Last updated July 2023
This chapter explains the health and safety obligations of those who undertake construction work, and what you need to do to comply with them.
What are your health and safety obligations when undertaking construction work?
All businesses that undertake construction work have an obligation to maintain a safe working environment, and ensure there are no risks to the health and safety of their workers or others impacted by the construction work, such as members of
Construction work is work performed on a structure or part of a structure, including its erection, construction, extension or structural alteration. Construction work includes building, renovating, site preparation, plumbing and electrical work.
Other requirements under the Work Health and Safety Regulations (WHS Regulations) may apply to construction work, for example, requirements for:
- prevention of falls;
- exposure to noise;
- hazardous manual tasks;
- working in confined spaces;
- demolition work;
- electrical safety and electrical work;
- plant and structures;
- high-risk work (licensing and registrations);
- working with hazardous chemicals, asbestos and lead; and
- resolving health and safety issues.