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This means that for this type of work, you may continue to apply the requirements of regulation 3.55 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 (OSH Regulations) for reducing risks of falling more than 2 metres which includes:
Under the new Work, Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 (WHS Regulations) a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) must manage the risks to health and safety associated with a fall by a person from one level to another that is reasonably likely to cause injury i.e. all falls, including falls under 2m.
The previous requirement that holes or openings, of more than 200mm x 200mm but less than 2 metres x 2 metres, must be covered remains in place.
Regulation 79 of the WHS Regulations requires that if the risk of a fall from one level to another cannot be eliminated you must:
A combination of controls may be used to minimise a risk, so far as is practicable, if a single control is not sufficient.
It is important that you carry out a risk assessment to determine what you might need to do to manage the risk of falls at your workplace. The control measures you select will depend on what is ‘reasonably practicable’.
Work that involves the risk of a person falling more than 2 m is considered high risk construction work and will require the PCBU to prepare a safe work method statement (s.291 and s.299).
This requirement applies to all construction work, including housing construction.
Read more information on the Code of Practice: Prevention of falls from height at workplaces.
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