Group
Subdivision

162 Public health and safety offences

Latest release
Australian and New Zealand Standard Offence Classification (ANZSOC)
Reference period
2011

Subdivision 162 Public health and safety offences

Offences involving the breach of statutory rules or regulations intended to preserve or improve the safety or health of the community at large.

This subdivision is further disaggregated on the basis of the type of health and/or safety issue.

Offences in this subdivision are classified into the following groups:

1621 Sanitation offences

1622 Disease prevention offences

1623 Occupational health and safety offences

1624 Transport regulation offences

1625 Dangerous substances offences

1626 Licit drug offences

1629 Public health and safety offences, nec

Inclusions:

Offences relating to sanitation resulting from breaches of regulations governing building, health and mental health, public health, and food preparation.

Offences relating to Occupational Health and Safety, industry safety, air, rail and water transport safety.

Exclusions:

Deception offences relating to health (e.g. Medicare fraud, forge prescription). These are coded to Group 0911, Obtain benefit by deception.

Pollution offences. These are coded to the relevant groups within Subdivision 122, Environmental pollution.

Offences involving explosives. These are coded to the relevant groups within Division 11, Prohibited and regulated weapons and explosives offences.

Quarantine offences. These are coded to Group 1693, Quarantine offences.

1621 Sanitation offences

Offences involving insanitary practices in food preparation, waste disposal, institutional management, building and construction or other practices that are likely to give rise to a threat to public health.

Inclusions:

Careless/reckless disposal of a syringe

1622 Disease prevention offences

Offences involving the failure to prevent or control the spread of infectious or other disease associated with food preparation, waste disposal, institutional management, building and construction or other practices.

1623 Occupational health and safety offences

Offences involving the failure to preserve the health and safety of employees through the identification and/or control of dangerous, hazardous or inadequate work practices, equipment or facilities, instruction or training, or other health and safety measures associated with a place of employment.

Inclusions:

Fail to provide safety clothing

Fail to provide adequate training

Fail to provide adequate or specified safety equipment

Fail to provide a safe working environment

1624 Transport regulation offences

Offences involving the failure to preserve the health and safety of passengers or other persons travelling on or coming into contact with sea, air or land transport systems.

Inclusions:

Offences involving breaches of taxi regulations

Exclusions:

Unlawful interference with aviation. These are coded to Group 0499, Other dangerous or negligent acts endangering persons, nec.

Roadworthiness offences. These are coded to Group 1422, Roadworthiness offences.

Drive while licence disqualified or suspended. These are coded to Group 1411, Drive while licence disqualified or suspended.

Drive without a licence. These are coded to Group 1412, Drive without a licence.

1625 Dangerous substances offences

Offences involving the failure to preserve the health and safety of the community through the unsafe use, handling, preparation, storage, labelling, or disposal of poisonous or other hazardous substances (not including alcohol or tobacco), where such offences do not constitute pollution control offences.

1626 Licit drug offences

Offences involving the failure to preserve the health and safety of the community through the unsafe use, handling, preparation, storage, labelling, or disposal of drugs that may be legally purchased (not including alcohol or tobacco).

Exclusions:

Offences involving the possession, sale, importing or exporting of illicit drugs. These are coded to the relevant groups within Division 10, Illicit drug offences.

1629 Public health and safety offences, nec

Public health and safety offences not elsewhere classified in Subdivision 162, Public health and safety offences.

Inclusions:

Fail to erect construction warning signs for the public

Fail to erect public safety barriers

Fail to notify the public of intended blasting

Fail to adequately or correctly label substances or products

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