Safety in Design Toolkit to assist WHS compliance to be launched

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The country’s first Safety in Design Toolkit for built environment consultants will be launched on 25 October 2012 by industry association, Consult Australia.

Consult Australia is launching the country’s first Safety in Design Toolkit for built environment consultants on 25 October 2012. Developed following the recent harmonisation of Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) laws across Australia, the toolkit will assist professionals to comply with new legislation and coincides with National Safe Work Australia Week.
The toolkit will assist firms to develop updated policies and procedures that reflect new WHS laws, and will assist in alleviating much of the stress associated with this transition process. Included in the kit is a flowchart of actions that should be undertaken throughout the design process, links to relevant information documents, hazard risk register and safety report templates, and the industry’s first template letter to clients.
“This is the first collection of best practice material that draws directly from the intellectual property of the industry’s largest consulting firms,” Megan Motto, chief executive officer of Consult Australia, states. She adds that a number of states have already passed the new legislation and that the South Australian Parliament is expected to announce that it’ll be moving to this new model next week.
“Adapting to these new changes presents a resource-intensive challenge for many firms, particularly smaller organisations with limited internal capacity and no in-house legal counsel. This type of initiative is a fantastic example of how the industry’s major players can come together to selflessly support each other and their SME counterparts,” Motto concludes.

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