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Free height safety workshops

THE Safety Show and Sydney Materials Handling will bring more than 300 specialist safety suppliers to the Sydney Showground from October 26 to 28. Occupational health and safety solutions from first aid through to forklifts and hoists will be among the thousands on show.

One of the most lethal risks on Australian worksites — working at heights — will be addressed during a free workshop at The Safety Show by exhibitor, Workplace Access & Safety.

Speaking ahead of the work shop, height safety expert Carl Sachs said NSW employ ers were likely to face the greatest changes under har monised regulations.

“Safe Work Australia plans to release draft national model height safety laws this year, which are expected to mirror the national code of practice published just last year,” he said.

“NSW employers need to reconsider their approach to height safety but the good news is that the code is clearer and more practical than the NSW regulations and it’s a great guide to compliance in NSW and around Australia. While NSW offers only three levels of control, the national hierarchy specifies five more distinct levels. It’s more pre scriptive and easier to follow.”

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