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This safety induction is to be completed by all workers and covers ALL Ausbuild sites including residential housing and townhouse projects. This safety induction is to be completed by all workers.
Please read each section carefully . You will be required to answer questions after this induction. This safety induction is to be completed by all workers and covers ALL Ausbuild sites including residential housing and townhouse projects. If you are UNDER 16 (e.g. work experience), then you must STOP NOW and book in to complete a face to face site safety induction course.
AUSBUILD GROUP Safety Induction
Core Housing – if you have not already provided a copy of your white/blue card, and other qualifications e.g. WHS High Risk Work Licence or civil plant operator competency, then send a copy now via email to email@example.com
OR Townhouse Projects – complete a Site Specific Safety Induction* at one of the Townhouse Projects and fill in the Site Specific Safety Induction Training Record Form.
* Note: workers must complete a site specific safety induction for each and every Townhouse project.
WHS Regulation (Qld) 2011 s310 states that the Principal Contractor must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that each person is made aware of the content of the WHS Management Plan and their right to inspect the WHS management plan. A copy must also be readily accessible to any person who is to carry out construction work in connection with the construction project.
Where to obtain: workers may approach an Ausbuild Supervisor or an Ausbuild Safety Team member who will have a WHS Field Folder available for inspection.
At a Town House project a WHS Field Folder will be kept in the Site Office, and is available for inspection. The WHS Field Folder includes the Project WHS Management Plan and other supporting documents for workers. It also has the Project Information & Emergency Contacts list.
If a worker or employee wants an electronic copy emailed to them, then all they need to do is request this from Ausbuild in writing (email is fine). Any major updates will be advised to all staff and WHS Field Folders updated accordingly.
Available on request to the Ausbuild WHS team via firstname.lastname@example.org
In Queensland this evidenced by producing a “Blue Card” or the newer “White Card” which generally confirms the worker has completed “Work safely in the construction industry” course (CPCCOHS1001A) or equivalent.
Ausbuild recognises current construction induction cards from all states and territories. It will not recognise old NSW Green Cards.
Workers are required to be licenced to undertake high risk work as outlined in the WHS Regulation 2011 (Qld) section 81, Schedule 3 which includes:
Although earthmoving licences are no longer required by law, copies of any operator’s superseded licence, qualification or statement of attainment must be provided as evidence. Email copies of cards to: email@example.com Subject: “full name and company name”.
The following Site Rules are to be followed always:
Subcontractors to ensure their workers have access to an adequate First Aid Kit. As a back-up, Ausbuild vehicles and Townhouse Site Offices will have a First Aid Kit.
The minimum requirement is that subcontractors ensure that their workers have access to a 1A:10B: E (1kg ABE) dry powder fire extinguisher, which is compatible with firefighting equipment used by the primary emergency services organisation.
Public safety is paramount. All workers must reinstate temporary fencing and ensure site is secure by physical means. E.g. chain/padlock, fence clamp or zip tie. Close windows, lock doors and roller doors. Public footpaths should be kept clear to allow pedestrians safe passage.
Site Access: Via rubble driveway provided, no jumping over or dismantling fencing to gain access. Parking: preferred all vehicles to be parked on one side of the street to allow for vehicle movement like large trucks, consumers etc. No parking on footpaths or neighbouring blocks (even if Ausbuild land).
Priority must be given to cranes, concrete boom pumps, trucks/bobcats doing site cleans, fall prevention companies (i.e. Buildsafe, Residential Scaffold) and trucks (especially semi with Moffatt or truck with vehicle loading crane).
A key area of WHS compliance is ensuring the planning of deliveries, placement of bulk materials, hazardous manual tasks, managing traffic, protecting the public and communicating any requirements to on-site workers to eliminate or lower the risks to as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP).
Subcontractors are also required to forward this Policy to any of their own suppliers that they engage to deliver materials to Ausbuild sites. Suppliers that subcontract delivery should also ensure this policy is forwarded to those subcontractors and any subsequent sub-subcontractors.
Particular effort is required to provide this policy down the line when deliveries incorporate the use of a Vehicle Lifting Crane, piggyback forklift (e.g. Moffatt type), telehandler (e.g. Manitou), crane (e.g. Franna or Slew types), delivery of concrete via a concrete boom pump and associated concrete trucks.
It is Ausbuild policy to prequalify all trades (incl collecting evidence prior to commencement) however given the industry practice of sub-contracting and sub-subcontracting, it is understood that it may not be reasonably practicable to supply relevant Safe Work Method Statements and copies of High Risk Licences to Ausbuild prior to attending sites.
Therefore, this policy is to make it clear that ALL delivery drivers, truck drivers (with crane or concrete placing boom), crane operators (and other operators) must ensure they:
All workers must behave in a socially acceptable manner. The following behaviour’s will not be tolerated on Ausbuild sites:
No smoking inside any buildings once frames are installed. No smoking near or around flammable substances.
