WorkCover NSW has included the management of hazardous chemicals in its new Codes of Practice released earlier this month.

The 12 codes have replaced the existing five that were established in 2012. WorkCover NSW explained in a July 18 media statement that creating nationally “harmonised work health and safety laws” is critical to ensuring safety in many industries.

The new codes relate to a range of hazards including chemical and plant risks, first aid and spray painting.

Acting General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division Peter Dunphy stated that codes will give employees more insight in handling and managing workplace risks.

“The NSW government is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for every NSW worker. The new codes make it easier for everyone to know and understand their responsibilities,” he said.

“While what was safe previously will continue to be safe under the new codes, it is important that businesses, industry and workers understand the key changes.”

What industry will benefit the most from the changes?

According to WorkCover, the construction, electrical and manufacturing industries are likely to benefit from the legislation amendments as there was little information available previously.

The new codes are going to take some time to implement so the authority will assist with adjusting businesses to the new arrangements.

How can industries protect workers?

As chemicals can be particularly potent and give off a number of toxic gases, it is important that businesses have the sensors to manage gas levels and detect if the safe level has been exceeded.

The Testo 315-3 CO and CO2 Detector can detect dangerous gas levels in the workplace. Through optical and audible alarms, industry leaders can take necessary steps to prevent any incidents occurring.

This device can measure CO levels between 0 and 100 parts per million (ppm) and CO2 between 0 and 10.000 ppm so enclosed workers are not in danger from poisoning.