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  • Occupational Health and Safety

    1. 1. BUILDING THE EDUCATION REVOLUTION – OHS ISSUES Presentation to School Principals 5 June 2009
    2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Role of WorkCover </li></ul><ul><li>Principal Contractor provisions </li></ul><ul><li>BER Specific Initiatives and Issues </li></ul>
    3. 3. Role of WorkCover <ul><li>WorkCover NSW manages the State's workplace safety, injury management, and workers compensation systems. </li></ul><ul><li>We work in partnership with the New South Wales community to achieve safe workplaces, </li></ul><ul><li>effective return to work and security for injured workers </li></ul>
    4. 4. HOW WE DO IT THE IMPROVEMENT PYRAMID Assisting Compliance Confirmation of Advice Forms Information and awareness Consultation with stakeholders Advisory and technical services Targeted Prevention programs Economic Incentives Registration, notification, licensing and certification Verifying compliance Improvement Notices Incident investigation Targeted Workplace inspections Audits Sanctions Penalty notices Administrative actions Prohibition Notices Criminal & other proceedings Court orders
    5. 6. Principal Contractor <ul><li>Responsible for the construction work at all times until completed. </li></ul><ul><li>Generally has control of worksite </li></ul><ul><li>General duties under OHS Act 2000 </li></ul>
    6. 7. Principal Contractor <ul><li>Chapter 8 of OHS Regulation 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Clauses 210 & 226 </li></ul><ul><li>Must be appointed over $250 000 </li></ul><ul><li>or high risk work < $250 000 </li></ul><ul><li>Demolition or asbestos removal work </li></ul>
    7. 8. High Risk Work <ul><li>Structural alterations requiring temporary support </li></ul><ul><li>Working above 3.0 m* </li></ul><ul><li>Excavation more than 1.5 m </li></ul><ul><li>Demolition work without license </li></ul><ul><li>Tunnels, explosives, over water </li></ul><ul><li>Near roads and moving plant </li></ul><ul><li>Around gas or electrical installations </li></ul>
    8. 9. Principal Contractor duties <ul><li>Prepare Site Specific Safety Management Plan >$250 000 </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure sub-contractors provide Safe Work Method Statements and work in accordance with them. </li></ul>
    9. 10. Principal Contractor duties <ul><li>Ensure that OHS inductions are carried out and records kept </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that a Hazardous Substances register is implemented and maintained. </li></ul>
    10. 11. For High Risk Work <ul><li>Principal Contractor appointed </li></ul><ul><li>Safe work method statements submitted by contractors and reviewed for adequacy by principal contractor </li></ul>
    11. 12. Top 5 Risks <ul><li>Falls from height </li></ul><ul><li>Being struck by falling objects </li></ul><ul><li>Electrical </li></ul><ul><li>Plant </li></ul><ul><li>Structural collapse </li></ul>
    12. 14. WORK AT SCHOOLS – OUR EXPERIENCE <ul><li>There will be complaints </li></ul><ul><li>Asbestos </li></ul><ul><li>Working at height </li></ul><ul><li>Traffic management </li></ul><ul><li>Site Security </li></ul>
    13. 15. WORKCOVER RESPONSE <ul><li>Communication and complaint handling protocols </li></ul><ul><li>Appointment of Business Relationship Officers (Lead Inspectors) for each region or principal contractor </li></ul><ul><li>Minimisation of “red-tape” </li></ul><ul><li>Eg Waiving of notice period for asbestos removal in case of unexpected finds </li></ul>
    14. 16. Risk “Workshop” <ul><li>Refer to document </li></ul><ul><li>Building the Education Revolution – Project OHSE Risks/Hazards </li></ul>
    15. 17. Recently… <ul><li>Unplanned contact with hidden electrical, gas or telecommunication services </li></ul><ul><li>Local emergency services not advised of changed site conditions (access points) because of construction activity </li></ul><ul><li>Children or other persons at risk of being hit by moving plant or other vehicles accessing or exiting the site </li></ul>
    16. 19. More information <ul><li>Robert Mayell </li></ul><ul><li>WorkCover NSW </li></ul><ul><li>Hurstville Office </li></ul><ul><li>Ph 9598 3334 or 0413 451432 </li></ul><ul><li>Or 13 10 50 </li></ul><ul><li>www.workcover.nsw.gov.au </li></ul>

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