, entrapment or cutting resulting principally from the mechanical operation of plant;
NATA means the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia;
NATA-accredited laboratory means a testing laboratory accredited by NATA, or recognised by NATA either solely or with someone else;
naturally occurring asbestos means the natural geological occurrence of asbestos minerals found in association with geological deposits including rock, sediment or soil;
non-friable asbestos means material containing asbestos that is not friable asbestos, including material containing asbestos fibres reinforced with a bonding compound;

Note

Non-friable asbestos may become friable asbestos through deterioration (see definition of friable asbestos).

non-slewing mobile crane means a mobile crane incorporating a boom or jib that cannot be slewed, and includes –
(a) an articulated mobile crane; or
(b) a locomotive crane –
but does not include vehicle tow trucks;
notice of satisfactory assessment means a notice stating that the person to whom it is issued has successfully completed a specified VET course;
operator, in relation to a facility or a proposed facility – see regulation 533 ;
operator protective device, includes roll-over protective structure, falling object protective structure, operator restraining device and seat belt;
order-picking forklift truck, in Schedules 3 and 4, means a forklift truck where the operator’s controls are incorporated with the lifting media and elevate with the lifting media;
packaged hazardous chemicals means Schedule 11 hazardous chemicals in a container with –
(a) a capacity not exceeding 500 litres; or
(b) a net mass not exceeding 500 kilograms;
[Regulation 5 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] passenger ropeway means a powered ropeway used for transporting, in a horizontal or inclined plane, passengers moved by a carrier that is –
(a) attached to or supported by a moving rope; or
(b) attached to a moving rope but supported by a standing rope or other overhead structure –
including, in relation to the powered ropeway, the prime mover, any associated transmission machinery and any supporting structure and equipment, but does not include any of the following:
(c) a cog railway;
(d) a cable car running on rails;
(e) a flying fox or similar device;
(f) an elevating system for vehicles or boat style carriers associated with amusement devices;

Example

An elevating system for a log ride or boat flume ride.

person with management or control of plant at a workplace has the same meaning as it has in section 21 of the Act;
person with management or control of a workplace has the same meaning as it has in section 20 of the Act;
personal protective equipment means anything used or worn by a person to minimise risk to the person's health and safety, including air supplied respiratory equipment;
personnel and materials hoist means a hoist –
(a) that is a cantilever hoist, a tower hoist or several winches configured to operate as a hoist; and
(b) that is intended to carry goods, materials or people;
pipeline means pipe work that crosses a boundary of a workplace, beginning or ending at the nearest fluid or slurry control point (along the axis of the pipeline) to the boundary;
pipe work means a pipe or assembly of pipes, pipe fittings, valves and pipe accessories used to convey a hazardous chemical;
placard means a sign or notice –
(a) displayed or intended for display in a prominent place, or next to a container or storage area for hazardous chemicals at a workplace; and
(b) that contains information about the hazardous chemical stored in the container or storage area;
placard quantity, in relation to a Schedule 11 hazardous chemical, means the placard quantity referred to in Schedule 11, table 11.1, column 4 for the Schedule 11 hazardous chemical;
plant, in Parts 5.2 and 5.3 , includes a structure;
[Regulation 5 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] platform height, in relation to an inflatable device (continuously blown), means the height of the highest part of the device designed to support persons using it (the platform, as measured from the surface supporting the device to the top surface of the platform when the device is inflated but unloaded;
portal boom crane means a boom crane or a jib crane that is mounted on a portal frame that, in turn, is supported on runways along which the crane travels;
powered mobile plant means plant that is provided with some form of self-propulsion that is ordinarily under the direct control of an operator;
precautionary statement means a phrase prescribed by the GHS that describes measures that are recommended to be taken to prevent or minimise –
(a) the adverse effects of exposure to a hazardous chemical; or
(b) improper handling of a hazardous chemical;
presence-sensing safeguarding system includes –
(a) a sensing system that uses 1 or more forms of radiation either self-generated or otherwise generated by pressure; and
(b) the interface between the final switching devices of the sensing system and the machine primary control elements; and
(c) the machine stopping capabilities, by which the presence of a person or part of a person within the sensing field will cause the dangerous parts of a machine to be brought to a safe state;
pressure equipment means boilers, pressure vessels and pressure piping;
pressure piping –
(a) means an assembly of pipes, pipe fittings, valves and pipe accessories subject to internal or external pressure and used to contain or convey liquid or to transmit liquid pressure; and
(b) includes distribution headers, bolting, gaskets, pipe supports and pressure containing accessories; but
(c) does not include –
(i) a boiler or pressure vessel; or
(ii) any piping that is regulated under the Gas Pipelines Act 2000 , Gas Act 2000 , or the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982 ;
pressure vessel –
(a) means a vessel subject to internal or external pressure; and
(b) includes –
(i) interconnected parts and components, valves, gauges and other fittings up to the first point of connection to connecting piping; and
(ii) fired heaters; and
(iii) gas cylinders; but
(c) does not include a boiler or pressure piping;
primary emergency service organisation means the Tasmanian Fire Service established under the Fire Service Act 1979 ;
principal contractor, in relation to a construction project – see regulation 293 ;
product identifier means the name or number used to identify a product on a label or in a safety data sheet;
prohibited carcinogen means a substance –
(a) listed in Schedule 10, table 10.1, column 2; and
(b) present in a concentration of –
(i) for a solid or liquid, 0·1% or more, determined as a weight/weight (w/w) concentration; and
(ii) for a gas, 0·1% or more, determined as a volume/volume (v/v) concentration;
proposed facility means –
(a) an existing workplace that is to become a facility due to the introduction of Schedule 15 chemicals; or
(b) a facility that is being designed or constructed;
proposed major hazard facility means –
(a) an existing facility or other workplace that is to become a major hazard facility due to the introduction of Schedule 15 chemicals or the addition of further Schedule 15 chemicals; or
(b) a major hazard facility that is being designed or constructed;
quantity, in Chapter 7 , means –
(a) for a hazardous chemical that is not a liquid or a gas or a gas under pressure and is in a container or storage or handling system, the mass in kilograms of the hazardous chemical in the container or storage or handling system; and
(b) for a hazardous chemical that is a liquid and is not a gas under pressure and is in a container or storage or handling system, the net capacity in litres of the container or storage or handling system; and
(c) for a hazardous chemical that is a gas or gas under pressure in a container or storage or handling system, the water capacity in litres of the container or storage or handling system; and
(d) for a hazardous chemical that is not a liquid and is in bulk and not in a container, the undivided mass in kilograms; and
(e) for a hazardous chemical that is a thing and is not a gas, the net capacity of the part of the thing that comprises a hazardous chemical;
reach stacker means a powered reach stacker that incorporates an attachment for lifting and lowering a shipping container;
reciprocating steam engine means equipment that is driven by steam acting on a piston causing the piston to move, and includes an expanding (steam) reciprocating engine;
registered medical practitioner means a person registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law to practise in the medical profession (other than as a student);
registered training organisation (RTO) means a training organisation listed as a registered training organisation on the National Register established under the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 of the Commonwealth;
relevant fee, in relation to a matter, means the fee specified in Schedule 2 for that matter;
research chemical means a substance or mixture that –
(a) is manufactured in a laboratory for genuine research; and
(b) is not for use or supply for a purpose other than analysis or genuine research;
respirable asbestos fibre means an asbestos fibre that –
(a) is less than 3 micrometres wide; and
(b) more than 5 micrometres long; and
(c) has a length to width ratio of more than 3:1;
restricted carcinogen means a substance –
(a) listed in Schedule 10, table 10.2, column 2 for a use listed in column 3; and
(b) present in a concentration of –
(i) for a solid or liquid, 0·1% or more, determined as a weight/weight (w/w) concentration; and
(ii) for a gas, 0·1% or more, determined as a volume/volume (v/v) concentration;
retailer means a person whose principal business is supplying consumer products to members of the public who are not engaged in the further supply of those products;
rigging work means –
(a) the use of mechanical load shifting equipment and associated gear to move, place or secure a load using plant, equipment or members of a structure to ensure the stability of those members; or
(b) the setting up or dismantling of cranes or hoists;
safe oxygen level means a minimum oxygen content of air of 19·5% by volume under normal atmospheric pressure and a maximum oxygen content of air of 23·5% by volume under normal atmospheric pressure;
Safe Work Australia means Safe Work Australia as established under section 5 of the Safe Work Australia Act 2008 of the Commonwealth;
safe work method statement means –
(a) in relation to electrical work on energised electrical equipment, a safe work method statement prepared under regulation 161 ; and
(b) in relation to high risk construction work, a safe work method statement referred to in regulation 299 (or revised under regulation 302 );
safety data sheet means a safety data sheet prepared under regulation 330 or 331 ;
scaffold means a temporary structure specifically erected to support access or working platforms;
scaffolding work means erecting, altering or dismantling a temporary structure that is or has been erected to support a platform and from which a person or object could fall more than 4 metres from the platform or the structure;
Schedule 11 hazardous chemical means a hazardous chemical or combination of hazardous chemicals specified in Schedule 11, table 11.1;
Schedule 15 chemical means a hazardous chemical that –
(a) is specified in Schedule 15, table 15.1; or
(b) belongs to a class, type or category of hazardous chemicals specified in Schedule 15, table 15.2;
self-erecting tower crane means a crane –
(a) that is not disassembled into a tower element and a boom or jib element in the normal course of use; and
(b) where the erection and dismantling processes are an inherent part of the crane's function;
shaft means a vertical or inclined way or opening, from the surface downwards or from any underground working, the dimensions of which (apart from the perimeter) are less than its depth;
signal word means the word danger or warning used on a label to indicate to a label reader the relative severity level of a hazard, and to alert the reader to a potential hazard, under the GHS;
slewing mobile crane means a mobile crane incorporating a boom or jib that can be slewed, but does not include –
(a) a front-end loader; or
(b) a backhoe; or
(c) an excavator; or
(d) other earth moving equipment –
when configured for crane operation;
slinging techniques means the exercising of judgement in relation to the suitability and condition of lifting gear and the method of slinging, by consideration of the nature of the load, its mass and its centre of gravity;
specified VET course means –
(a) in relation to general construction induction training, the VET course Work Safely in the Construction Industry or a corresponding subsequent VET accredited course; or
(b) [Regulation 5 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] in relation to Class A asbestos removal work, the VET course Remove friable asbestos; or
(c) in relation to Class B asbestos removal work, the VET course Remove non-friable asbestos; or
(d) in relation to the supervision of asbestos removal work, the VET course Supervise asbestos removal; or
(e) [Regulation 5 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] in relation to asbestos assessor work, the VET course Conduct asbestos assessment associated with removal; or
(f) [Regulation 5 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] in relation to high risk work, the relevant VET course specified in Schedule 4 ;
structure, in Chapter 6  – see regulation 290 ;
substance, in Part 7.1 , means a chemical element or compound in its natural state or obtained or generated by a process –
(a) including any additive necessary to preserve the stability of the element or compound and any impurities deriving from the process; but
(b) excluding any solvent that may be separated without affecting the stability of the element or compound, or changing its composition;
supplier, in relation to plant, a substance or a structure, has the same meaning as it has in section 25 of the Act;
surrounding area, in relation to a facility, means the area surrounding the facility in which the health and safety of persons could potentially be adversely affected by a major incident occurring;
suspended scaffold means a scaffold incorporating a suspended platform that is capable of being raised or lowered when in use;
technical name, in the definition of chemical identity, means a name that is –
(a) ordinarily used in commerce, regulations and codes to identify a substance or mixture, other than an International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry or Chemical Abstracts Service name; and
(b) recognised by the scientific community;
temporary work platform means –
(a) a fixed, mobile or suspended scaffold; or
(b) an elevating work platform; or
(c) a mast climbing work platform; or
(d) a work box supported by a crane, hoist, forklift truck or other form of mechanical plant; or
(e) building maintenance equipment, including a building maintenance unit; or
(f) a portable or mobile fabricated platform; or
(g) any other temporary platform that –
(i) provides a working area; and
(ii) is designed to prevent a fall;
the Act means the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 ;
theatrical performance means acting, singing, playing a musical instrument, dancing or otherwise performing literary or artistic works or expressions of traditional custom or folklore;
threshold quantity, in relation to a Schedule 15 chemical, means –
(a) the threshold quantity of a specific hazardous chemical as determined under clause 3 of Schedule 15; or
(b) the aggregate threshold quantity of 2 or more hazardous chemicals as determined under clause 4 of Schedule 15;
tower crane means –
(a) a boom crane or a jib crane mounted on a tower structure; and
(b) in Schedule 3 –
(i) the crane, if a jib crane, may be a horizontal or luffing jib type; and
(ii) the tower structure may be demountable or permanent –
but, in Schedule 3, does not include a self-erecting tower crane;
tractor means a motor vehicle, whether wheeled or track mounted, designed to provide power and movement to any attached machine or implement by a transmission shaft, belt or linkage system but does not include earthmoving machinery;
trench means a horizontal or inclined way or opening –
(a) the length of which is greater than its width and greater than or equal to its depth; and
(b) that commences at and extends below the surface of the ground; and
(c) that is open to the surface along its length;
tunnel means an underground passage or opening that –
(a) is approximately horizontal; and
(b) commences at the surface of the ground or at an excavation;
turbine means equipment that is driven by steam acting on a turbine or rotor to cause a rotary motion;
UN number has the same meaning as it has in Attachment 2 of the ADG Code;
vehicle hoist means a device to hoist vehicles designed to provide access for under-chassis examination or service;
vehicle loading crane means a crane mounted on a vehicle for the purpose of loading and unloading the vehicle;
VET course has the same meaning as it has in the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 of the Commonwealth;
WHS management plan, in relation to a construction project, means a management plan prepared or revised under Part 6.4 ;
work box means a personnel carrying device, designed to be suspended from a crane, to provide a working area for a person elevated by and working from the device;
work positioning system means any plant or structure, other than a temporary work platform, that enables a person to be positioned and safely supported at a location for the duration of the relevant work being carried out.
(1A)  In these regulations, a reference to an authorisation that is granted or issued under a corresponding WHS law is taken to include a reference to an authorisation that is saved or preserved (however described) under a corresponding WHS law.
(2)  Unless the context otherwise requires –
(a) a reference in these regulations to a Chapter by a number must be construed as reference to the Chapter, designated by that number, of these regulations; and
(b) a reference in these regulations to a Part by a number must be construed as reference to the Part, designated by that number, of these regulations.

6.   Determination of safety management system

The regulator may make a determination for the purposes of the definition of certified safety management system.

7.   Meaning of person conducting a business or undertaking – persons excluded

(1)  For the purposes of section 5(6) of the Act, a strata title body corporate that is responsible for any common areas used only for residential purposes may be taken not to be a person conducting a business or undertaking in relation to those premises.
(2)  Subregulation (1) does not apply if the strata title body corporate engages any worker as an employee.
(3)  For the purposes of section 5(6) of the Act, an incorporated association may be taken not to be a person conducting a business or undertaking if the incorporated association consists of a group of volunteers working together for 1 or more community purposes where –
(a) the incorporated association, either alone or jointly with any other similar incorporated association, does not employ any person to carry out work for the incorporated association; and
(b) none of the volunteers, whether alone or jointly with any other volunteers, employs any person to carry out work for the incorporated association.
(4)  In this regulation, strata title body corporate means a body corporate formed under the Strata Titles Act 1998 .

8.   Meaning of supply

For the purposes of section 6(3)(b) of the Act, a supply of a thing does not include the supply of a thing by a person who does not control the supply and has no authority to make decisions about the supply.

Examples

1

An auctioneer who auctions a thing without having possession of the thing.

2

A real estate agent acting in his or her capacity as a real estate agent.

9.   Provisions linked to health and safety duties in Act

If a note at the foot of a provision of these regulations states "WHS Act" followed by a reference to a section number, the regulation provision sets out the way in which a person's duty or obligation under that section of the Act is to be performed in relation to the maters and to the extent set out in the regulation provision.

Note

A failure to comply with a duty or obligation under a section of the Act referred to in a "WHS Act" note is an offence to which a penalty applies.

PART 1.2 - Application

10.   Application of the Act to dangerous goods and high risk plant

(1)  The following provisions of the Act are excluded from the operation of Schedule 1 to the Act:
(a) Divisions 2 to 8 of Part 5 ;
(b) Part 6 ;
(c) Part 7 .
(1A)  Dangerous goods (within the meaning of the ADG Code) listed in column 2 of the table to regulation 328(1A) are prescribed for the purposes of Schedule 1 to the Act as dangerous goods if the quantity of the goods at a place is more than the relevant threshold for the goods referred to in column 3 of that table.

11.   Application of these regulations

A duty imposed on a person under a provision of these regulations in relation to health and safety does not limit or affect any duty the person has under the Act or, unless otherwise expressly provided, any other provision of these regulations.

12.   Assessment of risk in relation to a class of hazards, tasks, circumstances or things

If these regulations require an assessment of risks to health and safety associated with a hazard, task, thing or circumstance, an assessment of risks associated with a class of hazards, tasks, things or circumstances may be conducted if –
(a) all hazards, tasks, things or circumstances in the class are the same; and
(b) the assessment of risks for the class does not result in any worker or other person being exposed to a greater, additional or different risk to health and safety than if the risk assessment were carried out in relation to each individual hazard, task, thing or circumstance.
PART 1.3 - Incorporated Documents

13.   Documents incorporated as in force when incorporated

A reference to any document applied, adopted or incorporated by, or referred to in, these regulations is to be read as a reference to that document as in force at the time the document is applied, adopted, incorporated or referred to unless express provision is made to the contrary.

14.   Inconsistencies between provisions

If a provision of any document applied, adopted or incorporated by, or referred to in, these regulations is inconsistent with any provision in these regulations, the provision of these regulations prevails.

15.   References to standards

(1)  In these regulations, a reference consisting of the words "Australian Standard" or the letters "AS" followed in either case by a number or a number accompanied by a reference to a calendar year is a reference to the standard so numbered published by or on behalf of Standards Australia.
(2)  In these regulations, a reference consisting of the expression "Australian/New Zealand Standard" or "AS/NZS" followed in either case by a number or a number accompanied by a reference to a calendar year is a reference to the standard so numbered published jointly by or on behalf of Standards Australia and the Standards Council of New Zealand.
Chapter 2 - Representation and Participation
PART 2.1 - Representation
Division 1 - Work groups

16.   Negotiations for and determination of work groups

Negotiations for and determination of work groups and variations of work groups must be directed at ensuring that the workers are grouped in a way that –
(a) most effectively and conveniently enables the interests of the workers, in relation to work health and safety, to be represented; and
(b) has regard to the need for a health and safety representative for the work group to be readily accessible to each worker in the work group.

Note

Under the Act, a work group may be determined for workers at more than 1 workplace ( section 51(3) of the Act) or for workers carrying out work for 2 or more persons conducting businesses or undertakings at 1 or more workplaces ( Subdivision 3 of Division 3 of Part 5 of the Act).

17.   Matters to be taken into account in negotiations

For the purposes of section 52(6) and 56(4) of the Act, negotiations for and determination of work groups and variation of agreements concerning work groups must take into account all relevant matters, including the following:
(a) the number of workers;
(b) the views of workers in relation to the determination and variation of work groups;
(c) the nature of each type of work carried out by the workers;
(d) the number and grouping of workers who carry out the same or similar types of work;
(e) the areas or places where each type of work is carried out;
(f) the extent to which any worker must move from place to place while at work;
(g) the diversity of workers and their work;
(h) the nature of any hazards at the workplace or workplaces;
(i) the nature of any risks to health and safety at the workplace or workplaces;
(j) the nature of the engagement of each worker, for example as an employee or as a contractor;
(k) the pattern of work carried out by workers, for example whether the work is full-time, part-time, casual or short-term;
(l) the times at which work is carried out;
(m) any arrangements at the workplace or workplaces relating to overtime or shift work.
Division 2 - Health and safety representatives

18.   Procedures for election of health and safety representatives

(1)  This regulation sets out minimum procedural requirements for the election of a health and safety representative for a work group for the purposes of section 61(2) of the Act.
(2)  The person conducting the election must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the following procedures are complied with:
(a) each person conducting a business or undertaking in which a worker in the work group works is informed of the date on which the election is to be held as soon as practicable after the date is determined;
(b) all workers in the work group are given an opportunity to –
(i) nominate for the position of health and safety representative; and
(ii) vote in the election;
(c) all workers in the work group and all relevant persons conducting a business or undertaking are informed of the outcome of the election.

19.   Person conducting business or undertaking must not delay election

A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must not unreasonably delay the election of a health and safety representative.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

20.   Removal of health and safety representatives

(1)  For the purposes of section 64(2)(d) of the Act, the majority of the members of a work group may remove a health and safety representative for the work group if the members sign a written declaration that the health and safety representative should no longer represent the work group.
(2)  A member of the work group nominated by the members who signed the declaration must, as soon as practicable –
(a) inform the following persons of the removal of the health and safety representative:
(i) the health and safety representative who has been removed;
(ii) each person conducting a business or undertaking in which a worker in the work group works; and
(b) take all reasonable steps to inform all members of the work group of the removal.
(3)  The removal of the health and safety representative takes effect when the persons referred to in subregulation (2)(a) and the majority of members of the work group have been informed of the removal.

21.   Training for health and safety representatives

(1)  For the purposes of section 72(1) of the Act, a health and safety representative is entitled to attend the following courses of training in work health and safety:
(a) an initial course of training of 5 days;
(b) 1 day's refresher training each year, with the entitlement to the first refresher training commencing 1 year after the initial training.
(2)  [Regulation 21 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] In approving a course of training in work health and safety for the purposes of section 72(1) of the Act, the regulator may have regard to any relevant matters, including –
(a) the content and quality of the curriculum, including its relevance to the powers and functions of a health and safety representative; and
(b) the qualifications, knowledge and experience of the person who is to provide the course.

Notes

1

This regulation prescribes courses of training to which a health and safety representative is entitled. In addition to these courses, the health and safety representative and the person conducting the business or undertaking may agree that the representative will attend or receive further training.

2

Under the Acts Interpretation Act 1931 , the power to approve a course of training includes the power to revoke or vary the approval.

PART 2.2 - Issue Resolution

22.   Agreed procedure – minimum requirements

(1)  This regulation sets out minimum requirements for an agreed procedure for issue resolution at a workplace.
(2)  The agreed procedure for issue resolution at a workplace must include the steps set out in regulation 23 .
(3)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that the agreed procedure for issue resolution at the workplace –
(a) complies with subregulation (2) ; and
(b) is set out in writing; and
(c) is communicated to all workers to whom the agreed procedure applies.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

23.   Default procedure

(1)  This regulation sets out the default procedure for issue resolution for the purposes of section 81(2) of the Act.
(2)  Any party to the issue may commence the procedure by informing each other party –
(a) that there is an issue to be resolved; and
(b) the nature and scope of the issue.
(3)  As soon as parties are informed of the issue, all parties must meet or communicate with each other to attempt to resolve the issue.
(4)  The parties must have regard to all relevant matters including the following:
(a) the degree and immediacy of risk to workers or other persons affected by the issue;
(b) the number and location of workers and other persons affected by the issue;
(c) the measures (both temporary and permanent) that must be implemented to resolve the issue;
(d) who will be responsible for implementing the resolution measures.
(5)  A party may, in resolving the issue, be assisted or represented by a person nominated by the party.
(6)  If the issue is resolved, details of the issue and its resolution must be set out in a written agreement if any party to the issue requests this.

Note

Under the Act, parties to an issue include not only a person conducting a business or undertaking, a worker and a health and safety representative, but also representatives of these persons (see section 80 of the Act).

(7)  If a written agreement is prepared all parties to the issue must be satisfied that the agreement reflects the resolution of the issue.
(8)  A copy of the written agreement must be given to –
(a) all parties to the issue; and
(b) if requested, to the health and safety committee for the workplace.
(9)  To avoid doubt, nothing in this procedure prevents a worker from bringing a work health and safety issue to the attention of the worker's health and safety representative.
PART 2.3 - Cessation of Unsafe Work

24.   Continuity of engagement of worker

For the purposes of section 88 of the Act, the prescribed purposes are the assessment of eligibility for, or the calculation of benefits for, any benefit or entitlement associated with the worker's engagement, including 1 or more of the following:
(a) remuneration and promotion, as affected by seniority;
(b) superannuation benefits;
(c) leave entitlements;
(d) any entitlement to notice of termination of the engagement.
PART 2.4 - Workplace Entry by WHS Entry Permit Holders

25.   Training requirements for WHS entry permits

(1)  The prescribed training for the purposes of sections 131 and 133 of the Act is training, that is provided or approved by the regulator, in relation to the following matters:
(a) the right of entry requirements under Part 7 of the Act;
(b) the issue resolution requirements under the Act and these regulations;
(c) the duties under, and the framework of, the Act and these regulations;
(d) the requirements for the management of risks under section 17 of the Act;
(e) the meaning of reasonably practicable as set out in section 18 of the Act;
(f) the relationship between the Act and these regulations and the Fair Work Act 2009 of the Commonwealth and the Industrial Relations Act 1984 .
(2)  The training must include providing the participant with information about the availability of any guidance material published by the regulator in relation to the Act and these regulations.
(3)  [Regulation 25 Subregulation (3) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] For the purpose of approving training, the regulator may have regard to any relevant matters, including –
(a) the content and quality of the curriculum, including its relevance to the powers and functions of a WHS permit holder; and
(b) the qualifications, knowledge and experience of the person who is to provide the training.

Note

Under the Acts Interpretation Act 1931 , the power to approve training includes a power to revoke or vary the approval.

26.   Form of WHS entry permit

A WHS entry permit must include the following:
(a) the section of the Act under which the WHS entry permit is issued;
(b) the full name of the WHS entry permit holder;
(c) the name of the union that the WHS entry permit holder represents;
(d) a statement that the WHS entry permit holder is entitled, while the WHS entry permit is in force, to exercise the rights given to the WHS entry permit holder under the Act;
(e) the date of issue of the WHS entry permit;
(f) the expiry date for the WHS entry permit;
(g) the signature of the WHS entry permit holder;
(h) any conditions on the WHS entry permit.

27.   Notice of entry – general

A notice of entry under Part 7 of the Act must –
(a) be written; and
(b) include the following:
(i) the full name of the WHS entry permit holder;
(ii) the name of the union that the WHS entry permit holder represents;
(iii) the section of the Act under which the WHS entry permit holder is entering or proposing to enter the workplace;
(iv) the name and address of the workplace entered or proposed to be entered;
(v) the date of entry or proposed entry;
(vi) the additional information and other matters required under regulation 28 , 29 or 30 (as applicable).

28.   Additional requirements – entry under section 117

A notice of entry under section 119 of the Act in relation to an entry under section 117 of the Act must also include the following:
(a) so far as is practicable, the particulars of the suspected contravention to which the notice relates;
(b) a declaration stating –
(i) that the union is entitled to represent the industrial interests of a worker who carries out work at the workplace entered and is a member, or eligible to be a member, of that union; and
(ii) the provision in the union's rules that entitles the union to represent the industrial interests of that worker; and
(iii) that the suspected contravention relates to, or affects, that worker.

Note

Section 130 of the Act provides that a WHS entry permit holder is not required to disclose the name of any worker to the person conducting the business or undertaking, and may do so only with the consent of the worker.

29.   Additional requirements – entry under section 120

A notice of entry under section 120 of the Act in relation to an entry under that section must also include the following:
(a) so far as is practicable, the particulars of the suspected contravention to which the notice relates;
(b) a description of the employee records and other documents, or of the classes of records and documents, directly relevant to the suspected contravention, that are proposed to be inspected;
(c) a declaration stating –
(i) that the union is entitled to represent the industrial interests of a worker who is a member, or eligible to be a member, of that union; and
(ii) the provision in the union's rules that entitles the union to represent the industrial interests of that worker; and
(iii) that the suspected contravention relates to, or affects, that worker; and
(iv) that the records and documents proposed to be inspected relate to that contravention.

Note

Section 130 of the Act provides that a WHS entry permit holder is not required to disclose the name of any worker to the person conducting the business or undertaking, and may do so only with the consent of the worker.

30.   Additional requirements – entry under section 121

A notice of entry under section 122 of the Act in relation to an entry under section 121 of the Act must also include a declaration stating –
(a) that the union is entitled to represent the industrial interests of a worker who carries out work at the workplace proposed to be entered and is a member, or eligible to be a member, of that union; and
(b) the provision in the union's rules that entitles the union to represent the industrial interests of that worker.

Note

Section 130 of the Act provides that a WHS entry permit holder is not required to disclose the name of any worker to the person conducting the business or undertaking, and may do so only with the consent of the worker.

31.   Register of WHS entry permit holders

For the purposes of section 151 of the Act, the regulator must publish on its website –
(a) an up-to-date register of WHS entry permit holders; and
(b) the date on which the register was last updated.
Chapter 3 - General Risk and Workplace Management
PART 3.1 - Managing Risks to Health and Safety

32.   Application of Part 3.1

This Part applies to a person conducting a business or undertaking who has a duty under these regulations to manage risks to health and safety.

33.   Specific requirements must be complied with

Any specific requirements under these regulations for the management of risk must be complied with when implementing the requirements of this Part.

Examples

1

A requirement not to exceed an exposure standard.

2

A duty to implement a specific control measure.

3

A duty to assess risk.

34.   Duty to identify hazards

A duty holder, in managing risks to health and safety, must identify reasonably foreseeable hazards that could give rise to risks to health and safety.

35.   Managing risks to health and safety

A duty holder, in managing risks to health and safety, must –
(a) eliminate risks to health and safety so far as is reasonably practicable; and
(b) if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate risks to health and safety, minimise those risks so far as is reasonably practicable.

36.   Hierarchy of control measures

(1)  This regulation applies if it is not reasonably practicable for a duty holder to eliminate risks to health and safety.
(2)  A duty holder, in minimising risks to health and safety, must implement risk control measures in accordance with this regulation.
(3)  The duty holder must minimise risks, so far as is reasonably practicable, by doing 1 or more of the following:
(a) substituting (wholly or partly) the hazard giving rise to the risk with something that gives rise to a lesser risk;
(b) isolating the hazard from any person exposed to it;
(c) implementing engineering controls.
(4)  If a risk then remains, the duty holder must minimise the remaining risk, so far as is reasonably practicable, by implementing administrative controls.
(5)  If a risk then remains the duty holder must minimise the remaining risk, so far as is reasonably practicable, by ensuring the provision and use of suitable personal protective equipment.

Note

A combination of the controls set out in this regulation may be used to minimise risks, so far as is reasonably practicable, if a single control is not sufficient for the purpose.

37.   Maintenance of control measures

A duty holder who implements a control measure to eliminate or minimise risks to health and safety must ensure that the control measure is, and is maintained so that it remains, effective, including by ensuring that the control measure is and remains –
(a) fit for purpose; and
(b) suitable for the nature and duration of the work; and
(c) installed, set up and used correctly.

38.   Review of control measures

(1)  A duty holder must review and as necessary revise control measures implemented under these regulations so as to maintain, so far as is reasonably practicable, a work environment that is without risks to health or safety.
(2)  Without limiting subregulation (1) , the duty holder must review and as necessary revise a control measure in the following circumstances:
(a) the control measure does not control the risk it was implemented to control so far as is reasonably practicable;

Examples

1

The results of monitoring show that the control measure does not control the risk.

2

A notifiable incident occurs because of the risk.

