It's important to make sure people are aware of the specific procedures and rules for the workplace. Doing this will help minimise the risk of death, injury or illness.
A person must have a site-specific induction before starting construction work (other than housing construction work).
If you're the principal contractor, you must provide information, training and instruction to a worker covering the nature of the work, the nature of the risks and the control measures implemented.
The induction needs to address the contents of the work health and safety (WHS) management plans. As a principal contractor, you must ensure that your WHS management plan includes any site-specific health and safety rules and the arrangements for making sure that people at the workplace are informed of these rules.
You must also ensure that each person who is to carry out construction work relating to the project is, before commencing work, made aware of the content of the WHS management plan for the workplace and the site-specific rules.
In addition, you must make sure a person entering a part of the workplace where construction work is being done:
- has been given a site-specific induction or
- is accompanied by you or someone who has been given a site-specific induction.
As the principal contractor you should keep a record of the people inducted and the date it was given. You must keep a copy of your WHS management plan for the duration of the construction work.
Site-specific induction is not compulsory for workplaces where housing construction work is being carried out. When site-specific induction is not given it is important for the contents of the principal contractor's construction safety plan to be communicated effectively.