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WHS management plans

A Work Health and Safety Management Plan can assist principal contractors to manage their workplace health and safety obligations.

The principal contractor for a construction project must prepare a written Work Health and Safety Management Plan for the workplace before work on the project commences.

The plan must state:

The plan must be written so it is easy to understand, signed and dated by the principal contractor. It must be available for the length of the project. If a notifiable incident occurs in connection with the construction project, the person must keep the WHS management plan for at least two years after the incident occurs.

The principal contractor must sign and date safe work method statements that have been received and keep them with the plan, as well as monitor their implementation.

The principal contractor cannot allow work to start unless:

The principal contractor for a construction project must review and, as necessary, revise the WHS management plan if there are changes in how risks will be managed. The principal contractors is also responsible to ensure that the relevant people are informed of the revisions.