Section 298 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 outlines the requirements for security of a workplace where construction work is taking place. PCBUs must assess the risks associated with unauthorised access in order to identify an appropriate level of security.

In assessing the risk, PCBUs must have regard to:

  • the risks to health and safety arising from unauthorised access to the workplace
  • the likelihood of unauthorised access occurring (for example, the proximity of the workplace to places frequented by children, including schools, parks and shopping precincts)
  • the extent that unauthorised access to the workplace cannot be prevented –how to isolate hazards within the workplace.

Temporary fencing around construction sites is just one of many ways a PCBU could manage the risk of unauthorised access to workplaces where construction work is occurring.

Last updated
02 May 2017