No illegal drugs and alcohol are permitted on any Ausbuild site. If you are found to be under the influence you will be suspended from duties and it is your employers/colleagues’ duty to ensure you arrive home safely.
A portable toilet will be provided and maintained by Ausbuild in accordance with industry guidelines. At no time shall anyone use a toilet installed into the house even once it is commissioned.
Drinking water will be provided on site by providing a tap/hose from the mains water supply. If the mains water cannot be connected within a reasonable time, then Ausbuild will provide a portable potable drinking water storage container on site when it is reasonably practicable to do so.
For trades prior to a frame/roof stage, subcontractors are advised that if mains water is not already connected, then it is their responsibility to ensure their workers have access to drinking water (Ausbuild suggests workers bring their own water bottles) and provide suitable shelter to eat meals. A vehicle or nearby tree is considered adequate shelter.
Once the building has a roof, then workers may use the building under construction to eat meals and provide shelter.
Workers must be aware of the chemicals that appear on the national register for health surveillance.
Chemicals that are commonly associated with residential include: Acrylonitrile, Arsenic, Benzene, Creosote, Crystalline Silica (concrete cutting and other concrete/dust producing products), Isocyanates, and Organophosphate pesticides, Pentachlorophenol, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Vinyl Chloride, & Lead.
Current focus by WHSQ is Respirable Crystalline Silica Dust.
Any workers who feel that they are exposed to any of the above for more than 15 minutes at a time or regularly during their working day, should approach their supervisor to discuss.
Subcontractors will ensure that young workers will be given suitable instruction and training to ensure they are protected from the risk of injury or illness arising from workplace hazards.
Special attention will be paid to the needs of young workers because they lack experience and may not be familiar with workplace procedures.
Everyone has an obligation and responsibility to report any incidents, hazards or breaches that you see to your immediate supervisor and Ausbuild (the Building Supervisor or a WHS team member). An incident is usually when you have to seek medical assistance like leaving site to see a doctor or calling the ambulance
(MTI = Medically Treated Injury) and if you need to have time off work (LTI = Lost Time Injury).
A hazard can be: malfunctioning equipment, colleagues under the influence of substances, open voids or trenches, missing scaffolding or lack of edge protection where required.
You can report a hazard by filling in the Hazard (& Near Miss) Notification Form. Copies can be obtained from Construction Supervisors. Injuries and Illnesses other than Very Minor Priorities Ensure your personal safety and the safety of those in the immediate area. Organise prompt first aid treatment and/or as required call emergency services
Call 000 or if calling from a mobile then use 112.
Preserve the scene of the incident except where measures are required to prevent further injuries and illnesses until such time as it can be determined if it is a “Notifiable Incident”. Only an Ausbuild Director or the Ausbuild WHS Team is authorised to notify WHSQ or QBCC on behalf of Ausbuild.
Call Ausbuild by phoning the Ausbuild 24hr Emergency number 07 3245 0600.
Person providing first aid or an Ausbuild Supervisor must submit a Ausbuild Incident Report Form to WHS Team.
In these situations, NO statements are to be made to the press or T.V. about any incidents on site and if necessary, the site is to be closed and entry prohibited except for emergency services.
Very minor injuries that only require first aid treatment do not need to be reported.
If you are not sure, then feel free to discuss with an Ausbuild representative.
Housing - A list of the relevant emergency contact numbers and the closest medical centre (that has a nurses station) is kept in the WHS Field Folder by each Ausbuild Supervisor. Alternatively, where sites are more remote and/or On Peoples Own Land, an Emergency Contacts Document shall be placed in the Meter Box.
Townhouses- Emergency Contacts & Evacuation Diagrams are created and displayed at Ausbuild Townhouse sites and workers are advised of these and the closest medical centre when completing the Site Specific Safety Induction.
Notify Ausbuild if a sediment fence is damaged or requires reinstatement. Ausbuild reserves the right to pass on any infringement/fines received to the subcontractor/supplier. Note the current fine is $2,611 individual and $13,055 for a company (1 July 2018). It is recommended that you notify Ausbuild if you arrive onsite and there is an environmental issue caused by lack of sediment/silt fencing. Sand deliveries should be placed on the inside of the silt barrier and never ON the rubble driveway.
Plant operators must ensure they are aware of services prior to excavating. Ausbuild will provide ‘to be constructed’ or ‘as constructed’ upon request. Any excavations that are left open at the end of the day must be covered over and the site fenced and secured to protect the public. Leaving an open excavation of any depth will not be tolerated by Ausbuild.
Does not come up much in Ausbuild new home construction but may apply when we are completing one off homes on people’s own land. Workers must always ensure they maintain the minimum 3 metre exclusion zone unless an authority has been received from the energy provider. If a worker is not sure then the MUST NOT START WORK until they are sure that the right controls are in place. Plant operators must use spotters to ensure they stay out of the exclusion zone.
