Hazard 2020 – What is it?

The Federal Safety Commissioner (FSC) and the Work Health and Safety Accreditation Scheme (the Scheme) reflect the highest standards of work health and safety in Australia’s continually growing and changing building and construction industry. 2020 has posed significant and unique health and safety challenges for all Australians, and the building and construction industry has had to quickly adapt its approach and practices to ensure the continued health and safety of workers.

Through the ongoing collection and analysis of trends in both reported incident data and audit results, the Scheme provides an ideal platform for addressing emerging and prevalent health and safety issues facing the building and construction industry.

Hazard 2020 involves a specific educative and audit focus on two prevalent industry hazards - Scaffolding and Mobile Plant. Together with fact sheets, guidance and instructional information published at the commencement of Hazard 2020, the OFSC will be focussing on how these hazards are managed by accredited companies throughout 2020-21. Beyond the immediate health and safety benefits that focussed audits can bring to improving management of these hazards onsite, the information and data collected during the campaign will assist in the development of new educative resources, lessons learnt and data analysis to assist companies in improving outcomes regarding management of Scaffolding and Mobile Plant risks.

Why Mobile Plant and Scaffolding?

Analysis of Scheme data from 2015 to 2019 shows that Mobile Plant and Scaffolding are the most common incident types reported to the OFSC by Scheme accredited companies, and are the most frequently issued hazard related Corrective Action Reports (CARs) at OFSC site audits.

  • Over 50% of reported incidents that are associated with a high-risk hazard are either Mobile Plant or Falls from Height related;
  • Almost 60% of CARs issued against hazards are against Mobile Plant or Scaffolding

While our data provides a compelling call to focus on Mobile Plant and Scaffold management, the human cost when these two hazards are poorly managed provides the incentive to improve health and safety outcomes with respect to these known areas of risk.

Hazard 2020 – what to expect

Audits

The Hazard 2020 targeted audit campaign will review one or both of the selected hazards through the existing Accreditation Scheme audit program. Accredited companies will be familiar with elements of the current FSC Audit Criteria which have been re-grouped to focus on Scaffolding and/or Mobile Plant, and will be chosen as the selected hazards when applicable. Detailed information, including example processes for addressing the individual elements of the Hazard 2020 audit criteria is available in the Scaffolding and Mobile Plant fact sheets prepared by the OFSC.

Fact Sheets

The Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner detailed Scaffolding in Construction Fact Sheet and Mobile Plant Fact Sheet provide an overview of each hazard, how the hazard is present in the industry, key risks, and how accredited companies can implement a systems-based approach to ensuring these hazards are effectively managed in accordance with the FSC audit criteria.

Case Studies

Case studies will be produced showcasing innovative risk management solutions to managing Mobile Plant and Scaffolding, identified through audits and biannual reporting.

Data Analysis and Reporting

Throughout the Hazard 2020 campaign, the OFSC will produce periodic updates on CARs and incident trends regarding Scaffolding and Mobile Plant. The ongoing assessment of both these measures will help the OFSC target resources and review the effectiveness of each specific focus area under the campaign. Over time this will assist in refining the way a targeted data-driven campaign should be developed and implemented

Hazard 2020 – outcomes

A range of informative material is expected to be published as a result of the Hazard 2020 campaign. More immediately, site audits focusing on one or both of the targeted hazards will provide accredited companies the opportunity to look beyond compliance, and assess current practices and controls regarding the identification, assessment and management of Scaffolding and Mobile Plant risks on a building and construction site.

It is anticipated this renewed focus on Mobile Plant and Scaffolding will result in an improvement in the number of CARs issued at OFSC audits and importantly incidents involving these hazards. If not, outcomes from the campaign will be analysed to determine what additional measures and support the OFSC can provide beyond Hazard 2020 to improve safety outcomes with respect to these two areas of risk.

Further Information

For additional information see the Hazard 2020 FAQs or email ofsc@jobs.gov.au.