This model Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance to principal contractors and other persons conducting a business or undertaking who carry out construction work on how to meet the health and safety requirements under the WHS Act and Regulations applying in a jurisdiction relating to construction work.

This model Code should be read in conjunction with other codes of practice on specific hazards and control measures relevant to the construction industry including:

  • Demolition work
  • Excavation work
  • Managing the risk of falls at workplaces
  • Managing noise and preventing hearing loss at work
  • Preventing falls in housing construction
  • Confined spaces
  • Hazardous manual tasks
  • How to manage and control asbestos in the workplace
  • How to safely remove asbestos.

To have legal effect in a jurisdiction, the model Code of Practice must be approved as a code of practice in that jurisdiction. To determine if this model Code of Practice has been approved as a code of practice in a particular jurisdiction, check with the relevant regulator.

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