Short Courses

Construction Safety Due Diligence

Learn how to make construction sites safer by reducing critical hazards and better understanding how workplace health and safety laws affect your project.

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Learn how to make construction sites safer by reducing critical hazards and better understanding how workplace health and safety laws affect your project.

Learn about the many laws that apply to the construction industry and how they keep workers safe.

This one-day course focuses on statute law, especially the model Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) legislation. It also covers case or common law.

During the course you'll cover:

  • risk management techniques
  • safety-in-design concerns relating to how the hierarchy of controls are applied
  • best-practice safety analysis techniques - how and when you can use them and the meaning of their results
  • the use and abuse of hazard-based risk registers
  • an alternative, threat-barrier approach to risk.

After completing this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge to:

  • define fundamental safety risk and due diligence concepts
  • apply top-down risk management techniques to safety risk issues
  • apply generative information gathering techniques for organisational on-site safety
  • identify and ensure critical hazards—those that can kill or harm—are the main focus of construction safety efforts.
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Additional Information

Please register at least two weeks before the scheduled course start date.

We can customise this course for groups of six or more.

You choose the time, place, duration and format.

Find out how we can help you and your team by completing an enquiry form or calling us on +61 3 9321 1700.

Learning outcomes
  • Defining and identifying risk
  • Legal requirements in regard to safety
  • Technical risk assessment techniques
  • How and why to conduct safety due diligence
Is this course for you?

Is this course for you?

This course is for engineering professionals in the early stages of their careers.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Topics we'll cover

Topics we'll cover


  • Defining the concept of risk and the different types of risk
  • Historical perspectives on safety risk management
  • The requirements of state and federal parliaments in regard to safety
  • The principles of various safety risk characterisation systems

Technical risk assessment techniques

  • Bottom-up techniques—FMEA, FMECA, HazOps, RCM and QRA
  • Top-down techniques—SWOT assessments, threat and vulnerability analysis, and HACCP
  • Reliability block diagram
  • Cause-consequence modelling—fault and event trees
  • Threat barrier diagrams, especially as an alternative safety risk register
  • Generative safety risk techniques

Safety due diligence

  • The requirement to demonstrate due diligence under the model work health and safety (WHS) legislation
  • The required paradigm shift from hazards-based risk management to precaution-based due diligence
  • Practical methods for safety risk management using generative and top-down techniques


  • Characterising the risk associated with particular hazards and the difficulties with this approach
  • Case studies on decisions of Australian courts with regards to construction safety risk
Towards chartered

Towards chartered

Take this course to build skills and knowledge in the following Engineers Australia Chartered status competencies*:

6. Identify, assess and manage risks
7. Meet legal and regulatory requirements

Learn more about Chartered Status.

*Completing this course does not automatically guarantee you a competency. However, you will gain the base knowledge you need to develop these specific Chartered competencies.

Gaye Francis
Richard Robinson
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