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New OHS and equipment (public safety) regulations enacted by state government

Submitted on Friday, 28th April 2017

On Wednesday this week, the Victorian Government made the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (OHS Regulations, 2017) and the Equipment (Public Safety) Regulations 2017 (EPS Regulations, 2017).  These new Regulations will take effect on 18 June 2017.

The new OHS Regulations, 2017 are mainly the same as the existing OHS Regulations 2007.  However, there are some impacts that duty holders need to be aware of. The majority of changes in the OHS Regulation affect workplaces:

  • where asbestos is present;
  • that deal with the manufacture, import and labelling of hazardous substances and agricultural and veterinary chemicals;
  • in the construction industry; and those
  • that are mines or major hazard facilities.

Most importantly, the changes maintain Victoria’s already high safety standards. In some high risk areas, such as asbestos removal work, they improve on the existing standards. The changes also deliver significant savings to Victorian businesses in the areas of high risk work licensing and record keeping for designers and manufacturers of plant.

A range of supporting information has been developed to provide a clear overview of the changes to the OHS and EPS Regulations.  These resources are now available to support duty holders, employees and members of the public to understand the regulatory changes and their impact, and to support preparation for when the Regulations come into effect on 18 June.

Information and resources including a summary of the changes to both the OHS and EPS regulations, reconciliation tables providing a comparison between the regulation numbers in the 2007 and 2017 regulations and a link to the Regulations themselves can be found on the WorkSafe Victoria website or via the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089.  

Should you have any questions or require further information, please feel free to contact Phil Lovelock at plovelock@victorianchamber.com.au or telephone 03 8662 5161.

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