Meeting Scheme Requirements

Fact Sheet – Scaffolding in Construction

A detailed overview of common risks associated with scaffolding and what accredited companies need to be doing to ensure compliance with the FSC Audit Criteria. The fact sheet addresses each relevant Scheme criterion and provides examples for how companies can look to satisfy them.

On-site Resources

Ventia Collaboration – What’s Up? Scaffold Toolbox Talk

This interactive toolbox talk includes a presenter guide, instructional diagram and worker checklist. With clear key messaging and a case study, this engaging toolbox talk is a valuable resource for any site using scaffolding.

Ventia Collaboration – What’s Up? Scaffold Poster 

With clear and relevant messaging this poster is designed to capture attention on site and remind workers what to check before they ever step foot on the scaffold. 

Scaffold Checklist

The OFSC have developed a new scaffold checklist designed to ensure safety is taken into consideration at all stages of scaffold design and erection.

Scaffold Safety Posters

The OFSC have developed a series of scaffold awareness posters to alert on-site workers to the dangers of:

  • Scaffold tampering,
  • Falling tools, and
  • Checking scaffold rails.

We’ve also developed our Does your scaffold check out? poster, which highlights key scaffolding components and includes key safety messages.

Training and Education

Ventia Collaboration – What’s Up? Managing Scaffold Compliance Training 

A comprehensive training package prepared by Ventia’s Registered Training Organisation through collaboration between Ventia and the OFSC. The training guides the participant through design considerations, scaffold compliance obligations and the practical requirements of working with scaffolding.

Ventia Collaboration – What’s Up? Scaffold Video

An engaging video covering fundamental considerations all the way from choosing a scaffold to dismantling it at the end of the job. With catchy messaging and a concise 3-minute running time, this video is a great tool to raise awareness around the risks present when working at heights.

Webinar – Scaffolding Risk Safety Management 

Hosted by Federal Safety Commissioner (FSC) David Denney, this webinar included presentations by Federal Safety Officer (FSO) Julian Bedford; accredited builder Paynters’ HSEQ manager Daniel Dunne; and National HSEQ Manager for BASE Industries (a scaffold compliance company that provides and facilitates scaffold training) Jordy Adshead. The webinar concluded with a Q&A session responding to comments and questions from some of the 600 attendees.

Case Study – Paynters Prioritising Scaffold Safety

This case study video highlights the innovative safety practices of Scheme accredited builder Paynters on their upgrade of the Berlasco Court Caring Centre in Indooroopilly, Queensland.

Webinar - Scaffolding Tampering and Managing Principles

FSC David Denney hosted this webinar that included a presentation from accredited company Probuild’s successful approach to scaffold risk management and Scaffshield’s anti-tamper products. Federal Safety Officer Ralph Willson covered scaffolding risks in relation to the Scheme. The webinar concluded with a Q&A session.

Hazard 2020

Hazard 2020 Campaign Final Report

The OFSC launched the Hazard 2020 Campaign in the second half of 2020 to target scaffolding and mobile plant safety risks. The Final Report identifies the key findings and highlights the need for Scheme accredited companies to do better in relation to scaffolding safety.

Guidelines and Additional Resources

Safe Work Australia

Safe Work Australia provides further information on how to manage risks associated with scaffolds in their Scaffolds and scaffolding work general guide, Scaffolding webpage and Guide to Scaffold Inspection and Maintenance.

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