Towards Harmonisation: Accreditation Schemes and Construction OHS

Pillay, Janet (2008) Towards Harmonisation: Accreditation Schemes and Construction OHS. In Brown, Kerry, Hampson, Keith, Brandon, Peter, & Pillay, Janet (Eds.) Clients Driving Construction Innovation: Benefiting from Innovation. Icon.Net Pty Ltd, Brisbane, pp. 116-119.

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Following the recommendations of the Cole Royal Commission into the building and construction sector, the Commonwealth Government has embarked on a series of initiatives that focus on improving safety practices in this sector. These include the introduction of the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner, the Building and Construction Accreditation Scheme, and the Building and Construction Improvement Act (Department of Employment and Workplace Relations 2003), and are in addition to those already in place in Queensland state government agencies such as the Pre-Qualification System (PQC) for Building Industry Contractors, and workplace health and safety legislation. The introduction of these and other initiatives has resulted in contractors being required to maintain occupational health and safety (OHS) standards that vary in scope and across jurisdictions. In efforts to ensure that OHS standards in construction remain comprehensive yet feasible, this paper provides an overview of the activities currently being undertaken by the Construction Strategy Group, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) to harmonise the OHS standards applied across construction accreditation schemes, and towards improving OHS performance in the Queensland building and construction industry. This paper outlines the scope of the safety-focused construction accreditation schemes that are currently available to Queensland-based contractors. The issues associated with contractors being accredited under multiple schemes are considered, and the WHSQ response is outlined. The core considerations in implementing these initiatives are then discussed in an attempt to strengthen the capacity of government to influence OHS outcomes, whilst also developing the capacity of business operators, and workers to manage OHS effectively.

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ID Code: 15194
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author.
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Keywords: OHS, Construction, Accreditation
ISBN: 9781741071566
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Icon.Net Pty Ltd
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:43

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