ACA guides to boost building and construction safety

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A suite of documents aimed at helping the building and construction industry to improve its safety performance has been released by the Australian Constructors Association (ACA).

ACA guides to boost building and construction safety
The ACA has revised its electrical safety guidelines.

ACA says the documents, which supplement the reports released by the group last year on Safety Culture and Safety in Design, cover a range of issues including:

  • Guidance on the development and use of lead performance indicators to enable a proactive approach to identifying safety risks before accidents occur.
  • A glossary of common safety terms aimed at standardising safety documentation and clarifying safety concepts.
  • Guidelines on undertaking a training needs analysis to identify competencies and develop safety leadership capabilities within a business.
  • Revised electrical safety guidelines.

ACA president David Saxelby describes the materials as "simple and effective resources for implementing change in any organisation operating within the construction industry".

Saxelby says the ACA’s Safety Initiative will next focus on developing a cultural change to safety across the industry "to assist with a broad communication and partnering program directed at industry, governments, regulators, clients and the Australian public".

"The ACA wants to see an Australian construction industry free of fatalities and permanent injuries," he says, "and we have to provide support and assistance to all those involved to ensure that improvements are realised."

The ACA is encouraging industry stakeholders to be involved in its Safety Initiative, and should contact the association to discuss opportunities.

The safety materials are available on the ACA website.


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