(b) before a change at the workplace that is likely to give rise to a new or different risk to health or safety that the measure may not effectively control;
(c) a new relevant hazard or risk is identified;
(d) the results of consultation by the duty holder under the Act or these regulations indicate that a review is necessary;
(e) a health and safety representative requests a review under subregulation (4) .
(3)  Without limiting subregulation (2)(b) , a change at the workplace includes –
(a) a change to the workplace itself or any aspect of the work environment; or
(b) a change to a system of work, a process or a procedure.
(4)  A health and safety representative for workers at a workplace may request a review of a control measure if the representative reasonably believes that –
(a) a circumstance referred to in subregulation (2)(a) , (b) , (c) or (d) affects or may affect the health and safety of a member of the work group represented by the health and safety representative; and
(b) the duty holder has not adequately reviewed the control measure in response to the circumstance.
PART 3.2 - General Workplace Management
Division 1 - Information, training and instruction

39.   Provision of information, training and instruction

(1)  This regulation applies for the purposes of section 19 of the Act to a person conducting a business or undertaking.
(2)  The person must ensure that information, training and instruction provided to a worker is suitable and adequate having regard to –
(a) the nature of the work carried out by the worker; and
(b) the nature of the risks associated with the work at the time the information, training or instruction is provided; and
(c) the control measures implemented.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  The person must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the information, training and instruction provided under this regulation is provided in a way that is readily understandable by any person to whom it is provided.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Division 2 - General working environment

40.   Duty in relation to general workplace facilities

A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the following:
(a) the layout of the workplace allows, and the workplace is maintained so as to allow, for persons to enter and exit and to move about without risk to health and safety, both under normal working conditions and in an emergency;
(b) work areas have space for work to be carried out without risk to health and safety;
(c) floors and other surfaces are designed, installed and maintained to allow work to be carried out without risk to health and safety;
(d) lighting enables –
(i) each worker to carry out work without risk to health and safety; and
(ii) persons to move within the workplace without risk to health and safety; and
(iii) safe evacuation in an emergency;
(e) ventilation enables workers to carry out work without risk to health and safety;
(f) workers carrying out work in extremes of heat or cold are able to carry out work without risk to health and safety;
(g) work in relation to or near essential services does not give rise to a risk to the health and safety of persons at the workplace.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

41.   Duty to provide and maintain adequate and accessible facilities

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the provision of adequate facilities for workers, including toilets, drinking water, washing facilities and eating facilities.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  The person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the facilities provided under subregulation (1) are maintained so as to be –
(a) in good working order; and
(b) clean, safe and accessible.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  For the purposes of this regulation, a person conducting a business or undertaking must have regard to all relevant matters including the following:
(a) the nature of the work being carried out at the workplace;
(b) the nature of the hazards at the workplace;
(c) the size, location and nature of the workplace;
(d) the number and composition of the workers at the workplace.
Division 3 - First aid

42.   Duty to provide first aid

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure –
(a) the provision of first aid equipment for the workplace; and
(b) that each worker at the workplace has access to the equipment; and
(c) access to facilities for the administration of first aid.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that –
(a) an adequate number of workers are trained to administer first aid at the workplace; or
(b) workers have access to an adequate number of other persons who have been trained to administer first aid.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  For the purposes of this regulation the person conducting the business or undertaking must have regard to all relevant matters, including the following:
(a) the nature of the work being carried out at the workplace;
(b) the nature of the hazards at the workplace;
(c) the size and location of the workplace;
(d) the number and composition of the workers and other persons at the workplace.
Division 4 - Emergency plans

43.   Duty to prepare, maintain and implement emergency plan

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that an emergency plan is prepared for the workplace, that provides for the following:
(a) emergency procedures, including –
(i) an effective response to an emergency; and
(ii) evacuation procedures; and
(iii) notifying emergency service organisations at the earliest opportunity; and
(iv) medical treatment and assistance; and
(v) effective communication between the person authorised by the person conducting the business or undertaking to coordinate the emergency response and all persons at the workplace;
(b) testing of the emergency procedures, including the frequency of testing;
(c) information, training and instruction to relevant workers in relation to implementing the emergency procedures.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must maintain the emergency plan for the workplace so that it remains effective.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  [Regulation 43 Subregulation (3) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] For the purposes of subregulations (1) and (2) , the person conducting the business or undertaking must have regard to all relevant matters, including the following:
(a) the nature of the work being carried out at the workplace;
(b) the nature of the hazards at the workplace;
(c) the size and location of the workplace;
(d) the number and composition of the workers and other persons at the workplace.
(4)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must implement the emergency plan for the workplace in the event of an emergency.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Division 5 - Personal protective equipment

44.   Provision to workers and use of personal protective equipment

(1)  This regulation applies if personal protective equipment is to be used to minimise a risk to health and safety in relation to work at a workplace in accordance with regulation 36 .
(2)  The person conducting a business or undertaking who directs the carrying out of work must provide the personal protective equipment to workers at the workplace, unless the personal protective equipment has been provided by another person conducting a business or undertaking.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Example

Equipment that has been provided by a labour hire company.

(3)  The person conducting the business or undertaking who directs the carrying out of work must ensure that personal protective equipment provided under subregulation (2) is –
(a) selected to minimise risk to health and safety, including by ensuring that the equipment is –
(i) suitable having regard to the nature of the work and any hazard associated with the work; and
(ii) a suitable size and fit and reasonably comfortable for the worker who is to use or wear it; and
(b) maintained, repaired or replaced so that it continues to minimise risk to the worker who uses it, including by ensuring that the equipment is –
(i) clean and hygienic; and
(ii) in good working order; and
(c) used or worn by the worker, so far as is reasonably practicable.
(4)  The person conducting a business or undertaking who directs the carrying out of work must provide the worker with information, training and instruction in the –
(a) proper use and wearing of personal protective equipment; and
(b) the storage and maintenance of personal protective equipment.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Note

A person conducting a business or undertaking must not charge or impose a levy on a worker for the provision of personal protective equipment (see section 273 of the Act).

45.   Personal protective equipment used by other persons

The person conducting a business or undertaking who directs the carrying out of work must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that –
(a) personal protective equipment to be used or worn by any person other than a worker at the workplace is capable of minimising risk to the person's health and safety; and
(b) the person uses or wears the equipment.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

46.   Duties of worker

(1)  This regulation applies if a person conducting a business or undertaking provides a worker with personal protective equipment.
(2)  The worker must, so far the worker is reasonably able, use or wear the equipment in accordance with any information, training or reasonable instruction by the person conducting the business or undertaking.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(3)  The worker must not intentionally misuse or damage the equipment.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(4)  The worker must inform the person conducting the business or undertaking of any damage to, defect in or need to clean or decontaminate any of the equipment of which the worker becomes aware.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

47.   Duty of person other than worker

A person other than a worker must wear personal protective equipment at a workplace in accordance with any information, training or reasonable instruction provided by the person conducting the business or undertaking at the workplace.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

Division 6 - Remote or isolated work

48.   Remote or isolated work

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must manage risks to the health and safety of a worker associated with remote or isolated work, in accordance with Part 3.1 .

Note

WHS Act – section 19 (see regulation 9 ).

(2)  In minimising risks to the health and safety of a worker associated with remote or isolated work, a person conducting a business or undertaking must provide a system of work that includes effective communication with the worker.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  In this regulation –
assistance includes rescue, medical assistance and the attendance of emergency service workers;
remote or isolated work, in relation to a worker, means work that is isolated from the assistance of other persons because of location, time or the nature of the work.
Division 7 - Managing risks from airborne contaminants

49.   Ensuring exposure standards for substances and mixtures not exceeded

A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that no person at the workplace is exposed to a substance or mixture in an airborne concentration that exceeds the exposure standard for the substance or mixture.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

50.   Monitoring airborne contaminant levels

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that air monitoring is carried out to determine the airborne concentration of a substance or mixture at the workplace to which an exposure standard applies if –
(a) the person is not certain on reasonable grounds whether or not the airborne concentration of the substance or mixture at the workplace exceeds the relevant exposure standard; or
(b) monitoring is necessary to determine whether there is a risk to health.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that the results of air monitoring carried out under subregulation (1) are recorded, and kept for 30 years after the date the record is made.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(3)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that the results of air monitoring carried out under subregulation (1) are readily accessible to persons at the workplace who may be exposed to the substance or mixture.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

Division 8 - Hazardous atmospheres

51.   Managing risks to health and safety

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must manage risks to health and safety associated with a hazardous atmosphere at the workplace, in accordance with Part 3.1 .

Note

WHS Act – section 19 (see regulation 9 ).

(2)  An atmosphere is a hazardous atmosphere if –
(a) the atmosphere does not have a safe oxygen level; or
(b) the concentration of oxygen in the atmosphere increases the fire risk; or
(c) the concentration of a flammable gas, vapour, mist or fumes exceeds 5% of the LEL for the gas, vapour, mist or fumes; or
(d) combustible dust is present in a quantity and form that would result in a hazardous area.

52.   Ignition sources

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must manage risks to health and safety associated with an ignition source in a hazardous atmosphere at the workplace, in accordance with Part 3.1 .

Note

WHS Act – section 19 (see regulation 9 ).

(2)  This regulation does not apply if the ignition source is part of a deliberate process or activity at the workplace.
Division 9 - Storage of flammable or combustible substances

53.   Flammable and combustible material not to be accumulated

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that, if flammable or combustible substances are kept at the workplace, the substances are kept at the lowest practicable quantity for the workplace.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  In this regulation, flammable or combustible substances include –
(a) flammable and combustible liquids, including waste liquids, in containers, whether empty or full; and
(b) gas cylinders, whether empty or full.
Division 10 - Falling objects

54.   Management of risk of falling objects

A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must manage, in accordance with Part 3.1 , risks to health and safety associated with an object falling on a person if the falling object is reasonably likely to injure the person.

Note

WHS Act – section 19 (see regulation 9 ).

55.   Minimising risk associated with falling objects

(1)  This regulation applies if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the risk referred to in regulation 54 .
(2)  The person conducting the business or undertaking at a workplace must minimise the risk of an object falling on a person by providing adequate protection against the risk in accordance with this regulation.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  The person provides adequate protection against the risk if the person provides and maintains a safe system of work, including –
(a) preventing an object from falling freely, so far as is reasonably practicable; or
(b) if it is not reasonably practicable to prevent an object from falling freely, providing, so far as is reasonably practicable, a system to arrest the fall of a falling object.

Examples

1

Providing a secure barrier.

2

Providing a safe means of raising and lowering objects.

3

Providing an exclusion zone persons are prohibited from entering.

Chapter 4 - Hazardous Work
PART 4.1 - Noise

56.   Meaning of exposure standard for noise

(1)  In these regulations, exposure standard for noise, in relation to a person means –
(a) LAeq,8h of 85 dB(A); or
(b) LC,peak of 140 dB(C).
(2)  In this regulation –
LAeq,8h means the eight-hour equivalent continuous A-weighted sound pressure level in decibels (dB(A)) referenced to 20 micropascals, determined in accordance with AS/NZS 1269.1:2005 (Occupational noise management – Measurement and assessment of noise immission and exposure);
LC,peak means the C-weighted peak sound pressure level in decibels (dB(C)) referenced to 20 micropascals, determined in accordance with AS/NZS 1269.1:2005 (Occupational noise management – Measurement and assessment of noise immission and exposure).

57.   Managing risk of hearing loss from noise

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must manage, in accordance with Part 3.1 , risks to health and safety relating to hearing loss associated with noise.

Note

WHS Act – section 19 (see regulation 9 ).

(2)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that the noise that a worker is exposed to at the workplace does not exceed the exposure standard for noise.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

58.   Audiometric testing

(1)  This regulation applies in relation to a worker who is frequently required by the person conducting the business or undertaking to use personal protective equipment to protect the worker from the risk of hearing loss associated with noise that exceeds the exposure standard for noise.
(2)  The person conducting the business or undertaking who provides the personal protective equipment as a control measure must provide audiometric testing for the worker –
(a) within 3 months of the worker commencing the work; and
(b) in any event, at least every 2 years.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  In this regulation, audiometric testing means the testing and measurement of the hearing threshold levels of each ear of a person by means of pure tone air conduction threshold tests.

59.   Duty of designers, manufacturers, importers and suppliers of plant

(1)  A designer of plant must ensure that the plant is designed so that its noise emission is as low as is reasonably practicable.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  A designer of plant must give to each person who is provided with the design for the purpose of giving effect to it adequate information about –
(a) the noise emission values of the plant; and
(b) the operating conditions of the plant when noise emission is to be measured; and
(c) the methods the designer has used to measure the noise emission of the plant.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  A manufacturer of plant must ensure that the plant is manufactured so that its noise emission is as low as is reasonably practicable.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(4)  A manufacturer of plant must give to each person to whom the manufacturer provides the plant adequate information about –
(a) the noise emission values of the plant; and
(b) the operating conditions of the plant when noise emission is to be measured; and
(c) the methods the manufacturer has used to measure the noise emission of the plant.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(5)  An importer of plant must take all reasonable steps to –
(a) obtain information about –
(i) the noise emission values of the plant; and
(ii) the operating conditions of the plant when noise emission is to be measured; and
(iii) the methods the designer or manufacturer has used to measure the noise emission of the plant; and
(b) give that information to any person to whom the importer supplies the plant.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(6)  A supplier of plant must take all reasonable steps to –
(a) obtain the information the designer, manufacturer or importer is required to give a supplier under subregulation (2) , (4) or (5) ; and
(b) give that information to any person to whom the supplier supplies the plant.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

PART 4.2 - Hazardous Manual Tasks

60.   Managing risks to health and safety

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must manage risks to health and safety relating to a musculoskeletal disorder associated with a hazardous manual task, in accordance with Part 3.1 .

Note

WHS Act – section 19 (see regulation 9 ).

(2)  In determining the control measures to implement under subregulation (1) , the person conducting the business or undertaking must have regard to all relevant matters that may contribute to a musculoskeletal disorder, including –
(a) postures, movements, forces and vibration relating to the hazardous manual task; and
(b) the duration and frequency of the hazardous manual task; and
(c) workplace environmental conditions that may affect the hazardous manual task or the worker performing it; and
(d) the design of the work area; and
(e) the layout of the workplace; and
(f) the systems of work used; and
(g) the nature, size, weight or number of persons, animals or things involved in carrying out the hazardous manual task.

61.   Duty of designers, manufacturers, importers and suppliers of plant or structures

(1)  A designer of plant or a structure must ensure that the plant or structure is designed so as to eliminate the need for any hazardous manual task to be carried out in connection with the plant or structure.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  If it is not reasonably practicable to comply with subregulation (1) , the designer must ensure that the plant or structure is designed so that the need for any hazardous manual task to be carried out in connection with the plant or structure is minimised so far as is reasonably practicable.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  The designer must give to each person who is provided with the design for the purpose of giving effect to it adequate information about the features of the plant or structure that eliminate or minimise the need for any hazardous manual task to be carried out in connection with the plant or structure.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(4)  A manufacturer of plant or a structure must ensure that the plant or structure is manufactured so as to eliminate the need for any hazardous manual task to be carried out in connection with the plant or structure.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(5)  If it is not reasonably practicable to comply with subregulation (4) , the manufacturer must ensure that the plant or structure is manufactured so that the need for any hazardous manual task to be carried out in connection with the plant or structure is minimised so far as is reasonably practicable.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(6)  The manufacturer must give to each person to whom the manufacturer provides the plant or structure adequate information about the features of the plant or structure that eliminate or minimise the need for any hazardous manual task to be carried out in connection with the plant or structure.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(7)  An importer of plant or a structure must take all reasonable steps to –
(a) obtain the information the designer or manufacturer is required to give under subregulation (3) or (6) ; and
(b) give that information to any person to whom the importer supplies the plant.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(8)  A supplier of plant or a structure must take all reasonable steps to –
(a) obtain the information the designer, manufacturer or importer is required to give a supplier under subregulation (3) , (6) or (7) ; and
(b) give that information to any person to whom the supplier supplies the plant.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

PART 4.3 - Confined Spaces
Division 1 - Preliminary

62.   Confined spaces to which this Part applies

(1)  This Part applies to confined spaces that –
(a) are entered by any person; or
(b) are intended or likely to be entered by any person; or
(c) could be entered inadvertently by any person.
(2)  In this Part, a reference to a confined space in relation to a person conducting a business or undertaking is a reference to a confined space that is under the person's management or control.

63.   Application to emergency service workers

Regulations 67 and 68 do not apply to the entry into a confined space by an emergency service worker if, at the direction of the emergency service organisation, the worker is –
(a) rescuing a person from the space; or
(b) providing first aid to a person in the space.
Division 2 - Duties of designer, manufacturer, importer, supplier, installer and constructor of plant or structure

64.   Duty to eliminate or minimise risk

(1)  This regulation applies in relation to plant or a structure that includes a space that is, or is intended to be, a confined space.
(2)  A designer, manufacturer, importer or supplier of the plant or structure, and a person who installs or constructs the plant or structure, must ensure that –
(a) the need for any person to enter the space and the risk of a person inadvertently entering the space are eliminated, so far as is reasonably practicable; or
(b) if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the need to enter the space or the risk of a person inadvertently entering the space –
(i) the need or risk is minimised so far as is reasonably practicable; and
(ii) the space is designed with a safe means of entry and exit; and
(iii) the risk to the health and safety of any person who enters the space is eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable or, if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the risk, the risk is minimised so far as is reasonably practicable.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Division 3 - Duties of person conducting business or undertaking

65.   Entry into confined space must comply with this Division

A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that a worker does not enter a confined space before this Division has been complied with in relation to that space.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

66.   Managing risks to health and safety

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must manage, in accordance with Part 3.1 , risks to health and safety associated with a confined space at a workplace including risks associated with entering, working in, on or in the vicinity of the confined space (including a risk of a person inadvertently entering the confined space).

Note

WHS Act – section 19 (see regulation 9 ).

(2)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that a risk assessment is conducted by a competent person for the purposes of subregulation (1) .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(3)  The person must ensure that a risk assessment conducted under subregulation (2) is recorded in writing.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(4)  For the purposes of subregulations (1) and (2) , the person conducting a business or undertaking must have regard to all relevant matters, including the following:
(a) whether the work can be carried out without the need to enter the confined space;
(b) the nature of the confined space;
(c) if the hazard is associated with the concentration of oxygen or the concentration of airborne contaminants in the confined space, any change that may occur in that concentration;
(d) the work required to be carried out in the confined space, the range of methods by which the work can be carried out and the proposed method of working;
(e) the type of emergency procedures, including rescue procedures, required.
(5)  The person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that a risk assessment under this regulation is reviewed and as necessary revised by a competent person to reflect any review and revision of control measures under Part 3.1 .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

67.   Confined space entry permit

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must not direct a worker to enter a confined space to carry out work unless the person has issued a confined space entry permit for the work.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  A confined space entry permit must –
(a) be completed by a competent person; and
(b) be in writing; and
(c) specify the following:
(i) the confined space to which the permit relates;
(ii) the names of persons permitted to enter the space;
(iii) the period of time for which the work in the space will be carried out;
(iv) measures to control risk associated with the proposed work in the space; and
(d) contain space for an acknowledgement that work in the confined space has been completed and that all persons have left the confined space.
(3)  The control measures specified in a confined space permit must –
(a) be based on a risk assessment conducted under regulation 66 ; and
(b) include –
(i) control measures to be implemented for safe entry; and
(ii) details of the system of work provided under regulation 69 .
(4)  The person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that, when the work for which the entry permit was issued is completed –
(a) all workers leave the confined space; and
(b) the acknowledgement referred to in subregulation (2)(d) is completed by the competent person.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

68.   Signage

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that signs that comply with subregulation (2) are erected –
(a) immediately before work in a confined space commences and while the work is being carried out; and
(b) while work is being carried out in preparation for, and in the completion of, work in a confined space.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(2)  The signs must –
(a) identify the confined space; and
(b) inform workers that they must not enter the space unless they have a confined space entry permit; and
(c) be clear and prominently located next to each entry to the space.

69.   Communication and safety monitoring

A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that a worker does not enter a confined space to carry out work unless the person provides a system of work that includes –
(a) continuous communication with the worker from outside the space; and
(b) monitoring of conditions within the space by a standby person who is in the vicinity of the space and, if practicable, observing the work being carried out.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

70.   Specific control – connected plant and services

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must, so far as is reasonably practicable, eliminate any risk associated with work in a confined space in either of the following circumstances:
(a) the introduction of any substance or condition into the space from or by any plant or services connected to the space;
(b) the activation or energising in any way of any plant or services connected to the space.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(2)  If it is not reasonably practicable for the person to eliminate risk under subregulation (1) , the person must minimise that risk so far as is reasonably practicable.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

71.   Specific control – atmosphere

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure, in relation to work in a confined space, that –
(a) purging or ventilation of any contaminant in the atmosphere of the space is carried out, so far as is reasonably practicable; and
(b) pure oxygen or gas mixtures with oxygen in a concentration exceeding 21% by volume are not used for purging or ventilation of any airborne contaminant in the space.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  The person must ensure that, while work is being carried out in a confined space –
(a) the atmosphere of the space has a safe oxygen level; or
(b) if it is not reasonably practicable to comply with paragraph (a) and the atmosphere in the space has an oxygen level less than 19.5% by volume, any worker carrying out work in the space is provided with air supplied respiratory equipment.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  In this regulation, purging means the method used to displace any contaminant from a confined space.

Notes

1

Regulation 44 applies to the use of personal protective equipment, including the equipment provided under subregulation (2) .

2

Regulation 50 also applies to airborne contaminants.

72.   Specific control – flammable gases and vapours

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that, while work is being carried out in a confined space, the concentration of any flammable gas, vapour or mist in the atmosphere of the space is less than 5% of its LEL.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  If it is not reasonably practicable to limit the atmospheric concentration of a flammable gas, vapour or mist in a confined space to less than 5% of its LEL and the atmospheric concentration of the flammable gas, vapour or mist in the space is –
(a) equal to or greater than 5% but less than 10% of its LEL, the person must ensure that any worker is immediately removed from the space unless a suitably calibrated, continuous-monitoring flammable gas detector is used in the space; or
(b) equal to or greater than 10% of its LEL, the person must ensure that any worker is immediately removed from the space.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

73.   Specific control – fire and explosion

A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that an ignition source is not introduced into a confined space (from outside or within the space) if there is a possibility of the ignition source causing a fire or explosion in the space.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

74.   Emergency procedures

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must –
(a) establish first aid procedures and rescue procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency in a confined space; and
(b) ensure that the procedures are practised as necessary to ensure that they are efficient and effective.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  The person must ensure that first aid and rescue procedures are initiated from outside the confined space as soon as practicable in an emergency.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  The person must ensure, in relation to any confined space, that –
(a) the entry and exit openings of the confined space are large enough to allow emergency access; and
(b) the entry and exit openings of the space are not obstructed; and
(c) plant, equipment and personal protective equipment provided for first aid or emergency rescue are maintained in good working order.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Note

See Part 3.2 for general provisions relating to first aid, personal protective equipment and emergency plans.

75.   Personal protective equipment in emergencies

(1)  This regulation applies in relation to a worker who is to enter a confined space in order to carry out first aid or rescue procedures in an emergency.
(2)  The person conducting the business or undertaking for which the worker is carrying out work must ensure that air supplied respiratory equipment is available for use by, and is provided to, the worker in an emergency in which –
(a) the atmosphere in the confined space does not have a safe oxygen level; or
(b) the atmosphere in the space has a harmful concentration of an airborne contaminant; or
(c) there is a serious risk of the atmosphere in the space becoming affected in the way referred to in paragraph (a) or (b) while the worker is in the space.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  The person conducting the business or undertaking for which the worker is carrying out work must ensure that suitable personal protective equipment is available for use by, and is provided to, the worker in an emergency in which –
(a) an engulfment has occurred inside the confined space; or
(b) there is a serious risk of an engulfment occurring while the worker is in the space.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Note

Regulation 44 applies to the use of personal protective equipment, including the equipment provided under this regulation.

76.   Information, training and instruction for workers

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that relevant workers are provided with suitable and adequate information, training and instruction in relation to the following:
(a) the nature of all hazards relating to a confined space;
(b) the need for, and the appropriate use of, control measures to control risks to health and safety associated with those hazards;
(c) the selection, fit, use, wearing, testing, storage and maintenance of any personal protective equipment;
(d) the contents of any confined space entry permit that may be issued in relation to work carried out by the worker in a confined space;
(e) emergency procedures.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  The person must ensure that a record of all training provided to a worker under this regulation is kept for 2 years.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(3)  In subregulation (1) , relevant worker means –
(a) a worker who, in carrying out work for the business or undertaking, could –
(i) enter or work in a confined space; or
(ii) carry out any function in relation to work in a confined space or the emergency procedures established under regulation 74 , but who is not required to enter the space; or
(b) any person supervising a worker referred to in paragraph (a) .

77.   Confined space entry permit and risk assessment must be kept

(1)  This regulation applies if a person conducting a business or undertaking –
(a) prepares a risk assessment under regulation 66 ; or
(b) issues a confined space entry permit under regulation 67 .
(2)  Subject to subregulation (3) , the person must keep –
(a) a copy of the risk assessment until at least 28 days after the work to which it relates is completed; and
(b) a copy of the confined space entry permit until the work to which it relates is completed.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(3)  If a notifiable incident occurs in connection with the work to which the assessment or permit relates, the person must keep the copy of the assessment or permit (as applicable) for at least 2 years after the incident occurs.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(4)  The person must ensure that, for the period for which the assessment or permit must be kept under this regulation, a copy is available for inspection under the Act.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(5)  The person must ensure that, for the period for which the assessment or permit must be kept under this regulation, a copy is available to any relevant worker on request.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

PART 4.4 - Falls

78.   Management of risk of fall

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must manage, in accordance with Part 3.1 , risks to health and safety associated with a fall by a person from 1 level to another that is reasonably likely to cause injury to the person or any other person.

Note

WHS Act – section 19 (see regulation 9 ).

(2)  Subregulation (1) includes the risk of a fall –
(a) in or on an elevated workplace from which a person could fall; or
(b) in the vicinity of an opening through which a person could fall; or
(c) in the vicinity of an edge over which a person could fall; or
(d) on a surface through which a person could fall; or
(e) in any other place from which a person could fall.
(3)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that any work that involves the risk of a fall to which subregulation (1) applies is carried out on the ground or on a solid construction.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(4)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must provide safe means of access to and exit from –
(a) the workplace; and
(b) any area within the workplace referred to in subregulation (2) .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(5)  In this regulation, solid construction means an area that has –
(a) a surface that is structurally capable of supporting all persons and things that may be located or placed on it; and
(b) barriers around its perimeter and any openings to prevent a fall; and
(c) an even and readily negotiable surface and gradient; and
(d) a safe means of entry and exit.

79.   Specific requirements to minimise risk of fall

(1)  This regulation applies if it is not reasonably practicable for the person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace to eliminate the risk of a fall to which regulation 78 applies.
(2)  The person must minimise the risk of a fall by providing adequate protection against the risk in accordance with this regulation.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  The person provides adequate protection against the risk if the person provides and maintains a safe system of work, including by –
(a) providing a fall prevention device if it is reasonably practicable to do so; or
(b) if it is not reasonably practicable to provide a fall prevention device, providing a work positioning system; or
(c) if it is not reasonably practicable to comply with either paragraph (a) or (b) , providing a fall arrest system, so far as is reasonably practicable.

Examples

1

Providing temporary work platforms.

2

Providing training in relation to the risks involved in working at the workplace.

3

Providing safe work procedures, safe sequencing of work, safe use of ladders, permit systems and appropriate signs.

Note

A combination of the controls set out in this subregulation may be used to minimise risks, so far as is practicable, if a single control is not sufficient for the purpose.

(4)  This regulation does not apply in relation to the following work:
(a) the performance of stunt work;
(b) the performance of acrobatics;
(c) a theatrical performance;
(d) a sporting or athletic activity;
(e) horse riding.

Note

Regulation 36 applies to the management of risk in relation to this work.

(5)  In this regulation, fall prevention device includes –
(a) a secure fence; and
(b) edge protection; and
(c) working platforms; and
(d) covers.

Note

See regulation 5(1) for definitions of fall arrest system and work positioning system.

80.   Emergency and rescue procedures

(1)  This regulation applies if a person conducting a business or undertaking provides a fall arrest system as a control measure.
(2)  Without limiting regulation 79 , the person must establish emergency procedures, including rescue procedures, in relation to the use of the fall arrest system.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  The person must ensure that the emergency procedures are tested so that they are effective.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(4)  The person must provide relevant workers with suitable and adequate information, training and instruction in relation to the emergency procedures.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(5)  In this regulation, relevant worker means –
(a) a worker who, in carrying out work in the business or undertaking, uses or is to use a fall arrest system; and
(b) a worker who may be involved in initiating or implementing the emergency procedures.
PART 4.5 - High Risk Work
Division 1 - Licensing of high risk work
Subdivision 1 - Requirement to be licensed

81.   Licence required to carry out high risk work

A person must not carry out a class of high risk work unless the person holds a high risk work licence for that class of high risk work, except as provided in regulation 82 .

Notes

1

See section 43 of the Act.

2

Schedule 3 sets out the high risk work licences and classes of high risk work that are within the scope of each licence. Schedule 4 sets out the qualifications required for a high risk work licence.

82.   Exceptions

(1)  [Regulation 82 Subregulation (1) substituted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] A person who carries out high risk work is not required to be licensed to carry out the work if the work is carried out –
(a) in the course of training towards a certification in order to be licensed to carry out the high risk work; and
(b) under the supervision of a person who is licensed to carry out the high risk work.
(1A)  [Regulation 82 Subregulation (1A) inserted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] A person who holds a certification in relation to a specified VET course for high risk work is not required to be licensed to carry out the work –
(a) for 60 days after the certification is issued; and
(b) if the person applies for the relevant high risk work licence within that 60 day period, until –
(i) the person is granted the licence; or
(ii) the expiry of 28 days after the person is given written notice under regulation 91(2) of a decision to refuse to grant the licence.
(1B)  [Regulation 82 Subregulation (1B) inserted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] A person who carries out high risk work is not required to be licensed to carry out the work if the work is carried out while an accredited assessor is conducting an assessment of the person's competency in relation to the work.
(2)  A person who carries out high risk work involving plant is not required to be licensed if –
(a) the work is carried out at a workplace solely for the purpose of the manufacture, testing, trialling, installation, commissioning, maintenance, servicing, repair, alteration, demolition or disposal of the plant at that workplace or moving the plant within the workplace; and
(b) the plant is operated or used without a load except when standard weight loads with predetermined fixing points are used for calibration of the plant.
(3)  [Regulation 82 Subregulation (3) substituted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] For the purposes of subregulation (2)(a) , moving includes operating the plant in order to load the plant onto, or unload it from, a vehicle or equipment used to move it.
(4)  A person who carries out high risk work with a crane or hoist is not required to be licensed as a crane operator if –
(a) the work is limited to setting up or dismantling the crane or hoist; and
(b) the person carrying out the work holds a licence in relation to rigging, which qualifies the person to carry out the work.

Note

See Schedule 3 for the classes of crane operator licence.

(5)  A person who carries out high risk work with a heritage boiler is not required to be licensed as a boiler operator.

83.   Recognition of high risk work licences in other jurisdictions

(1)  In this Subdivision, a reference to a high risk work licence includes a reference to an equivalent licence –
(a) granted under a corresponding WHS law; and
(b) that is being used in accordance with the terms and conditions under which it was granted.
(2)  Subregulation (1) does not apply to a licence that is suspended or cancelled or has expired in the corresponding jurisdiction.

84.   Duty of person conducting business or undertaking to ensure direct supervision

(1)  [Regulation 84 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that a person supervising the work of a person carrying out high risk work as required by regulation 82(1) provides direct supervision of the person except in the circumstances set out in subregulation (2) .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  Direct supervision of a person is not required if –
(a) the nature or circumstances of a particular task make direct supervision impracticable or unnecessary; and
(b) the reduced level of supervision will not place the health or safety of the supervised person or any other person at risk.
(3)  In this regulation, direct supervision of a person means the oversight by the supervising person of the work of that person for the purposes of –
(a) directing, demonstrating, monitoring and checking the person's work in a way that is appropriate to the person's level of competency; and
(b) ensuring a capacity to respond in an emergency situation.

85.   Evidence of licence – duty of person conducting business or undertaking

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must not direct or allow a worker to carry out high risk work for which a high risk work licence is required unless the person sees written evidence provided by the worker that the worker has the relevant high risk work licence for that work.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(2)  [Regulation 85 Subregulation (2) substituted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must not direct or allow a worker to carry out high risk work in the circumstances referred to in regulation 82(1) unless the person sees written evidence provided by the worker that the worker is undertaking the course of training referred to in regulation 82(1)(a) .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(2A)  [Regulation 85 Subregulation (2A) inserted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must not direct or allow a worker to carry out high risk work in the circumstances referred to in regulation 82(1A) unless the person sees written evidence provided by the worker that the worker –
(a) in the circumstances referred to in regulation 82(1A)(a) , holds a certification referred to in regulation 82(1A) ; and
(b) in the circumstances referred to in regulation 82(1A)(b)  –
(i) holds a certification referred to in regulation 82(1A) ; and
(ii) has applied for the relevant licence within the period referred to in regulation 82(1A)(b) .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(3)  [Regulation 85 Subregulation (3) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] A person conducting a business or undertaking must not direct or allow a worker to supervise high risk work as referred to in regulation 82(1) and regulation 84 unless the person sees written evidence that the worker holds the relevant high risk work licence for that high risk work.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(4)  [Regulation 85 Subregulation (4) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must keep a record of the written evidence provided –
(a) under subregulation (1) or (2) , for at least 1 year after the high risk work is carried out; and
(b) under subregulation (3) , for at least 1 year after the last occasion on which the worker performs the supervision work.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

Subdivision 2 - Licensing process

86.   Who may apply for a licence

Only a person who holds a qualification set out in Schedule 4 may apply for a high risk work licence.

