OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 22 Safeguards

Section 321 Toe boards

(1) An employer must ensure that

(a) a toe board required by this Code is not less than 140 millimetres in height above the surface of the work area, and

(b) the space between the bottom of the toe board and the surface of the work area is not more than 6 millimetres high.

(2) An employer must ensure that toe boards are installed at the outer edge above the work area if a worker may be under a permanent floor, platform, mezzanine, walkway, ramp, runway or other permanent surface where

(a) guardrails are installed, or

(b) materials can fall more than 1.8 metres.

(3) An employer must ensure that toe boards are installed at the outer edge above the work area of temporary scaffolding or a temporary work platform if materials can fall more than 3.5 metres.

(4) An employer must ensure that toe boards are installed around the top of a pit containing a machine with exposed rotating parts if workers may be working in the pit.

(5) Subsection (1) does not apply to

(a) the entrance of a loading or unloading area if the employer takes other precautions to ensure that materials do not fall from the permanent surface, or

(b) the entrance to a ladder.