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Guidance documents – Standard Operating procedures (SOPS).


An Act is a statute or law passed by both Houses of Parliament


From these come Regulations, they help make the act more industry sector relevant.


Different industry sectors include: Retail, Hospitality, Education, construction, fisheries, forestry, and manufacturing to name only a few.


As you can imagine WHS would have to be different in Retail then it is in fisheries.


Codes of practice are the next step down.


They make the rules more business relevant.


While McDonald’s and The Walnut Room (4.5 star Restaurant) are both in the hospitality industry sector, they have very different WHS needs.


Codes of practice make the rules more relevant to the different types of businesses in the same business sector.


The aim of these codes is to ensure that all sectors of the industry abide to a set of rules to ensure that they run a fair and equal company. As well as setting strict rules that must be followed, these codes can also offer guidelines for the industry and its employees to adhere to. The codes may be based on real life experiences or to reflect the industry's regulations.


In most work places (employing over a certain number of people) it is necessary to have Standard Operating procedures (SOPS) in writing.


While the codes of practice tell different business in the same sector how to operate, SOPS tells the staff inside a business how things are to be done.


If you are following Standard Operating procedures (SOPS) you are operating within the industry code of practice (on the right side of the law).


SOPS sometimes have different names.


Emergency evacuation procedures, is a type of SOPS


In a hotel, front of house rules, is a type of SOPS


In a commercial kitchen, standard recipes, is a type of SOPS


I hope this helps?

Last updated on May 10, 2016 by David Osborne