87.   Application for high risk work licence

(1)  An application for a high risk work licence must be made in the manner and form required by the regulator.
(2)  The application must include the following information:
(a) the applicant's name and residential address;
(b) [Regulation 87 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] a photograph of the applicant in the form required by the regulator;
(c) evidence of the applicant's age;
(d) any other evidence of the applicant's identity required by the regulator;
(e) the class of high risk work licence to which the application relates;
(f) a copy of a certification –
(i) [Regulation 87 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] that is held by the applicant in relation to the specified VET course, or each of the specified VET courses, for the high risk work licence applied for; and
(ii) that was issued not more than 60 days before the application is made;
(g) a declaration that the applicant does not hold an equivalent licence under a corresponding WHS law;
(h) a declaration as to whether or not the applicant has ever been convicted or found guilty of any offence under the Act or these regulations or under any corresponding WHS law;
(i) details of any conviction or finding of guilt declared under paragraph (h) ;
(j) a declaration as to whether or not the applicant has ever entered into an enforceable undertaking under the Act or under any corresponding WHS law;
(k) details of any enforceable undertaking declared under paragraph (j) ;
(l) if the applicant has previously been refused an equivalent licence under a corresponding WHS law, a declaration giving details of that refusal;
(m) if the applicant has previously held an equivalent licence under a corresponding WHS law, a declaration –
(i) describing any condition imposed on that licence; and
(ii) stating whether or not that licence had been suspended or cancelled and, if so, whether or not the applicant had been disqualified from applying for any licence; and
(iii) giving details of any suspension, cancellation or disqualification.

Note

See section 268 of the Act for offences relating to the giving of false or misleading information under the Act or these regulations.

(3)  The application must be accompanied by the relevant fee.

88.   Additional information

(1)  If an application for a high risk work licence does not contain sufficient information to enable the regulator to make a decision whether or not to grant the licence, the regulator may ask the applicant to provide additional information.
(2)  A request for additional information must –
(a) specify the date (not being less than 28 days after the request) by which the additional information is to be given; and
(b) be confirmed in writing.
(3)  If an applicant does not provide the additional information by the date specified, the application is to be taken to have been withdrawn.
(4)  The regulator may make more than 1 request for additional information under this regulation.

89.   Decision on application

(1)  Subject to subregulation (3) , the regulator must grant a high risk work licence if satisfied about the matters referred to in subregulation (2) .
(2)  The regulator must be satisfied about the following:
(a) the application has been made in accordance with these regulations;
(b) the applicant does not hold an equivalent licence under a corresponding WHS law unless that licence is due for renewal;
(c) the applicant –
(i) resides in this State; or
(ii) resides outside this State and circumstances exist that justify the grant of the licence;
(d) the applicant is at least 18 years of age;
(e) the applicant has provided the certification required under regulation 87(2)(f) ;
(f) the applicant is able to carry out the work to which the licence relates safely and competently.
(3)  The regulator must refuse to grant a high risk work licence if satisfied that –
(a) the applicant is disqualified under a corresponding WHS law from holding an equivalent licence; or
(b) the applicant, in making the application, has –
(i) given information that is false or misleading in a material particular; or
(ii) failed to give any material information that should have been given.
(4)  If the regulator decides to grant the licence, it must notify the applicant within 14 days after making the decision.
(5)  If the regulator does not make a decision within 120 days after receiving the application or the additional information requested under regulation 88 , the regulator is taken to have refused to grant the licence applied for.

Note

A refusal to grant a high risk work licence (including under subregulation (5) ) is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

90.   Matters to be taken into account

For the purposes of regulation 89(2)(f) , the regulator must have regard to all relevant matters, including the following:
(a) any offence under the Act or these regulations or under a corresponding WHS law of which the applicant has been convicted or found guilty;
(b) in relation to any equivalent licence applied for or held by the applicant under the Act or these regulations or under a corresponding WHS law –
(i) any refusal to grant the licence; and
(ii) any condition imposed on the licence, if granted; and
(iii) any suspension or cancellation of the licence, if granted, including any disqualification from applying for any licence;
(c) any enforceable undertaking the applicant has entered into under the Act or a corresponding WHS law;
(d) the applicant's record in relation to any matters arising under the Act or these regulations or under a corresponding WHS law.

91.   Refusal to grant high risk work licence – process

(1)  If the regulator proposes to refuse to grant a licence, the regulator must give a written notice to the applicant –
(a) informing the applicant of the reasons for the proposed refusal; and
(b) advising the applicant that the applicant may, by a specified date (being not less than 28 days after giving the notice), make a submission to the regulator in relation to the proposed refusal.
(2)  After the date specified in a notice under subregulation (1) , the regulator must –
(a) if the applicant has made a submission in relation to the proposed refusal to grant the licence, consider that submission; and
(b) whether or not the applicant has made a submission, decide whether to grant or refuse to grant the licence; and
(c) within 14 days after making that decision, give the applicant written notice of the decision, including the reasons for the decision.

Note

A decision to refuse to grant a licence is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

91A.   Conditions of licence

[Regulation 91A Inserted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014]
(1)  The regulator may impose any conditions it considers appropriate on a high risk work licence.
(2)  Without limiting subregulation (1) , the regulator may impose conditions in relation to 1 or more of the following:
(a) control measures that must be implemented in relation to the carrying out of work or activities under the licence;
(b) the circumstances in which work or activities authorised by the licence may be carried out.
(3)  The regulator must give the licence holder written notice of any conditions imposed on the licence.

Notes

1

A person must comply with the conditions of a licence (see section 45 of the Act).

2

A decision to impose a condition on a licence is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676).

92.   Duration of licence

Subject to this Division, a high risk work licence takes effect on the day it is granted and, unless cancelled earlier, expires 5 years after that day.

93.   Licence document

(1)  If the regulator grants a high risk work licence, the regulator must issue to the applicant a licence document in the form determined by the regulator.
(2)  The licence document must include the following:
(a) the name of the licence holder;
(b) [Regulation 93 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] a photograph of the licence holder;
(c) the date of birth of the licence holder;
(d) a copy of the signature of the licence holder or provision for the inclusion of a copy signature;
(e) the class of high risk work licence and a description of the work within the scope of the licence;
(f) the date on which the licence was granted;
(g) the expiry date of the licence.
(3)  For the purposes of subregulation (2)(e) , if the regulator grants more than 1 class of high risk work licence to a person, the licence document must contain a description of each class of licence and the work that is within the scope of each licence.
(4)  If a licence holder holds more than 1 high risk work licence, the regulator may issue to the licence holder 1 licence document in relation to some or all those licences.
(5)  Despite regulation 92 , if a licence document is issued under subregulation (4) , the licences to which that licence document related expire on the date that the first of those licences expires.

94.   Licence document to be available

(1)  A licence holder must keep the licence document available for inspection under the Act.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(2)  Subregulation (1) does not apply if the licence document is not in the licence holder's possession because –
(a) it has been returned to the regulator under regulation 97 ; or
(b) the licence holder has applied for, but has not received, a replacement licence document under regulation 98 .

95.   Reassessment of competency of licence holder

The regulator may direct a licence holder to obtain a reassessment of the competency of the licence holder to carry out the high risk work covered by the licence if the regulator reasonably believes that the licence holder may not be competent to carry out that work.

Examples

1

The training or competency assessment of the licence holder did not meet the standard required to hold the licence.

2

The regulator receives information that the licence holder has carried out high risk work incompetently.

Subdivision 3 - Amendment of licence document

96.   Notice of change of address

The licence holder of a high risk work licence must give written notice to the regulator of a change of residential address, within 14 days of the change occurring.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

97.   Licence holder to return licence

If a high risk work licence is amended, the licence holder must return the licence document to the regulator for amendment at the written request of the regulator and within the time specified in the request.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

98.   Replacement licence document

(1)  A licence holder must give written notice to the regulator as soon as practicable if the licence document is lost, stolen or destroyed.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(2)  If a licence document is lost, stolen or destroyed, the licence holder may apply to the regulator for a replacement document.

Note

A licence holder is required to keep the licence document available for inspection (see regulation 94 ).

(3)  An application for a replacement licence document must be made in the manner and form required by the regulator.
(4)  The application must –
(a) include a declaration describing the circumstances in which the original document was lost, stolen or destroyed; and

Note

See section 268 of the Act for offences relating to the giving of false or misleading information under the Act or these regulations.

(b) be accompanied by the relevant fee.
(5)  The regulator must issue a replacement licence document if satisfied that the original document was lost, stolen or destroyed.
(6)  If the regulator refuses to issue a replacement licence document, it must give the licence holder written notice of this decision, including the reasons for the decision, within 14 days after making the decision.

Note

A decision to refuse to replace a licence is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

99.   Voluntary surrender of licence

(1)  A licence holder may voluntarily surrender the licence document to the regulator.
(2)  The licence expires on the surrender of the licence document.
Subdivision 4 - Renewal of high risk work licence

100.   Regulator may renew licence

The regulator may renew a high risk work licence on application by the licence holder.

101.   Application for renewal

(1)  An application for renewal of a high risk work licence must be made in the manner and form required by the regulator.
(2)  The application must include the following information:
(a) the name and residential address of the applicant;
(b) [Regulation 101 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] if required by the regulator, a photograph of the applicant in the form required by the regulator;
(c) [Regulation 101 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] any other evidence of the applicant's identity required by the regulator;
(d) a declaration by the applicant that he or she has maintained his or her competency to carry out the high risk work, including by obtaining any reassessment directed under regulation 95 .

Note

See section 268 of the Act for offences relating to the giving of false or misleading information under the Act or these regulations.

(3)  The application must be accompanied by the relevant fee.
(4)  The application must be made before the expiry of the licence.

102.   Licence continues in force until application is decided

If a licence holder applies under regulation 101 for the renewal of a high risk work licence, the licence is taken to continue in force from the day it would, apart from this regulation, have expired until the licence holder is given notice of the decision on the application.

103.   Renewal of expired licence

A person whose high risk work licence has expired may apply for a renewal of that licence –
(a) within 12 months after the expiry of the licence; or
(b) if the person satisfies the regulator that exceptional circumstances exist, within any longer period that the regulator allows.

Notes

1

As the licence has expired, the applicant cannot carry out the work covered by the licence until the licence is renewed. An application made after a period referred to in paragraph (a) or (b) would be an application for a new licence under regulation 87.

2

See section 268 of the Act for offences relating to the giving of false or misleading information under the Act or these regulations.

104.   Provisions relating to renewal of licence

(1)  For the purposes of this Subdivision –
(a) regulation 88 applies as if a reference in that regulation to an application for a licence were a reference to an application to renew a licence; and
(b) [Regulation 104 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] regulations 89 (except subregulation (5) ),  90 , 91A and 92 apply as if a reference in those regulations to the grant of a licence were a reference to the renewal of a licence; and
(c) regulation 91 applies as if a reference in that regulation to a refusal to grant a licence were a reference to a refusal to renew a licence.
(2)  The regulator may renew a high risk work licence granted to a person under a corresponding WHS law unless that licence is renewed under that law.

Note

A refusal to renew a licence is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

105.   Status of licence during review

(1)  This regulation applies if the regulator gives a licence holder written notice of its decision to refuse to renew the licence.
(2)  If the licence holder does not apply for internal review of the decision, the licence continues to have effect until the last of the following events:
(a) the expiry of the licence;
(b) the end of the period for applying for an internal review.
(3)  If the licence holder applies for an internal review of the decision, the licence continues to have effect until the earlier of the following events:
(a) the licence holder withdraws the application for review;
(b) the regulator makes a decision on the review.
(4)  If the licence holder does not apply for an external review, the licence continues to have effect until the end of the time for applying for an external review.
(5)  If the licence holder applies for an external review, the licence continues to have effect until the earlier of the following events:
(a) the licence holder withdraws the application for review;
(b) the Magistrates Court (Administrative Appeals Division) makes a decision on the review.
(6)  The licence continues to have effect under this regulation even if its expiry date passes.
Subdivision 5 - Suspension and cancellation of high risk work licence

106.   Suspension or cancellation of licence

(1)  The regulator may suspend or cancel a high risk work licence if satisfied about 1 or more of the following:
(a) the licence holder has failed to take reasonable care to carry out the high risk work safely and competently;
(ab) [Regulation 106 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] the licence holder has failed to comply with a condition of the licence;
(b) the licence holder has failed to obtain a reassessment of competency directed under regulation 95 ;
(c) the licence holder, in the application for the grant or renewal of the licence or on request by the regulator for additional information –
(i) gave information that was false or misleading in a material particular; or
(ii) failed to give any material information that should have been given in that application or on that request;
(d) the licence was granted or renewed on the basis of a certification that was obtained on the basis of the giving of false or misleading information by any person or body or that was obtained improperly through a breach of a condition of accreditation by the accredited assessor who conducted the assessment.
(2)  If the regulator suspends or cancels a licence, the regulator may disqualify the licence holder from applying for –
(a) a further high risk work licence of the same class; or
(b) [Regulation 106 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] another licence under these regulations to carry out work which requires skills that are the same as or similar to those required for the work authorised by the licence that has been suspended or cancelled.
(3)  [Regulation 106 Subregulation (3) inserted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] If the regulator suspends a licence, the regulator may vary the conditions of the licence, including by imposing different or additional conditions.
(4)  [Regulation 106 Subregulation (4) inserted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] A variation of conditions under subregulation (3) takes effect when the suspension of the licence ends.

Notes

1

A decision to suspend a licence, to cancel a licence or to disqualify the licence holder from applying for a further licence is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

2

A variation of licence conditions is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

107.   Matters taken into account

(1)  In making a decision under regulation 106 , the regulator must have regard to –
(a) any submissions made by the licence holder under regulation 108 ; and
(b) any advice received from a corresponding regulator.
(2)  For the purposes of regulation 106(1)(a) , the regulator must have regard to all relevant matters, including the following:
(a) any offence under the Act or these regulations or under a corresponding WHS law, of which the licence holder has been convicted or found guilty;
(b) in relation to any equivalent licence applied for or held by the licence holder under the Act or these regulations or under a corresponding WHS law –
(i) any refusal to grant the licence; and
(ii) any condition imposed on the licence, if granted; and
(iii) any suspension or cancellation of the licence, if granted, including any disqualification from applying for any licence;
(c) any enforceable undertaking the licence holder has entered into under the Act or a corresponding WHS law;
(d) the licence holder's record in relation to any matters arising under the Act or these regulations or under a corresponding WHS law.

108.   Notice to and submissions by licence holder

[Regulation 108 Substituted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014]
(1)  Before suspending or cancelling a high risk work licence, the regulator must give the licence holder a written notice of –
(a) the proposed suspension or cancellation; and
(b) any proposed disqualification; and
(c) any proposed variation of licence conditions.
(2)  A notice under subregulation (1) must –
(a) outline all relevant allegations, facts and circumstances known to the regulator; and
(b) advise the licence holder that the licence holder may, by a specified date (being not less than 28 days after giving the notice), make a submission in relation to the proposed suspension or cancellation, any proposed disqualification and any proposed variation of licence conditions.

109.   Notice of decision

(1)  The regulator must give the licence holder written notice of a decision under regulation 106 to suspend or cancel a high risk work licence within 14 days after making the decision.
(2)  The notice must –
(a) state that the licence is to be suspended or cancelled; and
(b) if the licence is to be suspended, state –
(i) when the suspension begins and ends; and
(ii) the reasons for the suspension; and
(iii) whether the licence holder is required to undergo retraining or reassessment or take any other action before the suspension ends; and
(iv) whether or not the licence holder is disqualified from applying for a further licence during the suspension; and
(v) [Regulation 109 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] if licence conditions are to be varied, the variation; and
(vi) [Regulation 109 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] if licence conditions are to be varied, that the variation will take effect when the suspension ends; and
(c) if the licence is to be cancelled, state –
(i) when the cancellation takes effect; and
(ii) the reasons for the cancellation; and
(iii) whether or not the licence holder is disqualified from applying for a further licence; and
(d) if the licence holder is to be disqualified from applying for a further licence, state –
(i) when the disqualification begins and ends; and
(ii) the reasons for the disqualification; and
(iii) whether or not the licence holder is required to undergo retraining or reassessment or take any other action before the disqualification ends; and
(iv) any other class of high risk work licence or other licence under these regulations the licence holder is disqualified from applying for during the period of suspension or disqualification; and
(e) state when the licence document must be returned to the regulator.

110.   Immediate suspension

(1)  The regulator may suspend a high risk work licence on a ground referred to in regulation 106 without giving notice under regulation 108 if satisfied that –
(a) work carried out under the high risk work licence should cease because the work may involve an imminent serious risk to the health or safety of any person; or
(b) a corresponding regulator has suspended an equivalent licence held by the licence holder under this regulation as applying in the corresponding jurisdiction.
(2)  If the regulator decides to suspend a licence under this regulation –
(a) the regulator must give the licence holder written notice of the suspension and the reasons for the suspension; and
(b) the suspension of the licence takes effect on the giving of the notice.
(3)  The regulator must then –
(a) give notice under regulation 108 within 14 days after giving the notice under subregulation (2) ; and
(b) make its decision under regulation 106 .
(4)  If the regulator does not give notice under subregulation (3) , the suspension ends at the end of the 14 day period.
(5)  If the regulator gives notice under subregulation (3) , the license remains suspended until the decision is made under regulation 106 .

111.   Licence holder to return licence document

A licence holder, on receiving a notice under regulation 109 , must return the licence document to the regulator in accordance with the notice.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

112.   Regulator to return licence document after suspension

When the period of suspension of a licence ends, the regulator must return the licence document to the licence holder within 14 days after the suspension ends.
Division 2 - Accreditation of assessors
Subdivision 1 - Requirement to be accredited

113.   Accreditation required to assess competency for high risk work licence

A person who is not an accredited assessor must not –
(a) conduct a competency assessment; or
(b) issue a notice of satisfactory assessment; or
(c) in any other way hold himself or herself out to be an accredited assessor.

Note

See section 43 of the Act.

114.   Accredited assessor must act in accordance with accreditation

(1)  An accredited assessor must not conduct a competency assessment unless –
(a) the competency assessment relates to a class of high risk work for which the assessor is accredited; and
(b) the accredited assessor conducts the competency assessment for or on behalf of an RTO.
(2)  An accredited assessor must not issue a notice of satisfactory assessment unless the competency assessment relates to a class of high risk work for which the assessor is accredited.
(3)  An accredited assessor who conducts a competency assessment must do so in accordance with the conditions of accreditation imposed under regulation 121 .
(4)  An accredited assessor who issues a notice of satisfactory assessment must do so in accordance with the conditions of accreditation imposed under regulation 121 .
(5)  Subregulations (1) to  (4) do not apply if the regulator is the accredited assessor.

Note

See section 43 of the Act.

Subdivision 2 - Accreditation process

115.   Regulator may accredit assessors

The regulator may, under this Division, accredit persons to conduct assessments.

116.   Application for accreditation

(1)  An application for accreditation must be made in the manner and form required by the regulator.
(2)  The application must include the following information:
(a) the name and residential address of the applicant;
(b) any other evidence of the applicant's identity required by the regulator;
(c) details of the class of high risk work to which the application relates;
(d) evidence that the applicant is qualified to conduct the type of competency assessment in relation to the class of high risk work to which the application relates;
(e) details of any current equivalent accreditation under a corresponding WHS law;
(f) a declaration as to whether or not the applicant has ever been convicted or found guilty of any offence under the Act or these regulations or under any corresponding WHS law;
(g) details of any conviction or finding of guilt declared under paragraph (f) ;
(h) a declaration as to whether or not the applicant has entered into an enforceable undertaking under the Act or under any corresponding WHS law;
(i) details of any enforceable undertaking declared under paragraph (h) ;
(j) if the applicant has previously been refused an equivalent accreditation under a corresponding WHS law, a declaration giving details of that refusal;
(k) if the applicant has previously held an equivalent accreditation under a corresponding WHS law, a declaration –
(i) describing any condition imposed on that accreditation; and
(ii) stating whether or not that accreditation had been suspended or cancelled and, if so, whether or not the applicant had been disqualified from applying for any accreditation; and
(iii) giving details of any suspension, cancellation or disqualification.

Note

See section 268 of the Act for offences relating to the giving of false or misleading information under the Act or these regulations.

(3)  The application must be accompanied by the relevant fee.

117.   Additional information

(1)  If an application for accreditation does not contain sufficient information to enable the regulator to make a decision whether or not to grant the accreditation, the regulator may ask the applicant to provide additional information.
(2)  A request for additional information must –
(a) specify the date (being not less than 28 days after the request) by which the additional information is to be given; and
(b) be confirmed in writing.
(3)  If an applicant does not provide the additional information by the date specified, the application is taken to have been withdrawn.
(4)  The regulator may make more than 1 request for additional information under this regulation.

118.   Decision on application

(1)  Subject to subregulation (3) , the regulator must grant an accreditation if satisfied about the matters referred to in subregulation (2) .
(2)  The regulator must be satisfied that –
(a) the applicant –
(i) is qualified to conduct the competency assessment to which the application relates; and
(ii) is able to conduct the competency assessment to which the application relates competently; and
(iii) is able to ensure compliance with any conditions that will apply to the accreditation; or
(b) the applicant holds a current equivalent accreditation under a corresponding WHS law.
(3)  The regulator must refuse to grant an accreditation if satisfied that –
(a) the applicant is disqualified under a corresponding WHS law from holding an equivalent accreditation; or
(b) the applicant, in making the application, has –
(i) given information that is false or misleading in a material particular; or
(ii) failed to give any material information that should have been given.
(4)  If the regulator decides to grant the accreditation, it must notify the applicant within 14 days after making the decision.
(5)  If the regulator does not make a decision within 120 days after receiving the application or the additional information requested under regulation 117 , the regulator is taken to have refused to grant the accreditation applied for.
(6)  For the purposes of subregulation (2)(a)(i) , an applicant is qualified to provide the competency assessment if –
(a) the applicant's competencies, skills and knowledge are in accordance with the Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations 2011 published by the Commonwealth; and
(b) the applicant holds a current high risk work licence for the class of high risk work to which the competency assessment relates.

Note

A refusal to grant accreditation (including a refusal under subregulation (5) ) is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

119.   Matters to be taken into account

For the purposes of regulation 118(2)(a)(ii) and (iii) , the regulator must have regard to all relevant matters, including the following:
(a) any offence under the Act or these regulations or under a corresponding WHS law of which the applicant has been convicted or found guilty;
(b) any enforceable undertaking the applicant has entered into under the Act or a corresponding WHS law;
(c) in relation to any equivalent accreditation applied for or held by the applicant under the Act or these regulations or under a corresponding WHS law –
(i) any refusal to grant the accreditation; and
(ii) any condition imposed on the accreditation, if granted; and
(iii) any suspension or cancellation of the accreditation, if granted, including any disqualification from applying for any accreditation;
(d) the applicant's record in relation to any matters arising under the Act or these regulations or under a corresponding WHS law.

120.   Refusal to grant accreditation – process

(1)  If the regulator proposes to refuse to grant an accreditation, the regulator must give the applicant a written notice –
(a) informing the applicant of the reasons for the proposed refusal; and
(b) advising the applicant that the applicant may, by a specified date (being not less than 28 days after the notice is given), make a submission to the regulator in relation to the proposed refusal.
(2)  After the date specified in a notice under subregulation (1) , the regulator must –
(a) if the applicant has made a submission in relation to the proposed refusal to grant the accreditation, consider that submission; and
(b) whether or not the applicant has made a submission, decide whether to grant or refuse to grant the accreditation; and
(c) within 14 days after making that decision, give the applicant written notice of the decision, including the reasons for the decision.

Note

A refusal to grant an accreditation is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

121.   Conditions of accreditation

(1)  The regulator may impose any conditions it considers appropriate on an accreditation.
(2)  Without limiting subregulation (1) , the regulator may impose conditions –
(a) relating to the competency assessments and assessment activities that may be carried out; and
(b) relating to the circumstances in which competency assessments or assessment activities may be carried out; and
(c) requiring the accredited assessor to keep specified information; and
(d) requiring the accredited assessor to give specified information to the regulator.

Notes

1

A person must comply with the conditions of accreditation (see section 45 of the Act).

2

A decision to impose a condition on an accreditation is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

122.   Duration of accreditation

An accreditation takes effect on the day it is granted and, unless cancelled earlier, expires 3 years after that day.

123.   Accreditation document

(1)  If the regulator grants an accreditation, it must issue to the applicant an accreditation document in the form determined by the regulator.
(2)  An accreditation document must include the following:
(a) the name of the accredited assessor;
(b) the class of high risk work to which the accreditation relates;
(c) any conditions imposed on the accreditation by the regulator;
(d) the date on which the accreditation was granted;
(e) the expiry date of the accreditation.
(3)  If an assessor is accredited to conduct a competency assessment in relation to more than 1 class of high risk work, the regulator may issue to the accredited assessor 1 accreditation document in relation to some or all of those classes of high risk work.
(4)  If 2 or more of the classes of high risk work referred to in subregulation (3) represent levels of the same type of work, it is sufficient if the accreditation document contains a description of the class of work that represents the highest level.

124.   Accreditation document to be available

(1)  An accredited assessor must keep the accreditation document available for inspection under the Act.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(2)  An accredited assessor must make the accreditation document available for inspection by any person in relation to whom the assessor is conducting, or is to conduct, a competency assessment.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(3)  Subregulations (1) and (2) do not apply if the accreditation document is not in the accredited assessor's possession because –
(a) it has been returned to the regulator under regulation 126 ; or
(b) the accreditation assessor has applied for, but has not received, a replacement accreditation document under regulation 127 .
Subdivision 3 - Amendment of accreditation document

125.   Changes to information

(1)  An accredited assessor must give the regulator written notice of any change to any material particular in any information given at any time by the assessor to the regulator in relation to the accreditation within 14 days after the assessor becomes aware of the change.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(2)  Subregulation (1) applies whether the information was given in the application for grant or renewal of the accreditation or in any other circumstance.

126.   Accredited assessor to return accreditation document

If an accreditation is amended, the accredited assessor must return the accreditation document to the regulator for amendment at the written request of the regulator and within the time specified in the request.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

127.   Replacement accreditation document

(1)  An accredited assessor must give written notice to the regulator as soon as practicable if the accreditation document is lost, stolen or destroyed.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(2)  If an accreditation document is lost, stolen or destroyed an accredited assessor may apply to the regulator for a replacement accreditation document.

Note

An accreditation holder is required to keep the accreditation document available for inspection (see regulation 124 ).

(3)  An application for a replacement accreditation document must be made in the manner and form required by the regulator.
(4)  The application must –
(a) include a declaration describing the circumstances in which the original document was lost, stolen or destroyed; and

Note

See section 168 of the Act for offences relating to the giving of false or misleading information under the Act or these regulations.

(b) be accompanied by the relevant fee.
(5)  The regulator must issue a replacement accreditation document if satisfied that the original document was lost, stolen or destroyed.
(6)  If the regulator refuses to issue a replacement accreditation document, it must give the accredited assessor written notice of this decision, including the reasons for the decision, within 14 days after making the decision.

Note

A refusal to issue a replacement accreditation document is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

128.   Voluntary surrender of accreditation

(1)  An accredited assessor may voluntarily surrender the accreditation document to the regulator.
(2)  The accreditation expires on the surrender of the accreditation document.
Subdivision 4 - Renewal of accreditation

129.   Regulator may renew accreditation

The regulator may renew an accreditation on the application of the accredited assessor.

130.   Application for renewal

(1)  An application for renewal of accreditation must be made in the manner and form required by the regulator.
(2)  An application must –
(a) include the information referred to in regulation 116(2) ; and

Note

See section 268 of the Act for offences relating to the giving of false or misleading information under the Act or these regulations.

(b) be accompanied by the relevant fee.
(3)  The application must be made before the expiry of the accreditation.

131.   Accreditation continues in force until application is decided

If an accredited assessor applies under regulation 130 for the renewal of accreditation, the accreditation is taken to continue in force from the day it would, apart from this regulation, have expired until the accredited assessor is given notice of the decision on the application.

132.   Provisions relating to application

For the purposes of this Division –
(a) regulation 117 applies as if a reference in that regulation to an application for accreditation were a reference to an application to renew an accreditation; and
(b) regulations 118 (except subregulation (5) ), 119 , 121 and  122 apply as if a reference in those regulations to the grant of an accreditation were a reference to the renewal of an accreditation; and
(c) regulation 120 applies as if a reference in that regulation to a refusal to grant an accreditation were a reference to a refusal to renew an accreditation.

Note

A refusal to renew an accreditation is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

Subdivision 5 - Suspension and cancellation

133.   Regulator may suspend or cancel accreditation

(1)  The regulator may, under this Division –
(a) suspend or cancel an accreditation; and
(b) if suspending an accreditation, vary the conditions of the accreditation, including by imposing different or additional conditions.
(2)  If the regulator cancels an accreditation, the regulator may disqualify the accredited assessor from applying for a further accreditation for a specified period.

Note

A decision to suspend or cancel an accreditation, to vary the conditions of an accreditation or to disqualify an accredited assessor from applying for a further accreditation is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

134.   Suspension or cancellation of accreditation

(1)  The regulator may suspend or cancel an accreditation if satisfied about 1 or more of the following:
(a) the accredited assessor is no longer qualified to conduct the competency assessment specified in the assessor's accreditation document;
(b) the accredited assessor is not able to conduct the competency assessment to which the accreditation relates competently;
(c) the accredited assessor has failed to comply with a condition imposed on the accreditation under regulation 121 ;
(d) the accredited assessor, in the application for the grant or renewal of accreditation or on request by the regulator for additional information –
(i) gave information that was false or misleading in a material particular; or
(ii) failed to give any material information that should have been given in that application or on that request.
(2)  In subregulation (1)(a) , qualified has the same meaning in relation to an accredited assessor as it has in regulation 118 in relation to an applicant for accreditation.

135.   Matters to be taken into account

(1)  In making a decision under regulation 133 , the regulator must have regard to –
(a) any submissions made by the accredited assessor under regulation 136 ; and
(b) any advice received from a corresponding regulator.
(2)  For the purposes of regulation 134(1)(b) and (c) , the regulator must have regard to all relevant matters, including the following:
(a) any offence under the Act or these regulations or under a corresponding WHS law, of which the accredited assessor has been convicted or found guilty;
(b) any enforceable undertaking the accredited assessor has entered into under the Act or a corresponding WHS law;
(c) in relation to any equivalent accreditation applied for or held by the accredited assessor under the Act or these regulations or under a corresponding WHS law –
(i) any refusal to grant the accreditation; and
(ii) any condition imposed on the accreditation, if granted; and
(iii) any suspension or cancellation of the accreditation, if granted, including any disqualification from applying for any accreditation;
(d) any suspension of a high risk work licence held by the accredited assessor under the Act or these regulations or under a corresponding WHS law;
(e) the accredited assessor's record in relation to any matters arising under the Act or these regulations or under a corresponding WHS law.

136.   Notice to and submissions by accredited assessor

Before suspending or cancelling an accreditation, the regulator must give the accreditation holder a written notice of the proposed suspension or cancellation and any proposed disqualification –
(a) outlining all relevant allegations, facts and circumstances known to the regulator; and
(b) advising the accreditation holder that the accreditation holder may, by a specified date (being not less than 28 days after giving the notice), make a submission in relation to the proposed suspension or cancellation and any proposed disqualification.

137.   Notice of decision

(1)  The regulator must give the accredited assessor written notice of a decision under regulation 134 to suspend or cancel the accreditation within 14 days after making the decision.
(2)  The notice must –
(a) state that the accreditation is to be suspended or cancelled; and
(b) if the accreditation is to be suspended, state –
(i) when the suspension begins and ends; and
(ii) the reasons for the suspension; and
(iii) whether or not the accredited assessor is required to undergo retraining or reassessment or take any other action before the suspension ends; and
(iv) whether any variation is to be made to the conditions of accreditation; and
(v) whether or not the accredited assessor is disqualified from obtaining a further accreditation during the suspension; and
(c) if the accreditation is to be cancelled, state –
(i) when the cancellation takes effect; and
(ii) the reasons for the cancellation; and
(iii) whether or not the accredited assessor is disqualified from applying for a further accreditation; and
(d) if the accredited assessor is to be disqualified from obtaining a further accreditation, state –
(i) when the disqualification begins and ends; and
(ii) the reasons for the disqualification; and
(iii) whether or not the accredited assessor is required to undergo retraining or reassessment or take any other action before the disqualification ends; and
(e) state when the accreditation document must be returned to the regulator.

138.   Immediate suspension

(1)  The regulator may suspend an accreditation on a ground referred to in regulation 134 without giving notice under regulation 136 if satisfied that a person may be exposed to an imminent serious risk to his or her health or safety if the accreditation were not suspended.
(2)  If the regulator decides to suspend an accreditation under this regulation –
(a) the regulator must give the accredited assessor written notice of the suspension and reasons for the suspension; and
(b) the suspension takes effect on the giving of the notice.
(3)  The regulator must then –
(a) give notice under regulation 136 with 14 days after giving the notice under subregulation (2) ; and
(b) make its decision under regulation 134 .
(4)  If the regulator does not give notice under subregulation (3) , the suspension ends at the end of the 14 day period.
(5)  If the regulator gives notice under subregulation (3) , the accreditation remains suspended until the decision is made under regulation 134 .