Each council has different requirements for Traffic Control Permits and the process can be time consuming and costly. No worker shall direct traffic or impede traffic by closing lanes. Ausbuild shall organise traffic control plans and hire traffic controllers when required. Workers must implement safe alternatives for deliveries to site while continuing to obey the Queensland traffic laws.
NOTE: special attention must be made to ensure pedestrian footpaths are not blocked by work vehicles, materials and the like.
Members of the public must not have to walk out onto a roadway where they can be struck by a moving vehicle. Refer: Delivery of Materials Policy.
Ladders should only be used as a means of access to or egress from a work area should not be used as working platforms, except in rare occasions when it is possible to maintain “three points of contact”.
Scaffold and other relevant fall protection products will be supplied by Ausbuild for all works where a worker could fall 2 or more meters, for example: Void protection provided for interior stairwell voids, guardrail for first floor timber flooring, scaffolding, roof guardrail, hang on walkways,on-roof walkways, mobile scaffold, trestles/ladders with rails and more.
Workers must verify load ratings of scaffolding prior to working on them e.g. bricklaying needs to be medium or heavy duty (450kg to 625kg) and painting and carpentry may be light duty (up to 225kg).
Any faults or hazards associated with scaffolding or edge protection are to be reported immediately to the construction supervisors.
NOTE: Harnesses are not to be used on Ausbuild sites unless written approval is obtained on a case by case basis. If you see anyone wearing a harness, then please notify Ausbuild immediately.
Workers are prohibited from altering scaffolding or other similar type products unless they have been authorised to do so by an Ausbuild Supervisor. Supervisors shall follow the Ausbuild Authorised Modification Procedure. If any worker is found to have tampered with any fall prevention device without the required Authorisation, then they may be instantly dismissed from site!
Currently there are NO Health & Safety Representatives.
Due to the small numbers of staff/contractors in each work group and the short term nature of projects it is not expected that health & safety representatives (HSR’s) will be sought or required. Ausbuild does remain receptive to the possibility of facilitating the election of safety representatives and dealing with safety representatives. Please advise if you think that you are an HSR for your work group.
Currently there is NO Health & Safety Committee. If requested by an HSR or 5+ workers, then Ausbuild will establish a health and safety committee. Ausbuild’s appointed Work Health & Safety Officer (WHSO) is: Chris Hartley - 0499 080 780 Chris.Hartley@ausbuild.com.au
When a nonconformity is identified, an authorised Ausbuild representative may direct the worker and/or subcontractor to correct or rectify the said nonconformity by taking some form of correction or corrective action.
A correction is when the nonconformity can immediately (or within a reasonable period of time) be rectified. For example, donning a high viz vest or hard hat.
A major or high-risk nonconformity, repeated issues or if a worker or subcontractor has NOT adequately responded to a previous request for a “Correction” (e.g. a toolbox talk to be completed or other reasonable request) then the relevant Ausbuild representative MUST take the next step and complete a Corrective Action Request and follow the Corrective Action Process.
Any subcontractor who refuses to or is unable to carry out the required Corrective Actions, may be summarily dismissed from site and be refused entry to site until such time as the Corrective Action Request is complied with or other agreed criteria is met.
Ausbuild Supervisors are required to complete at least one type of Site or Scaffolding Inspection on a weekly basis.
At times they may request a worker to provide information and conduct a “safety walk” while completing a Site Safety Inspection Checklist. It is compulsory for all subcontractors and workers to accept this invitation if and when made. Any nonconformity discovered while completing the checklist shall be dealt with in a positive and consultative way. Any worker refusing to participate may be dealt with as a nonconformity.
Ausbuild conduct a Safety Enforcement Campaign from time to time. During the enforcement campaign any worker, visitor or even a delivery driver may be issued an “On the Spot Safety Notice”.
NO VERBAL WARNINGS will be issued during the Safety Enforcement Campaign period.
When issued an “On the Spot Safety Notice”, the relevant worker/subcontractor MUST respond by completing the required actions within the time specified on the notice. Inaction shall not be tolerated and may result in a formal warning. Subcontractors/Workers with multiple Notices will be subject to investigation and appropriate enforcement action as determined by Ausbuild Management.
Any subcontractor who refuses to or is unable to carry out the required Correction or Corrective Actions, may be summarily dismissed from site and be refused entry to site until such time as the Request is complied with or other agreed criteria is met.
It is everyone’s responsibility to comply with the Government Health directives. Ausbuild are complying with social distancing by limiting how many trades are working at each house (or unit at a Townhouse site). Workers found to be disregarding the rules may be directed to leave site immediately and may be subject to disciplinary procedures.
The Ausbuild Induction is valid for two years. Prior to expiry, you will receive a notification via email to remind you to complete the Renewal Safety Induction. If you don’t get a reminder, then contact your immediate supervisor or contact Ausbuild. Any queries can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org