Contractors in construction are required to have safety documents that comply with the Work Health & Safety (WHS) Regulations, as of 1 January 2014.
These documents are sometimes referred to as a “Safety-Pack”, and must readily accessible while working on site, along with your First Aid Kit.
If a subcontractor don’t have the correct safety documents, then both the Builder and the subcontractor, may be liable for on-the-spot fines and/or far more severe penalties if there is a serious incident on the work site.
The safety documentation required, is generally depend on the size of your business.
Here are our recommendations:
Sole Trader (with no apprentices or employees)
- White Card. You must have a white card to work on a construction site.
- Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS), required for any high risk construction work performed.
Learn more here.
- Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for any hazardous chemical bought on site. Learn more here.
- Hazardous chemicals register for chemicals bought on site or stored in your workshop or vehicle.
- Emergency procedure – including a list of numbers to call when there is an emergency.
- Incidents reporting procedure – a procedure for reporting serious incidents at work, along with an incident Report Form that the State authority requires to be filled in.
- Hazard report form to record hazards identified on site. This can be part of your SWMS or JSA.
- Tag & Test Register for Electrical equipment – the tags on the leads of electrical equipment are sufficient.
Micro Business (up to 3 personnel, employees and apprentices)
- All of the above.
- Evidence of Inductions and Training for all personnel.
Small Business with 4 or more personnel
We recommend that a business with 4 or more personnel should have their Safety documents prepared and customised to suit their specific business activities, by a qualified safety consultant.
If you need assistance to prepare your Safety Documents then contact your OH&S Advisor,or contact: Mark Clarke at Choose Safety email@example.com
You can also purchase Safety Packs and SWMS online at the SiteBook Safety Shop.