Safework NSW


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SafeWork NSW has a website for small business owners. It is easy to understand and helps small business operators with their work health and safety and workers compensation questions.

The following publications are available from the SafeWork NSW website:

Technical guidance: Code of Practice (PDF)
This approved industry code of practice should be followed unless there is an alternative course of action, which achieves the same or a better standard of health and safety in the workplace.

Safe work on roofs, Part 1 – Commercial and industrial buildings: Code of Practice (PDF) This Industry Code of Practice provides employers, self-employed persons and employees with practical advice on safe work on roofs for commercial and industrial buildings.

Managing noise and preventing hearing loss at work: Code of Practice (PDF) This code of practice has been published by the WorkCover Authority of NSW to assist employers, self-employed persons and employees to develop and implement practices for noise management and protection of hearing at work.

Guidelines for workplace return-to-work programs (PDF)
The Guidelines for workplace return-to-work programs are to assist employers understand and comply with their legislative obligations.

Workers Compensation Guide for Employers: when a worker is injured
This guide is to help you understand what to do and what to expect when your worker is injured. From when the injury occurs, through the insurance claims process, returning to work, and recovering at work, the guide covers your obligations under workers compensation legislation along with practical advice to get the best possible outcome for your workers and you.

Guidelines for workplace return-to-work program
The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) has developed these Guidelines for workplace return-to-work programs (guidelines) in line with the legislation to support, inform and guide employers, workers and other stakeholders in developing a return-to-work program for their workplace.

Safe Work Procedures
Safe work procedures briefly document the risks associated with a work task and list the appropriate risk control measures into a sequence of steps for doing the task safely. Most effective when developed in consultation with your workers, safe work procedures are a useful tool when training and supervising your workers – and when responding to incident reports and changes in the workplace.

Tower cranes
Tower cranes are an indispensable part of modern hig- rise construction. However, while reliable and robust, they carry significant hazards.

Noise at work
Exposure to hazardous noise at work is a major cause of hearing loss in NSW. Noise at the workplace that exceeds the exposure standard (85 decibels) can lead to temporary or permanent hearing loss.

Construction Work: Code of Practice 2014 (PDF)
This Code provides guidance to principal contractors and other persons conducting a business or undertaking who carry out construction work on how to meet the health and safety requirements under the WHS Act and Regulations relating to construction work.

Managing the risks of plant in the workplace: Code of Practice (PDF)
This Code provides practical guidance on how to manage health and safety risks of plant once it is in the workplace, from plant installation, commissioning and use through to decommissioning and dismantling. This Code provides practical guidance to persons who conduct a business or undertaking and have management or control of plant in the workplace, as well as to persons who install and commission plant. It includes information about specific control measures required under the WHS Regulations for plant generally. Other approved codes of practice on various types of plant may also be referenced.

Managing the risk of falls at workplaces code of practice (PDF)
This Code applies to all workplaces covered by the WHS Act and Regulations where there is a risk of a fall by a person from one level to another that is reasonably likely to cause injury. This Code provides practical guidance to persons conducting a business or undertaking, including those persons who design, construct, import, supply or install plant or structures, on how to manage health and safety risks arising from falls. It includes information on a range of control measures to eliminate or minimise the risks.

Small business safety pack
This small business safety pack contains a compliance checklist to help you identify what you need to do to make your workplace safer – and outlines how to do it.

Guide for preventing and responding to workplace bullying (PDF)
This Guide provides information for persons conducting a business or undertaking on how to manage the risks of workplace bullying as part of meeting their duties under the work health and safety laws.

Personal protective equipment
This link provides information about what personal protective equipment is and the obligations of workers and employers.

Guide to developing a workplace alcohol and other drugs policy (PDF)
This Guide provides an overview of how to establish a policy for managing the misuse of alcohol and other drugs in the workplace. A single alcohol and other drug policy will not be suitable for all workplaces. Rather than advocate a particular approach, this Guide includes information on a range of initiatives. Businesses can consider incorporating one or more of these into an alcohol and other drug policy that is suitable for their workplace.

Violence in the workplace (PDF)
This booklet provides information to assist you to identify, assess and control the risk of violence in your workplace. If you follow the advice set out here, you will be well on the way to complying with responsibilities for providing a workplace that is safe from all types of violence, as required by occupational health and safety laws. This guidance is not a substitute for your legal obligations and you should make yourself aware of the laws that apply.

Forklift licences
You need a high-risk work licence if you want to operate a forklift in NSW. High-risk work licenses are a group of licences that permit you to perform high-risk work. High-risk work licences are recognised in all Australian states and territories. 

Dogging, rigging and scaffolding licences
Before you can apply for a national licence to perform high-risk work to undertake any dogging, rigging or scaffolding work, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) must assess your training, skills and knowledge using the relevant 'assessment instrument' under realistic workplace conditions.

Crane licences
Before you can apply for a national licence to operate cranes, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) must assess your training, skills and knowledge using the relevant 'assessment instrument' under realistic workplace conditions.

Notifying and recording an incident or injury
If there is a serious injury or illness, a death or a dangerous incident, you must report it to SafeWork NSW immediately and notify your insurer within 48 hours.

WHS Incident Notification: Fact Sheet
This fact sheet provides general guidance for persons on the notification of ‘notifiable incidents’ as outlined in the Work Health and Safety Act (WHS Act).

Management or control of workplaces
Effective management or control of a workplace means ensuring (so far as is reasonably practicable) that there are no health and safety risks to anyone from the workplace or when entering or exiting a workplace.

WHS PCBUS, Workers and Officers: Fact Sheet
Under the work health and safety (WHS) laws, effective from 1 January 2012, the term 'employers' was replaced by 'persons conducting a business or undertaking' (PCBU) and 'employees' was replaced by 'workers'.

Consultation arrangements: Fact Sheet
Consultation enables you to share occupational health and safety (OHS) information and get your workers' views before you make decisions. You and your workers must be alert to things that can cause harm. Through consultation, you can become more aware of hazards and OHS issues experienced by your workers, and can involve them in addressing potential problems before they escalate and affect your business.

Guide to workplace right of entry by work health and safety entry permit holders (PDF)
This Guide provides an overview of Part 7 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) and Part 2.4 of Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (WHS Regulation). The Guide describes the role of a work health and safety entry permit holder (EPH), the circumstances in which an EPH may enter a workplace and what an EPH may do after entry. The Guide should be read in conjunction with those laws.

Volunteers and volunteer organisations
Volunteers work without being paid a wage or salary. Often volunteers will join together to form a volunteer association or organisation, which can sometimes include paid workers.

Safe design of structures – Model Code of Practice
This model Code has been developed to provide practical guidance to persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) who design structures that will be used, or could reasonably be expected to be used, as a workplace. This includes architects, building designers and engineers.

Pallet racking Fact Sheet
This advice is for persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), including those with management or control of a workplace and workers. This includes a person in control of racking, warehouse and maintenance, training organisations, forklift operators, store persons and health and safety representatives.

Safety alerts:

Unpacking shipping containers
Building maintenance units and suspended scaffold cradles
Falls from flatbed trucks and trailers
Working with or around mobile plant
Using mobile cranes in ‘pick and carry’ operations
Mobile plant operating near overhead power lines
Erecting, climbing and dismantling tower cranes
Forklift load handling
Working safely when undertaking new tasks