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You are generally not absolutely required by law to comply with a Code or guidance material (unless WHS laws refer to compliance with a specific provision of the Code).
However, a Code of Practice should be followed unless there is an alternative course of action that achieves the same or better standards. Furthermore, if an accident was to occur in a workplace, compliance with a Code or guidance material (or failure to comply) will be taken into consideration in determining whether to prosecute and the penalty to be imposed.
A Code and guidance material should always be followed unless there is an alternative course of action which achieves the same or a better standard of health, safety and welfare in the workplace.
As a minimum, you should obtain and know the following Codes if you work in the residential building industry:
As a minimum, you should obtain the following guides, fact sheets and alerts if you work in the residential building industry:
You can obtain copies of the Codes of Practice and guidance material by contacting SafeWork Australia or SafeWork NSWWorkCover.
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