Builders and Contractors – Understanding your Legislative Obligations for Construction Work over $250,000
A Work Health and Safety (WHS) Management Plan is a legal requirement of the WHS Regulations 2011 for construction projects over $250,000.
Under the regulations, your site specific plan must include:
• Names, roles and WHS responsibilities of everyone at the workplace who has a specific WHS positions.
• Arrangements in place for consultation, cooperation and coordination of safety activities
• Arrangements in place to manage any WHS incidents
• WHS rules and the arrangements to ensure everyone are aware of them
• Arrangements for collecting, assessing, monitoring and reviewing Safe Method Statements for High Risk Construction Works.
• Emergency Management Procedures and Plan.
The WHS Management System developed by Housing Industry Association of Australia (HIA) includes a Work Health and Safety (WHS) Management Plan together with an extensive range of documents to safely and effectively manage your site, workers and subcontractors.
The WHS Management Plan includes:
• A template that can be tailored to be site specific for your projects over $250,000. This includes all requirements detailed in the regulations
• A template letter to communicate your plan to your subcontractors.
• A process in place for monitoring contractor’s safety performance and requirements.
• Safety policies, practices and procedures.
• Site specific Emergency Response Procedures and Plan.
• 5 Generic High Risk Construction Work Safe Method Statements (SWMS). These SWMS can be made site specific through a risk assessment.
If you are unsure of your obligations in regard to construction work, contact our lawyers at The Quinn Group who can assist you with a range of different matters. Submit an online enquiry or call 02 9223 9166.