Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004
The Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act) is the main workplace health and safety law in Victoria. It sets out key principles, duties and rights about OHS.
Who the OHS Act protects
The OHS Act seeks to protect the health, safety and welfare of employees and other people at work. It also aims to ensure that the health and safety of the public is not put at risk by work activities.
WorkSafe has many functions under the OHS Act. For example, we:
- monitor and enforce compliance with the OHS Act and regulations
- make recommendations to the Minister about the OHS Act, regulations and compliance codes
- promote public awareness and discussion about occupational health, safety and welfare issues
- publish OHS statistics
WorkSafe publishes practical guidance about duties and obligations under OHS laws.
Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017
The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (OHS Regulations) build on the OHS Act. They set out how to fulfil duties and obligations, and particular processes that support the OHS Act. For example, they include requirements for:
- safe operation of major hazard facilities and mines
- training for high risk work
- managing and removing asbestos
- licences for specific activities
The OHS Regulations came into effect on 18 June 2017 and replaced the (old) OHS Regulations 2007.
Other health and safety laws
There are other Victorian laws and regulations that cover particular areas of health and safety.
All Acts and Regulations
Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017
Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017: Summary of changes
Guide to the Equipment (Public Safety) Regulations 2017
Occupational health and safety – your legal duties
Compliance codes and codes of practice
Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act and Regulations
Reconciliation table: Occupational Health and Safety Regulations