Code of Practice for falls in the workplace

This Code of Practice on how to manage the risk of falls in the workplace is an approved code of practice under section 274 of the Work Health and Safety Act (the WHS Act).

This Code applies to all workplaces covered by the WHS Act and Regulations where there is a risk of a fall by a person from one level to another that is reasonably likely to cause injury.

This Code provides practical guidance to persons conducting a business or undertaking, including those persons who design, construct, import, supply or install plant or structures, on how to manage health and safety risks arising from falls. It includes information on a range of control measures to eliminate or minimise the risks.


In providing guidance, the word ‘should’ is used in this Code to indicate a recommended course of action, while ‘may’ is used to indicate an optional course of action.

This Code also includes various references to sections of the WHS Act and Regulations which set out the legal requirements. These references are not exhaustive. The words ‘must’, ‘requires’ or ‘mandatory’ indicate that a legal requirement exists and must be complied with.

For a copy of the code, please print here – Managing-the-risk-of-falls-at-workplaces-COP

For a quick explanation of common working at heights terms, please click here..