Safe Work Australia has just released a revised draft Code of Practice for construction work, titled ‘Managing Risk in Construction’.

The changes are designed to make the existing code more accessible to the housing construction industry with guidance specifically included to help those working in the housing construction industry.

The newly included guidance focuses on high-risk work, work health and safety management plans and duties of designers, as well as providing clarification for terms such as ‘housing construction work’, ‘builder’ and ‘owner-builder’.

Examples of housing construction work have also been included.

While this model Code of Practice has yet to be finalised and is open to public comment until Wednesday 2nd of October, it is encouraging news for everyone working in or seeking employment in the housing construction industry.

With the construction industry being exposed to many risks, an attitude of ‘continuous improvement’ in regards to industry best practice shows workers in construction that government bodies and industry leaders take the health and safety of all stake holders very seriously and that aiming for a goal of zero harm is achievable and worth striving for!

Here’s a link to the model Work Health and Safety Code of Practice: Construction Work: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/model-whs-laws/public-comment/pages/construction-work-comment