Have your say on the new OHS legislation

Safe Work Australia Chair, Tom Phillips AM, announced the start of the public comment period for 15 draft model Codes of Practice, to support the new model work health and safety legislation.

The public comment period for the draft model Codes of Practice begins on Monday 26 September 2011 and closes on Friday 16 December 2011.

The public comment period for model work health and safety legislation on mining has been extended and closes on Friday 7 October 2011.

The draft model Codes of Practice released for public comment are:

First Aid in the Workplace 
Managing Risks in Construction Work 
Preventing Falls in Housing Construction 
Managing Electrical Risks at the Workplace 
Managing Risks of Hazardous Chemicals 
Managing Risks of Plant in the Workplace 
Safe Design of Building and Structures 
Excavation Work 
Demolition Work 
Spray Painting and Powder Coating 
Abrasive Blasting 
Welding and Allied Processes 
Safe Access in Tree Trimming and Arboriculture 
Preventing and Managing Fatigue in the Workplace 
Preventing and Responding to Workplace Bullying

"There are ranges of draft Codes of Practice available for comment. These include broad topics including first aid and preventing and responding to workplace bullying. Specific industries like construction, excavation and demolition work are also covered in these draft Codes of Practice," said Phillips.

To comment on the draft Codes of Practice, visit the Safe Work Australia website.