The purpose of this Code is to provide practical guidance to duty holders about how to comply with their duties under the OHS Act and Part 5.1 of the OHS Regulations associated with excavation work.
This Code provides information for duty holders about meeting their obligations under Part 5.1 of the OHS Regulations as well as providing information on the planning, preparation, and undertaking required for excavation work, and how to identify and control risks associated with this type of work.
It is not possible for this Code to deal with every risk associated with excavation work that a duty holder may encounter at their workplace. The guidance in the Code needs to be considered with regard to the particular characteristics and circumstances of the workplace.
This Code applies to employers, employees, self-employed persons, persons with management or control of a workplace, principal contractors, persons who install, erect or commission plant, and persons who design a building or structure. Additionally, it may be useful for HSRs.
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Overview of the risk management process
Part 3: Planning excavation work
Part 4: Controlling risks in excavation work
Part 5: Excavation methods
Part 6: Reducing the risk of ground collapse
Appendix A: The compliance framework
Appendix B: Sample health and safety coordination plan
Appendix C: Safe work method statement template
Appendix D: Documents associated with this compliance code