From Finger Pointing To Life Saving: Defining Professional Responsibility For Health And Safety In Construction Design

Grant number: DP0881321

Abstract

Specific duties for construction designers exist in the OHS legislation of several Australian jurisdictions. Thus far, the legislation has failed to act as a significant deterrent. The research addresses the empirically neglected question of how design OHS responsibility might be sensibly allocated in the context of industry practice. Hence it will: (1) highlight conceptual problems inherent in existing legislation; (2) develop alternative mechanisms for allocating design OHS responsibility in the construction process; (3) provide the basis for policy development in the national priority area of hazard elimination in design; and (4) improve design OHS performance in construction and property..

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