139.   Accredited assessor to return accreditation document

An accredited assessor, on receiving a notice under regulation 137 , must return the accreditation document to the regulator in accordance with that notice.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

140.   Regulator to return accreditation document after suspension

The regulator must return the accreditation document to the accredited assessor within 14 days after the suspension ends.
Subdivision 6 - Agreements with RTOs

141.   Regulator may enter into agreement with RTO

The regulator may enter into an agreement with an RTO to share information to assist the regulator in relation to the accreditation of assessors.
PART 4.6 - Demolition Work
Division 1 - Notice of demolition work

142.   Notice of demolition work

(1)  Subject to subregulation (4) , a person conducting a business or undertaking who proposes to carry out the following demolition work must ensure that written notice is given to the regulator in accordance with this regulation at least 5 days before the work commences:
(a) demolition of a structure, or a part of a structure that is loadbearing or otherwise related to the physical integrity of the structure, that is at least 6 metres in height;
(b) demolition work involving load shifting machinery on a suspended floor;
(c) demolition work involving explosives.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

Note

See section 268 of the Act for offences relating to the giving of false or misleading information under the Act or these regulations.

(2)  The notice must be given in the manner and form required by the regulator.
(3)  Subregulation (4) applies to an emergency service organisation in relation to demolition work carried out or proposed to be carried out by an emergency service worker at the direction of the emergency service organisation in responding to an emergency.
(4)  An emergency service organisation must give notice under subregulation (1) as soon as practicable (whether before or after the work is carried out).
(5)  In this regulation a reference to the height of a structure is a reference to the height of the structure measured from the lowest level of the ground immediately adjacent to the base of the structure at the point at which the height is to be measured to its highest point.
Division 2 - Reserved

143.   Reserved

This regulation has been left blank so as to preserve uniformity with other jurisdictions with regard to numbering of regulations.
PART 4.7 - General Electrical Safety in Workplaces and Energised Electrical Work
Division 1 - Preliminary

144.   Meaning of electrical equipment

(1)  In this Part, electrical equipment means any apparatus, appliance, cable, conductor, fitting, insulator, material, meter or wire that –
(a) is used for controlling, generating, supplying, transforming or transmitting electricity at a voltage greater than extra-low voltage; or
(b) is operated by electricity at a voltage greater than extra-low voltage; or
(c) is part of an electrical installation located in an area in which the atmosphere presents a risk to health and safety from fire or explosion; or
(d) is, or is part of, an active impressed current cathodic protection system within the meaning of AS 2832.1:2004 (Cathodic protection of metals – Pipes and cables).
(2)  In this Part, electrical equipment does not include any apparatus, appliance, cable, conductor, fitting, insulator, material, meter or wire that is part of a vehicle that is a motor car or motorcycle if –
(a) the equipment is part of a unit of the vehicle that provides propulsion for the vehicle; or
(b) the electricity source for the equipment is a unit of the vehicle that provides propulsion for the vehicle.

145.   Meaning of electrical installation

(1)  In this Part, an electrical installation means a group of items of electrical equipment that –
(a) are permanently electrically connected together; and
(b) can be supplied with electricity from the works of an electricity supply authority or from a generating source.
(2)  An item of electrical equipment may be part of more than 1 electrical installation.
(3)  In subregulation (1)(a)  –
(a) an item of electrical equipment connected to electricity by a plug and socket outlet is not permanently electrically connected; and
(b) connection achieved through using works of an electricity supply authority is not a consideration in determining whether or not electrical equipment is electrically connected.

146.   Meaning of electrical work

(1)  In this Part, electrical work means –
(a) connecting electricity supply wiring to electrical equipment or disconnecting electricity supply wiring from electrical equipment; or
(b) installing, removing, adding, testing, replacing, repairing, altering or maintaining electrical equipment or an electrical installation.
(2)  In this Part, electrical work does not include the following electrical work, if that work is not prescribed work under the Occupational Licensing Act 2005 :
(a) work that involves connecting electrical equipment to an electricity supply by means of a flexible cord plug and socket outlet;
(b) work on a non-electrical component of electrical equipment, if the person carrying out the work is not exposed to an electrical risk;

Example

Painting electrical equipment covers and repairing hydraulic components of an electrical motor.

(c) replacing electrical equipment or a component of electrical equipment if that task can be safely performed by a person who does not have expertise in carrying out electrical work;

Example

Replacing a fuse or a light bulb.

(d) assembling, making, modifying or repairing electrical equipment as part of a manufacturing process;
(e) building or repairing ducts, conduits or troughs, where electrical wiring is or will be installed if –
(i) the ducts, conduits or troughs are not intended to be earthed; and
(ii) the wiring is not energised; and
(iii) the work is supervised by a licensed electrical practitioner;
(f) locating or mounting electrical equipment, or fixing electrical equipment in place, if this task is not performed in relation to the connection of electrical equipment to an electricity supply;
(g) assisting a licensed electrical practitioner to carry out electrical work if –
(i) the assistant is directly supervised by the licensed electrical practitioner; and
(ii) the assistance does not involve physical contact with any energised electrical equipment;
(h) carrying out electrical work, other than work on energised electrical equipment, in order to meet eligibility requirements in relation to becoming a licensed electrical practitioner.
(2A)  In this regulation –
licensed electrical practitioner means a person who holds an electrical practitioner's licence under the Occupational Licensing (Electrical Work) Regulations 2008 .
Division 2 - General risk management

147.   Risk management

A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must manage risks to health and safety associated with electrical risks at the workplace, in accordance with Part 3.1 .

Example

Electrical risks associated with the design, construction, installation, protection, maintenance and testing of electrical equipment and electrical installations at a workplace.

Note

WHS Act – section 19 (see regulation 9 ).

Division 3 - Electrical equipment and electrical installations

148.   Electrical equipment and electrical installations to which this Division applies

In this Division, a reference to electrical equipment or an electrical installation in relation to a person conducting a business or undertaking is a reference to electrical equipment or an electrical installation that is under the person's management or control.

149.   Unsafe electrical equipment

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that any unsafe electrical equipment at the workplace –
(a) is disconnected (or isolated) from its electricity supply; and
(b) once disconnected (or isolated) –
(i) is not reconnected until it is repaired or tested and found to be safe; or
(ii) is replaced or permanently removed from use.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(2)  For the purposes of this regulation, electrical equipment or a component of electrical equipment is unsafe if there are reasonable grounds for believing it to be unsafe.

150.   Inspection and testing of electrical equipment

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that electrical equipment is regularly inspected and tested by a competent person if the electrical equipment is –
(a) supplied with electricity through an electrical socket outlet; and
(b) used in an environment in which the normal use of electrical equipment exposes the equipment to operating conditions that are likely to result in damage to the equipment or a reduction in its expected life span, including conditions that involve exposure to moisture, heat, vibration, mechanical damage, corrosive chemicals or dust.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(2)  In the case of electrical equipment that is new and unused at the workplace, the person conducting the business or undertaking –
(a) is not required to comply with subregulation (1) ; and
(b) must ensure that the equipment is inspected for obvious damage before being used.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

Note

However, electrical equipment that is unsafe must not be used (see regulation 149 ).

(3)  The person must ensure that a record of any testing carried out under subregulation (1) is kept until the electrical equipment is –
(a) next tested; or
(b) permanently removed from the workplace or disposed of.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(4)  The record of testing –
(a) must specify the following:
(i) the name of the person who carried out the testing;
(ii) the date of the testing;
(iii) the outcome of the testing;
(iv) the date on which the next testing must be carried out; and
(b) may be in the form of a tag attached to the electrical equipment tested.

151.   Untested electrical equipment not to be used

A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that electrical equipment is not used if the equipment –
(a) is required to be tested under regulation 150 ; and
(b) has not been tested.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

Division 4 - Electrical work on energised electrical equipment

152.   Application of Division 4

[Regulation 152 Amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] This Division does not apply to work carried out by or on behalf of an electricity supply authority on the electrical equipment, including electric line-associated equipment, controlled or operated by the authority to transform, transmit or supply electricity.

153.   Persons conducting a business or undertaking to which this Division applies

In this Division (except regulations 156 , 159 and 160 ), a reference to a person conducting a business or undertaking in relation to electrical work is a reference to the person conducting the business or undertaking who is carrying out the electrical work.

154.   Electrical work on energised electrical equipment – prohibited

Subject to this Division, a person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that electrical work is not carried out on electrical equipment while the equipment is energised.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

155.   Duty to determine whether equipment is energised

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that, before electrical work is carried out on electrical equipment, the equipment is tested by a competent person to determine whether or not it is energised.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Note

Regulation 157 allows electrical testing to be carried out on electrical equipment for the purposes of this regulation. Regulation 161 sets out how the testing is to be carried out.

(2)  The person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that –
(a) each exposed part is treated as energised until it is isolated and determined not to be energised; and
(b) each high-voltage exposed part is earthed after being de-energised.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

156.   De-energised equipment must not be inadvertently re-energised

A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that electrical equipment that has been de-energised to allow electrical work to be carried out on it is not inadvertently re-energised while the work is being carried out.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

157.   Electrical work on energised electrical equipment – when permitted

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that electrical work on energised electrical equipment is not carried out unless –
(a) it is necessary in the interests of health and safety that the electrical work is carried out on the equipment while the equipment is energised; or

Example

It may be necessary that life-saving equipment remain energised and operating while electrical work is carried out on the equipment.

(b) it is necessary that the electrical equipment to be worked on is energised in order for the work to be carried out properly; or
(c) it is necessary for the purposes of testing required under regulation 155 ; or
(d) there is no reasonable alternative means of carrying out the work.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  The electrical work that may be carried out under subregulation (1)(a) , (b) and (d) may include testing of the energised electrical equipment.

158.   Preliminary steps

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure the following before electrical work on energised electrical equipment commences:
(a) a risk assessment is conducted in relation to the proposed electrical work;
(b) the area where the electrical work is to be carried out is clear of obstructions so as to allow for easy access and exit;
(c) the point at which the electrical equipment can be disconnected or isolated from its electricity supply is –
(i) clearly marked or labelled; and
(ii) clear of obstructions so as to allow for easy access and exit by the worker who is to carry out the electrical work or any other competent person; and
(iii) capable of being operated quickly;
(d) the person authorises the electrical work after consulting with the person with management or control of the workplace.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  For the purposes of subregulation (1)(a) , the risk assessment must be –
(a) conducted by a competent person; and
(b) recorded.[Regulation 158 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014]

Note

Regulation 12 permits risk assessments to be conducted, in certain circumstances, in relation to a class of hazards, tasks, things or circumstances.

(3)  Subregulation (1)(c) does not apply to electrical work on electrical equipment if –
(a) the work is to be carried out on the supply side of the main switch on the main switchboard for the equipment; and
(b) the point at which the equipment can be disconnected from its electricity supply is not reasonably accessible from the work location.

159.   Unauthorised access to equipment being worked on

A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that only persons authorised by the person conducting the business or undertaking enter the immediate area in which electrical work on energised electrical equipment is being carried out.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

160.   Contact with equipment being worked on

A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that, while electrical work is being carried out on energised electrical equipment, all persons are prevented from creating an electrical risk by inadvertently making contact with an exposed energised component of the equipment.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

161.   How the work is to be carried out

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that electrical work on energised electrical equipment is carried out –
(a) by a competent person who has tools, testing equipment and personal protective equipment that –
(i) are suitable for the work; and
(ii) have been properly tested; and
(iii) are maintained in good working order; and
(b) in accordance with a safe work method statement prepared for the work; and
(c) subject to subregulation (5) , with a safety observer present who has the competence and qualifications specified in subregulation (4) .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  The person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the person who carries out the electrical work uses the tools, testing equipment and personal protective equipment properly.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  For the purposes of subregulation (1)(b) , the safe work method statement must –
(a) identify the electrical work; and
(b) specify hazards associated with that electrical work and risks associated with those hazards; and
(c) describe the measures to be implemented to control the risks; and
(d) describe how the risk control measures are to be implemented, monitored and reviewed.
(4)  For the purposes of subregulation (1)(c)  –
(a) the safety observer must be competent –
(i) to implement control measures in an emergency; and
(ii) [Regulation 161 Subregulation (4) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] to rescue and resuscitate the worker who is carrying out the work, if necessary; and
(b) the safety observer must have been assessed in the previous 12 months as competent to rescue and resuscitate a person.
(5)  A safety observer is not required if –
(a) the work consists only of testing; and
(b) the person conducting the business or undertaking has conducted a risk assessment under regulation 158(1)(a) that shows that there is no serious risk associated with the proposed work.

162.   Record keeping

(1)  This regulation applies if a person conducting a business or undertaking prepares –
(a) a risk assessment under regulation 158 ; or
(b) a safe work method statement under regulation 161 .
(2)  Subject to subregulation (3) , the person must keep –
(a) a copy of the risk assessment until at least 28 days after the work to which it relates is completed; and
(b) a copy of the safe work method statement until the work to which it relates is completed.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(3)  If a notifiable incident occurs in connection with the work to which the assessment or statement relates, the person must keep the assessment or statement (as applicable) for at least 2 years after the incident occurs.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(4)  The person must ensure that, for the period for which the assessment or statement must be kept under this regulation, a copy is readily accessible to any worker engaged by the person to carry out electrical work to which the assessment or statement relates.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(5)  The person must ensure that, for the period for which the assessment or statement must be kept under this regulation, a copy is available for inspection under the Act.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

Division 5 - Electrical equipment and installations and construction work – additional duties

163.   Duty of person conducting business or undertaking

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking that includes the carrying out of construction work must comply with AS/NZS 3012:2010 (Electrical installations – Construction and demolition sites).

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  For the purposes of subregulation (1) , AS/NZS 3012:2010 (Electrical installations – Construction and demolition sites) applies as if any term that is defined in that Standard and that is also defined in the Act or these regulations has the meaning as it has in the Act or these regulations.
(3)  If any requirement in AS/NZS 3012:2010 (Electrical installations – Construction and demolition sites) deals with the same matter as a requirement under this Part, it is sufficient that the person conducting the business or undertaking complies with the requirement in AS/NZS 3012:2010 as modified by subregulation (2) .
Division 6 - Residual current devices

164.   Use of socket outlets in hostile operating environment

(1)  This regulation applies in the following circumstances:
(a) electrical equipment is used in an environment in which the normal use of electrical equipment exposes the equipment to operating conditions that are likely to result in damage to the equipment or a reduction in its expected life span, including conditions that involve exposure to moisture, heat, vibration, mechanical damage, corrosive chemicals or dust;
(b) electrical equipment is moved between different locations in circumstances where damage to the equipment or to a flexible electricity supply cord is reasonably likely;
(c) electrical equipment is frequently moved during its normal use;
(d) electrical equipment forms part of, or is used in connection with, an amusement device.
(2)  In a circumstance set out in subregulation (1) , a person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that any electrical risk associated with the supply of electricity to the electrical equipment through a socket outlet is minimised by the use of an appropriate residual current device.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  Without limiting subregulation (2) , the residual current device must have a tripping current that does not exceed 30 milliamps if electricity is supplied to the equipment through a socket outlet not exceeding 20 amps.
(4)  Subregulation (2) does not apply if the supply of electricity to the electrical equipment –
(a) does not exceed 50 volts alternating current; or
(b) is direct current; or
(c) is provided through an isolating transformer that provides at least an equivalent level of protection; or
(d) is provided from a non-earthed socket outlet supplied by an isolated winding portable generator that provides at least an equivalent level of protection.

165.   Testing of residual current devices

(1)  A person with management or control of a workplace must take all reasonable steps to ensure that residual current devices used at the workplace are tested regularly by a competent person to ensure that the devices are operating effectively.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(2)  The person must keep a record of all testing of a residual current device (other than any testing conducted daily) until the earlier of the following occurs:
(a) the device is next tested;
(b) the device tested is permanently removed from use.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

Division 7 - Overhead and underground electric lines

166.   Duty of person conducting a business or undertaking

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that no person, plant or thing at the workplace comes within an unsafe distance of an overhead or underground electric line.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  If it is not reasonably practicable to ensure the safe distance of a person, plant or thing from an overhead or underground electric line, the person conducting the business or undertaking at the workplace must ensure that –
(a) a risk assessment is conducted in relation to the proposed work; and
(b) control measures implemented are consistent with –
(i) the risk assessment; and
(ii) if an electricity supply authority is responsible for the electric line, any requirements of the authority.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Note

The Electricity Industry Safety and Administration Act 1997 will also apply to the person conducting the business or undertaking.

PART 4.8 - Diving Work
Division 1 - Preliminary

167.   Purpose of Part 4.8

[Regulation 167 Amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] The purpose of this Part is to impose duties on a person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace to ensure –
(a) the fitness and competence of persons who carry out general diving work and high risk diving work; and
(b) the health and safety of persons who carry out general diving work and high risk diving work; and
(c) the health and safety of other persons at workplaces where general diving work or high risk diving work is carried out.
Division 2 - General diving work – Fitness and competence of worker

168.   Person conducting business or undertaking must ensure fitness of workers

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must not direct or allow a worker to carry out general diving work or undergo training for general diving work unless the worker holds a current certificate of medical fitness.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  The person must not direct or allow a worker to carry out general diving work or undergo training for diving work unless the work or training complies with any conditions on the current certificate of medical fitness of the worker.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

169.   Certificate of medical fitness

A certificate of medical fitness must –
(a) [Regulation 169 Amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] be issued by a registered medical practitioner with training in underwater medicine; and
(b) state the following:
(i) the name of the person to whom it is issued;
(ii) its date of issue and its expiry date;
(iii) whether or not the person to whom it is issued is, in accordance with the fitness criteria, medically fit to carry out diving work;
(iv) any conditions in relation to the type of diving work the person to whom it is issued is fit to carry out, or the circumstances in which the person is fit to carry out general diving work, including, in the case of a person who is under 18 years of age, any particular conditions applicable to the age of the person.

170.   Duty to keep certificate of medical fitness

A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must keep the certificate of medical fitness of a worker who carries out general diving work for 1 year after the work is carried out.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

171.   Competence of worker – general diving work – general qualifications

[Regulation 171 Substituted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014]
(1)  A person must not carry out any type of general diving work unless the person holds a certificate for general diving work, issued by a training organisation, that demonstrates that the person has acquired the relevant competencies for that type of general diving work.
(2)  This regulation does not apply in relation to incidental diving work or limited diving work.
(3)  In this regulation –
relevant competencies means the competencies specified in AS/NZS 4005.2:2000 (Training and certification of recreational divers) or AS/NZS 2815 (Training and certification of occupational divers) that are relevant to the type of general diving work to which subregulation (1) applies.

Note

See section 44 of the Act.

171A.   Competence of worker – general diving work – additional knowledge and skill

[Regulation 171A Inserted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014]
(1)  In addition to regulation 171, a person must not carry out general diving work unless the person has, through training, qualification or experience, acquired sound knowledge and skill in relation to the following:
(a) the application of diving physics;
(b) the use, inspection and maintenance of diving equipment (including emergency equipment) and air supply of the type to be used in the proposed general diving work;
(c) the use of decompression tables or dive computers;
(d) dive planning;
(e) ways of communicating with another diver and with persons at the surface during general diving work;
(f) how to safely carry out general diving work of the type proposed to be carried out;
(g) diving physiology, emergency procedures and first aid.

Note

See section 44 of the Act.

(2)  This regulation does not apply in relation to incidental diving work or limited scientific diving work.

172.   Competence of worker – incidental diving work

(1)  [Regulation 172 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] A person must not carry out incidental diving work unless the person –
(a) [Regulation 172 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] has the knowledge and skill referred to in regulation 171A ; and
(b) [Regulation 172 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] has relevant diving experience; and
(c) [Regulation 172 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] is accompanied and supervised in the water by a person who has the competencies referred to in regulation 171 .

Note

See section 44 of the Act.

(2)  In this regulation, a person has relevant diving experience if the person has logged at least 15 hours of diving, of which at least 8 hours and 20 minutes were spent diving between 10 metres above and any depth below the maximum depth at which the diving work is to be carried out.

173.   Competence of worker – limited scientific diving work

(1)  A person who is not permanently resident in Australia must not carry out limited scientific diving work unless the person has –
(a) [Regulation 173 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] the training, qualification or experience referred to in regulation 171A ; and
(b) relevant diving experience, including relevant diving experience obtained outside Australia.

Note

See section 44 of the Act.

(2)  In this regulation, a person has relevant diving experience if the person has logged at least 60 hours diving of which at least 8 hours and 20 minutes were spent diving between 10 metres above and any depth below the maximum depth at which the limited scientific diving work is to be carried out.

174.   Competence of competent person supervising general diving work

A person appointed under regulation 177 must not perform any function associated with that appointment unless the person has –
(a) [Regulation 174 Amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] the qualification specified in regulation 171 ; and
(b) experience in the type of diving work to be supervised.

Note

See section 44 of the Act.

175.   Evidence of competence – duty of person conducting business or undertaking

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must not direct or allow a worker to carry out general diving work unless the person sees written evidence provided by the worker that the worker has the relevant competence required under this Division.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(2)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must not direct or allow a person appointed under regulation 177 to perform any of the functions associated with that appointment unless the person conducting the business or undertaking sees written evidence provided by the person appointed that the person appointed has the competence required under regulation 174 .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(3)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must keep the written evidence given to the person –
(a) under subregulation (1) , for at least 1 year after the diving work is carried out; and
(b) under subregulation (2) , for at least 1 year after the last occasion on which the person performs a function associated with the appointment.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

Division 3 - Managing risks – general diving work

176.   Management of risks to health and safety

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must manage risks to health and safety associated with general diving work, in accordance with Part 3.1 .

Note

WHS Act – section 19 (see regulation 9 ).

(2)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that a risk assessment is conducted by a competent person for the purposes of subregulation (1) .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(3)  The person must ensure that a risk assessment conducted under subregulation (2) is recorded in writing.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

177.   Appointment of competent person to supervise diving work

A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must appoint 1 or more competent persons to –
(a) supervise general diving work carried out in the business or undertaking; and
(b) perform other functions under this Division.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Note

See regulation 174 for the qualifications of the competent person.

178.   Additional control – dive plan

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must not direct or allow general diving work to be carried out unless a dive plan for the dive –
(a) is prepared by a competent person appointed under regulation 177 ; or
(b) has been prepared by a competent person appointed under regulation 177 on an earlier occasion for a similar dive.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  A dive plan must state the following:
(a) the method of carrying out the diving work to which it relates;
(b) the tasks and duties of each person involved in the dive;
(c) the diving equipment, breathing gases and procedures to be used in the dive;
(d) as applicable, dive times, bottom times and decompression profiles;
(e) hazards relating to the dive and measures to be implemented in the control of risks associated with those hazards;
(f) emergency procedures.

179.   Dive plan must be complied with

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that general diving work is carried out in accordance with the dive plan prepared for it.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that a competent person appointed by the person under regulation 177 gives workers instruction in relation to the dive plan before commencing the diving work to which the plan relates.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

180.   Additional control – dive safety log to be kept

A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace where general diving work is carried out must keep a dive safety log that contains the following information about each dive carried out by a worker:
(a) the name of the worker who carries out the dive;
(b) the name of any other person with whom the dive is carried out;
(c) the name of the competent person appointed under regulation 177 to supervise the diving work;
(d) the date and location of the dive;
(e) the time each diver enters and leaves the water;
(f) the maximum depth of the dive;
(g) any incident, difficulty, discomfort or injury that occurs or is experienced during the dive;
(h) if the dive was carried out using a dive computer, the dive time;
(i) if the dive was carried out using dive tables, the repetitive dive group, if available, and either the bottom time or the dive time;
(j) if the repetitive group and surface interval result in a repetitive factor, the surface interval and the repetitive factor;
(k) if the dive is carried out using EANx –
(i) the oxygen content of the EANx; and
(ii) the maximum operating depth of the EANx;
(l) if the dive is carried out using mixed gas –
(i) the oxygen content and the nitrogen content (if any) of the gas; and
(ii) the maximum operating depth of the mixed gas; and
(iii) the minimum operating depth of the bottom mix.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

181.   Use of dive safety log

(1)  This regulation applies to a person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace where general diving work is carried out.
(2)  The person conducting the business or undertaking must ensure that, after each dive carried out in connection with the general diving work is completed, the return of each diver is verified in the dive safety log, as soon as practicable after the return, by –
(a) the diver; and
(b) a competent person appointed under regulation 177 to supervise the diving work.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(3)  If workers are carrying out general diving work from a vessel, the person conducting the business or undertaking must ensure that a competent person appointed under regulation 177 to supervise the diving work makes and verifies entries in the dive safety log of the number of workers and other persons on board the vessel –
(a) before the diving work commences; and
(b) before the vessel leaves the location after the diving work is completed.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(4)  The person conducting the business or undertaking must ensure that the dive safety log is kept for at least 1 year after the last entry is made.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(5)  In this regulation, an event is verified in the dive safety log –
(a) by signing; or
(b) if the log is electronic, by entering the verifier's unique identifier.

182.   Record keeping

(1)  This regulation applies if a person conducting a business or undertaking prepares –
(a) a risk assessment under regulation 176 ; or
(b) a dive plan under regulation 178 .
(2)  Subject to subregulation (3) , the person must keep –
(a) a copy of the risk assessment until at least 28 days after the work to which it relates is completed; and
(b) a copy of the dive plan until the work to which it relates is completed.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(3)  If a notifiable incident occurs in connection with the work to which the assessment or dive plan relates, the person must keep the assessment or dive plan (as applicable) for at least 2 years after the incident occurs.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(4)  The person must ensure that, for the period for which the assessment or dive plan must be kept under this regulation, a copy is readily accessible to any worker engaged by the person to carry out the work to which the assessment or dive plan relates.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(5)  The person must ensure that, for the period for which the assessment or dive plan must be kept under this regulation, a copy is available for inspection under the Act.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

Division 4 - High risk diving work

183.   Duties of person conducting business or undertaking

A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace where high risk diving work is carried out must ensure that the following are in accordance with AS/NZS 2299.1:2007 (Occupational diving operations – Standard operational practice):
(a) the fitness of persons carrying out the work;
(b) the competence of persons carrying out the work;

Note

See section 44 of the Act.

(c) the carrying out of the work.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

184.   Duty of worker – competence

A person must not carry out high risk diving work unless the person has the qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience required by AS/NZS 2299.1:2007 (Occupational diving operations – Standard operational practice) for work of the kind to be carried out by the person.

Note

See section 44 of the Act.

Chapter 5 - Plant and Structures
PART 5.1 - General Duties for Plant and Structures
Division 1 - Preliminary

185.   Application of Part 5.1 to plant

(1)  Subject to this regulation, this Part applies to all plant.
(2)  Subject to subregulation (3) , this Part does not apply to plant that –
(a) relies exclusively on manual power for its operation; and
(b) is designed to be primarily supported by hand.
(3)  This Part applies to explosive power tools that are designed to be supported by hand.

186.   Application of Part 5.1 to structures

This Part applies to structures as provided in this Part.
Division 2 - Duties of persons conducting businesses or undertakings that design plant

187.   Provision of information to manufacturer

A designer of plant must ensure, when the design of the plant is made available to the manufacturer of the plant, that the manufacturer is provided with –
(a) information to enable the plant to be manufactured in accordance with the design specifications; and
(b) if applicable, information about –
(i) the installation, commissioning, decommissioning, use, handling, storage and, if the plant is capable of being dismantled, dismantling of the plant; and
(ii) the hazards and risks associated with the use of the plant that the designer has identified; and
(iii) testing or inspections to be carried out on the plant; and
(iv) the systems of work and competency of operators that are necessary for the safe use of the plant; and
(v) the emergency procedures (if any) that are required to be implemented if there is a malfunction of the plant.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

Note

A designer also has duties under section 22 of the Act.

188.   Hazard identified in design during manufacture

If a manufacturer of plant informs the designer of the plant that there is a hazard in the design of plant for which the designer has not provided a control measure, the designer must –
(a) revise the information originally supplied to the manufacturer to ensure that –
(i) the risk is eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable; or
(ii) if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the risk, the risk is minimised so far as is reasonably practicable; or
(b) notify the manufacturer, in writing, that the designer is of the opinion that it is not necessary to revise the information originally supplied to the manufacturer to ensure compliance with this Part.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

Note

A designer also has duties under section 22 of the Act.

189.   Guarding

(1)  This regulation applies if a designer of plant uses guarding as a control measure.
(2)  The designer must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the guarding designed for that purpose will prevent access to the danger point or danger area of the plant.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  The designer must ensure that –
(a) if access to the area of the plant requiring guarding is not necessary during operation, maintenance or cleaning of the plant, the guarding is a permanently fixed physical barrier; or
(b) if access to the area of the plant requiring guarding is necessary during operation, maintenance or cleaning of the plant, the guarding is an interlocked physical barrier that allows access to the area being guarded at times when that area does not present a risk and prevents access to that area at any other time; or
(c) if it is not reasonably practicable to use guarding referred to in paragraph (a) or (b) , the guarding used is a physical barrier that can only be altered or removed by the use of tools; or
(d) if it is not reasonably practicable to use guarding referred to in paragraph (a) , (b) or (c) , the design includes a presence-sensing safeguarding system that eliminates any risk arising from the area of the plant requiring guarding while a person or any part of a person is in the area being guarded.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(4)  The designer must ensure that the guarding is designed –
(a) to be of solid construction and securely mounted so as to resist impact or shock; and
(b) to make bypassing or disabling of the guarding, whether deliberately or by accident, as difficult as is reasonably practicable; and
(c) so as not to cause a risk in itself.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(5)  If the plant to be guarded contains moving parts and those parts may break or cause workpieces to be ejected from the plant, the designer must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the guarding will control any risk from those broken or ejected parts and workpieces.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(6)  Despite anything to the contrary in this regulation, the designer must ensure –
(a) that the guarding is of a kind that can be removed to allow maintenance and cleaning of the plant at any time that the plant is not in normal operation; and
(b) if the guarding is removed, that, so far as is reasonably practicable, the plant cannot be restarted unless the guarding is replaced.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

190.   Operational controls

(1)  A designer of plant must ensure that the design provides for any operator's controls for the plant to be –
(a) identified on the plant so as to indicate their nature and function and direction of operation; and
(b) located so as to be readily and conveniently operated by each person using the plant; and
(c) located or guarded to prevent unintentional activation; and
(d) able to be locked into the "off" position to enable the disconnection of all motive power.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  If the need for plant to be operated during maintenance or cleaning cannot be eliminated, the designer of the plant must ensure that the design provides for operator's controls that –
(a) permit operation of the plant while a person is undertaking the maintenance or cleaning of the plant; and
(b) while the plant is being maintained or cleaned, cannot be operated by any person other than the person who is carrying out the maintenance or cleaning of the plant; and
(c) will allow operation of the plant in such a way that any risk associated with the activities in relation to any person who is carrying out the maintenance or cleaning –
(i) is eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable; or
(ii) if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the risk, is minimised so far as is reasonably practicable.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

191.   Emergency stop controls

(1)  If plant is designed to be operated or attended by more than 1 person and more than 1 emergency stop control is fitted, the designer of the plant must ensure that the design provides for the multiple emergency stop controls to be of the "stop and lock-off" type so that the plant cannot be restarted after an emergency stop control has been used unless that emergency stop control is reset.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  If the design of the plant includes an emergency stop control for the plant, the designer of the plant must ensure that the design provides –
(a) for the stop control to be prominent, clearly and durably marked and immediately accessible to each operator of the plant; and
(b) for any handle, bar or push button associated with the stop control to be coloured red; and
(c) that the stop control cannot be adversely affected by electrical or electronic circuit malfunction.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

192.   Warning devices

(1)  This regulation applies if the design of plant includes an emergency warning device or it is necessary to include an emergency warning device to minimise risk.
(2)  The designer of the plant must ensure that the design provides for the device to be positioned on the plant to ensure the device will work to best effect.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Division 3 - Duties of persons conducting businesses or undertakings that manufacture plant

193.   Control of risk

(1)  A manufacturer of plant must ensure the following:
(a) that the plant is manufactured and inspected having regard to the information provided to the manufacturer by the designer of the plant under the Act and these regulations;
(b) if the information provided to the manufacturer by the designer of the plant under the Act and these regulations requires the plant to be tested, that the plant is tested in accordance with that information;
(c) if, during the manufacturing process, any hazard is identified in the design of the plant for which the designer has not provided a control measure –
(i) that the hazard is not incorporated into the manufacture of the plant; and
(ii) that the designer of the plant is given written notice of the hazard as soon as practicable; and
(iii) that all reasonable steps are taken to consult with the designer of the plant in relation to the alteration of the design to rectify the hazard.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  A manufacturer must ensure that, if it is not possible to inform the designer about the hazard in accordance with subregulation (1)  –
(a) the risk is eliminated, so far as is reasonably practicable; or
(b) if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the risk, the risk is minimised so far as is reasonably practicable.

Note

WHS Act – section 23 (see regulation 9 ).

(3)  A manufacturer to whom subregulation (1)(c) applies must not manufacture the plant until –
(a) the designer gives the manufacturer the revised information or written instruction under regulation 188 ; or
(b) the manufacturer eliminates or minimises the risk under subregulation (2) .

Note

WHS Act – section 23 (see regulation 9 ).

(4)  If the designer notifies a manufacturer of plant under regulation 188 , the manufacturer may proceed in accordance with the designer's original information.

