OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 41 Work Requiring Rope Access

Section 823 Recognized safe work practices

An employer is required to select and follow the safe work practices of one of the listed publications. An employer cannot blend together the safe work practices of two or more of the listed publications. The resulting practices might not be endorsed by any one of the referenced organizations and could create unsafe situations for workers.

While some employers may feel that this requirement places restrictions on what an employer can do in terms of safe work practices, the listed safe work practices constitute industry recognized best practices, have proven to be safe after many years of use, take the guesswork out of what an employer needs to follow, and create a defined minimum standard against which an employer’ operations can be assessed.