Safework NSW are pleased to share the Safework NSW Building and construction work health and safety blueprint to 2026. The blueprint is a three year plan to reduce fatalities, injury and illness rates in the NSW building and construction industry by focusing on major WHS concerns aligned to Safework's Regulatory Priorities 2023.
Safework, by 2026, aims to:
- Deliver targeted programs, interventions and initiatives for hazards that are fatally or seriously injuring workers.
- Provide clear guidance on compliance and escalate businesses who are putting workers lives at risk by not prioritising safety.
- Collaborate to build on specific initiatives within infrastructure, residential, multi-storey/mixed use construction.
- Provide advice, resources and publications that are easily accessible and understood.
Safework aims to implement the following actions to achieve these goals:
- Deliver compliance programs focused on upholding industry standards
- Build communitites of safe work practice through collaboration with industry and other regulators to improve the embedding of WHS best practice.
- Equip PCBU's and workers with the necessary knowledge and skills to maintain a safe and healthy work environment.
- Support, protect and intervene where workers are at greatest risk.
Safework will review their plan every year and commit to working with industry to check their progress, consider challenges or opportunities, and to ensure new or emerging harms are identified and addressed.
Indicators of success will include:
- All duty holders understanding their work health and safety obligations.
- Improved PCBU capacity and capability to understand and address compliance issues as part of the awareness and engagement process.
- Satisfaction and trust in Safework NSW as a regulator.
- Continued decline in workplace fatalities and serious injuries and illnesses in NSW.
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