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.
Please register at least two weeks before the scheduled course start date.
- 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?
This course is for engineering professionals in the early stages of their careers.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
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
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
*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 is an experienced risk and due diligence engineer and project manager with a diverse range of project experience. She is also one of the directors of engineering firm, R2A.
Gaye has worked with both private and government clients across a wide range of industries, including road, rail, marine, mining, aviation and water. At R2A, Gaye is involved in all aspects of the practice and oversees the consulting stream.
She is passionate about sharing her expertise to help organisations minimise risk and maintain compliance with the law.
Richard Robinson BE BA MRSV FIEAust is Chairman of R2A Due Diligence Engineers.
Richard is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and an Honorary Fellow of the Australasian Marine Pilots Institute. Richard has degrees in Engineering (Monash University) and Philosophy (University of Melbourne). He is the principal author of Engineering Due Diligence (11th edition 2019) which is used as a text by a number of Australian Universities.
Richard was also a major contributor to the third revision of the Engineers Australia's safety case guideline.