Prevention of Falls

​Prevention of falls applies to:

  • work at a height of two metres or more (measured from the ground to foot position on ladder/rung/work platform); and
  • excavation work (depth of one and a half metres or more).

No Department employee is permitted to undertake tasks that meet these criteria, unless their role specifically requires them to do so, and have undertaken the required training. For further information see the Prevention of Falls Procedure below.

OHS Management System documentation

​Policy​Procedure​FormsGuides​Other relevant OHSMS sections







Contractor and Volunteer OHS Management

OHS Risk Management

Legislation, guidance, and Codes of Practice

Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004

Occupational Health & Safety Regulations 2017 (Part 3.3 Prevention of Falls)

AS/NZS 1892.5: 2000 Portable Ladders – Selection, Safe Use and Care 

Contact us

OHS Advisory Service on ph. 1300 074 715 or email

Further information

WorkSafe Victoria Publication: Prevention of falls in construction​

WorkSafe Victoria Publication: A guide to falls prevention