The Victorian Safety in Construction Conference 2014 | 3-4 June 2014 | Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
On the 1 January 2012, the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 took effect with various States adopting the Act as a whole and other States considering a harmonisation of the Act to work within their existing needs. At this stage Victoria will not adopt the national model workplace health and safety laws in their current form but supports the principle of national harmonisation and is continuing towards best practice legislation.
The Victorian construction industry employs around 225,000 Victorian workers – one of the state's fastest growing industries. Construction work is high risk. Every week, 50 Victorian construction workers are seriously injured and have to stop work, often because basic site safety is not up to scratch. The construction industry is faced with significant safety issues including adopting and harmonising the new legislation State-wide as well as dealing with ongoing challenges such as skills shortages, fatigue management, drug and alcohol abuse, and dealing with immigration workers vs domestic workers. All have been identified by the industry to have specific implications to the complexity of the safety issues OHS professionals are dealing with today.