Workplace Health and Safety
Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) is the discipline concerned with protecting the health and safety of all stakeholders in the workplace from exposure to hazards and risks resulting from work activities.
Consult Australia unequivocally supports the adoption of WHS laws, regulations, and codes of practices that deliver improved workplace health and safety outcomes throughout Australia for all stakeholders.
Of particular interest to Consult Australia’s member firms is Safe Work Australia's Code of Practice for Safe Design of Structures, and Code of Practice for Safe Design, Import, Manufacture and Supply of Plant. Both can be found at www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au.
Safety in design is about encompassing safe
design principles in the conceptual and design phase of a design
project that apply over the entire life cycle of that project. The opportunities
to address WHS in the design and planning of construction works are
considerable. In this early phase it is often possible to design out
hazards or incorporate risk control measures that are compatible with
the original design concept and with the engineering and functional
requirements of a project.