The May 2010 Approved Code of Practice for Working Hours (the Code) came into effect on 1 July 2010.
The Code recognises the significant risk, particularly from fatigue, that excessive working hours pose to the health, safety and welfare of South Australian employees and their families.
It provides a best practice approach to formulating policy on rostering and hours of work, taking into account the diversity of South Australian workplaces.
The Code was initiated as part of the work of SafeWork SA's Work Life Balance Strategy in response to South Australia's Strategic Plan Target 13 "Work-life balance: Improve the quality of life of all South Australians through the maintenance of a healthy work-life balance".
A notice confirming the approval of the Code and the date of enactment was published in the Government Gazette released on 26 November 2009. The Code was re-gazetted on 1 July 2010.
View the Code of Practice and Managing fatigue in the workplace information sheet, which provides guidance on the management of working hours and fatigue as a workplace hazard.
The particular considerations of employees and volunteers who provide frontline emergency services have been addressed in the development of Emergency Services Guideline for Risk Managing Fatigue. Please contact SAFECOM for further details.
SafeWork SA and The University of South Australia's Centre for Work + Life and Centre for Sleep Research have produced 'FLAWS in our Lives (Fatigue Life and Work Strain): Strategies for safe, healthy work and balanced lives'
The Work Quality not just Quantity report describes the key findings from a study of the social and employment factors that impact on wellbeing. Three wellbeing outcomes are considered: mental health (psychological distress), work-family interaction and patterns of alcohol consumption.
This study was undertaken as a collaboration between the University of South Australia Centre for Work + Life and Centre for Sleep Research, and was funded by SafeWork SA
For further information on the Code, telephone the SafeWork SA Help Centre on 1300 365 255.