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WHS Legal duties

The Guide to the model work health & safety act provides an overview of the Work Health and Safety Act (WHS Act) to help people generally understand their health and safety duties and rights at work.  This includes guidance on the obligations of an employer, business, worker, visitor, designers, manufacturers, importers and suppliers pages. Refer to pages 7-11.

Risk management

The code of practice how to manage work health and safety risks provides information on identifying hazards, assessing and controlling risks, reviewing controls and keeping records.

Traffic management

The general guide for workplace traffic management provides advice for small businesses and workers on managing traffic risks in the workplace and includes a traffic hazard checklist n on what to look for and how manage risks that may arise from traffic movements in warehouses.

Manual tasks

The code of practice for hazardous manual tasks shows you how to manage the risk of musculoskeletal disorders arising from hazardous manual tasks.

Residual chemicals in shipping containers

In 2011 Safe Work Australia commissioned a project to investigate worker exposures when unpacking shipping containers at retail warehouse or distribution centres.  While findings cannot be generalised, a report; Hazard surveillance: Residual chemicals in shipping containers provides indicative results for workers who unpack shipping containers.

Working on or next overhead powerlines

The code of practice for work near overhead power lines shows you how to manage the risks arising when working near overhead power lines.


The code of practice for managing the risk of falls at workplaces provides information about managing the risk of falls, working on the ground and from a solid construction, fall prevention devices, work positioning systems, fall-arrest systems, ladders, administrative controls, emergency procedures, and the design of plant and structures.

Working alone

The code of practice for managing the work environment and facilities provides advice on working in isolation.

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