Code of practice: Lead

This code of practice provides practical guidance on how to comply with your obligations under Victoria's occupational health and safety legislation to manage risks associated with exposure to lead.


What it contains

If your work involves lead processes, there are specific duties and obligations you need to comply with under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS Act) 2004 and Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (OHS Regulations) 2017.

On 1 July 2005, the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1985 was repealed and replaced by the OHS Act. The OHS Act does not provide for making codes of practice. Therefore, complying with a code of practice may not necessarily mean compliance with a duty under the new Act.

This code of practice has been made available as a source of practical guidance, and will contribute to industry state of knowledge and assist those who must comply with health and safety laws.

This information is particularly relevant for you if you're an employer, self-employed person or employee at a workplace where lead processes are carried out. It is also relevant for health and safety representatives at these workplaces. It uses examples and tools you can apply to your own situation.

It includes information on:

  • what lead processes are
  • the duties for employers working with lead processes
  • how to assess the risks to health from lead exposure
  • how to control risks associated with lead exposure
  • additional requirements for controlling lead-related risks
  • medical examinations and biological monitoring
  • the duties for employees working with lead processes

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