A new draft code of practice has been issued by Safework NSW entitled ‘Managing Risks when New and Inexperienced Persons Interact with Horses’ (“Draft Code”). You can access the Draft Code here.  This is an important document for any individual or business to review which has new or inexperienced people working with or around horses.

The Draft Code is still currently in the consultation process and you can make a submission here, if you wish to comment on the Draft Code and these submissions will be accepted by Safework NSW until 30 June 2016.

What Does the Draft Code do?

The Draft Code is a practical guide for achieving health and safety standards and if approved following the consultation process, it will form an approved code of practice under section 274 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW).

Do I need to follow it?

There are legislative requirements to eliminate and/or manage health and safety risks. The Draft Code will assist you in complying with work health and safety requirements by addressing the particular issues of new and inexperienced people working with and around horses.  As all experienced horse people are aware, the inexperienced are at risk.  For example, a beginner may be injured by a spooking horse because the beginner stood in front of the horse instead of beside the horse when leading.

The Draft Code provides a guide to the particular risks that exist when inexperienced people handle or ride horses. Reputable businesses and individuals are likely to already abide by much, if not all, of what is detailed in the Draft Code however they should review it to ensure compliance.

The Draft Code applies in New South Wales. If you are in a different jurisdiction, you will need to check your local requirements.  If you are unsure, please contact Chamberlains Law Firm and we can assist you to find the legislation that applies to you.

For updates as to the status of the Draft Code, you can click here.