194.   Guarding

(1)  A manufacturer of plant must ensure that guarding used as a control measure is of solid construction and securely mounted so as to resist impact or shock.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  A manufacturer of plant must ensure –
(a) that any guarding used as a control measure in relation to plant is of a kind that can be removed to allow maintenance and cleaning of the plant at any time that the plant is not in normal operation; and
(b) if the guarding is removed, that, so far as is reasonably practicable, the plant cannot be restarted unless the guarding is replaced.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

195.   Information must be obtained and provided

A manufacturer of plant must –
(a) take all reasonable steps to obtain the information required to be provided to the manufacturer by the designer of the plant under section 22(4)(a) and (c) of the Act and regulations 187 and 188 ; and
(b) ensure that a person to whom the manufacturer supplies the plant is, at the time of supply, provided with the information provided to the manufacturer by the designer under section 22(4)(a) and (c) of the Act and regulation 187 ; and
(c) if the manufacturer acts in accordance with regulation 193(1)(c) , ensure that a person to whom the manufacturer supplies the plant is provided with the information, applicable to the plant, that is required to be provided by the designer under section 22(4)(a) and (c) of the Act and regulation 188 .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

Division 4 - Duties of persons conducting businesses or undertakings that import plant

196.   Information to be obtained and provided by importer

An importer of plant must –
(a) take all reasonable steps to obtain –
(i) the information that would be required to be provided by a manufacturer under section 23(4)(a) and (c) of the Act; and
(ii) the information that would be required to be provided by the designer of the plant to the manufacturer under regulations 187 and 188 ; and
(b) give that information to any person to whom the importer supplies the plant.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

197.   Control of risk

An importer of plant must –
(a) ensure that the plant is inspected having regard to the information provided by the manufacturer; and
(b) if the information provided by the manufacturer requires the plant to be tested, ensure that the plant is tested in accordance with that information; and
(c) if any hazards are identified –
(i) ensure that the plant is not supplied until the risks have been eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable; and
(ii) if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the risks, inform the person to whom the plant is supplied about the risks; and
(d) take all reasonable steps to ensure that the designer and manufacturer of the plant are consulted in relation to any alteration made to the plant to control the risk.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Division 5 - Duties of persons conducting businesses or undertakings that supply plant

198.   Information to be obtained and provided by supplier

A supplier of plant must –
(a) take all reasonable steps to obtain the information required to be provided by the manufacturer under section 23(4)(a) and (c) of the Act and these regulations; and
(b) ensure that, when the plant is supplied, the person to whom the plant is supplied is given the information obtained by the supplier under paragraph (a) .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

199.   Supply of second-hand plant – duties of supplier

(1)  A supplier of second-hand plant must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that any faults in the plant are identified.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  A supplier of second-hand plant must ensure that the person to whom the plant is supplied is, before the plant is supplied, given written notice –
(a) of the condition of the plant; and
(b) of any faults identified under subregulation (1) ; and
(c) if appropriate, that the plant should not be used until the faults are rectified.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  This regulation does not apply to plant to be used for scrap or spare parts.

200.   Second-hand plant to be used for scrap or spare parts

A supplier of plant to be used for scrap or spare parts must, before the plant is supplied, inform the person to whom the plant is supplied, either in writing or by marking the plant, that the plant is being supplied for scrap or spare parts and that the plant in its current form is not to be used as plant.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

Division 6 - Duties of persons conducting businesses or undertakings that install, construct or commission plant or structures

201.   Duties of persons conducting businesses or undertakings that install, construct or commission plant

(1)  This regulation applies to a person who conducts a business or undertaking that installs, constructs or commissions plant that is to be used, or could reasonably be expected to be used, as, or at, a workplace.
(2)  The person must ensure that the plant is installed, constructed or commissioned having regard to –
(a) the information provided by the designer, manufacturer, importer or supplier of the plant under the Act and these regulations; or
(b) the instructions provided by a competent person to the extent that those instructions relate to health and safety.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

202.   Duties of persons conducting businesses or undertakings that install, construct or commission structures

(1)  This regulation applies to a person who conducts a business or undertaking that installs, constructs or commissions a structure that is to be used, or could reasonably be expected to be used as, or at, a workplace.
(2)  The person must ensure that the structure is installed, constructed or commissioned having regard to –
(a) the information provided by the designer, manufacturer, importer or supplier of the structure under the Act and these regulations; or
(b) the instructions provided by a competent person to the extent that those instructions relate to health and safety.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Division 7 - General duties of a person conducting a business or undertaking involving the management or control of plant

Note
A person with management or control of plant at a workplace is the person conducting a business or undertaking at the workplace to the extent that the business or undertaking involves the management or control of plant in whole or in part at the workplace. See the definition of person with management or control of plant at a workplace in regulation 5(1) and section 21 of the Act.
Subdivision 1 - Management of risks

203.   Management of risks to health and safety

A person with management or control of plant at a workplace must manage risks to health and safety associated with plant, in accordance with Part 3.1 .

Note

WHS Act – section 21 (see regulation 9 ).

Subdivision 2 - Additional control measures for general plant

204.   Control of risks arising from installation or commissioning

(1)  The person with management or control of plant at a workplace must not commission the plant unless the person has established that the plant is, so far as is reasonably practicable, without risks to the health and safety of any person.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  A person with management or control of plant at a workplace must not decommission or dismantle the plant unless the decommissioning or dismantling can be carried out, so far as is reasonably practicable, without risks to the health and safety of any person.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  A person with management or control of plant at a workplace must ensure that a person who installs, assembles, constructs, commissions or decommissions or dismantles the plant is a competent person.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(4)  A person with management or control of plant at a workplace must ensure that a person who installs, assembles, constructs, commissions or decommissions or dismantles the plant is provided with the available information for eliminating or minimising risks to health or safety.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(5)  The person with management or control of plant at a workplace must ensure that the processes for the installation, construction, commissioning, decommissioning and dismantling of plant include inspections that ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that risks associated with these activities are monitored.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

205.   Preventing unauthorised alterations to or interference with plant

The person with management or control of plant at a workplace must, so far as is reasonably practicable, prevent alterations to or interference with the plant that are not authorised by the person.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

206.   Proper use of plant and controls

(1)  The person with management or control of plant at a workplace must take all reasonable steps to ensure that plant is used only for the purpose for which it was designed, unless the person has determined that the proposed use does not increase the risk to health or safety.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  In determining whether or not a proposed use of plant increases the risk to health or safety, the person with management or control of the plant must ensure that the risk associated with the proposed use is assessed by a competent person.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  The person with management or control of plant at a workplace must take all reasonable steps to ensure that all health and safety features and warning devices (including guarding, operational controls, emergency stops and warning devices) are used in accordance with the instructions and information provided by that person under regulation 39 .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

207.   Plant not in use

The person with management or control of plant at a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that plant that is not in use is left in a state that does not create a risk to the health or safety of any person.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

208.   Guarding

(1)  This regulation applies if guarding is used as a control measure in relation to plant at a workplace.
(2)  The person with management or control of the plant must ensure that –
(a) if access to the area of the plant requiring guarding is not necessary during operation, maintenance or cleaning of the plant, the guarding is a permanently fixed physical barrier; or
(b) if access to the area of the plant requiring guarding is necessary during operation, maintenance or cleaning of the plant, the guarding is an interlocked physical barrier that allows access to the area being guarded at times when that area does not present a risk and prevents access to that area at any other time; or
(c) if it is not reasonably practicable to use guarding referred to in paragraph (a) or (b) , the guarding used is a physical barrier that can only be altered or removed by the use of tools; or
(d) if it is not reasonably practicable to use guarding referred to in paragraph (a) , (b) or (c) , the guarding includes a presence-sensing safeguarding system that eliminates any risk arising from the area of the plant requiring guarding while a person or any part of a person is in the area being guarded.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  The person with management or control of the plant must ensure that the guarding –
(a) is of solid construction and securely mounted so as to resist impact or shock; and
(b) makes bypassing or disabling of the guarding, whether deliberately or by accident, as difficult as is reasonably practicable; and
(c) does not create a risk in itself; and
(d) is properly maintained.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(4)  If the plant to be guarded contains moving parts that may break or cause workpieces to be ejected from the plant, the person with management or control of the plant must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the guarding will control any risk from those broken or ejected parts and workpieces.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(5)  Despite anything to the contrary in this regulation, the person with management or control of the plant must ensure –
(a) that the guarding is of a kind that can be removed to allow maintenance and cleaning of the plant at any time that the plant is not in normal operation; and
(b) if guarding is removed, that, so far as is reasonably practicable, the plant cannot be restarted unless the guarding is replaced.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

209.   Guarding and insulation from heat and cold

The person with management or control of plant at a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that any pipe or other part of the plant associated with heat or cold is guarded or insulated so that the plant is without risks to the health and safety of any person.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

210.   Operational controls

(1)  The person with management or control of plant at a workplace must ensure that any operator's controls are –
(a) identified on the plant so as to indicate their nature and function and direction of operation; and
(b) located so as to be readily and conveniently operated by each person using the plant; and
(c) located or guarded to prevent unintentional activation; and
(d) able to be locked into the "off" position to enable the disconnection of all motive power.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  If the need for plant to be operated during maintenance or cleaning cannot be eliminated, the person with management or control of the plant at a workplace must ensure that the operator's controls –
(a) permit operation of the plant while a person is undertaking the maintenance or cleaning of the plant; and
(b) while the plant is being maintained or cleaned, either –
(i) cannot be operated by any person other than the person who is carrying out the maintenance or cleaning of the plant; or
(ii) if subparagraph (i) cannot be complied with because the plant must be operated by a person other than the person who is carrying out the maintenance or cleaning of the plant, cannot be operated except by a person authorised by the person with management or control of the plant for that purpose; and
(c) will allow operation of the plant in such a way that any risk associated with the activities in relation to any person who is carrying out the maintenance or cleaning –
(i) is eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable; or
(ii) if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the risk, is minimised so far as is reasonably practicable.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

211.   Emergency stops

(1)  If plant at a workplace is designed to be operated or attended by more than 1 person and more than 1 emergency stop control is fitted, the person with management or control of plant at the workplace must ensure that the multiple emergency stop controls are of the "stop and lock-off" type so that the plant cannot be restarted after an emergency stop control has been used unless each emergency stop control is reset.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  If the design of plant at a workplace includes an emergency stop control, the person with management or control of the plant at the workplace must ensure that –
(a) the stop control is prominent, clearly and durably marked and immediately accessible to each operator of the plant; and
(b) any handle, bar or push button associated with the stop control is coloured red; and
(c) the stop control cannot be adversely affected by electrical or electronic circuit malfunction.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

212.   Warning devices

(1)  This regulation applies if the design of plant includes an emergency warning device or it is necessary to include an emergency warning device to minimise risk.
(2)  The person with management or control of the plant must ensure that the device is positioned on the plant to ensure that the device will work to best effect.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

213.   Maintenance and inspection of plant

(1)  The person with management or control of plant at a workplace must ensure that the maintenance, inspection and, if necessary, testing of the plant is carried out by a competent person.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(2)  The maintenance, inspection and testing must be carried out –
(a) in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations, if any; or
(b) if there are no manufacturer's recommendations, in accordance with the recommendations of a competent person; or
(c) in relation to inspection, if it is not reasonably practicable to comply with paragraph (a) or (b) , annually.
Subdivision 3 - Additional control measures for certain plant

Note
The person with management or control of plant at a workplace is the person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace to the extent that the business or undertaking involves the management or control of plant in whole or in part at the workplace. See the definition of person with management or control of plant at a workplace in regulation 5(1) and section 21 of the Act.

214.   Powered mobile plant – general control of risk

The person with management or control of powered mobile plant at a workplace must, in accordance with Part 3.1 , manage risks to health and safety associated with the following:
(a) the plant overturning;
(b) things falling on the operator of the plant;
(c) the operator being ejected from the plant;
(d) the plant colliding with any person or thing;
(e) mechanical failure of pressurised elements of plant that may release fluids that pose a risk to health and safety.

Note

WHS Act – section 21 (see regulation 9 ).

215.   Powered mobile plant – specific control measures

(1)  [Regulation 215 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] This regulation applies to a person with management or control of powered mobile plant at a workplace.
(2)  The person must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that a suitable combination of operator protective devices for the plant is provided, maintained and used.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  The person must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that no person other than the operator rides on the plant unless the person is provided with a level of protection that is equivalent to that provided to the operator.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(4)  The person must ensure that the plant does not collide with pedestrians or other powered mobile plant.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(5)  Without limiting subregulation (4) , if there is a possibility of the plant colliding with pedestrians or other powered mobile plant, the person must ensure that the plant has a warning device that will warn persons who may be at risk from the movement of the plant.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

216.   Roll-over protection on tractors

(1)  The person with management or control of a tractor at a workplace must ensure that the tractor is not used unless it is securely fitted with a roll-over protective structure.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  If a tractor is used in a place that is too low for the tractor to work while it is fitted with a roll-over protective structure, the structure may be lowered or removed for the period during which the tractor is used in such a situation (but only if other measures to minimise the risk of roll-over are in place).
(3)  This regulation does not apply if the tractor is –
(a) installed in a fixed position, and in a manner which would no longer permit it to be used as powered mobile plant; or
(b) a tractor with a mass of less than 560 kilograms or a mass of 15 000 kilograms or more; or
(c) being used for a historical purpose or activity.
(4)  In this regulation –
historical purpose or activity, in relation to the use of a tractor, includes an activity ancillary to a historical activity;

Examples

1

Historical activity: a historical display, parade, demonstration or re-enactment.

2

Activity ancillary to a historical activity: restoring, maintaining, modifying or housing a tractor used, or to be used, for a historical activity.

roll-over protective structure means a structure designed to protect a tractor operator from injury if the tractor rolls over in any direction.

Note

Regulations 214 and 215 also apply to a tractor.

217.   

[Regulation 217 Rescinded by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014]

218.   Industrial lift trucks

(1)  The person with management or control of an industrial lift truck at a workplace must ensure that the truck is –
(a) equipped with lifting attachments that are suitable for the load to be lifted or moved by the truck; and
(b) operated in a manner that ensures that the risks to the operator of the truck and other persons at or near the workplace that arise from systems of work and the environment in which the truck is used –
(i) are eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable; or
(ii) if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the risks, are minimised so far as is reasonably practicable.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  The person with management or control of an industrial lift truck at a workplace must ensure that the truck is not used to carry a passenger unless –
(a) the truck is designed to carry a seated passenger; and
(b) the passenger seat is –
(i) fitted with suitable seat restraints; and
(ii) located within the zone of protection that is provided by the operator protective device required to be fitted to the industrial lift truck.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  The person with management or control of an industrial lift truck at a workplace must take all reasonable steps to ensure that a passenger in an industrial lift truck is seated in a seat that complies with subregulation (2)(b) .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Note

Regulations 214 and 215 also apply to an industrial lift truck.

219.   Plant that lifts or suspends loads

(1)  This regulation applies to plant that is used to lift or suspend persons or things.
(2)  The person with management or control of plant at a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the plant used is specifically designed to lift or suspend the load.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  If it is not reasonably practicable to use plant that is specifically designed to lift or suspend the load, the person must ensure that –
(a) the plant used does not cause a greater risk to health and safety than if specifically designed plant were used; and
(b) if the plant is lifting or suspending persons, the use of the plant complies with regulation 220 .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(4)  The person must ensure that the lifting and suspending is carried out –
(a) with lifting attachments that are suitable for the load being lifted or suspended; and
(b) within the safe working limits of the plant.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(5)  The person must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that no loads are suspended or travel over a person unless the plant is specifically designed for that purpose.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(6)  The person must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that loads are lifted or suspended in a way that ensures that the load remains under control during the activity.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(7)  The person must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that no load is lifted simultaneously by more than 1 item of plant unless the method of lifting ensures that the load placed on each item of plant does not exceed the design capacity of the plant.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

220.   Exception – Plant not specifically designed to lift or suspend a person

(1)  For the purposes of regulation 219(3)(b) , the person with management or control of the plant at a workplace must ensure that –
(a) the persons are lifted or suspended in a work box that is securely attached to the plant; and
(b) the persons in the work box remain substantially within the work box while they are being lifted or suspended; and
(c) if there is a risk of a person falling from a height, a safety harness is provided and worn by the person in order to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, injury to the person as a result of the fall; and
(d) means are provided by which the persons being lifted or suspended can safely exit from the plant in the event of a failure in its normal operation.
(2)  This regulation does not apply to plant used in connection with –
(a) the performance of stunt work; or
(b) the performance of acrobatics; or
(c) theatrical performances.

Note

Part 4.4 (except regulation 79 ) applies to the matters in subregulation (2) .

221.   Plant used in connection with tree lopping

(1)  Regulation 220(1)(a) and (b) do not apply in connection with tree lopping if –
(a) a risk assessment shows that lifting or suspending a person in a harness with a crane to place the person in a tree to carry out tree lopping does not create a greater risk to health or safety than using plant specifically designed to lift a person or climbing a tree; and
(b) the tree lopping is carried out by a person who is a competent person in the use of the harness referred to in paragraph (a) ; and
(c) a crane is used to put the competent person in the tree to lop it; and
(d) the crane has safety mechanisms that would prevent the competent person from inadvertently falling; and
(e) while attached to the crane, the competent person is in visual, audio or radio communication with the crane operator.
(2)  In this regulation, harness means a work positioning harness that is designed and certified, in accordance with AS/NZS 1891.1:2007 (Industrial fall-arrest systems – Harnesses and ancillary equipment), for the purpose of lifting and suspending a person.

222.   Industrial robots

(1)  This regulation applies to a person with management or control of an industrial robot or other remotely or automatically energised plant at a workplace.
(2)  The person must not direct or allow a worker to work in the immediate vicinity of the plant if it could start without warning and cause a hazard, unless suitable control measures are in place to control the risks to health and safety.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  If the remote or automatic energising of the plant could lead to risks to health and safety, the person must ensure that access to the area in the immediate vicinity of the plant is controlled at all times –
(a) by isolating the area; or
(b) by –
(i) providing interlocked guards; or
(ii) if a risk remains, providing presence-sensing devices; or
(iii) if a risk then remains, providing permit to work systems.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

223.   Lasers

(1)  This regulation applies to the person with management or control, at a workplace, of laser equipment that may create a risk to health and safety.
(2)  The person must ensure that laser equipment intended for use on plant is designed, constructed and installed so as to prevent accidental irradiation of any person.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  The person must ensure that laser equipment on plant is protected so that any operator of the plant or other person is not exposed to direct radiation, radiation produced by reflection or diffusion or secondary radiation.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(4)  The person must ensure that the visual equipment used for the observation or adjustment of laser equipment on plant does not create a risk to health or safety from laser rays.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(5)  The person must ensure that the workers operating the laser equipment are trained in the proper operation of the equipment.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(6)  The person must ensure that Class 3B and Class 4 lasers (within the meaning of AS 2397:1993 – Safe use of lasers in the building and construction industry) are not used in construction work.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

224.   Pressure equipment

(1)  The person with management or control of pressure equipment at a workplace must ensure that –
(a) the equipment is inspected on a regular basis by a competent person; and
(b) any gas cylinder that is inspected is marked with a current inspection mark showing the date of the most recent inspection.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(2)  The person with management or control of gas cylinders at a workplace that is a gas cylinder filling station must ensure that –
(a) a gas cylinder is not filled with gas unless it bears a current inspection mark; and
(b) each gas cylinder is only filled with gas for which that cylinder is designed.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

225.   Scaffolds

(1)  This regulation applies in relation to –
(a) a suspended scaffold; and
(b) a cantilevered scaffold; and
(c) a spur scaffold; and
(d) a hung scaffold; and
(e) any other scaffold from which a person or thing could fall more than 4 metres.
(2)  The person with management or control of a scaffold at a workplace must ensure that the scaffold is not used unless the person receives written confirmation from a competent person, who has inspected the scaffold, that construction of the scaffold has been completed.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  The person with management or control of a scaffold at a workplace must ensure that the scaffold and its supporting structure are inspected by a competent person –
(a) before use of the scaffold is resumed after an incident occurs that may reasonably be expected to affect the stability of the scaffold; and
(b) before use of the scaffold is resumed after repairs; and
(c) at least every 30 days.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(4)  If an inspection indicates that a scaffold at a workplace or its supporting structure creates a risk to health or safety, the person with management or control of the scaffold must ensure that –
(a) any necessary repairs, alterations and additions are made or carried out; and
(b) the scaffold and its supporting structure are inspected again by a competent person before use of the scaffold is resumed.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(5)  The person with management or control of a scaffold at a workplace must ensure that unauthorised access to the scaffold is prevented while the scaffold is incomplete or unattended.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Example

Danger tags and other warning signs.

226.   Plant with presence-sensing safeguarding system – records

(1)  The person with management or control of plant with a presence-sensing safeguarding system at a workplace must keep a record of safety integrity tests, inspections, maintenance, commissioning, decommissioning, dismantling and alterations of the plant for the period set out in subregulation (2) .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(2)  The record must be kept for –
(a) 5 years unless paragraph (b) applies; or
(b) the life of the plant or until the person relinquishes control of the plant if the plant is registered plant or has been altered.
(3)  The person must keep the record available for inspection under the Act.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(4)  The person must make the record available to any person to whom the person relinquishes control of the plant.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

PART 5.2 - Additional Duties Relating to Registered Plant and Plant Designs

Note 1
The person with management or control of plant at a workplace is the person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace to the extent that the business or undertaking involves the management or control of plant in whole or in part at the workplace. See the definition of person with management or control of plant at a workplace in regulation 5(1) and section 21 of the Act.

Note 2
This Part applies in addition to Part 5.1 .

Note 3
In this Part, plant includes a structure (see definition of plant in regulation 5(1) ).
Division 1 - Application of Part 5.2

227.   Application of Part 5.2

This Part applies to –
(a) plant that is required to be registered under Part 5.3 ; or
(b) plant the design of which is required to be registered under Part 5.3 .
Division 2 - Duty of person conducting a business or undertaking who designs plant to record plant design

228.   Records and information

If the design of plant is required to be registered under Part 5.3 , the designer of that plant must make a record that contains –
(a) the method used to determine the control measures for the plant and the control measures that result from that determination; and
(b) a copy of the information provided to a manufacturer under section 22 of the Act in relation to that plant; and
(c) a copy of the information provided to a manufacturer under regulation 187 in relation to that plant; and
(d) if applicable, a copy of the information provided to a manufacturer under regulation 188 in relation to that plant.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

229.   Record of standards or engineering principles used

(1)  If the design of plant is required to be registered under Part 5.3 , the designer of the plant must record any published technical standard, including any part of a published technical standard, that was used to design the plant.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(2)  If the designer of the plant has not used published technical standards to design the plant, the designer must record any engineering principles used to design the plant.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

230.   Records to be available for inspection

(1)  A designer of plant must ensure that the records made under regulations 228 and 229 are kept available for inspection under the Act.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(2)  A designer of plant must ensure that the records made under regulations 228 and 229 are made available for inspection by the design verifier of the plant design.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(3)  A designer of plant must keep the records made under regulations 228 and 229 for the design life of the plant.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

Division 3 - Duties of a person conducting a business or undertaking

231.   Duty of persons conducting businesses or undertakings that manufacture plant

A manufacturer must not supply plant specified in Part 1 of Schedule 5 unless the design of that plant is registered under Part 5.3 .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

232.   Duty of persons conducting businesses or undertakings that import plant

An importer must not supply plant specified in Part 1 of Schedule 5 unless the design of that plant is registered under Part 5.3 .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

233.   Duty of persons conducting businesses or undertakings that supply plant

A supplier must not supply plant specified in Part 1 of Schedule 5 unless the design of that plant is registered under Part 5.3 .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

234.   Duty of persons conducting businesses or undertakings that commission plant

(1)  This regulation applies to a person who conducts a business or undertaking that commissions plant.
(2)  The person must not commission an item of plant that is specified in Part 2 of Schedule 5 for use in a workplace unless that item of plant is registered under Part 5.3 .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  Nothing in subregulation (2) prevents a person from performing any necessary adjustments, tests or inspections as part of the commissioning process before the plant is commissioned at a workplace.
Division 4 - Duties of a person conducting a business or undertaking involving the management or control of plant
Subdivision 1 - Control measures for registered plant

235.   Major inspection of registered mobile cranes and tower cranes

(1)  This regulation applies to the person with management or control of a registered mobile crane or tower crane at a workplace.
(2)  [Regulation 235 Subregulation (2) substituted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] The person must ensure that a major inspection of the crane is carried out by, or under the supervision of, a competent person –
(a) at the end of the design life recommended by the manufacturer for the crane; or
(b) if there are no manufacturer's recommendations, in accordance with the recommendations of a competent person; or
(c) if it is not reasonably practicable to comply with paragraph (a) or (b) , every 10 years from the date that the crane was first commissioned or first registered, whichever occurred first.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(3)  [Regulation 235 Subregulation (3) substituted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] A major inspection carried out under and in accordance with an equivalent provision of a corresponding WHS law is taken to be a major inspection for the purposes of this regulation.
(4)  [Regulation 235 Subregulation (4) substituted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] In this regulation, a competent person is a person who –
(a) complies with both of the following:
(i) has acquired through training, qualification or experience the knowledge and skills to carry out a major inspection of the plant;
(ii) is –
(A) registered on the National Professional Engineers Register administered by the Institution of Engineers, Australia; or
(B) a member of the Institution of Engineers, Australia with the status of Chartered Professional Engineer; or
(b) is determined by the regulator to be a competent person.
(5)  The regulator may, on the application of a person, make a determination in relation to the person for the purposes of subregulation (4)(b) if the regulator considers that exceptional circumstances exist.
(6)  [Regulation 235 Subregulation (6) inserted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] In this regulation –
major inspection means –
(a) an examination of all critical components of the crane, if necessary by stripping down the crane and removing paint, grease and corrosion to allow a thorough examination of each critical component; and
(b) a check of the effective and safe operation of the crane.

236.   Lifts

(1)  The person with management or control of a lift at a workplace (including a person with management or control of maintenance of a lift) must ensure that –
(a) if there is a risk of a person falling down a lift well –
(i) secure barriers are provided to prevent access to openings into the lift well by someone other than a person who is performing work in the lift well; and
(ii) secure working platforms or equivalent arrangements are provided for a person who is working in the lift well to prevent a fall from height; and
(b) if there is a risk to a person working in a lift well from objects falling onto that person, a secure barrier is provided to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, falling objects from striking the person or otherwise causing a risk.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(2)  The person must ensure that there is a safe means of entry to and exit from the base of the lift well.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(3)  The person must ensure that there is fixed, in a prominent place in the lift, a sign that states the safe working load specified in the design of the lift.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

237.   Records of plant

(1)  This regulation applies in relation to plant that is required to be registered under Part 5.3 .
(2)  The person with management or control of the plant at a workplace must keep a record of all tests, inspections, maintenance, commissioning, decommissioning, dismantling and alterations of the plant for the period set out in subregulation (3) .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(3)  The record must be kept for the period that the plant is used or until the person relinquishes control of the plant.
(4)  The person must keep the record available for inspection under the Act.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(5)  The person must make the record available to any person to whom the person relinquishes control of the plant.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

Subdivision 2 - Control measures for amusement devices and passenger ropeways

238.   Operation of amusement devices and passenger ropeways

(1)  [Regulation 238 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] The person with management or control of an amusement device or passenger ropeway at a workplace must ensure that the device or ropeway is operated only by a person who has been provided with instruction and training in its proper operation.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  [Regulation 238 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] The person with management or control of an amusement device or passenger ropeway at a workplace must ensure that –
(a) [Regulation 238 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] the amusement device or passenger ropeway is checked before it is operated on each day on which it is to be operated; and
(b) [Regulation 238 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] the amusement device or passenger ropeway is operated without passengers before it is operated with passengers on each day on which it is to be operated; and
(c) [Regulation 238 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] the daily checks and operation of the amusement device or passenger ropeway without passengers are properly and accurately recorded in a log book for the device or ropeway.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

239.   Storage of amusement devices and passenger ropeways

(1)  [Regulation 239 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] The person with management or control of an amusement device or passenger ropeway at a workplace must ensure that the device or ropeway is stored so as to be without risk to health and safety.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(2)  [Regulation 239 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] The person with management or control of an amusement device or passenger ropeway at a workplace must ensure that a person who stores the device or ropeway is a competent person or is under the supervision of a competent person.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

240.   Maintenance, inspection and testing of amusement devices and passenger ropeways

(1)  [Regulation 240 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] The person with management or control of an amusement device or passenger ropeway at a workplace must ensure that the maintenance, inspection and, if necessary, testing of the device or ropeway is carried out –
(a) by a competent person; and
(b) in accordance with –
(i) the recommendations of the designer or manufacturer or designer and manufacturer; or
(ii) [Regulation 240 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] if a maintenance manual for the device or ropeway has been prepared by a competent person, the requirements of the maintenance manual.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  [Regulation 240 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] A person is not a competent person to carry out a detailed inspection of an amusement device or passenger ropeway that includes an electrical installation unless the person is qualified, or is assisted by a person who is qualified, to inspect electrical installations.

241.   Annual inspection of amusement devices and passenger ropeways

(1)  [Regulation 241 Subregulation (1) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] The person with management or control of an amusement device or passenger ropeway at a workplace must ensure that a detailed inspection of the device or ropeway is carried out at least once every 12 months by a competent person.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  [Regulation 241 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] An annual inspection must include the following:
(a) [Regulation 241 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] a check of information about the operational history of the amusement device or passenger ropeway since the last detailed inspection;
(b) [Regulation 241 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] a check of the log book for the amusement device or passenger ropeway;
(c) [Regulation 241 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] a check that maintenance and inspections of the amusement device or passenger ropeway have been undertaken under regulation 240 ;
(d) a check that any required tests have been carried out, and that appropriate records have been maintained;
(e) [Regulation 241 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] a detailed inspection of the amusement device or passenger ropeway to ensure compliance with the Act and these regulations (including a specific inspection of the critical components of the amusement device or passenger ropeway).
(3)  The regulator may extend the date for an inspection by up to 35 days if an inspection is scheduled to coincide with the same event each year.
(4)  [Regulation 241 Subregulation (4) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] If the date is extended under subregulation (3) , the new date is the date from which future annual inspections of the amusement device or passenger ropeway are determined.
(5)  [Regulation 241 Subregulation (5) substituted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] In this regulation, a competent person is a person who –
(a) in the case of an inflatable device (continuously blown) with a platform height less than 9 metres, has acquired through training, qualification or experience the knowledge and skills to inspect the device; or
(b) in the case of any other amusement device or a passenger ropeway –
(i) has acquired through training, qualification or experience the knowledge and skills to inspect the plant; and
(ii) is –
(A) registered on the National Professional Engineers Register administered by the Institution of Engineers, Australia; or
(B) a member of the Institution of Engineers, Australia with the status of Chartered Professional Engineer; or
(c) in the case of any amusement device or passenger ropeway, is determined by the regulator to be a competent person.
(6)  [Regulation 241 Subregulation (6) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] The regulator may, on the application of a person, make a determination in relation to the person for the purposes of subregulation (5)(c) if the regulator considers that exceptional circumstances exist.
(7)  [Regulation 241 Subregulation (7) inserted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] An annual inspection carried out under and in accordance with an equivalent provision of a corresponding WHS law is taken to be an annual inspection for the purposes of this regulation.

242.   Log book and manuals for amusement devices

(1)  The person with management or control of an amusement device at a workplace, in addition to complying with the record-keeping requirements of regulation 237 , must ensure that –
(a) details of the erection or storage of the amusement device (including the date of erection) are recorded in the log book for the amusement device on each occasion on which it is erected or stored; and
(b) the log book and operating and maintenance manuals for the amusement device are kept with the amusement device.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(2)  The person with management or control of an amusement device at a workplace must ensure that persons involved in the commissioning, installation, use, storage and testing, and the decommissioning, dismantling and disposal, of an amusement device are given –
(a) the log book for the amusement device in which details concerning erection, storage, operation and maintenance of the amusement device are recorded; and
(b) the operating and maintenance manuals for the amusement device.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

Note

Regulation 237(5) requires the person with management or control of the amusement device to give the log book and maintenance records to the person being supplied with the plant.

PART 5.3 - Registration of Plant Designs and Items of Plant

Note
In this Part, plant includes a structure (see definition of plant in regulation 5(1) ).
Division 1 - Plant designs to be registered

243.   Plant design to be registered

The design of an item of plant specified in Part 1 of Schedule 5 must be registered under this Part.

Note

See section 42 of the Act.

244.   Altered plant designs to be registered

(1)  If the design of an item of plant specified in Part 1 of Schedule 5 that is registered under this Part is altered, the altered design must be registered under this Part.

Note

See section 42 of the Act.

(2)  In this regulation, a reference to the alteration of a design is a reference to an alteration that may affect health or safety.
(3)  [Regulation 244 Subregulation (3) inserted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] This regulation does not apply in relation to a tower crane or a gantry crane if –
(a) the crane is relocated for use in a different workplace; and
(b) the design of the supporting structure or foundations of the crane is altered in accordance with a site-specific design prepared for the purpose of the safe operation of the crane at the new location; and
(c) the design of the crane is not altered in any other way.

