Proposed changes to Vic OHS Regulations

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Proposed changes to Vic OHS Regulations

12/09/2016

If you like, or do not like the proposed changes, or believe that Victoria should adopt the national model WHS regulation instead, now is your opportunity to have your say. Remember to state your safety and cost reasons, and include specific examples.If you like, or do not like the proposed changes, or believe that Victoria should adopt the national model WHS regulation instead, now is your opportunity to have your say. Remember to state your safety and cost

Some of the proposed changes are as followed:

  • Plant - Operational Stop and Emergency Stop requirements separated and clarified
  • Prevention of falls โ€“ legislative obligations apply if a fall is less than two metres
  • Hazardous substances โ€“ adopt the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) for classification and labelling of hazardous substances. Unlike the national model WHS legislation, which covers both hazardous substances and dangerous goods (called hazardous chemicals), Victoria will continue to have separate regulations for storage and handling of Dangerous Goods.
  • Licencing and registration โ€“ several changes to licencing requirements, including:
    • Introductionof Reach Stacker licence
    • Order picking forklift trucksthat lift less than 900mm will no longer need a licence
    • Alteration and clarificationof Dogging, Scaffolding and Rigging licence requirements
    • The current three pressure vessel levelswill be replaced with a simpler two levels, per the model WHS laws.

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