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Updated Prevention of Falls Code released

The 2004 Prevention of Falls from Heights at Workplaces Code of Practice was recently revised and a new 2020 version has been published. The new version took effect on 25 August and supersedes the 2004 version.

Management of fall risks 

The Code of Practice provides guidance on how to comply with the general duties of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and the specific duties of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 in relation to the management of fall risks in Western Australian workplaces. The provisions of the Code apply to all industries, including all forms of construction. 

The 2020 Code in the most part is consistent with the 2004 though guidance on purlin trolleys has been removed and references to Australian Standards have been upgraded.

Australian Standards in relation to fall protection 

Despite efforts to remove unnecessary references to Australian Standards within the Code, the updated 2020 Code continues to reference many Australian and New Zealand Standards. These are listed in Appendix 1 of the Code and include key fall protection standards such as:


  • AS/NZS 1576 Scaffolding – General Requirements series
  • AS 4576 Guidelines for Scaffolding

Edge protection

  • AS 1657 Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders – Design, construction and installation

Fall arrest systems

  • AS/NZS 1891 Industrial fall arrest systems and devices series


  • AS/NZS 1892.1 and AS/NZS 1892.5 Portable ladders.

A copy of the updated Code of Practice can be downloaded from the WA government’s Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety website.

HIA Safety can help you with your safety systems

HIA Safety has a team of qualified consultants that understand the construction industry. Our specialist team provides consultancy and innovative solutions to meet the needs of all our clients. This ensures that you have the correct systems and processes in place to best protect your staff, other contractors, clients and your business.

To find out more, contact HIA’s Building Services team.

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