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Code of Practice

Last updated: November 4, 2018

What Does Code of Practice Mean?

A code of practice is a written guideline that is set out by a professional association in order to guide its members toward compliance with the appropriate ethical standards. For example, OSHA sets out codes of practice for a variety of industries and practices including safety management (practice) and construction (industry).

Safeopedia Explains Code of Practice

Occupational Health and Safety professionals are expected to be conversant with the codes of practice applicable to their activities and industries. These documents provide the OHS professional with the procedures and policies that should be applied in the workplace, and serve as a starting point for the evaluation of workplace practices and the recommendations that should be formulated in order to rectify any irregularities. Since codes of practice are subject to change, remaining up to date with the latest developments is of paramount importance.


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