OHS Code review process
Updates to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Code are made on a 5-year cycle. Previously, changes were made every 3 years.
These updates reflect feedback from workers and employers, industry, labour and health and safety associations, and members of the public.
Over the past 3 years, stakeholders submitted a number of suggestions for areas of the code that would benefit from being reviewed. As a result of this feedback, we have reviewed Parts 4, 6, 10, 16, 18, 21, 23, 32, 33, 36, and 37, and Schedules 1, 4, and 9 along with a smaller number of sections within other parts of the code.
From November 2014 to January 2015, a public consultation on proposed changes was held. We are now in the process of reviewing and considering all feedback.
- for the first 3 years of the cycle, there will be focused annual reviews of specific parts of the code. Government will invite suggestions from stakeholders, review all input, and develop a formal proposal outlining any recommendations for change
- in the 4th and 5th years of the cycle, a detailed consultation will take place, followed by final recommendations
Immediate changes to the code may be considered if there is a critical issue. This could include a concern over a work site condition or practice that could contribute to a fatality or serious injury. Changes to the code can also be made if revisions to other legislation that may affect health and safety are identified.
We welcome suggestions for other changes to the Code at any time and will collect this information for future consideration