OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 4 Chemical Hazards, Biological Hazards and Harmful Substances

Section 25 Prohibited activities

An employer must not allow workers to eat, drink or smoke at the work site in an area contaminated by a harmful substance. Allowing such activities may result in the workers’ health or safety being adversely affected.

If workers are allowed to eat, drink or smoke at a work site, a clean and hygienic area should be provided and maintained for these purposes. Even if workers eat, drink or smoke outside the work site, the employer must provide appropriate means for workers to decontaminate themselves to ensure they are not ingesting the harmful substance (see section 23).