Safe Work Practices for Construction Industry
What are Safe Working Practices?
Safe working practices means working in a way that minimise risk to yourself, other people, equipment, materials, the environment, and work processes.
Safe Work Practices are developed by Principal Contractors, PCBUs and self-employed people in order to provide a safe way of performing work activities. Safe work practices on a Construction site must be followed by everyone involved in the work. If the work is to be performed in a different way the safe work practice must be reviewed and revised if necessary.
To receive your White Card you need to work safely to protect yourself and others. Here are examples of safe work practices on a construction site.
- Not taking unnecessary risks
- Always look out for hazards
- Always use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- If you must smoke, do so only in designated areas
- Keep your work area clean and tidy
- Enter and leave the workplace using proper routes
- Never attend work under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Help prevent bullying or harassment
- Use plant tools and equipment that are in a safe working order in a way the manufacturer has instructed
- Storage and removal of debris
The PCBU should provide you with information about safe systems of work. This means information about the workplace itself. This means boundaries, entry and exit points location of hazards and first aid equipment, how to move about safely, emergency exits.
You will also need to know about:
- Procedures for handling and disposing of material and waste
- How to access amenities such as drinking water and toilets
Other safety systems, methods and procedures which will help you work safely.
Find out some Construction Safety Work Tips here