Uptake of an OHS code of practice by Australian construction firm

Charles, Michael B., Furneaux, Craig W., Pillay, Janet, Thorpe, David, Paredes-Castillo, Cinthya H., & Brown, Kerry A. (2007) Uptake of an OHS code of practice by Australian construction firm. In CIB World Building Congress, 14-18 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. The 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: 8518
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the conference's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Author contact details: c.paredescastillo@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: Occupational Health and Safety, Codes of Practice, SMEs
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Research Centres > CRC Construction Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 CIB World, Inc.
Deposited On: 10 Jul 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:32

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