The new Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (OHS Regulations) will commence on 18 June 2017.
These Regulations can be downloaded via the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website www.legislation.vic.gov.au The new OHS Regulations 2017 are available on the Victorian Statute Book tab.
With the new OHS Regulations 2017 due to commence in June, the compliance codes that align with the regulations are now under review. In consultation with stakeholders, WorkSafe will update these codes in the near future.
OHS Regulations changes
The new OHS Regulations 2017 are mainly the same. However, if you are in a workplace where asbestos is present; are a manufacturer or an importing supplier of hazardous substances or agricultural and veterinary chemicals; work in construction; or operate a mine or major hazard facility, you need to become aware of the changes. In most cases, compliance is required by 18 June 2017.
Most importantly, the new OHS Regulations 2017 maintain Victoria's already high safety standards. In some high risk areas, like asbestos removal work, they improve 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.
For some changes, transitional arrangements apply to allow duty and licence holders time to become compliant with the updated regulatory requirements.
If you are affected by the changes, WorkSafe has prepared a range of information and support resources to help you identify what to do to stay compliant when the changes take effect on 18 June 2017. These are available from the WorkSafe Victoria website https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/news/notices/ohs-regulations-reform-2017
The new fees for applying for, and renewing, a High Risk Licence are also listed on the above website link.
The Regulations have been renumbered with consecutive numbers, in line with the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel's guidance on the preparation of statutory rules.
Reconciliation tables are available through the links on the WorkSafe Victoria website to help you quickly compare the numbering between the 2007 Regulations and the 2017 Regulations.
A range of information and support resources for the new OHS Regulations 2017 are available on https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/news/notices/ohs-regulations-reform-2017