NSW WHS Guidelines – transition from edition 5 to edition 6

  • Announcement
Updated: 12 Nov 2020
Type
Announcement
Category
Construction
NSW Work Health and Safety (WHS) Guidelines were revised in December 2019 and published as edition 6. Organisations accredited to edition 5 have up to 3 years from the date of their accreditation to become certified to AS4801 and AS/NZS ISO 45001.

The Construction Leadership Group (CLG) has endorsed the following:

  • No new accreditations to edition 5 will be recognised. Note that suppliers cannot be certified to NSW WHS Guidelines edition 6.
  • Organisation currently accredited to edition 5 will retain their accreditation status for a minimum of 2 years (up to December 2021) and a maximum of 3 years (up to December 2022), depending when they achieved their accreditation, for all standard government contracts and job sizes.

Following the transition or effective immediately for new suppliers, certification to AS4801 and AS/NZS ISO 45001 is required for:

  • GC21 contracts valued above $3 million.
  • GC21 contracts determined to be high-risk by the procuring agency, regardless of the $3 million threshold.

Certification to AS4801 and AS/NZS ISO 45001 is not required for:

  • Minor Works MW21 contracts: a safety management plan, consistent with appendix D of the WHS Guidelines edition 6, is sufficient and is required by NSW legislation.
  • GC21 contracts valued below $3 million and determined not to be high risk: a safety management plan, consistent with appendix D of the WHS Guidelines edition 6, is sufficient and is required by NSW legislation.

The MW21 and GC21 contracts are being updated to reflect the changes.

Type
Announcement
Category
Construction