Some workplace hazards can cause so much injury or disease that specific regulations or codes of practice are needed to control them. 

These regulations and codes explain the duties of particular groups of people in controlling these risks. 

There is a difference between regulations and codes:

  • Regulations are legally enforceable

  • Codes of Practice provide advice on how to meet regulatory requirements. Codes are not legally enforceable, but they can be used in courts as evidence that legal requirements have or have not been met.

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Codes of Practice

Workplace Health and Safety Act  2011

Workplace Health and Safety Regulations 2011

Overview of the Legislation

Other Links

Just in case you thought it couldn't happen to you, review some of the court summaries of prosecutions for incidents in the workplace.

Court summary E169410

On 26 March 2014, a company was employed to demolish a cottage which contained asbestos

Court summary E178667

On 15 July 2014 an apprentice had his hand caught up in a metal roller.
On 28 November 2013 a workers hand was pulled into pulleys and tines while changing the belt of an auger. He used a forklift with a pallet on the tines to lift himself up to the hight of the auger and did not use correct isolation lockout procedures!!

 On 22 August 2013 a forklift reversed into another worker causing mutliple fractures