245.   Recognition of designs registered by corresponding regulator

(1)  A design of an item of plant is not required to be registered under this Part if the design is registered under a corresponding WHS law.
(2)  A design referred to in subregulation (1) that is altered is not required to be registered under this Part if the altered design is registered by the corresponding regulator that registered the original design.
Division 2 - Items of plant to be registered

246.   Items of plant to be registered

(1)  An item of plant specified in Part 2 of Schedule 5 must be registered under this Part.

Note

See section 42 of the Act.

(2)  The purpose of registering an item of plant is to ensure that it is inspected by a competent person and is safe to operate.

247.   Recognition of plant registered by corresponding regulator

An item of plant is not required to be registered under this Part if the plant is registered under a corresponding WHS law.
Division 3 - Registration process for plant designs

248.   Application of Division 3

This Division applies to the registration of a design of an item of plant specified in Part 1 of Schedule 5.

249.   Who can apply to register a plant design

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking that designs an item of plant may apply to the regulator for the registration of the design of that item of plant.
(2)  A person with management or control of an item of plant may apply to the regulator for the registration of the design of that item of plant.

250.   Application for registration

(1)  An application for registration of the design of an item of plant must be made in the manner and form required by the regulator.
(2)  The application must include the following information:
(a) the applicant's name;
(b) whether or not the applicant is a body corporate;
(c) if the applicant conducts the business or undertaking under a business name, that business name and a certificate or other written evidence of the registration of the business name;
(d) any other evidence of the applicant's identity required by the regulator;
(e) a statement signed by the designer of the item of plant –
(i) stating that the designer has complied with the designer's obligations under section 22 of the Act in relation to the design; and
(ii) specifying the published technical standards and engineering principles used in the design;
(f) a design verification statement that accords with regulation 251 ;
(g) representational drawings of the design;
(h) a declaration that the applicant does not hold an equivalent registration under a corresponding WHS law.

Note

See section 268 of the Act for offences relating to the giving of false or misleading information under the Act or these regulations.

(3)  Any drawings or other documents provided with the application must be capable of being kept in an electronic form.
(4)  The application must be accompanied by the relevant fee.

251.   Design verification statement

The design verification statement must –
(a) be written and signed by a person who is eligible to be a design verifier for the design; and
(b) state that the design was produced in accordance with published technical standards or engineering principles specified in the statement; and
(c) include –
(i) the name, business address and qualifications (if applicable) of the design verifier; and
(ii) if applicable, the name and business address of the organisation for which the design verifier works.

252.   Who can be the design verifier

(1)  A person is eligible to be a design verifier for the design of an item of plant if the person is a competent person.
(2)  [Regulation 252 Subregulation (2) substituted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] Despite subregulation (1) , a person is not eligible to be a design verifier for the design of an item of plant if the person was involved in the production of the design.
(3)  [Regulation 252 Subregulation (3) omitted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

253.   Duty of design verifier

A design verifier of the design of an item of plant specified in Part 1 of Schedule 5 must document the design verification process carried out by that person and the results of that process.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

254.   Design verification statements not to be made in certain circumstances

A person must not make a design verification statement for the design of an item of plant specified in Part 1 of Schedule 5 if the person –
(a) is not eligible to be a design verifier for that design; or
(b) has not carried out a verification of the design.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

255.   Additional information

(1)  If an application for registration of the design of an item of plant does not contain enough information to enable the regulator to make a decision whether or not to grant the registration, the regulator may ask the applicant to provide additional information.
(2)  A request for additional information must –
(a) specify the date (not being less than 28 days after the request) by which the additional information is to be given; and
(b) be confirmed in writing.
(3)  If an applicant does not provide the additional information by the date specified, the application is taken to have been withdrawn.
(4)  The regulator may make more than 1 request for additional information under this regulation.

256.   Decision on application

(1)  Subject to subregulation (3) , the regulator must grant the registration if satisfied about the matters referred to in subregulation (2) .
(2)  The regulator must be satisfied about the following:
(a) the application has been made in accordance with this Division;
(b) the design is not registered under a corresponding WHS law;
(c) if the applicant is an individual, the applicant –
(i) resides in this State; or
(ii) resides outside this State and circumstances exist that justify the grant of the registration;
(d) if the applicant is a body corporate, the applicant's registered office –
(i) is located in this State; or
(ii) is located outside this State and circumstances exist that justify the grant of the registration;
(e) the applicant is able to ensure compliance with any conditions that will apply to the registration.
(3)  The regulator must refuse to grant a registration if satisfied that, in making the application, the applicant has –
(a) given information that is false or misleading in a material particular; or
(b) failed to give any material information that should have been given.
(4)  If the regulator decides to grant the registration, it must notify the applicant within 14 days after making the decision.
(5)  If the regulator does not make a decision within 120 days after receiving the application or the additional information requested under regulation 255 , the regulator is taken to have refused to grant the registration applied for.

Note

A refusal to grant a registration (including under subregulation (5) ) is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

257.   Refusal of registration - process

(1)  If the regulator proposes to refuse to grant a registration, the regulator must give the applicant written notice –
(a) informing the applicant of the reasons for the proposed refusal; and
(b) advising the applicant that the applicant may, by a specified date (being not less than 28 days after giving the notice), make a submission to the regulator in relation to the proposed refusal.
(2)  After the date specified in a notice under subregulation (1) , the regulator must –
(a) if the applicant has made a submission in relation to the proposed refusal to grant the registration, consider that submission; and
(b) whether or not the applicant has made a submission, decide whether to grant or refuse to grant the registration; and
(c) within 14 days after making that decision, give the applicant written notice of the decision, including the reasons for the decision.

Note

A refusal to grant a registration is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

258.   Conditions of registration

(1)  The regulator may impose any conditions it considers appropriate on the registration of a plant design.
(2)  Without limiting subregulation (1) , the regulator may impose conditions in relation to 1 or more of the following:
(a) the use and maintenance of plant manufactured to the design;
(b) the recording or keeping of information;
(c) the provision of information to the regulator.

Notes

1

A person must comply with the conditions of registration (see section 45 of the Act).

2

A decision to impose a condition on a registration is a reviewable decision ( regulation 676 ).

259.   Duration of registration of plant design

A registration of a plant design takes effect on the day it is granted and is granted for an unlimited duration.

260.   Plant design registration number

(1)  This regulation applies if the regulator registers a design of an item of plant.
(2)  The regulator must issue a plant design registration number for the design to the applicant.
(3)  The person to whom the plant design registration number is issued must give the registration number to the manufacturer, importer or supplier of plant manufactured to that design.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(4)  The manufacturer, supplier or importer of plant to whom a design registration number is given under this regulation must give that number to the person with management or control of the plant –
(a) manufactured to that design; or
(b) supplied to that person by the manufacturer, supplier or importer.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(5)  The person with management or control of plant at a workplace for which a plant design is registered must ensure that the design registration number is kept readily accessible in the vicinity of the plant at all times.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

261.   Registration document

(1)  If the regulator registers a design of an item of plant, the regulator must issue to the applicant a registration document in the form determined by the regulator.
(2)  The registration document must include the following:
(a) the name of the registration holder;
(b) if the registration holder conducts the business or undertaking under a business name, that business name;
(c) the registration number of the plant design;
(d) any conditions imposed on the registration by the regulator;
(e) the date on which the registration was granted.

262.   Registration document to be available

(1)  A registration holder must keep the registration document available for inspection under the Act.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(2)  Subregulation (1) does not apply if the registration document is not in the registration holder's possession because –
(a) it has been returned to the regulator under regulation 287 ; or
(b) the registered holder has applied for, but has not received, a replacement registration document under regulation 288 .

263.   Disclosure of design information

(1)  Subject to this regulation, the regulator must not disclose to any person any confidential information provided by an applicant for registration of a design of an item of plant.
(2)  The regulator may disclose information about a plant design in either of the following circumstances:
(a) to a corresponding regulator or an authorised officer of a corresponding regulator, at the request of the corresponding regulator;
(b) to any person authorised by the applicant for the registration of the design.
(3)  The regulator may give a copy of the design verification statement to –
(a) workers engaged by the person with management or control at a workplace of plant manufactured to the design; or
(b) a health and safety representative of those workers.
(4)  The regulator may provide the person with management or control of plant with the minimum information about the plant design that is necessary for the safe operation of the plant if the registration holder for the design of the plant cannot be located or no longer exists.
Division 4 - Registration process for an item of plant

264.   Application of Division 4

This Division applies in relation to the registration of an item of plant specified in Part 2 of Schedule 5 as requiring registration.

265.   Who can apply to register an item of plant

A person with management or control of an item of plant may apply to the regulator for the registration of that item of plant.

266.   Application for registration

(1)  An application for registration of an item of plant must be made in the manner and form required by the regulator.
(2)  The application must include the following information:
(a) the applicant's name;
(b) whether or not the applicant is a body corporate;
(c) if the applicant conducts the business or undertaking under a business name, that business name and a certificate or other written evidence of the registration of the business name;
(d) any other evidence of applicant's identity required by the regulator;
(e) sufficient information to clearly identify the item of plant;
(f) [Regulation 266 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
(g) if the design of the item of plant was also required to be registered under this Part, details of –
(i) the plant design registration number; and
(ii) the regulator or corresponding regulator that registered the design;
(h) a statement that the item of plant has been inspected by a competent person and assessed by that person as being safe to operate;
(i) [Regulation 266 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] the date that the item of plant was first commissioned or was first registered, if known, whichever occurred first;
(j) a declaration that the applicant does not hold an equivalent registration under a corresponding WHS law.

Note

See section 268 of the Act for offences relating to the giving of false or misleading information under the Act or these regulations.

(3)  The application must be accompanied by the relevant fee.

267.   When is a person competent to inspect plant

A person is a competent person to inspect an item of plant for registration if the person has –
(a) educational or vocational qualifications in an engineering discipline relevant to the plant to be inspected; or
(b) knowledge of the technical standards relevant to the plant to be inspected.

268.   Additional information

(1)  If an application for registration of an item of plant does not contain enough information to enable the regulator to make a decision whether or not to grant the registration, the regulator may ask the applicant to provide additional information.
(2)  A request for additional information must –
(a) specify the date (not being less than 28 days after the request) by which the additional information is to be given; and
(b) be confirmed in writing.
(3)  If an applicant does not provide the additional information by the date specified, the application is taken to have been withdrawn.
(4)  The regulator may make more than 1 request for additional information under this regulation.

269.   Decision on application

(1)  Subject to subregulation (3) , the regulator must grant the registration if satisfied about the matters referred to in subregulation (2) .
(2)  The regulator must be satisfied about the following:
(a) the application has been made in accordance with this Division;
(b) [Regulation 269 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] the item of plant is not registered under a corresponding WHS law;
(c) [Regulation 269 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] the item of plant is –
(i) located in this State; or
(ii) located outside this State and circumstances exist that justify the grant of the registration;
(d) if the applicant is an individual, the applicant –
(i) resides in this State; or
(ii) resides outside this State and circumstances exist that justify the grant of the registration;
(e) if the applicant is a body corporate, the applicant's registered office –
(i) is located in this State; or
(ii) is located outside this State and circumstances exist that justify the grant of the registration;
(f) the applicant is able to ensure compliance with any conditions that will apply to the registration.
(3)  The regulator must refuse to grant a registration if satisfied that, in making the application, the applicant has –
(a) given information that is false or misleading in a material particular; or
(b) failed to give any material information that should have been given.
(4)  If the regulator decides to grant the registration, it must notify the applicant within 14 days after making the decision.
(5)  If the regulator does not make a decision within 120 days after receiving the application or additional information requested under regulation 268 , the regulator is taken to have refused to grant the registration applied for.

Note

A refusal to grant a registration (including under subregulation (5) ) is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

270.   Refusal of registration – process

(1)  If the regulator proposes to refuse to grant a registration, the regulator must give the applicant a written notice –
(a) informing the applicant of the reasons for the proposed refusal; and
(b) advising the applicant that the applicant may, by a specified date (being not less than 28 days after giving the notice), make a submission to the regulator in relation to the proposed refusal.
(2)  After the date specified in a notice under subregulation (1) , the regulator must –
(a) if the applicant has made a submission in relation to the proposed refusal to grant the registration, consider that submission; and
(b) whether or not the applicant has made a submission, decide whether to grant or refuse to grant the registration; and
(c) within 14 days after making that decision, give the applicant written notice of the decision, including the reasons for the decision.

Note

A refusal to grant a registration is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

271.   Conditions of registration

(1)  The regulator may impose any conditions it considers appropriate on the registration of an item of plant.
(2)  Without limiting subregulation (1) , the regulator may impose conditions in relation to 1 or more of the following:
(a) the use and maintenance of the item of plant;
(b) the recording or keeping of information;
(c) the provision of information to the regulator.

Notes

1

A person must comply with the conditions of registration (see section 45 of the Act).

2

A decision to impose a condition on a registration is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

272.   Duration of registration

A registration of an item of plant takes effect on the day it is granted and expires 5 years after that day.

273.   Plant registration number

(1)  This regulation applies if the regulator registers an item of plant.
(2)  The regulator must issue a plant registration number for the plant to the registration holder within 14 days after that registration.
(3)  The registration holder must give the plant registration number to the person with management or control of the plant at a workplace as soon as practicable after being issued with the number under subregulation (2) .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(4)  The person with management or control of the plant at a workplace must ensure that the plant registration number is marked on the item of plant.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

274.   Registration document

(1)  If the regulator registers an item of plant, the regulator must issue to the applicant within 14 days a registration document in the form determined by the regulator.
(2)  The registration document must include the following:
(a) the name of the registration holder;
(b) if the registration holder conducts the business or undertaking under a business name, that business name;
(c) the registration number for the item of plant;
(d) any conditions imposed on the registration by the regulator;
(e) the date on which the plant was first commissioned or first registered, whichever occurred first;
(f) the date on which the registration was granted;
(g) the expiry date of the registration.

275.   Registration document to be available

(1)  The holder of the registration of an item of plant must keep the registration document available for inspection under the Act.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(2)  Subregulation (1) does not apply if the registration document is not in the registration holder's possession because –
(a) it has been returned to the regulator under regulation 287 ; or
(b) the registration holder has applied for, but has not received, a replacement registration document under regulation 288 .

276.   Regulator may renew registration

The regulator may, on application, renew the registration of an item of plant.

277.   Application for renewal

(1)  An application for renewal of a registration of an item of plant must be made in the manner and form required by the regulator.
(2)  The application must include the following information:
(a) the applicant's name;
(b) any evidence of identity required by the regulator;
(c) if the applicant conducts the business or undertaking under a business name, that business name and a certificate or other written evidence of the registration of the business name;
(d) the registration number of the item of plant;
(e) a declaration that the item of plant has been maintained, inspected and tested in accordance with regulation 213 .

Note

See section 268 of the Act for offences relating to the giving of false or misleading information under the Act or these regulations.

(3)  The application must be accompanied by the relevant fee.
(4)  The application must be made before the expiry of the registration.

278.   Registration continues in force until application is decided

If a registration holder applies under regulation 277 for the renewal of a registration, the registration is taken to continue in force from the day it would, apart from this regulation, have ended until the registration holder is given notice of the decision on the application.

279.   Decision on application

(1)  The regulator must renew the registration of an item of plant if the regulator is satisfied that –
(a) the application for renewal has been made in accordance with this Division; and
(b) the plant has been maintained, inspected and tested in accordance with regulation 213 .
(2)  For the purposes of this Division –
(a) regulation 268 applies as if a reference in that regulation to an application for registration were a reference to an application to renew registration; and
(b) regulations 269 (except subregulation (5) ), 271 and 272 apply as if a reference in those regulations to the grant of a registration were a reference to the renewal of a registration; and
(c) regulation 270 applies as if a reference in that regulation to a refusal to grant a registration were a reference to a refusal to renew a registration.

Note

A refusal to renew a registration is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

280.   Status of registration during review

(1)  If the regulator gives the registration holder written notice of a decision to refuse to renew the registration, the registration continues to have effect in accordance with this regulation.
(2)  If the registration holder does not apply for internal review, the registration continues to have effect until the last of the following events:
(a) the expiry of the registration;
(b) the end of the period for applying for an internal review.
(3)  If the registration holder applies for an internal review, the registration continues to have effect until the earlier of the following events:
(a) the registration holder withdraws the application for review;
(b) the regulator makes a decision on the review.
(4)  If the registration holder does not apply for an external review, the registration continues to have effect until the end of the time for applying for an external review.
(5)  If the registration holder applies for an external review, the registration continues to have effect until the earlier of the following events:
(a) the registration holder withdraws the application for review; or
(b) the Magistrates Court (Administrative Appeals Division) makes a decision on the review.
(6)  The registration continues to have effect under this regulation even if its expiry date passes.
Division 5 - Changes to registration and registration documents

281.   Application of Division

This Division applies to –
(a) the registration of a design of an item of plant; and
(b) the registration of an item of plant.

282.   Changes to information

(1)  A registration holder must give the regulator written notice of any change to –
(a) the registration holder's name; or
(b) any of the information referred to in regulations 250 ,  255(1) , 266 or  268(1) within 14 days after the registration holder becomes aware of the change.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(2)  Subregulation (1) applies whether the information was given in the application for grant of the registration or in any other circumstance.
(3)  Without limiting subregulation (1) , a registration holder for an item of plant must give written notice to the regulator if –
(a) the item of plant is altered to an extent or in a way that requires the plant to be subject to new control measures; or
(b) the item of plant is usually fixed and is relocated; or
(c) the registration holder no longer has management or control of the item of plant.

283.   Amendment of registration imposed by regulator

(1)  The regulator may, on its own initiative, amend a registration, including by amending the registration to –
(a) vary or delete a condition of the registration; or
(b) impose a new condition on the registration.
(2)  Before amending a registration, the regulator must give the registration holder written notice –
(a) setting out the proposed amendment and the reasons for it; and
(b) advising the registration holder that the registration holder may make a submission to the regulator in relation to the proposed amendment within a specified period (being not less than 28 days from the date of the notice).
(3)  After the date specified in a notice under subregulation (2) , the regulator must –
(a) if the registration holder has made a submission in relation to the proposed amendment, consider that submission; and
(b) whether or not the registration holder has made a submission, decide –
(i) to make the proposed amendment; or
(ii) not to make any amendment; or
(iii) to make a different amendment that results from consideration of any submission made by the registration holder; and
(c) within 14 days after making that decision, give the registration holder written notice that –
(i) sets out the amendment, if any, or states that no amendment is to be made; and
(ii) if a submission was made in relation to the proposed amendment, sets out the regulator's reasons for making the amendment; and
(iii) specifies the date (being not less than the 28 days after the registration holder is given the notice) on which the amendment, if any, takes effect.

Note

A decision to amend a registration is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

284.   Amendment on application by registration holder

(1)  The regulator, on application by the registration holder, may amend a registration, including by amending the registration to vary or delete a condition of the registration.
(2)  If the regulator proposes to refuse to amend the registration, the regulator must give the registration holder a written notice –
(a) informing the registration holder of the proposed refusal to amend the registration and the reasons for the proposed refusal; and
(b) advising the registration holder that the registration holder may, by a specified date (being not less than 28 days after giving the notice), make a submission to the regulator in relation to the proposed refusal.
(3)  After the date specified in a notice under subregulation (2) , the regulator must –
(a) if the registration holder has made a submission in relation to the proposed refusal, consider that submission; and
(b) whether or not the registration holder has made a submission, decide –
(i) to make the amendment applied for; or
(ii) not to make any amendment; or
(iii) to make a different amendment that results from consideration of any submission made by the registration holder; and
(c) within 14 days after making that decision, give the registration holder written notice of the decision in accordance with this regulation.
(4)  If the regulator makes the amendment applied for, the notice under subregulation (3)(c) must specify the date (being not less than 28 days after the registration holder is given the notice) on which the amendment takes effect.
(5)  If the regulator refuses to make the amendment or makes a different amendment, the notice under subregulation (3)(c) must –
(a) if a submission was made in relation to the proposed refusal of the amendment applied for, set out the reasons for the regulator's decision; and
(b) if the regulator makes a different amendment –
(i) set out the amendment; and
(ii) specify the date (being not less than 28 days after the registration holder is given the notice) on which the amendment takes effect.

Note

A refusal to make the amendment applied for, or a decision to make a different amendment, is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

285.   Minor corrections to registration

The regulator may make minor amendments to a registration, including an amendment –
(a) to correct an obvious error; or
(b) to change an address; or
(c) that does not impose a significant burden on the registration holder.

286.   Regulator to give amended registration document

If the regulator amends a registration and considers that the registration document requires amendment, the regulator must give the registration holder an amended registration document within 14 days after making the decision to amend the registration.

287.   Registration holder to return registration document

A registration holder must return the registration document to the regulator for amendment at the written request of the regulator within the time specified in the request.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

288.   Replacement registration document

(1)  A registration holder must give written notice to the regulator as soon as practicable if the registration document is lost, stolen or destroyed.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(2)  If a registration document is lost, stolen or destroyed, the registration holder may apply to the regulator for a replacement document.

Note

A registration holder is required to keep a registration document available for inspection (see regulation 275).

(3)  An application for a replacement registration document must be made in the manner and form required by the regulator.
(4)  The application must –
(a) include a declaration describing the circumstances in which the original document was lost, stolen or destroyed; and

Note

See section 268 of the Act for offences relating to the giving of false or misleading information under the Act or these regulations.

(b) be accompanied by the relevant fee.
(5)  The regulator must issue a replacement registration document if satisfied that the original document was lost, stolen or destroyed.
(6)  If the regulator refuses to issue a replacement registration document, it must give the registration holder written notice of this decision, including the reasons for the decision within 14 days of making the decision.

Note

A refusal to issue a replacement registration document is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

Division 6 - Cancellation of registration

288A.   Application of Division

[Regulation 288A of Part 5.3 of Chapter 5 Inserted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] This Division applies to –
(a) the registration of a design of an item of plant; and
(b) the registration of an item of plant.

288B.   Regulator may cancel registration

[Regulation 288B of Part 5.3 of Chapter 5 Inserted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] The regulator may cancel a registration if satisfied that –
(a) the registration holder, in applying for the registration –
(i) gave information that was false or misleading in a material particular; or
(ii) failed to give any material information that should have been given; or
(b) the design of the item of plant, or the item of plant(as applicable), is unsafe).

Note

A decision to cancel a registration is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

288C.   Cancellation process

[Regulation 288C of Part 5.3 of Chapter 5 Inserted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014]
(1)  Before cancelling a registration, the regulator must give the registration holder written notice –
(a) setting out the proposal to cancel the registration and the reasons for it; and
(b) advising the registration holder that the registration holder may make a submission to the regulator in relation to the proposed cancellation within a specified period (being not less than 28 days from the date of the notice).
(2)  After the date specified in a notice under subregulation (1) , the regulator must –
(a) if the registration holder has made a submission in relation to the proposed cancellation, consider that submission; and
(b) whether or not the registration holder has made a submission, decide –
(i) to cancel the registration; or
(ii) not to cancel the registration; and
(c) within 14 days after making that decision, give the registration holder written notice that –
(i) states whether or not the registration is cancelled; and
(ii) if a submission was made in relation to the proposed cancellation, sets out the regulator's reasons for cancelling the registration; and
(iii) specifies the date on which the cancellation, if any, takes effect.

Note

A decision to cancel a registration is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

288D.   Registration holder to return registration document

[Regulation 288D of Part 5.3 of Chapter 5 Inserted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] A registration holder who receives a cancellation notice under regulation 288C must return the registration document to the regulator at the written request of the regulator within the time specified in the request.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

Chapter 6 - Construction Work
PART 6.1 - Preliminary

289.   Meaning of construction work

(1)  In this Chapter, construction work means any work carried out in connection with the construction, alteration, conversion, fitting-out, commissioning, renovation, repair, maintenance, refurbishment, demolition, decommissioning or dismantling of a structure.
(2)  Without limiting subregulation (1) , construction work includes the following:
(a) any installation or testing carried out in connection with an activity referred to in subregulation (1) ;
(b) the removal from the workplace of any product or waste resulting from demolition;
(c) the prefabrication or testing of elements, at a place specifically established for the construction work, for use in construction work;
(d) the assembly of prefabricated elements to form a structure, or the disassembly of prefabricated elements forming part of a structure;
(e) the installation, testing or maintenance of an essential service in relation to a structure;
(f) any work connected with an excavation;
(g) any work connected with any preparatory work or site preparation (including landscaping as part of site preparation) carried out in connection with an activity referred to in subregulation (1) ;
(h) an activity referred to in subregulation (1) , that is carried out on, under or near water, including work on buoys and obstructions to navigation.
(3)  In this Chapter, construction work does not include any of the following:
(a) the manufacture of plant;
(b) the prefabrication of elements, other than at a place specifically established for the construction work, for use in construction work;
(c) the construction or assembly of a structure that once constructed or assembled is intended to be transported to another place;
(d) testing, maintenance or repair work of a minor nature carried out in connection with a structure;
(e) mining or the exploration for or extraction of minerals.

290.   Meaning of structure

(1)  In this Chapter, structure has the same meaning as it has in the Act.

Examples

1

A roadway or pathway.

2

A ship or submarine.

3

Foundations, earth retention works and other earthworks, including river works and sea defence works.

4

Formwork, falsework or any other structure designed or used to provide support, access or containment during construction work.

5

An airfield.

6

A dock, harbour, channel, bridge, viaduct, lagoon or dam.

7

A sewer or sewerage or drainage works.

(2)  This Chapter does not apply to plant unless –
(a) the plant is –
(i) a ship or submarine; or
(ii) a pipe or pipeline; or
(iii) an underground tank; or
(iv) designed or used to provide support, access or containment during work in connection with construction work; or
(b) work on the plant relates to work that is carried out in connection with construction work; or
(c) the plant is fixed plant on which outage work or overhaul work that involves or may involve work being carried out by 5 or more persons conducting businesses or undertakings at any point in time.

Note

This Chapter does not apply to the manufacture of plant (see regulation 289(3)(a) ).

291.   Meaning of high risk construction work

In this Chapter, high risk construction work means construction work that –
(a) involves a risk of a person falling more than 2 metres; or
(b) is carried out on a telecommunication tower; or
(c) involves demolition of an element of a structure that is load-bearing or otherwise related to the physical integrity of the structure; or
(d) involves, or is likely to involve, the disturbance of asbestos; or
(e) involves structural alterations or repairs that require temporary support to prevent collapse; or
(f) is carried out in or near a confined space; or
(g) is carried out in or near –
(i) a shaft or trench with an excavated depth greater than 1.5 metres; or
(ii) a tunnel; or
(h) involves the use of explosives; or
(i) is carried out on or near pressurised gas distribution mains or piping; or
(j) is carried out on or near chemical, fuel or refrigerant lines; or
(k) is carried out on or near energised electrical installations or services; or
(l) is carried out in an area that may have a contaminated or flammable atmosphere; or
(m) involves tilt-up or precast concrete; or
(n) is carried out on, in or adjacent to a road, railway, shipping lane or other traffic corridor that is in use by traffic other than pedestrians; or
(o) is carried out in an area at a workplace in which there is any movement of powered mobile plant; or
(p) is carried out in an area in which there are artificial extremes of temperature; or
(q) is carried out in or near water or other liquid that involves a risk of drowning; or
(r) involves diving work.

292.   Meaning of construction project

In this Chapter, a construction project is a project that involves construction work where the cost of the construction work is $250 000 or more.

293.   Meaning of principal contractor

(1)  In this Chapter, a person conducting a business or undertaking that commissions a construction project is, subject to this regulation, the principal contractor for the project.
(2)  If the person referred to in subregulation (1) engages another person conducting a business or undertaking as principal contractor for the construction project and authorises the person to have management or control of the workplace and to discharge the duties of a principal contractor under this Chapter, the person so engaged is the principal contractor for the project.
(3)  If the owner of residential premises is an individual who directly or indirectly engages a person conducting a business or undertaking to undertake a construction project in relation to the premises, the person so engaged is the principal contractor for the project if the person has management or control of the workplace.
(4)  A construction project has only 1 principal contractor at any specific time.

Note

A person with management or control of a workplace must comply with section 20 of the Act.

PART 6.2 - Duties of Designer of Structure and Person who Commissions Construction Work

294.   Person who commissions work must consult with designer

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking that commissions construction work in relation to a structure must, so far as is reasonably practicable, consult with the designer of the whole or any part of the structure about how to ensure that risks to health and safety arising from the design during the construction work are –
(a) eliminated, so far as is reasonably practicable; or
(b) if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the risks, minimised so far as is reasonably practicable.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(2)  Consultation must include giving the designer any information that the person who commissions the construction work has in relation to the hazards and risks at the workplace where the construction work is to be carried out.

295.   Designer must give safety report to person who commissions design

(1)  The designer of a structure or any part of a structure that is to be constructed must give the person conducting a business or undertaking who commissioned the design a written report that specifies the hazards relating to the design of the structure that, so far as the designer is reasonably aware –
(a) create a risk to the health or safety of persons who are to carry out any construction work on the structure or part; and
(b) are associated only with the particular design and not with other designs of the same type of structure.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(2)  If the person conducting a business or undertaking who commissions a construction project did not commission the design of the construction project, the person must take all reasonable steps to obtain a copy of the written report referred to in subregulation (1) in relation to that design.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

296.   Person who commissions project must give information to principal contractor

If a person conducting a business or undertaking that commissions a construction project engages a principal contractor for the project, the person must give the principal contractor any information the person has in relation to hazards and risks at or in the vicinity of the workplace where the construction work is to be carried out.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

PART 6.3 - Duties of Person Conducting Business or Undertaking

Note
As a principal contractor is a person conducting a business or undertaking, this Part also applies to a principal contractor.
Division 1 - General

297.   Management of risks to health and safety

A person conducting a business or undertaking must manage risks associated with the carrying out of construction work in accordance with Part 3.1 .

Note

WHS Act – section 19 (see regulation 9 ).

298.   Security of workplace

(1)  A person with management or control of a workplace at which construction work is carried out must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the workplace is secured from unauthorised access.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(2)  In complying with subregulation (1) , the person must have regard to all relevant matters, including –
(a) risks to health and safety arising from unauthorised access to the workplace; and
(b) the likelihood of unauthorised access occurring; and

Example

The proximity of the workplace to places frequented by children, including schools, parks and shopping precincts.

(c) to the extent that unauthorised access to the workplace cannot be prevented, how to isolate hazards within the workplace.
Division 2 - High risk construction work – safe work method statements

299.   Safe work method statement required for high risk construction work

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking that includes the carrying out of high risk construction work must, before high risk construction work commences, ensure that a safe work method statement for the proposed work –
(a) is prepared; or
(b) has already been prepared by another person.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  A safe work method statement must –
(a) identify work that is high risk construction work; and
(b) specify hazards relating to the high risk construction work and risks to health and safety associated with those hazards; and
(c) describe the measures to be implemented to control the risks; and
(d) describe how the control measures are to be implemented, monitored and reviewed.
(3)  A safe work method statement must –
(a) be prepared taking into account all relevant matters, including –
(i) circumstances at the workplace that may affect the way in which the high risk construction work is carried out; and
(ii) if the high risk construction work is carried out in connection with a construction project, the WHS management plan that has been prepared for the workplace; and
(b) be set out and expressed in a way that is readily accessible and understandable to persons who use it.

300.   Compliance with safe work method statement

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking that includes the carrying out of high risk construction work must put in place arrangements for ensuring that high risk construction work is carried out in accordance with the safe work method statement for the work.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  If high risk construction work is not carried out in accordance with the safe work method statement for the work, the person must ensure that the work –
(a) is stopped immediately or as soon as it is safe to do so; and
(b) resumed only in accordance with the statement.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

301.   Safe work method statement – copy to be given to principal contractor

A person conducting a business or undertaking that includes carrying out high risk construction work in connection with a construction project must, before the high risk construction work commences, ensure that a copy of the safe work method statement for the work is given to the principal contractor.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

302.   Review of safe work method statement

A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that a safe work method statement is reviewed and as necessary revised if relevant control measures are revised under regulation 38 .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

303.   Safe work method statement must be kept

(1)  Subject to subregulation (2) , a person conducting a business or undertaking must keep a copy of the safe work method statement until the high risk construction work to which it relates is completed.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(2)  If a notifiable incident occurs in connection with the high risk construction work to which the statement relates, the person must keep the statement for at least 2 years after the incident occurs.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(3)  The person must ensure that for the period for which the statement must be kept under this regulation, a copy is readily accessible to any worker engaged by the person to carry out the high risk construction work.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(4)  The person must ensure that for the period for which the statement must be kept under this regulation, a copy is available for inspection under the Act.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

Division 3 - Excavation work

304.   Excavation work – underground essential services information

(1)  This regulation applies in relation to a part of a workplace where excavation work is being carried out and any adjacent areas.
(2)  A person with management or control of the workplace must take all reasonable steps to obtain current underground essential services information about the areas referred to in subregulation (1) before directing or allowing the excavation work to commence.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(3)  The person with management or control of the workplace must provide the information obtained under subregulation (2) to any person engaged by the person to carry out the excavation work.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(4)  The person with management or control of the workplace and any person conducting a business or undertaking who is given information under subregulation (3) must have regard to the information referred to in subregulation (2) in carrying out or directing or allowing the carrying out of the excavation work.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

Note

Legislation relating to the essential services may also impose duties on the person conducting the business or undertaking and the persons carrying out the work.

