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THESE REQUIREMENTS APPLY TO ALL NSW GOVERNMENT CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS, AND PROVIDE THE FRAMEWORK FOR APPLYING A SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO THE MANAGEMENT OF WHS.
For contracts valued at $1m or more must have a written Project WHS Management Plan prepared by the principal contractor before work on the construction project commences.
A Project WHS Management Plan sets out the arrangements to manage work health and safety on a construction project. The intention of a Project WHS Management Plan is to ensure the risks associated with a construction project are managed, as there are usually many contractors and subcontractors involved and circumstances can change quickly from day to day.
The Project WHS Management Plan must be in writing, accessible and easily understood by workers on the site. It may not be necessary to communicate the entire Project WHS Management Plan to all workers; including contractors and subcontractors, however, they must be made aware of the parts that are applicable to the work they are carrying out.
The level of detail required for a Project WHS Management Plan will depend on how complex the workplace is (in particular, the number of contractors at the workplace at any one time) and the risks involved in the work.
The principal contractor should prepare a Project WHS Management Plan that includes:
- A Project-specific Risk Assessment, identifying hazards and assessing the risks associated with the work, and documenting the risk control measures to be taken
- The names, positions and health and safety responsibilities of all persons at the workplace, whose positions or roles involve specific health and safety responsibilities in connection with the construction project
- The arrangements in place between any persons conducting a business or undertaking at the workplace for consultation, cooperation and coordination of activities in relation to compliance with their duties under the WHS Act and Regulations
- The arrangements in place for managing any work health and safety incidents that occur
- Any site-specific health and safety rules and the arrangements for ensuring that all persons at the workplace are informed of these rules
- The arrangements that will be in place to ensure that all persons receive the appropriate WHS training before commencing work on site.
- The arrangements to collect and assess, monitor and review the SWMS.
Benchmark OHS Consulting Pty Ltd. can also assist in the preparation and collation of the key information relevant to the work into a formal Project WHS Management Plan for the Construction Project in accordance with these requirements.