New safety codes for NSW workplaces

WorkCover has introduced twelve new codes of practice to improve safety in NSW workplaces.

The codes are part of the national harmonised work health and safety laws that were adopted by NSW in 2012. The new codes replace a number of existing codes that were in place under previous occupational health and safety laws.

Acting General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, Peter Dunphy said in a statement that the codes are about making NSW workplaces safer.

“The NSW Government is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for every NSW worker,” Mr Dunphy said.

“The new codes make it easier for everyone to know and understand their responsibilities.

The new codes affect all industries however those most greatly impacted include the construction, electrical and manufacturing industries.

Mr Dunphy said WorkCover would support employers and workers to implement the new codes.

The 12 new Codes of Practice include several which have particular relevance to the manufacturing industry: First aid in the workplace; Managing electrical risks in the workplace; Managing risks of hazardous chemicals in the workplace; Managing the risks of plant in the workplace; Welding processes; Spray painting and powder coating; Abrasive blasting

As a result of the introduction and to avoid duplication, five existing codes have been revoked.

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