(5)  The person with control or management of the workplace must ensure that the information referred to in subregulation (2) is available for inspection under the Act for the period specified in subregulation (6) .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(6)  The information must be available –
(a) if a notifiable incident occurs in connection with the excavation work to which the information relates, for at least 2 years after the incident occurs; and
(b) in every other case, until the excavation work is completed.
(7)  In this regulation –
underground essential services means essential services that use pipes, cables or other associated plant located underground;
underground essential services information, in relation to proposed excavation work, means the following information about underground essential services that may be affected by the excavation:
(a) the essential services that may be affected;
(b) the location, including the depth, of any pipes, cables or other plant associated with the affected essential services;
(c) any conditions on the proposed excavation work.

305.   Management of risks to health and safety associated with excavation work

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must manage risks to health and safety associated with excavation work, in accordance with Part 3.1 .

Note

WHS Act – section 19 (see regulation 9 ).

(2)  The risks this regulation applies to include the following:
(a) a person falling into an excavation;
(b) a person being trapped by the collapse of an excavation;
(c) a person working in an excavation being struck by a falling thing;
(d) a person working in an excavation being exposed to an airborne contaminant.
(3)  In complying with subregulation (1) , the person must have regard to all relevant matters, including the following:
(a) the nature of the excavation;
(b) the nature of the excavation work, including the range of possible methods of carrying out the work;
(c) the means of entry into and exit from the excavation, if applicable.

306.   Additional controls – trenches

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking, who proposes to excavate a trench at least 1.5 metres deep must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the work area is secured from unauthorised access (including inadvertent entry).

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  In complying with subregulation (1) , the person must have regard to all relevant matters including –
(a) risks to health and safety arising from unauthorised access to the work area; and
(b) the likelihood of unauthorised access occurring.
(3)  In addition, the person must minimise risk to any person arising from the collapse of the trench by ensuring that all sides of the trench are adequately supported by doing 1 or more of the following:
(a) shoring by shielding or other comparable means;
(b) benching;
(c) battering.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(4)  Subregulation (3) does not apply if the person receives written advice from a geotechnical engineer that all sides of the trench are safe from collapse.
(5)  An advice under subregulation (4)  –
(a) may be subject to a condition that specified natural occurrences may create a risk of collapse; and
(b) must state the period of time to which the advice applies.
PART 6.4 - Additional Duties of Principal Contractor

307.   Application of Part 6.4

This Part –
(a) applies in relation to a construction project; and
(b) imposes duties on the principal contractor for the project that are additional to the duties imposed under Part 6.3 .

Note

As a principal contractor has management or control of a workplace, the principal contractor is also subject to duties imposed by the Act and these regulations on a person with management or control of a workplace.

308.   Specific control measure – signage identifying principal contractor

The principal contractor for a construction project must ensure that signs are installed, that –
(a) show the principal contractor's name and telephone contact numbers (including an after hours telephone number); and
(b) show the location of the site office for the project, if any; and
(c) are clearly visible from outside the workplace, or the work area of the workplace, where the construction project is being undertaken.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

309.   WHS management plan – preparation

(1)  The principal contractor for a construction project must prepare a written WHS management plan for the workplace before work on the project commences.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  A WHS management plan must include the following:
(a) the names, positions and health and safety responsibilities of all persons at the workplace whose positions or roles involve specific health and safety responsibilities in connection with the project;
(b) the arrangements in place, between any persons conducting a business or undertaking at the workplace where the construction project is being undertaken, for consultation, cooperation and the co-ordination of activities in relation to compliance with their duties under the Act and these regulations;
(c) the arrangements in place for managing any work health and safety incidents that occur;
(d) any site-specific health and safety rules, and the arrangements for ensuring that all persons at the workplace are informed of these rules;
(e) the arrangements for the collection and any assessment, monitoring and review of safe work method statements at the workplace.

310.   WHS management plan – duty to inform

The principal contractor for a construction project must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that each person who is to carry out construction work in connection with the project is, before commencing work, made aware of –
(a) the content of the WHS management plan for the workplace; and
(b) the person's right to inspect the WHS management plan under regulation 313 .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

311.   WHS management plan – review

(1)  The principal contractor for a construction project must review and as necessary revise the WHS management plan to ensure that it remains up-to-date.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(2)  The principal contractor for a construction project must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that each person carrying out construction work in connection with the project is made aware of any revision to the WHS management plan.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

312.   High risk construction work – safe work method statements

The principal contractor for a construction project must take all reasonable steps to obtain a copy of the safe work method statement relating to high risk construction work before the high risk construction work commences.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

Note

The WHS management plan contains arrangements for cooperation between persons conducting a business or undertaking at the construction project workplace, including in relation to the preparation of safe work method statements (see regulation 309(2)(b) and (e) ).

313.   Copy of WHS management plan must be kept

(1)  Subject to subregulation (2) , the principal contractor for a construction project must ensure that a copy of the WHS management plan for the project is kept until the project to which it relates is completed.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(2)  If a notifiable incident occurs in connection with the construction project to which the statement relates, the person must keep the WHS management plan for at least 2 years after the incident occurs.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(3)  The person must ensure that, for the period for which the WHS management plan must be kept under this regulation, a copy is readily accessible to any person who is to carry out construction work in connection with the construction project.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(4)  The person must ensure that, for the period for which a WHS management plan must be kept under this regulation, a copy is available for inspection under the Act.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(5)  In this regulation, WHS management plan means the initial plan and all revised versions of the plan.

314.   Further health and safety duties – specific regulations

The principal contractor for a construction project must put in place arrangements for ensuring compliance at the workplace with the following:
(a) Division 2 of Part 3.2 ;
(b) Division 3 of Part 3.2 ;
(c) Division 4 of Part 3.2 ;
(d) Division 5 of Part 3.2 ;
(e) Division 7 of Part 3.2 ;
(f) Division 8 of Part 3.2 ;
(g) Division 9 of Part 3.2 ;
(h) Division 10 of Part 3.2 ;
(i) Part 4.4 .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Note

All persons conducting a business or undertaking at the construction project workplace have these same duties (see Part 3.2 of these regulations and section 19 of the Act). Section 16 of the Act provides for situations in which more than 1 person has the same duty.

315.   Further health and safety duties – specific risks

The principal contractor for a construction project must in accordance with Part 3.1 manage risks to health and safety associated with the following:
(a) the storage, movement and disposal of construction materials and waste at the workplace;
(b) the storage at the workplace of plant that is not in use;
(c) traffic in the vicinity of the workplace that may be affected by construction work carried out in connection with the construction project;
(d) essential services at the workplace.

Note

WHS Act – section 20 (see regulation 9 ).

PART 6.5 - General Construction Induction Training
Division 1 - General construction induction training requirements

316.   Duty to provide general construction induction training

A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that general construction induction training is provided to a worker engaged by the person who is to carry out construction work, if the worker –
(a) has not successfully completed general construction induction training; or
(b) successfully completed general construction induction training more than 2 years previously and has not carried out construction work in the preceding 2 years.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

317.   Duty to ensure worker has been trained

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must not direct or allow a worker to carry out construction work unless –
(a) the worker has successfully completed general construction induction training; and
(b) if the worker completed the training more than 2 years previously, the worker has carried out construction work in the preceding 2 years.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(2)  The person conducting the business or undertaking must ensure that –
(a) the worker holds a general construction induction training card; or
(b) if the worker has applied for but not yet been issued with a general construction induction training card, the worker holds a general construction induction training certification, issued within the preceding 60 days.

318.   Recognition of general construction induction training cards issued in other jurisdictions

[Regulation 318 Substituted by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014]
(1)  In this Part (other than Division 2), a reference to a general construction induction training card includes a reference to a similar card issued under a corresponding WHS law.
(2)  Subregulation (1) does not apply to a card that is cancelled in the corresponding jurisdiction.
Division 2 - General construction induction training cards

319.   Issue of card

(1)  A person who has successfully completed general construction induction training in this State may apply to the regulator for a general construction induction training card.
(2)  The application must be made in the manner and form required by the regulator.
(3)  The application must include the following information:
(a) the applicant's name and any other evidence of the applicant's identity required by the regulator;
(b) either –
(i) a general construction induction training certification issued to the applicant; or
(ii) a written declaration by the person who provided the general construction induction training on behalf of the relevant RTO that the applicant has successfully completed general construction induction training.
(4)  The application must be accompanied by the relevant fee.
(5)  The application must be made –
(a) within 60 days after the issue of the general construction induction training certification; or
(b) if the application is accompanied by a declaration referred to in subregulation (3)(b)(ii) , at any time after completion of the general construction induction training.
(6)  The regulator must issue a general construction induction training card to the applicant if –
(a) the application has been made in accordance with this regulation; and
(b) the regulator is satisfied that the applicant has successfully completed general construction induction training.
(7)  The regulator must make a decision on the application as soon as practicable.
(8)  If the regulator has not decided on the application within 60 days, the applicant is taken to hold a general construction induction training card until a decision is made.

320.   Content of card

A general construction induction training card must –
(a) state the following:
(i) that the card holder has completed general construction induction training;
(ii) the name of the card holder;
(iii) the date on which the card was issued;
(iv) a unique identifying number;
(v) the State in which the card was issued; and
(b) contain the card holder's signature.

321.   Replacement card

(1)  If a general construction induction training card issued by the regulator is lost, stolen or destroyed, the card holder may apply to the regulator for a replacement card.

Note

A card holder is required to keep the card available for inspection under regulation 326 .

(2)  An application for a replacement general construction induction training card must be made in the manner and form required by the regulator.
(3)  The application must –
(a) include a declaration about the circumstances in which the card was lost, stolen or destroyed; and

Note

See section 268 of the Act for offences relating to the giving of false or misleading information under the Act or these regulations.

(b) be accompanied by the relevant fee.
(4)  The regulator may issue a replacement card if satisfied that the original general construction induction training card has been lost, stolen or destroyed.

322.   Refusal to issue or replace card

The regulator may refuse to issue a general construction induction training card or a replacement general construction induction training card if satisfied that the applicant –
(a) gave information that was false or misleading in a material particular; or
(b) failed to give information that should have been given; or
(c) produced a general construction induction training certification that had been obtained on the basis of the giving of false or misleading information by any person or body.

Note

A decision to refuse to issue or replace a general construction induction training card is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

323.   Cancellation of card – grounds

The regulator may cancel a general construction induction training card issued by the regulator if satisfied that the card holder, when applying for the card –
(a) gave information that was false or misleading in a material particular; or
(b) failed to give information that should have been given; or
(c) produced a general construction induction training certification that had been obtained on the basis of the giving of false or misleading information by any person or body.

Note

A decision to cancel a general construction induction training card is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

324.   Cancellation of card – process

(1)  The regulator must, before cancelling a general construction induction training card, give the card holder –
(a) written notice of the proposed cancellation that outlines all relevant allegations, facts and circumstances known to the regulator; and
(b) a reasonable opportunity to make submissions to the regulator in relation to the proposed cancellation.
(2)  On cancelling a general construction induction training card, the regulator must give the card holder a written notice of its decision, stating –
(a) when the cancellation takes effect; and
(b) the reasons for the cancellation; and
(c) when the card must be returned to the regulator.

325.   RTO may enter agreement to issue cards

(1)  The regulator may enter into an agreement with an RTO that empowers the RTO to exercise the functions and powers of the regulator under regulations 319 , 321 and 322 , with any necessary alterations.
(2)  If an RTO with whom the regulator has entered an agreement under this regulationexercises functions and powers of the regulator in accordance with the agreement, the exercise of those functions and powers has the same effect as if they had beenexercised by the regulator.
(3)  Without limiting subregulation (2)  –
(a) a decision of an RTO in exercising a function or power of the regulator in accordance with the agreement is taken to be a decision of the regulator; and
(b) a general construction induction training card issued by the RTO is taken to have been issued by the regulator.
(4)  Nothing in an agreement under this regulation prevents the regulator from exercising its functions and powers under this Division.
Division 3 - Duties of workers

326.   Duties of workers

(1)  A worker carrying out construction work must keep available for inspection under the Act –
(a) his or her general construction induction training card; or
(b) in the circumstances set out in regulation 319(8) , a general induction training certification held by the worker, until a decision is made on the application for the general construction induction training card.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(2)  A card holder, on receiving a cancellation notice under regulation 324(2) , must return the card in accordance with the notice.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(3)  Subregulation (1)(a) does not apply if the card is not in the possession of the worker (card holder) because –
(a) it has been lost, stolen or destroyed; and
(b) the card holder has applied for, but has not received, a replacement card under regulation 321 .

327.   Alteration of general construction induction training card

A person who holds a general construction induction training card must not intentionally or recklessly alter the card.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

Chapter 7 - Hazardous Chemicals
PART 7.1 - Hazardous Chemicals

Note
Most of the obligations in this Part apply to persons conducting businesses or undertakings at a workplace. However, some obligations apply to persons in different capacities, for example importers and suppliers of hazardous chemicals.
Division 1 - Application of Part 7.1

328.   Application of Part 7.1

(1)  This Part applies to –
(a) the use, handling and storage of hazardous chemicals at a workplace and the generation of hazardous substances at a workplace; and
(b) a pipeline used to convey a hazardous chemical.
(1A)  Divisions 1 to 5 of this Part apply to the handling or storage of dangerous goods listed in column 2 of the following table, other than at a workplace, if the quantity of the dangerous goods is more than the relevant threshold referred to in column 3 of that table.

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Item

Dangerous goods

Threshold quantities

1. 

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LP gas) (dangerous goods Class 2.1)

If the LP gas is stored in packages outside a building, and connected by piping to appliances within the building that contain the gas – 500 L (water capacity)

2. 

Compressed gas of Class 2.1 (excluding LP gas), Class 2.2 or compressed oxygen if:

(a) each is in 1 or more containers in an aggregate capacity not exceeding 50 L; and

  

(b) the dangerous goods as a whole form part of a welding set or are used or intended to be used with a portable flame torch.

   

3. 

Dangerous goods Class 3

250 L

4.

Pool Chlorine and spa sanitising agents

100 kg or L

5.

Sodium Hypochlorite designated by UN Number 1791

100 L

6.

Dangerous goods Class 9

100 kg or L

7.

Dangerous goods Packing Group 1

5 kg or L

8.

C1 combustible liquids

1000 L

9.

Dangerous goods Class 2.3

Nil kg or L

10.

Any dangerous goods other than those stated above

100 kg or L

(1B)  The regulations applied under subregulation (1A) apply with the following modifications:
(a) a reference to a person conducting a business or undertaking or a person with management or control of something is taken to be a reference to the occupier of premises at which dangerous goods are stored or handled;
(b) a reference to a workplace is taken to be a reference to premises, other than a workplace, where dangerous goods are stored or handled;
(c) a reference to a worker is taken to be a reference to anyone at the premises where dangerous goods are stored or handled.
(2)  This Part does not apply to a pipeline that is regulated under the Gas Act 2000 , the Gas Pipelines Act 2000 or the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982 .
(3)  This Part does not apply to hazardous chemicals and explosives being transported by road, rail, sea or air if the transport is regulated under the Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Act 2010 .
(4)  This Part does not apply to the following hazardous chemicals in the circumstances described:
(a) hazardous chemicals in batteries when incorporated in plant;
(b) fuel, oils and coolants in a container fitted to a vehicle, vessel, aircraft, mobile plant, appliance or other device, if the fuel, oil or coolant is intended for use in the operation of the device;
(c) fuel in the fuel container of a domestic or portable fuel burning appliance, if the quantity of fuel does not exceed 25 kilograms or 25 litres;
(d) hazardous chemicals in portable firefighting or medical equipment for use in a workplace;
(e) hazardous chemicals that form part of the integrated refrigeration system of refrigerated freight containers;
(f) potable liquids that are consumer products at retail premises.
(5)  This Part, other than the following regulations and Schedule 7, does not apply to substances, mixtures or articles categorised only as explosives under the GHS:
(a) regulation 329 ;
(b) regulation 330 ;
(c) regulation 339 ;
(d) regulation 344 ;
(e) regulation 345 .
(6)  This Part does not apply to the following:
(a) food and beverages within the meaning of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code that are in a package and form intended for human consumption;
(b) tobacco or products made of tobacco;
(c) therapeutic goods within the meaning of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 of the Commonwealth at the point of intentional intake by or administration to humans;
(d) veterinary chemical products within the meaning of the Agvet Code of Tasmania at the point of intentional administration to animals.
Division 2 - Obligations relating to safety data sheets and other matters
Subdivision 1 - Obligations of manufacturers and importers

Note 1
A manufacturer or importer of hazardous chemicals may also be a person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace.

Note 2
A manufacturer or importer is defined in section 23 or 24 of the Act as a person conducting a business or undertaking of manufacturing or importing.

329.   Classification of hazardous chemicals

The manufacturer or importer of a substance, mixture or article must, before first supplying it to a workplace –
(a) determine whether the substance, mixture or article is a hazardous chemical; and
(b) if the substance, mixture or article is a hazardous chemical, ensure that the hazardous chemical is correctly classified in accordance with Part 1 of Schedule 9.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

330.   Manufacturer or importer to prepare and provide safety data sheets

(1)  A manufacturer or importer of a hazardous chemical must prepare a safety data sheet for the hazardous chemical –
(a) before first manufacturing or importing the hazardous chemical; or
(b) if that is not practicable, as soon as practicable after first manufacturing or importing the hazardous chemical and before first supplying it to a workplace.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  The safety data sheet must comply with clause 1 of Schedule 7 unless regulation 331 applies.
(3)  The manufacturer or importer of the hazardous chemical must –
(a) review the safety data sheet at least once every 5 years; and
(b) amend the safety data sheet whenever necessary to ensure that it contains correct, current information.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(4)  The manufacturer or importer of the hazardous chemical must provide the current safety data sheet for the hazardous chemical to any person, if the person –
(a) is likely to be affected by the hazardous chemical; and
(b) asks for the safety data sheet.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(5)  Subregulations (3) and (4) do not apply to a manufacturer or importer of a hazardous chemical who has not manufactured or imported the hazardous chemical in the past 5 years.

331.   Safety data sheets – research chemical, waste product or sample for analysis

(1)  This regulation applies if –
(a) a hazardous chemical is a research chemical, waste product or sample for analysis; and
(b) it is not reasonably practicable for a manufacturer or importer of the hazardous chemical to comply with clause 1 of Schedule 7.
(2)  The manufacturer or importer must prepare a safety data sheet for the hazardous chemical that complies with clause 2 of Schedule 7.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

332.   Emergency disclosure of chemical identities to registered medical practitioner

(1)  This regulation applies if a registered medical practitioner –
(a) reasonably believes that knowing the chemical identity of an ingredient of a hazardous chemical may help to treat a patient; and
(b) requests the manufacturer or importer of the hazardous chemical to give the registered medical practitioner the chemical identity of the ingredient; and
(c) gives an undertaking to the manufacturer or importer that the chemical identity of the ingredient will be used only to help treat the patient; and
(d) gives an undertaking to the manufacturer or importer to give the manufacturer or importer as soon as practicable a written statement about the need to obtain the chemical identity of the ingredient.
(2)  The manufacturer or importer of a hazardous chemical must give the registered medical practitioner the chemical identity of an ingredient of the hazardous chemical as soon as practicable.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

333.   Emergency disclosure of chemical identities to emergency service worker

The manufacturer or importer of a hazardous chemical must give an emergency service worker the chemical identity of an ingredient of the hazardous chemical as soon as practicable after the worker requests it.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

334.   Packing hazardous chemicals

The manufacturer or importer of a hazardous chemical must ensure that the hazardous chemical is correctly packed, in accordance with Part 2 of Schedule 9, as soon as practicable after manufacturing or importing the hazardous chemical.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

335.   Labelling hazardous chemicals

(1)  The manufacturer or importer of a hazardous chemical must ensure that the hazardous chemical is correctly labelled as soon as practicable after manufacturing or importing the hazardous chemical.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  [Regulation 335 Subregulation (2) substituted by S.R. 2016, No. 118, Applied:21 Dec 2016] A hazardous chemical is correctly labelled if –
(a) the selection and use of label elements is in accordance with the GHS and it complies with Part 3 of Schedule 9; or
(b) the label includes content that complies with another labelling requirement imposed by these regulations or by another law of this State or of the Commonwealth and the content is the same, or substantially the same, as the content that is required by Part 3 of Schedule 9.
(3)  This regulation does not apply to a hazardous chemical if –
(a) [Regulation 335 Subregulation (3) amended by S.R. 2016, No. 118, Applied:21 Dec 2016] the hazardous chemical is a consumer product that is labelled in accordance with the Poisons Standard; and
(b) the container for the hazardous chemical has its original label; and
(c) it is reasonably foreseeable that the hazardous chemical will be used in a workplace only in –
(i) a quantity that is consistent with household use; and
(ii) a way that is consistent with household use; and
(iii) a way that is incidental to the nature of the work carried out by a worker using the hazardous chemical.
(4)  This regulation does not apply to hazardous chemicals in transit.
(5)  This regulation does not apply to a hazardous chemical that –
(a) is therapeutic goods within the meaning of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 of the Commonwealth; and
(b) is in a form intended for human consumption, for administration to or by a person or use by a person for therapeutic purposes; and
(c) is labelled in accordance with that Act or an order made under that Act.
(6)  This regulation does not apply to cosmetics and toiletries.
(7)  [Regulation 335 Subregulation (7) inserted by S.R. 2016, No. 118, Applied:21 Dec 2016] This regulation does not apply to a hazardous chemical that is –
(a) a veterinary chemical product within the meaning of the Agvet Code of Tasmania; and
(b) listed in –
(i) the Poisons Standard, Part 4, Schedule 4, if the chemical product is packaged and supplied in a form intended for direct administration to an animal for therapeutic purposes; or
(ii) the Poisons Standard, Part 4, Schedule 8.
(8)  [Regulation 335 Subregulation (8) inserted by S.R. 2016, No. 118, Applied:21 Dec 2016] In this regulation –
Poisons Standard means the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons October 2016 published by the Commonwealth, as in force or remade from time to time.
Subdivision 2 - Obligations of suppliers

Note 1
A supplier of hazardous chemicals may also be a person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace.

Note 2
A supplier is defined in section 25 of the Act as a person who conducts a business or undertaking of supplying.

Note 3
An operator of a major hazard facility is required to notify certain quantities of hazardous chemicals under Part 9.2 .

336.   Restriction on age of person who can supply hazardous chemicals

A person conducting a business or undertaking must not direct or allow a worker to supply a hazardous chemical that is a flammable gas or flammable liquid to another person into any container or vehicle provided by that other person unless the worker is at least 16 years of age.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

Examples

1

Decanting fuel into a fuel container.

2

Refuelling a car.

337.   Retailer or supplier packing hazardous chemicals

(1)  The supplier of a hazardous chemical must not supply the hazardous chemical for use at another workplace if the supplier knows or ought reasonably to know that the hazardous chemical is not correctly packed.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(2)  A retailer who supplies a hazardous chemical in a container provided by the person supplied with the chemical must ensure that the hazardous chemical is correctly packed.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

338.   Supplier labelling hazardous chemicals

The supplier of a hazardous chemical must not supply the hazardous chemical to another workplace if the supplier knows or ought reasonably to know that the hazardous chemical is not correctly labelled in accordance with regulation 335 .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

339.   Supplier to provide safety data sheets

(1)  The supplier of a hazardous chemical to a workplace must ensure that the current safety data sheet for the hazardous chemical is provided with the hazardous chemical –
(a) when the hazardous chemical is first supplied to the workplace; and
(b) if the safety data sheet for the hazardous chemical is amended, when the hazardous chemical is first supplied to the workplace after the safety data sheet is amended.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  A hazardous chemical is taken to be first supplied to a workplace if the supply is the first supply of the hazardous chemical to the workplace for 5 years.
(3)  The supplier of a hazardous chemical to a workplace must ensure that a current safety data sheet for the hazardous chemical is provided to a person at the workplace if the person asks for the safety data sheet.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(4)  This regulation does not apply to a supplier of a hazardous chemical if –
(a) the hazardous chemical is a consumer product; or
(b) the supplier is a retailer.

Note

A manufacturer or importer is required to prepare a safety data sheet under regulation 330 .

340.   Supply of prohibited and restricted carcinogens

(1)  The supplier of a prohibited carcinogen referred to in an item in Schedule 10, table 10.1 must not supply the substance unless the person to be supplied with the substance gives the supplier evidence that –
(a) the substance is to be used, handled or stored for genuine research or analysis; and
(b) either –
(i) the regulator has authorised the person to use, handle or store the substance under regulation 384 ; or
(ii) the regulator has granted an exemption under Part 11.2 to the person to use, handle or store the substance.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  The supplier of a restricted carcinogen referred to in an item in Schedule 10, table 10.2, column 2 must not supply the substance for a use referred to in column 3 for the item unless the person to be supplied with the substance gives the supplier evidence that –
(a) the regulator has authorised the person to use, handle or store the substance under regulation 384 ; or
(b) the regulator has granted an exemption to the person under Part 11.2 to use, handle or store the substance.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  A supplier under subregulation (1) or (2) must keep a record of –
(a) the name of the person supplied; and
(b) the name and quantity of the substance supplied.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(4)  The supplier must keep the record for 5 years after the substance was last supplied to the person.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

Subdivision 3 - Obligations of persons conducting businesses or undertakings

341.   Labelling hazardous chemicals – general requirement

[Regulation 341 Substituted by S.R. 2016, No. 118, Applied:21 Dec 2016]
(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that a hazardous chemical used, handled or stored at the workplace is correctly labelled in accordance with regulation 335 .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  Subregulation (1) does not apply to a hazardous chemical if the chemical –
(a) was supplied before 1 January 2017; and
(b) was, at the time it was supplied, labelled in accordance with the National Code of Practice for the Labelling of Workplace Substances [NOHSC: 2012 (1994)] as in force at that time.

Note

Regulation 338 applies if the chemical is being supplied to another workplace.

342.   Labelling hazardous chemicals – containers

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that a hazardous chemical is correctly labelled in accordance with regulation 335 if the hazardous chemical is –
(a) manufactured at the workplace; or
(b) transferred or decanted from its original container at the workplace.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(1A)  [Regulation 342 Subregulation (1A) inserted by S.R. 2016, No. 118, Applied:21 Dec 2016] Subregulation (1) does not apply to a hazardous chemical if the chemical –
(a) was manufactured, or transferred or decanted from its original container at the workplace, before 1 January 2017; and
(b) was, at the time it was manufactured, or transferred or decanted from its original container at the workplace, labelled in accordance with the National Code of Practice for the Labelling of Workplace Substances [NOHSC: 2012 (1994)] as in force at that time.

Note

Regulation 338 applies if the chemical is being supplied to another workplace.

(2)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that a container that stores a hazardous chemical is correctly labelled in accordance with regulation 335 while the container contains the hazardous chemical.

Penalty:  [Regulation 342 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2A)  [Regulation 342 Subregulation (2A) inserted by S.R. 2016, No. 118, Applied:21 Dec 2016] Subregulation (2) does not apply to a container if the container –
(a) was supplied before 1 January 2017; and
(b) was, at the time it was supplied, labelled in accordance with the National Code of Practice for the Labelling of Workplace Substances [NOHSC: 2012 (1994)] as in force at that time.

Note

Regulation 338 applies if the chemical in the container is being supplied to another workplace.

(3)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that a container labelled for a hazardous chemical is used only for the use, handling or storage of the hazardous chemical.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(4)  This regulation does not apply to a container if –
(a) the hazardous chemical in the container is used immediately after it is put in the container; and
(b) the container is thoroughly cleaned immediately after the hazardous chemical is used, handled or stored so that the container is in the condition it would be in if it had never contained the hazardous chemical.

343.   Labelling hazardous chemicals – pipe work

A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that a hazardous chemical in pipe work is identified by a label, sign or another way on or near the pipe work.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

344.   Person conducting business or undertaking to obtain and give access to safety data sheets

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must obtain the current safety data sheet for a hazardous chemical prepared in accordance with these regulations from the manufacturer, importer or supplier of the hazardous chemical in the following circumstances:
(a) either –
(i) not later than when the hazardous chemical is first supplied for use at the workplace; or
(ii) if the person is not able to obtain the safety data sheet under subparagraph (i) , as soon as practicable after the hazardous chemical is first supplied to the workplace but before the hazardous chemical is used at the workplace;
(b) if the safety data sheet for the hazardous chemical is amended either –
(i) not later than when the hazardous chemical is first supplied to the workplace after the safety data sheet is amended; or
(ii) if the person is not able to obtain the amended safety data sheet under subparagraph (i) , as soon as practicable after the hazardous chemical is first supplied to the workplace after the safety data sheet is amended and before the hazardous chemical supplied is used at the workplace.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  The hazardous chemical is taken to be first supplied to a workplace if the supply is the first supply of the hazardous chemical to the workplace for 5 years.
(3)  The person must ensure that the current safety data sheet for the hazardous chemical is readily accessible to –
(a) a worker who is involved in using, handling or storing the hazardous chemical at the workplace; and
(b) an emergency service worker, or anyone else, who is likely to be exposed to the hazardous chemical at the workplace.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(4)  Subregulations (1) and (3) do not apply to a hazardous chemical that –
(a) is in transit; or
(b) if the person conducting the business or undertaking at the workplace is a retailer, is –
(i) a consumer product; and
(ii) intended for supply to other premises; or
(c) is a consumer product and it is reasonably foreseeable that the hazardous chemical will be used at the workplace only in –
(i) quantities that are consistent with household use; and
(ii) a way that is consistent with household use; and
(iii) a way that is incidental to the nature of the work carried out by a worker using the hazardous chemical.
(5)  In the circumstances referred to in subregulation (4) , the person must ensure that sufficient information about the safe use, handling and storage of the hazardous chemical is readily accessible to –
(a) a worker at the workplace; and
(b) an emergency service worker, or anyone else, who is likely to be exposed to the hazardous chemical at the workplace.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(6)  The person must ensure that the current safety data sheet for the hazardous chemical is readily accessible to a person at the workplace if the person –
(a) is likely to be affected by the hazardous chemical; and
(b) asks for the safety data sheet.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

345.   Changes to safety data sheets

A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace may change a safety data sheet for a hazardous chemical only if –
(a) the person –
(i) is an importer or manufacturer of the hazardous chemical; and
(ii) changes the safety data sheet in a way that is consistent with the duties of the importer or manufacturer under regulation 330 ; or
(b) the change is only the attachment of a translation of the safety data sheet, and clearly states that the translation is not part of the original safety data sheet.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Note

The manufacturer or importer of a hazardous chemical must amend a safety data sheet as necessary to ensure the information is correct and current (see regulation 330(3)(b) ).

Division 3 - Register and manifest of hazardous chemicals
Subdivision 1 - Hazardous chemicals register

346.   Hazardous chemicals register

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that –
(a) a register of hazardous chemicals used, handled or stored at the workplace is prepared and kept at the workplace; and
(b) the register is maintained to ensure the information in the register is up to date.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  The register must include –
(a) a list of hazardous chemicals used, handled or stored; and
(b) the current safety data sheet for each hazardous chemical listed.
(3)  The person must ensure that the register is readily accessible to –
(a) a worker involved in using, handling or storing a hazardous chemical; and
(b) anyone else who is likely to be affected by a hazardous chemical at the workplace.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(4)  This regulation does not apply to a hazardous chemical if –
(a) the hazardous chemical is in transit, unless there is a significant or frequent presence of the hazardous chemical in transit at the workplace; or
(b) the hazardous chemical is a consumer product and the person is not required to obtain a safety data sheet for the hazardous chemical under regulation 344 .
Subdivision 2 - Manifest of Schedule 11 hazardous chemicals

Note
Regulation 361 requires an emergency plan to be prepared if the quantity of hazardous chemicals used, handled or stored at a workplace exceeds the manifest quantity for that hazardous chemical.

