Uptake of an OHS code of practice by Australian construction firms

Charles, Michael B., Furneaux, Craig , Pillay, Janet, Thorpe, David, Castillo, Cinthya Paredes , & Brown, Kerry (2007) Uptake of an OHS code of practice by Australian construction firms. In CIB2007 World Building Congress, May 2007, Cape Town, South Africa.



The Australian construction industry is moving towards the implementation of a voluntary code of practice (VCP) for occupational health and safety (OHS). The evidence suggests that highly-visible clients and project management firms, in addition to their subcontractors, will embrace such a code, while smaller firms not operating in high-profile contracting regimes may prove reticent. This paper incorporates qualitative data from a research project commissioned by Engineers Australia and supported by the Australian Contractors’ Association, Property Council of Australia, Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Association of Consulting Engineers Australia, Australian Procurement and Construction Council, Master Builders Australia and the Australian CRC for Construction Innovation. The paper aims to understand the factors that facilitate or prevent the uptake of the proposed VCP by smaller firms, together with pathways to adoption.

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ID Code: 27302
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: CRC for Construction Innovation, Program A : Business and Industry Development, Project 2005-027-A : Safer Construction
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
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