The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2017 were made on April 26, 2017, to take effect on June 18, 2017. These replace the 2007 regulations. There were few major changes, although many smaller ones as well as the numbering being totally redone. We are currently updating each of the chapters.
Comprehensive guides to the OHS and EPS regulations 2017 are now available on this page of the WorkSafe Victoria website. The guides provide a comparison between 2007 and 2017 regulations, and provide specific details of any associated changes to duty holder requirements.
In summary, however, the main changes in the 2017 regulations that we think HSRs and workers should know about can be checked here.
Update: August 2019
New Part 4.5 - Crystalline Silica - was inserted on August 20, 2019. This part applies until 19 August 2020, by which time it is expected that a new regulation will replace it.
Hard or soft copies, or CD ROMs of the Victorian OHS Act and Regulations can now only be purchased from SAI Global (see the website for more information).The full text of the regulations can be viewed and downloaded from the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website - click on Victorian Law Today, then on Statutory Rules, and then on "O" to find the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.
Note that Victoria decided in 2011 to not adopt the Model WHS Regulatory package. Consequently, the legislation in Victoria is the 2004 OHS Act, the 2017 Regulations (from June 18, 2017) and various Compliance Codes.
Last amended August 2020
- 2017 regs: Summary of changes
- 1 Preliminary
- 2.1 General Duties
- 2.2 Issue Resolution Procedures
- 3.1 Hazardous Manual Handling
- 3.2 Noise
- 3.3 Prevention of Falls
- 3.4 Confined Spaces
- 3.5 Plant
- 3.6 High Risk Work
- 4.1 Hazardous Substances
- 4.2 Scheduled Carcinogenic Substances
- 4.3 Lead
- 4.4 Asbestos
- 4.5 Crytalline silica
- 5.1 Construction
- 5.2 Major Hazard Facilities
- 5.3 Mines
- 6.1 Licences
- 6.2 Registration
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