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Codes of Practice give detailed practical guidance on how to comply with requirements and obligations under work health and safety laws. They are used in addition to the Act and Regulations and should always be followed, unless there is another solution which achieves the same or a better standard of health and safety in your workplace.

The following Codes of Practice have been operational in SA from 1 January 2013.

  • Abrasive Blasting
  • Confined Spaces
  • Demolition Work
  • Excavation Work
  • First Aid in the Workplace
  • Hazardous Manual Tasks
  • How to Manage Work Health and Safety Risks
  • How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace
  • How to Safely Remove Asbestos
    Addendum - In South Australia, air monitoring is required for the removal of both friable and non-friable asbestos. The Code of Practice: How to Safely Remove Asbestos, on p19 states that air monitoring is not required when removing more than 10m2 of non-friable asbestos. This is not the case in South Australia. Air monitoring is required when removing friable asbestos and designated quantities of non-friable asbestos.
  • Labelling of Workplace Hazardous Chemicals
  • Managing Noise and Preventing Hearing Loss at Work
  • Managing the Risks of Plant in the Workplace
  • Managing Risks of Hazardous Chemicals in the Workplace
  • Managing Electrical Risks in the Workplace
  • Managing the Risks of Falls at Workplaces
  • Managing the Work Environment and Facilities
  • Preparation of Safety Data Sheets for Hazardous Chemicals
  • Spray Painting and Powder Coating
  • Welding Processes
  • Work Health and Safety Consultation Co-operation and Co-ordination

Three codes of practice were disallowed in November 2013. These were:

  • Construction Work
  • Safe Design of Structures
  • Prevention of Falls in the Housing Construction

There is still an obligation to comply with all relevant Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA) and Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012 (SA) requirements.


Safe Work Australia website
Codes of Practice

Regulation 739 of the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012 (SA) provides a transitional arrangement that lists codes which continue to operate in South Australia until national codes are developed.

The Codes that will continue to be in force are

  1. National Code of Practice for Precast, Tilt Up and Concrete Elements in Building Construction;
  2. Approved Code of Practice for Tuna Farm Diving;
  3. AS/NZS 1200: Pressure equipment;
  4. AS 4024.3001: Safety of machinery-Materials forming and shearing-
    Mechanical power presses;
  5. AS 4024.3002: Safety of machinery-Materials forming and shearing-Hydraulic power presses;
  6. AS 1418: Cranes, including hoists and winches;
  7. AS/NZS 1576: Scaffolding (Parts 1 - 4);
  8. AS 1735: Lifts, escalators and moving walks;
  9. AS 1755: Conveyers-Safety requirements;
  10. AS 3533: Amusement rides and devices;
  11. AS 2030: Gas cylinders;
  12. AS 2550: Cranes, hoists and winches-Safe use;
  13. AS 2593: Boilers-Safety management and supervision systems;
  14. AS/NZS 3788: Pressure equipment-In-service inspection.