Offices - what OHS legislation applies?

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (2004) applies to all workplaces, as do the regulations and most of the Codes of Practice (note, at the moment, the codes are to be considered as guidance documents contributing to the 'state of knowledge').

However, some regulations and codes are more likely to be relevant in offices - for example the Manual Handling Regulations and Code of Practice. Others are probably not very relevant at all, for example the Confined Spaces or the regs on Major Hazard Facilities.

Other regulations might be relevant in certain situations in offices, for example the Hazardous Substances Regulations, or even the Asbestos Regulations (when offices are being refurbished).

For more information on this, check these pages on our website:

  1. Overview of OHS and related legislation in Victoria: This page provides an overview of all the OHS and related legislation, including a list of regulations and codes of practice. A brief description of the regulations and codes under the OHS Act is also provided.
  2. A more detailed summary of the various sections of the OHS Act 
  3. The 2007 consolidated OHS Regulations (each chapter is summarised)

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Last amended February 2015

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