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Supplementary Building Design Documents

This Supplementary Guidance is intended to help explain the process recommended in WorkSafe's 'Designing Safer Buildings and Structures' guide.

The guidance was developed to assist duty holders who are subject to Section 28 of the OHS Act. The guidance provides additional information to expand on the approach shown in the guide. These documents further describe the process illustrated on page 12 of WorkSafe's guide and include examples, information, and methods to explain WorkSafe's recommended approach.

The guidance was developed to assist small to medium sized design companies implement the Section 28 duty.

A Recommended Process to assist Designers (refer to Figure 2, page 12 of Designing Safer Buildings and Structures guide)

Step 1. Preliminary Hazard Analysis

Establish the breadth of workplace hazards

(Confirm how designer and client will work together)
01 Use of the WorkCover website to identify the injury/disease profile
02 How is this process related to AS/NZS 4360 Risk Management?
03 What is the safety performance of this type of workplace?  
04 What information should I seek from the client?
05 How to discuss health and safety with clients and gain their commitment?
06 What are the relevant regulations?
07 Practical example - use of published guidance to identify hazards for schools

Conduct preliminary hazard analysis

09 How to identify hazards in preliminary hazards analysis
10 Practical example - Preliminary hazard analysis for a boning room showing the importance of systems of work
11 How do you conduct a workshop?

Identify 'in-scope' hazards of Section 28

('in-scope' hazards are those that are affected by the design of the building or structure)
12 Examples of out of scope hazards
13 How can I assess OHS design difficulty at completion of preliminary hazard analysis?

Step 2: Systematic Risk Management

Identify Solutions from Recognised Standards

(Determine how in-scope hazards will be eliminated or controlled through either [a] implementing Standards solutions, or [b] conducting a full risk management)
14 How to identify suitable standards?
15 What tests should be applied to ensure a standard has eliminated or controlled the hazard
16 Practical example Implementing standards in a laboratory

Conduct Full Risk Management

(for hazards for which: no suitable solutions found in Standards and guidelines, or conflicting standards exist, or there is poor safety experience in the type of workplace)
17 How to identify hazards requiring risk management

Apply appropriate risk management techniques

18 What risk management techniques are applicable in given situations?
19 Practical example Innovative techniques for reviewing design - car park mock up for boning room

Ensure that OHS requirements are included

(with other building or structure project requirements in the design process)

Review design solutions for OHS risks

(to establish whether Section 20 requirements are met [risk elimination or reduction])
20 How do I establish whether OHS requirements are met?
21 What information should be passed to subsequent duty holders?