OHS Regulations Reform

The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 (OHS Regulations) and Equipment (Public Safety) Regulations 2007 (EPS Regulations) will expire in June 2017. WorkSafe is required to review and remake these regulations by this date. This work will be undertaken in line with the requirements of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994, which requires legislation to be reviewed every 10 years.

The OHS Regulations cover general duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act), various physical hazards, hazardous substances and materials and hazardous industries.

The EPS Regulations largely mirror the part of the OHS Regulations which deals with plant, and apply those provisions to plant that exists outside work places (eg lifts in domestic premises). These regulations are made under the Equipment (Public Safety) Act 1994 (EPS Act).

Work practices have changed considerably over the last 10 years, so there is a significant opportunity for modernisation of the regulations.

New OHS and EPS Regulations will be made before the current regulations sunset in June 2017 and will support Victoria's position as having the safest workplaces in Australia.

It is proposed to make changes that streamline and modernise the content of the Regulations, to better reflect current Victorian work practices.

Regulatory Impact Statement

As part of the review, Deloitte Access Economics (Deloitte) has been engaged by the Victorian Government to develop a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS).

This RIS estimates the current impact of the OHS and EPS Regulations, and the extent of any associated health and safety benefits or time and cost savings resulting from any potential changes to the regulations for businesses in Victoria.

It also sets out the likely impacts (costs and benefits) and discusses other regulatory and non–regulatory alternatives.

Public comment

Public comment is now invited on the proposed OHS and EPS Regulations and RIS.

Comments will be accepted for two months until close of business on Friday, 9 September 2016.

For more information about public comment, including how to make a submission, go to WorkSafe's consultation page here: consultation.worksafe.vic.gov.au.