The aim of this research was to identify best work health and safety (WHS) practices (undertaken by clients, designers or constructors) in the construction industry.
CRC – Construction Innovation
The research informed the development of Australian guidelines for WHS best practice in the construction industry. The project involved interviews with industry leaders as well as managers and employees of client, design and construction organisations. The project was broken into three phases, the first of which involved interviewing key industry stakeholders and representatives of peak industry bodies. Phases two and three involved collecting information about organisational WHS practices and project-specific data relating to WHS performance.
Guide to Best Practice for Safer Construction (“The Guide“), specifying WHS ’best practice’ for clients, designers and constructors, was written and endorsed by relevant peak industry and professional bodies in the Australian context and launched in Canberra in September 2007. The Guide has attracted considerable international attention having been downloaded 1625 times by people from 59 different countries (as at 26 July 2012). The impact of The Guide was acknowledged in the award of a National Engineering Excellence Award by Engineers Australia in 2010.
Lingard, Wakefield, Blismas and Jellie.