347.   Manifest of hazardous chemicals

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must, if the quantity of a Schedule 11 hazardous chemical or group of Schedule 11 hazardous chemicals used, handled or stored at the workplace exceeds the manifest quantity for the Schedule 11 hazardous chemical or group of Schedule 11 hazardous chemicals –
(a) prepare a manifest of Schedule 11 hazardous chemicals; and
(b) amend the manifest as soon as practicable if –
(i) the type or quantity of Schedule 11 hazardous chemical or group of Schedule 11 hazardous chemicals that must be listed in the manifest changes; or
(ii) there is a significant change in the information required to be recorded in the manifest.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  A manifest of Schedule 11 hazardous chemicals must comply with Schedule 12.
(3)  The person must keep the manifest –
(a) in a place determined in agreement with the primary emergency service organisation; and
(b) available for inspection under the Act; and
(c) readily accessible to the emergency service organisation.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

348.   Regulator must be notified if manifest quantities to be exceeded

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that the regulator is given written notice if a quantity of a Schedule 11 hazardous chemical or group of Schedule 11 hazardous chemicals that exceeds the manifest quantity is used, handled or stored, or is to be used, handled or stored, at the workplace.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  The notice under subregulation (1) must be given –
(a) immediately after the person knows that the Schedule 11 hazardous chemical or group of Schedule 11 hazardous chemicals is to be first used, handled or stored at the workplace or at least 14 days before that first use, handling or storage (whichever is earlier); and
(b) [Regulation 348 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] immediately after the person knows that there will be a significant change in the risk of using, handling or storing the Schedule 11 hazardous chemical or group of Schedule 11 hazardous chemicals at the workplace or at least 14 days before that change (whichever is earlier).
(c) [Regulation 348 Subregulation (2) amended by S.R. 2014, No. 147, Applied:24 Dec 2014] .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
(3)  The notice under subregulation (1) must include the following:
(a) the name and ABN of the person conducting the business or undertaking;
(b) the type of business or undertaking conducted;
(c) if the workplace was previously occupied by someone else, the name of the most recent previous occupier, if known;
(d) the activities of the business or undertaking that involve using, handling or storing Schedule 11 hazardous chemicals;
(e) the manifest prepared by the person conducting the business or undertaking under regulation 347 ;
(f) in the case of a notice under subregulation (2)(b) , details of the changes to the manifest.
(4)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that the regulator is given written notice as soon as practicable after the Schedule 11 hazardous chemical or group of Schedule 11 hazardous chemicals ceases to be used, handled or stored at the workplace if it is not likely to be used, handled or stored at the workplace in the future.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(5)  The notice under subregulation (4) must include the information referred to in subregulation (3)(a) , (b) and (d) .
(6)  If the regulator asks for any further information about the manifest quantity of a Schedule 11 hazardous chemical or group of Schedule 11 hazardous chemicals, the person must ensure that the information is given to the regulator.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(6A)  A notice under this regulation must be accompanied by the relevant fee.
Division 4 - Placards

349.   Outer warning placards – requirement to display

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that an outer warning placard is prominently displayed at the workplace if the total quantity of a Schedule 11 hazardous chemical or group of Schedule 11 hazardous chemicals used, handled or stored at the workplace exceeds the placard quantity for the Schedule 11 hazardous chemical or group of Schedule 11 hazardous chemicals.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  An outer warning placard must comply with Schedule 13.
(3)  This regulation does not apply to a workplace if –
(a) the workplace is a retail outlet; and
(b) the Schedule 11 hazardous chemical or group of Schedule 11 hazardous chemicals is used to refuel a vehicle, and is either –
(i) a flammable gas; or
(ii) a flammable liquid.

350.   Placard – requirement to display

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that a placard is prominently displayed at the workplace if the total quantity of a Schedule 11 hazardous chemical or group of Schedule 11 hazardous chemicals stored at the workplace exceeds the placard quantity for the Schedule 11 hazardous chemical or group of Schedule 11 hazardous chemicals.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  A placard must comply with Schedule 13.
(3)  This regulation does not apply to a Schedule 11 hazardous chemical or group of Schedule 11 hazardous chemicals if –
(a) the Schedule 11 hazardous chemical or group of Schedule 11 hazardous chemicals is in bulk in a container, including an IBC, that is intended for transport and a placard is displayed on the container in accordance with the ADG Code; or
(b) the Schedule 11 hazardous chemical or group of Schedule 11 hazardous chemicals is a flammable liquid stored in an underground tank at a retail outlet and used to refuel a vehicle.
Division 5 - Control of risk – obligations of persons conducting businesses or undertakings
Subdivision 1 - General obligations relating to management of risk

351.   Management of risks to health or safety

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must manage, in accordance with Part 3.1 , risks to health and safety associated with using, handling, generating or storing a hazardous chemical at a workplace.

Note

WHS Act – section 19 (see regulation 9 ).

(2)  In managing risks the person must have regard to the following:
(a) the hazardous properties of the hazardous chemical;
(b) any potentially hazardous chemical or physical reaction between the hazardous chemical and another substance or mixture, including a substance that may be generated by the reaction;
(c) the nature of the work to be carried out with the hazardous chemical;
(d) any structure, plant or system of work –
(i) that is used in the use, handling, generation or storage of the hazardous chemical; or
(ii) that could interact with the hazardous chemical at the workplace.

352.   Review of control measures

In addition to the circumstances in regulation 38 , a person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that any measures implemented to control risks in relation to a hazardous chemical at the workplace are reviewed and as necessary revised in any of the following circumstances:
(a) following any change to a safety data sheet for the hazardous chemical or the register of hazardous chemicals;
(b) if the person obtains a health monitoring report for a worker under Division 6 that contains –
(i) test results that indicate that the worker has been exposed to the hazardous chemical and has an elevated level of metabolites in his or her body for that hazardous chemical; or
(ii) any advice that test results indicate that the worker may have contracted a disease, injury or illness as a result of carrying out the work using, handling, generating or storing the hazardous chemical that triggered the requirement for health monitoring; or
(iii) any recommendation that the person conducting the business or undertaking take remedial measures, including whether the worker can continue to carry out the work using, handling, generating or storing the hazardous chemical that triggered the requirement for health monitoring;
(c) if monitoring carried out under regulation 50 determines that the airborne concentration of the hazardous chemical at the workplace exceeds the relevant exposure standard;
(d) at least once every 5 years.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

353.   Safety signs

(1)  This regulation applies if a safety sign is required to control an identified risk in relation to using, handling, generating or storing hazardous chemicals at a workplace.
(2)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at the workplace must display a safety sign at the workplace to –
(a) warn of a particular hazard associated with the hazardous chemicals; or
(b) state the responsibilities of a particular person in relation to the hazardous chemicals.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  The person must ensure that the safety sign is –
(a) located next to the hazard; and
(b) clearly visible to a person approaching the hazard.
(4)  In this regulation, safety sign does not include a placard.

354.   Identification of risk of physical or chemical reaction

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must identify any risk of a physical or chemical reaction in relation to a hazardous chemical used, handled, generated or stored at a workplace.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  Subregulation (1) does not apply if the hazardous chemical undergoes the physical or chemical reaction in a manufacturing process or as part of a deliberate process or activity at the workplace.
(3)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must take all reasonable steps to ensure that a hazardous chemical is used, handled, generated or stored so as not to contaminate food, food packaging or personal use products.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Examples

Personal use products:

-

cosmetics;

-

face washer.

(4)  Subregulation (3) does not apply to the use of a hazardous chemical for agricultural purposes when used in accordance with the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1995 .

355.   Specific control – fire and explosion

A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must, if there is a possibility of fire or explosion in a hazardous area being caused by an ignition source being introduced into the area, ensure that the ignition source is not introduced into the area (from outside or within the space).

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

356.   Keeping hazardous chemicals stable

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that a hazardous chemical used, handled or stored at the workplace does not become unstable, decompose or change so as to –
(a) create a hazard that is different from the hazard originally created by the hazardous chemical; or
(b) significantly increase the risk associated with any hazard in relation to the hazardous chemical.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that –
(a) if the stability of a hazardous chemical used, handled or stored at the workplace is dependent on the maintenance of the proportions of the ingredients of the hazardous chemical, the proportions are maintained as stated in the safety data sheet for the chemical or by the manufacturer of the hazardous chemical; and
(b) if a hazardous chemical used, handled or stored at the workplace is known to be unstable above a particular temperature, the hazardous chemical is used, handled or stored at or below that temperature.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  This regulation does not apply if –
(a) the hazardous chemical is changed or allowed to become unstable, without risk to health or safety, as part of a deliberate process or activity at the workplace; or
(b) the hazardous chemical undergoes a chemical reaction in a manufacturing process or as part of a deliberate process or activity at the workplace.
Subdivision 2 - Spills and damage

357.   Containing and managing spills

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that where there is a risk from a spill or leak of a hazardous chemical in a solid or liquid form, provision is made in each part of the workplace where the hazardous chemical is used, handled, generated or stored for a spill containment system that contains within the workplace any part of the hazardous chemical that spills or leaks, and any resulting effluent.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  The person must ensure that the spill containment system does not create a hazard by bringing together different hazardous chemicals that are not compatible.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  The person must ensure that the spill containment system provides for the cleanup and disposal of a hazardous chemical that spills or leaks, and any resulting effluent.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(4)  In subregulation (2) , compatible, for 2 or more substances, mixtures or items, means that the substances, mixtures or items do not react together to cause a fire, explosion, harmful reaction or evolution of flammable, toxic or corrosive vapour.

358.   Protecting hazardous chemicals from damage

A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that containers of hazardous chemicals and any associated pipe work or attachments are protected against damage caused by an impact or excessive loads.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Subdivision 3 - Emergency plans and safety equipment

359.   Fire protection and firefighting equipment

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure the following:
(a) the workplace is provided with fire protection and firefighting equipment that is designed and built for the types of hazardous chemicals at the workplace in the quantities in which they are used, handled, generated or stored at the workplace, and the conditions under which they are used, handled, generated or stored, having regard to –
(i) the fire load of the hazardous chemicals; and
(ii) the fire load from other sources; and
(iii) the compatibility of the hazardous chemicals with other substances and mixtures at the workplace;
(b) the fire protection and firefighting equipment is compatible with firefighting equipment used by the primary emergency service organisation;
(c) the fire protection and firefighting equipment is properly installed, tested and maintained;
(d) a dated record is kept of the latest testing results and maintenance until the next test is conducted.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  If a part of the fire protection and firefighting equipment provided at the workplace becomes unserviceable or inoperative, the person must ensure that –
(a) the implications of the equipment being unserviceable or inoperative are assessed; and
(b) for risks that were controlled by the equipment when functioning fully, alternative measures are taken to manage the risks.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  The person must ensure that the fire protection and firefighting equipment is returned to full operation as soon as practicable.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

360.   Emergency equipment

A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace that uses, handles, generates or stores hazardous chemicals must ensure that equipment is always available at the workplace for use in an emergency.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Note

A person conducting a business or undertaking must comply with Division 4 of Part 3.2 .

361.   Emergency plans

(1)  This regulation applies if the quantity of a Schedule 11 hazardous chemical used, handled or stored at a workplace exceeds the manifest quantity for that hazardous chemical.
(2)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at the workplace must give a copy of the emergency plan prepared under Division 4 of Part 3.2 for the workplace to the primary emergency service organisation.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  If the primary emergency service organisation gives the person a written recommendation about the content or effectiveness of the emergency plan, the person must revise the plan in accordance with the recommendation.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

362.   Safety equipment

(1)  This regulation applies if safety equipment is required to control an identified risk in relation to using, handling, generating or storing hazardous chemicals at a workplace.
(2)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at the workplace must ensure that the safety equipment is provided, maintained and readily accessible to persons at the workplace.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Subdivision 4 - Storage and handling systems

363.   Control of risks from storage or handling systems

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that a system used at the workplace for the use, handling or storage of hazardous chemicals –
(a) is used only for a purpose for which it was designed, manufactured, modified, supplied or installed; and
(b) is operated, tested, maintained, installed, repaired and decommissioned having regard to the health and safety of workers and other persons at the workplace.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  The person must ensure that sufficient information, training and instruction is given to a person who operates, tests, maintains or decommissions a system used at a workplace for the use, handling or storage of hazardous chemicals for the activity to be carried out safely.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Example

Information provided at a training course.

364.   Containers for hazardous chemicals used, handled or stored in bulk

A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that a container in which a hazardous chemical is used, handled or stored in bulk and any associated pipe work or attachments –
(a) have stable foundations and supports; and
(b) are secured to the foundations and supports to prevent any movement between the container and the associated pipe work or attachments to prevent –
(i) damage to the container, the associated pipe work or attachments; and
(ii) a notifiable incident.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

365.   Stopping use and disposing of handling systems

(1)  This regulation applies to a system used at a workplace for the use, handling or storage of hazardous chemicals if a person conducting a business or undertaking at the workplace intends that the system no longer be used for the use, handling or storage of the hazardous chemicals or be disposed of.
(2)  The person must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the system is free of the hazardous chemicals when the system stops being used for the use, handling or storage of the hazardous chemicals or is disposed of.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  If it is not reasonably practicable to remove the hazardous chemicals from the system, the person must correctly label the system.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Note

For correctly labelling hazardous chemicals, see Subdivision 3 of Division 2 .

366.   Stopping use of underground storage and handling systems

(1)  This regulation applies in relation to a system used at a workplace for the use, handling or storage of hazardous chemicals underground if a person conducting a business or undertaking at the workplace intends that the system no longer be used for the use, handling or storage of the hazardous chemicals or be disposed of.
(2)  The person must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the system is removed.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  If it is not reasonably practicable to remove the system, the person must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the system is without risks to health and safety.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

367.   Notification of abandoned tank

(1)  This regulation applies to a person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace if –
(a) the person controls or manages a tank at the workplace that is underground, partially underground or fully mounded; and
(b) the tank was used to store flammable gases or flammable liquids.
(2)  The tank is taken to be abandoned if –
(a) the tank has not been used to store flammable gases or flammable liquids for 2 years; or
(b) the person does not intend to use the tank to store flammable gases or flammable liquids again.
(3)  The person must notify the regulator of the abandonment of the tank as soon as practicable after the tank is abandoned.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(4)  In this regulation, tank means a container, other than an IBC designed to use, handle or store hazardous chemicals in bulk, and includes fittings, closures and other equipment attached to the container.
Division 6 - Health monitoring

368.   Duty to provide health monitoring

A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that health monitoring is provided to a worker carrying out work for the business or undertaking if –
(a) the worker is carrying out ongoing work at a workplace using, handling, generating or storing hazardous chemicals and there is a significant risk to the worker's health because of exposure to a hazardous chemical referred to in Schedule 14, table 14.1, column 2; or
(b) the person identifies that, because of ongoing work carried out by a worker using, handling, generating or storing hazardous chemicals, there is a significant risk that the worker will be exposed to a hazardous chemical (other than a hazardous chemical referred to in Schedule 14, table 14.1) and either –
(i) valid techniques are available to detect the effect on the worker's health; or
(ii) a valid way of determining biological exposure to the hazardous chemical is available and it is uncertain, on reasonable grounds, whether the exposure to the hazardous chemical has resulted in the biological exposure standard being exceeded.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Note

The biological exposure standard is published by Safe Work Australia.

369.   Duty to inform of health monitoring

A person conducting a business or undertaking who is required to provide health monitoring to a worker must give information about the health monitoring requirements to –
(a) a person who is likely to be engaged to carry out work using, handling, generating or storing a hazardous chemical; and
(b) a worker for the business or undertaking, before the worker commences work using, handling, generating or storing a hazardous chemical.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

370.   Duty to ensure that appropriate health monitoring is provided

A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that health monitoring of a worker referred to in regulation 368 includes health monitoring of a type referred to in an item in Schedule 14, table 14.1, column 3 in relation to a hazardous chemical referred to in column 2 for the item, unless –
(a) an equal or better type of health monitoring is available; and
(b) the use of that other type of monitoring is recommended by a registered medical practitioner with experience in health monitoring.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

371.   Duty to ensure health monitoring is supervised by registered medical practitioner with experience

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that the health monitoring of a worker referred to in regulation 368 is carried out by or under the supervision of a registered medical practitioner with experience in health monitoring.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  The person must consult the worker in relation to the selection of the registered medical practitioner.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

372.   Duty to pay costs of health monitoring

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must pay all expenses relating to health monitoring referred to in regulation 368 .

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(2)  If 2 or more persons conducting businesses or undertakings have a duty to provide health monitoring for a worker and have arranged for 1 of them to commission the health monitoring, the costs of the health monitoring for which any of those persons is liable must be apportioned equally between each of those persons unless they agree otherwise.

373.   Information that must be provided to registered medical practitioner

A person conducting a business or undertaking who commissions health monitoring for a worker must provide the following information to the registered medical practitioner carrying out or supervising the health monitoring:
(a) the name and address of the person conducting the business or undertaking;
(b) the name and date of birth of the worker;
(c) the work that the worker is, or will be, carrying out that has triggered the requirement for health monitoring;
(d) if the worker has started that work, how long the worker has been carrying out that work.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

374.   Duty to obtain health monitoring report

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking who commissions health monitoring referred to in regulation 368 must take all reasonable steps to obtain a health monitoring report from the registered medical practitioner who carried out or supervised the monitoring as soon as practicable after the monitoring is carried out in relation to a worker.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  The health monitoring report must include the following:
(a) the name and date of birth of the worker;
(b) the name and registration number of the registered medical practitioner;
(c) the name and address of the person conducting the business or undertaking who commissioned the health monitoring;
(d) the date of the health monitoring;
(e) any test results that indicate whether or not the worker has been exposed to a hazardous chemical;
(f) any advice that test results indicate that the worker may have contracted a disease, injury or illness as a result of carrying out the work that triggered the requirement for health monitoring;
(g) any recommendation that the person conducting the business or undertaking take remedial measures, including whether the worker can continue to carry out the type of work that triggered the requirement for health monitoring;
(h) whether medical counselling is required for the worker in relation to the work that triggered the requirement for health monitoring.

375.   Duty to give health monitoring report to worker

The person conducting a business or undertaking who commissioned health monitoring for a worker must give a copy of the health monitoring report to the worker as soon as practicable after the person obtains the report.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

376.   Duty to give health monitoring report to regulator

A person conducting a business or undertaking for whom a worker is carrying out work for which health monitoring is required must give a copy of the health monitoring report relating to a worker to the regulator as soon as practicable after obtaining the report if the report contains –
(a) any advice that test results indicate that the worker may have contracted a disease, injury or illness as a result of carrying out the work using, handling, generating or storing hazardous chemicals that triggered the requirement for health monitoring; or
(b) any recommendation that the person conducting the business or undertaking take remedial measures, including whether the worker can continue to carry out the work using, handling, generating or storing hazardous chemicals that triggered the requirement for health monitoring.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

377.   Duty to give health monitoring report to relevant persons conducting businesses or undertakings

The person who commissioned health monitoring for a worker under regulation 368 must give a copy of the health monitoring report to all other persons conducting businesses or undertakings who have a duty to provide health monitoring for the worker as soon as practicable after obtaining the report.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

378.   Health monitoring records

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that health monitoring reports in relation to a worker carrying out work for the business or undertaking are kept as a confidential record –
(a) identified as a record in relation to the worker; and
(b) for at least 30 years after the record is made.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(2)  The person must ensure that the health monitoring report and results of a worker are not disclosed to another person without the worker's written consent.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(3)  Subregulation (2) does not apply if the record is disclosed under regulation 376 or 377 or to a person who must keep the record confidential under a duty of professional confidentiality.
Division 7 - Induction, information, training and supervision

379.   Duty to provide supervision

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must provide any supervision to a worker that is necessary to protect the worker from risks to the worker's health and safety arising from the work if, at the workplace, the worker –
(a) uses, handles, generates or stores a hazardous chemical; or
(b) operates, tests, maintains, repairs or decommissions a storage or handling system for a hazardous chemical; or
(c) is likely to be exposed to a hazardous chemical.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  The person must ensure that the supervision of the worker is suitable and adequate having regard to –
(a) the nature of the risks associated with the hazardous chemical; and
(b) the information, training and instruction required under regulation 39 .

Note

In addition, section 19(3)(f) of the Act requires the provision of information, training, instruction and supervision.

Division 8 - Prohibition, authorisation and restricted use

380.   Using, handling and storing prohibited carcinogens

A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must not use, handle or store, or direct or allow a worker at the workplace to use, handle or store, a prohibited carcinogen referred to in Schedule 10, table 10.1, column 2 unless –
(a) the prohibited carcinogen is used, handled or stored for genuine research or analysis; and
(b) the regulator has authorised the use, handling or storage of the prohibited carcinogen under regulation 384 .

Note

See section 43 of the Act.

381.   Using, handling and storing restricted carcinogens

A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must not use, handle or store, or direct or allow a worker at the workplace to use, handle or store, a restricted carcinogen referred to in an item in Schedule 10, table 10.2, column 2 for a purpose referred to in column 3 for the item unless the regulator has authorised the use, handling or storage of the restricted carcinogen under regulation 384 .

Note

See section 43 of the Act.

382.   Using, handling and storing restricted hazardous chemicals

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must not use, handle or store, or direct or allow a worker at the workplace to use, handle or store, a restricted hazardous chemical referred to in an item in Schedule 10, table 10.3, column 2 for a purpose referred to in column 3 for the item.

Note

See section 43 of the Act.

(2)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must not use, handle or store, or direct or allow a worker at the workplace to use, handle or store, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) unless the use, handling or storage is –
(a) in relation to existing electrical equipment or construction material; or
(b) for disposal purposes; or
(c) for genuine research and analysis.

Note

See section 43 of the Act.

383.   Application for authorisation to use, handle or store prohibited and restricted carcinogens

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace may apply in writing to the regulator for authorisation to use, handle or store a prohibited carcinogen or restricted carcinogen referred to in Schedule 10 at the workplace.
(2)  The application must include the following information:
(a) the applicant's name and business address;
(b) if the applicant conducts the business or undertaking under a business name, that business name;
(c) the name and address of the supplier of the carcinogen;
(d) the address where the carcinogen will be used, handled or stored;
(e) the name of the carcinogen;
(f) the quantity of the carcinogen to be used, handled or stored at the workplace each year;
(g) the purpose and activity for which the carcinogen will be used, handled or stored;
(h) the number of workers that may be exposed to the carcinogen;
(i) information about how the person will manage risks to health and safety, including a summary of the steps taken, or to be taken, by the person in relation to the following:
(i) hazard identification;
(ii) control measures;
(iii) if elimination or substitution of the carcinogen is not reasonably practicable, why the elimination or substitution is not reasonably practicable;
(j) any other information requested by the regulator.

384.   Authorisation to use, handle or store prohibited carcinogens and restricted carcinogens

(1)  If a person applies under regulation 383 , the regulator may grant an authorisation to use, handle or store a prohibited carcinogen or restricted carcinogen under this regulation.
(2)  The regulator may authorise the person to use, handle or store a prohibited carcinogen referred to in an item in Schedule 10, table 10.1 at the workplace only if the carcinogen will be used, handled or stored only for genuine research or analysis.
(3)  The regulator may authorise the person to use, handle or store a restricted carcinogen referred to in an item in Schedule 10, table 10.2 at the workplace only if the carcinogen will be used, handled or stored only for a use referred to in column 3 for the item.
(4)  The regulator may impose any conditions on the authorisation that the regulator considers necessary to achieve the objectives of the Act or these regulations.
(5)  The regulator must refuse to authorise the use, handling or storage of the carcinogen for a use not referred to in this regulation.

Note

A decision to refuse an authorisation is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

385.   Changes to information in application to be reported

A person who applies under regulation 383 for authorisation to use, handle or store a prohibited carcinogen or restricted carcinogen must give the regulator written notice of any change in the information given in the application before the change or as soon as practicable after the person becomes aware of the change.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

386.   Regulator may cancel authorisation

The regulator may cancel an authorisation to use, handle or store a prohibited carcinogen or restricted carcinogen given under regulation 384 if satisfied that –
(a) the person granted the authorisation has not complied with a condition of the authorisation; or
(b) the risk to the health or safety of a worker that may be affected by using, handling or storing the carcinogen has changed since the authorisation was granted.

Note

A decision to cancel an authorisation is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

387.   Statement of exposure to be given to workers

(1)  This regulation applies if –
(a) a person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace is authorised under regulation 384 to use, handle or store a prohibited carcinogen or restricted carcinogen at the workplace; and
(b) a worker uses, handles or stores the prohibited carcinogen or restricted carcinogen at the workplace.
(2)  The person must give to the worker, at the end of the worker's engagement by the person, a written statement of the following:
(a) the name of the prohibitedor restricted carcinogen to which the worker may have been exposed during the engagement;
(b) the time the worker may have been exposed;
(c) how and where the worker may obtain records of the possible exposure;
(d) whether the worker should undertake regular health assessments, and the relevant tests to undertake.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

388.   Records to be kept

(1)  This regulation applies if a person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace is authorised under regulation 384 to use, handle or store a prohibited carcinogen or restricted carcinogen at the workplace.
(2)  The person must –
(a) record the full name, date of birth and address of each worker likely to be exposed to the prohibited carcinogen or restricted carcinogen during the period of authorisation; and
(b) keep a copy of each authorisation given to the person including any conditions imposed on the authorisation.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

(3)  The person must keep the records for 30 years after the authorisation ends.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

Division 9 - Pipelines

389.   Management of risk by pipeline owner

(1)  The owner of a pipeline used to transfer hazardous chemicals must manage risks associated with the transfer of the hazardous chemicals through that pipeline.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Example

Risks associated with the testing, installation, commissioning, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of the pipeline.

(2)  The owner of a pipeline used to transfer hazardous chemicals must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that an activity, structure, equipment or substance that is not part of the pipeline does not affect the hazardous chemicals or the pipeline in a way that increases risk.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

390.   Pipeline builder's duties

(1)  This regulation applies to a person who intends to build a pipeline that will –
(a) cross into a public place; and
(b) be used to transfer a Schedule 11 hazardous chemical.
(2)  The person must ensure that, before the building of the pipeline commences, the regulator is given the following information:
(a) the name of the pipeline's intended owner and operator;
(b) the pipeline's specifications;
(c) the intended procedures for the operation, maintenance, renewal and relaying of the pipeline;
(d) any public place that the pipeline will cross;
(e) the intended emergency response procedures.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

(3)  The person must ensure that the regulator is given the information in the following circumstances:
(a) before the pipeline is commissioned;
(b) before the pipeline is likely to contain a hazardous chemical;
(c) if there is any change in the information given under subregulation (2) , when the information changes;
(d) if part of the pipeline is to be repaired, before the pipeline is repaired;
(e) if part of the pipeline is removed, decommissioned, closed or abandoned, when the removal, decommissioning, closure or abandonment occurs.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

391.   Management of risks to health and safety by pipeline operator

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace who is the operator of a pipeline (the operator) used to transfer hazardous chemicals must manage, in accordance with Part 3.1 , risks to health or safety associated with the transfer of the hazardous chemicals through the pipeline.

Note

WHS Act – section 19 (see regulation 9 ).

(2)  The operator of a pipeline used to transfer a hazardous chemical must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the hazardous chemical transferred is identified by a label, sign or another way on or near the pipeline.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  The operator of a pipeline that transfers a Schedule 11 hazardous chemical into a public place must ensure that the regulator is notified of –
(a) the supplier of the hazardous chemical; and
(b) the receiver of the hazardous chemical; and
(c) the correct classification of the hazardous chemical.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $1 250; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $6 000.

PART 7.2 - Lead

Note
In workplaces where lead processes are carried out, this Part applies in addition to Part 7.1 .
Division 1 - Lead process

392.   Meaning of lead process

In this Part, a lead process consists of any of the following carried out at a workplace:
(a) work that exposes a person to lead dust or lead fumes arising from the manufacture or handling of dry lead compounds;
(b) work in connection with the manufacture, assembly, handling or repair of, or parts of, batteries containing lead that involves the manipulation of dry lead compounds, or pasting or casting lead;
(c) breaking up or dismantling batteries containing lead, or sorting, packing and handling plates or other parts containing lead that are removed or recovered from the batteries;
(d) spraying molten lead metal or alloys containing more than 5% by weight of lead metal;
(e) melting or casting lead alloys containing more than 5% by weight of lead metal in which the temperature of the molten material exceeds 450oC;
(f) recovering lead from its ores, oxides or other compounds by thermal reduction process;
(g) dry machine grinding, discing, buffing or cutting by power tools alloys containing more than 5% by weight of lead metal;
(h) machine sanding or buffing surfaces coated with paint containing more than 1% by dry weight of lead;
(i) a process by which electric arc, oxyacetylene, oxy gas, plasma arc or a flame is applied for welding, cutting or cleaning, to the surface of metal coated with lead or paint containing more than 1% by dry weight of lead metal;
(j) radiator repairs that may cause exposure to lead dust or lead fumes;
(k) fire assays if lead, lead compounds or lead alloys are used;
(l) hand grinding and finishing lead or alloys containing more than 50% by dry weight of lead;
(m) spray painting with lead paint containing more than 1% by dry weight of lead;
(n) melting lead metal or alloys containing more than 50% by weight of lead metal if the exposed surface area of the molten material exceeds 0.1 square metre and the temperature of the molten material does not exceed 450oC;
(o) using a power tool, including abrasive blasting and high pressure water jets, to remove a surface coated with paint containing more than 1% by dry weight of lead and handling waste containing lead resulting from the removal;
(p) a process that exposes a person to lead dust or lead fumes arising from manufacturing or testing detonators or other explosives that contain lead;
(q) a process that exposes a person to lead dust or lead fumes arising from firing weapons at an indoor firing range;
(r) foundry processes involving –
(i) melting or casting lead alloys containing more than 1% by weight of lead metal in which the temperature of the molten material exceeds 450oC; or
(ii) dry machine grinding, discing, buffing or cutting by power tools lead alloys containing more than 1% by weight of lead metal;
(s) a process decided by the regulator to be a lead process under regulation 393 .

393.   Regulator may decide lead process

(1)  The regulator may decide that a process to be carried out at a workplace is a lead process.
(2)  The regulator must not decide that the process is a lead process unless the regulator is satisfied on reasonable grounds that the process creates a risk to the health of a worker at the workplace having regard to blood lead levels of workers, or airborne lead levels, at the workplace.

Note

A decision that a process is a lead process is a reviewable decision (see regulation 676 ).

(3)  The regulator must, within 14 days after a decision is made under subregulation (1) , give written notice of the decision to the person conducting a business or undertaking at the workplace.

394.   Meaning of lead risk work

In this Part, lead risk work means work carried out in a lead process that is likely to cause the blood lead level of a worker carrying out the work to exceed –
(a) for a female of reproductive capacity, 10[mu ]g/dL (0.48[mu ]mol/L); or
(b) in any other case, 30[mu ]g/dL (1.45[mu ]mol/L).

395.   Duty to give information about health risks of lead process

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking that carries out a lead process must give information about the lead process to –
(a) a person who is likely to be engaged to carry out the lead process, before the person is engaged; and
(b) a worker for the business or undertaking, before the worker commences the lead process.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  If work is identified as lead risk work after a worker commences the work, the person conducting a business or undertaking must give information about the lead process to the worker as soon as practicable after it is identified as lead risk work and before health monitoring of the worker is provided under Division 4 of this Part.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(3)  The information that must be given is –
(a) information about the health risks and toxic effects associated with exposure to lead; and
(b) if the lead process involves lead risk work, the need for, and details of, health monitoring under Division 4 of this Part.
Division 2 - Control of risk

396.   Containment of lead contamination

A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that contamination by lead is confined to a lead process area at the workplace.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

397.   Cleaning methods

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that a lead process area at the workplace is kept clean.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  The person must ensure that the methods used to clean a lead process area –
(a) do not create a risk to the health of persons in the immediate vicinity of the area; and
(b) do not have the potential to spread the contamination of lead.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

398.   Prohibition on eating, drinking and smoking

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must take reasonable steps to ensure that a person does not eat, drink, chew gum, smoke or carry materials used for smoking in a lead process area at the workplace.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must provide workers with an eating and drinking area that, so far as is reasonably practicable, cannot be contaminated with lead from a lead process.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $3 600; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $18 000.

399.   Provision of changing and washing facilities

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must provide and maintain in good working order changing rooms and washing, showering and toilet facilities at the workplace so as to –
(a) minimise secondary lead exposure from contaminated clothing; and
(b) minimise ingestion of lead; and
(c) avoid the spread of lead contamination.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

(2)  The person must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that workers at the workplace remove clothing and equipment that is or is likely to be contaminated with lead, and wash their hands and faces, before entering an eating or drinking area at the workplace.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

400.   Laundering, disposal and removal of personal protective equipment

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that personal protective equipment that is likely to be contaminated with lead dust –
(a) is sealed in a container before being removed from the lead process area; and
(b) so far as is reasonably practicable, is disposed of on the completion of the lead process work at a site equipped to accept lead-contaminated equipment; and
(c) if it is not reasonably practicable to dispose of the personal protective equipment that is clothing –
(i) is laundered at a laundry, whether on-site or off-site, equipped to launder lead-contaminated clothing; or
(ii) if it is not practicable to launder the clothing, is kept in the sealed container until it is re-used for lead process work; and
(d) if it is not reasonably practicable to dispose of the personal protective equipment that is not clothing –
(i) is decontaminated before it is removed from the lead process area; or
(ii) if it is not practicable to decontaminate the equipment in the lead process area, is kept in the sealed container until it is re-used for lead process work.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Example

Work boots.

(2)  The person must ensure that a sealed container referred to in subregulation (1) is decontaminated before being removed from the lead process area.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

Note

Regulation 335 also requires the container to be labelled to indicate the presence of lead.

(3)  The person must take all reasonable steps to ensure that clothing contaminated with lead-dust is not removed from the workplace unless it is to be –
(a) laundered in accordance with this regulation; or
(b) disposed of.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a) an individual, a fine not exceeding $6 000; or
(b) a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $30 000.

401.   Review of control measures

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that any measures implemented to control health risks from exposure to lead at the workplace are reviewed, and as necessary revised, in the following circumstances:
(a) a worker is removed from carrying out l