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Coming soon – Fatigue management procedure

At Roads and Maritime, we recognise that fatigue can adversely affect the health and safety of our workers and others who may be affected by the work we do. This Fatigue management procedure explains our approach to identifying the contributing factors to fatigue, and describes how to implement systematic processes to manage the risks of fatigue effectively. This procedure will be available for consultation in early 2018.

23 November 2017 - Heavy vehicle safety - chain of responsibility

When we operate heavy vehicles, our focus is on understanding and managing the hazards and risks associated with heavy vehicle operations. Read

31 October – WHS risk management procedure – published

The WHS risk management procedure describes the procedures governing the management of work health and safety risks.

New guidance material available

The Guide to interpretation of Principal Contractor and Roads and Maritime Services obligations under the WHS Act 2011 is now available. This document considers the responsibilities and requirements for Roads and Maritime in relation to the interaction of Roads and Maritime’s WHS management system and the WHS management systems of principal contractors on construction projects. It refers to a number of duties owed by the Principal Contractor and Roads and Maritime, and provides working examples to assist in understanding what system may apply at various times.

New self-assessment tool for industry partners

The self-assessment tool for industry partners (MS-Word, 218Kb) - right click and choose "Save as") is now available. This tool will support our industry partners in demonstrating how their safety management system meets or exceeds key requirements of the OneRMS SMS.

WHS consultation procedure – published

The WHS consultation procedure describes governing arrangements for worker participation and representation in work health and safety (WHS) matters.

Entry to worksites

Access to Roads and Maritime workplaces is restricted. For WHS reasons, SafeWork NSW inspectors and authorised union officials have right of entry to a worksite. See Entry to worksites for more information.

Agency Safety Risk Register

The Agency Safety Risk Register (ASRR) contains information about Roads and Maritime’s known WHS risks (hazardous events). This risk management tool provides a risk rating for each hazardous event and links to bow-tie diagrams which identify controls to manage these events. The ASRR is now available for Roads and Maritime workers. External parties can request a copy of the ASRR by emailing

Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 (NSW)

The Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 comes into effect on 1 September 2017.

This regulation will supersede the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 which will be repealed.

It is essentially the same as the 2011 Regulation, except for minor amendments, including corrections to typos and administrative changes. The changes are outlined here.

The reason for the new Regulation is that the Subordinate Legislation Act 1989 only allows a Regulation to continue for 5 years and is then repealed automatically. The Regulation can be extended one year at a time (which occurred last year) on application to the Governor.

WHS Branch will update their documents and procedures to reflect these changes.

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