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Transitional provisions

When the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (the WHS Act) came into effect on 1 January 2012, transitional provisions and delayed commencement of certain provisions were included to provide a smooth transition to new requirements.

Transitional provisions for the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011

Provisions that commence 1 January 2017

Key points Commencement or transitional arrangement
High risk work (HRW) - Section 726(2)

Reach stacker - new licence category for high risk work.

A person holding a non-slewing mobile crane licence will be able to continue HRW for the reach stacker class until 31 December 2016. From 1  January 2017, the RS HRW licence class must be held for the operation of a reach stacker.

Asbestos - Sections 471, 472, 483 and 484

Globally Harmonised System (GHS) labelling of containers and asbestos waste.

Introductory period for GHS - until 31 December 2016 (s.781).

Hazardous chemicals - Section 781

Replaces the Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG) Code with the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) as part of the transition process to a single labelling system in Australia.

Current chemical classification and labelling provisions and GHS system will operate concurrently until 31 December 2016, after which classification and labelling will be required only in accordance with GHS (s.781).