Health & Safety

A quick-start

This page gives some basic starting points for a Health & Safety scheme for your site.

You MUST update / revise it for your own use.

You need a Health & Safety Policy and a Site Specific Safety Plan.

You will need a site warning / hazards sign (available from building supplies companies)

You are responsible for your own Health & Safety Practices and for ensuring they are up to date.
QuickBuild Homes takes no liability.

A PCBU must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of workers and that other people are not put at risk by its work.

This is called the ‘primary duty of care’.
This means ensuring, so far as is reasonably practicable:

The health and safety of workers who work for the PCBU (eg employees or contractors, including their subcontractors or workers) while they are at work in the business or undertaking the health and safety of workers whose work activities are influenced or directed by the PCBU while the workers are carrying out the work, that other persons are not put at risk by the work of the business or undertaking (eg a visitor to the workplace, or members of the public who could be affected by a work activity).

A PCBU who is a self-employed person must also ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, his or her own health and safety while at work.

Specific obligations:
The primary duty of care is a broad overarching duty. It includes but is not limited to, so far as is reasonably practicable:

  • Providing and maintaining a work environment that is without risks to health and safety

  • providing and maintaining safe plant and structures

  • providing and maintaining safe systems of work ensuring the safe use, handling and storage of plant, structures and substances

  • providing adequate facilities for the welfare at work of workers in carrying out work for the business or undertaking, including ensuring access to those facilities

  • providing any information, training, instruction, or supervision that is necessary to protect all people from risks to their health and safety arising from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business or undertaking

  • monitoring the health of workers and the conditions at the workplace for the purpose of preventing injury or illness of workers arising from the conduct of the business or undertaking.

PCBUs must also maintain any worker accommodation that is owned or managed by the PCBU and provided because other accommodation is not reasonably available. The accommodation must be maintained so the worker is not exposed to health and safety risks.