Resources available to help

We are continuing to improve the ways we can help you to understand the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) and ensure everyone in your workplace is healthy and safe.

What types of resources are there?

We have a range of interactive tools, animated videos, quizzes, toolkits, case studies, templates and forms

We produce a range of guidance products including:

We also have other publicly available items including:

  • positions
  • regulatory function policies
  • operational policies
  • policy clarifications.

See the Operational policy framework section for more information.

Table 1 below describes what the different guidance products and items are.

What topics are covered?

We have a wide range of resources available on this website:

Guidance productsOther items available include:

Approved codes of practice (ACOPs)

Set out our expectations about how to comply with legal duties imposed by HSWA and regulations.

Can be used in legal proceedings as evidence as to whether or not a duty or obligation under HSWA has been complied with.

Are not the only way to comply with HSWA and regulations – other practices can be used to achieve compliance as long as the level of health and safety is equivalent to, or higher, than the standard set in an ACOP.

Good practice guidelines (GPGs)

Provide clear good practice guidance for certain work activities.

Can be used in legal proceedings, but are not the only way to comply (as described above). Interpretive guidelines

Show how we interpret the law, and may indicate how the law will be enforced.

Quick guides 

Provide an overview of legislative requirements, good practice, or other information for specific topics in an easy-to-read format. Fact sheets > Provide concise information on a topic.


Report ‘real-life’ incidents and the health and safety lessons that can be learned from them.


Give warning of a developing hazard or risk, and suggest short-term ways to reduce the risk.

Special guides

Provide information on notable topics (for example, legislative change).


Outline how we interpret key concepts in the law.

Regulatory function policies

Provide information on our approach to meeting our regulatory functions – what we’re trying to achieve by carrying out our regulatory functions.

Operational policies

Provide information on ‘how we decide’ – gives more detail to support regulatory function policies.

Policy clarifications

Aim to ‘clear things up’ – clarify our approach on focused issues.

See Operational policy framework for more information

Table 1: Descriptions of the WorkSafe guidance products and other available items

What resources are available to help? (PDF 46 KB)