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Work which needs to be notified to the Department of Labour

What types of work need to be notified to the Department of Labour?

The types of work that must be notified to the Department of Labour are defined in the Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995. They cover:

(a) Any restricted work, as defined in regulation 2(1) of the Health and Safety in Employment (Asbestos) Regulations 1998.
(b) Any commercial logging operation or tree-felling operation.
(c) Any construction work of one or more of the following kinds:

  • Work where workers could fall 5 m or more, excluding work on a two-storeyed house, or work on a power or telephone line, or work carried out from a ladder only, or maintenance or repair work of a minor or routine nature.
  • The erection or dismantling of scaffolds from which a person could fall 5 m or more.
  • Every excavation which is more than 1.5 m deep and which is deeper than it is wide at the top.
  • Any form of tunnel or drive where workers work underground, irrespective of timbering or support.
  • Those excavations where the excavated face is steeper then 1 horizontal to 2 vertical.
  • Any construction work where explosives are used or stored.
  • Work such as diving, where construction workers breath air or any other gas that has been compressed or is under pressure.
  • Any construction work in connection with asbestos fibres.
  • Lifts of half a tonne (500 kg) or more (a vertical distance of 5 m or more) carried out by mechanical means other than by a mobile crane, excavator or forklift.

Please see our website to find out how to provide notice of hazardous work.

Date Modified: Thursday, 4 July 2013

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