Health and Safety in the Built Environment

Course code ARBE2303Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Architecture and Built Environment

This course examines the potential hazards and safety strategies of the construction workplace. Elements of risk analysis, control of risk, reflection on results and application of health and safety legislation are explored in the context of the built environment.

Available in 2015

BCA SingaporeSemester 2
Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Distance Education - CallaghanSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of this course students should be able to:
- Identify the main work health, safety and welfare legislation in the construction sector
- Identify the main requirements of an effective health and safety plan along with organisational arrangements necessary for its implementation
- Demonstrate an understanding of hazard and risk identification
- Undertake risk assessment and formulate control measures to prevent ill health and injury
- Review and revise assessments as required
ContentMain health, safety and welfare legislation
Current Work Health & Safety Act: legislation as it applies to construction work, the status and role of Codes of Practice and guidance notes, legal duties for health, safety and welfare in the workplace, responsibility for risk and other assessment, and the penalties for non compliance with legislation.

Policy and organisational arrangements
Health and Safety Policy: the associated organisational arrangements required to implement policy, setting objectives to ensure a healthy and safe workplace, development of procedures which meet legal requirements, identification of individuals to whom accidents and safety risks must be reported, measures used to check effectiveness of health and safety procedures, identification of training needs to meet health and safety objectives, induction training; statutory requirements for inspection of plant and equipment, recording of health and safety data to meet legal requirements, methods of communicating procedures to all in the workplace.

Hazard and risk identification
Hazards and risks: methods of hazard identification including direct observation, examining records or conducting interviews, selection of a method to identify hazards which is appropriate to the workplace, identification of hazards which might cause serious harm, recording hazards in a way which meets legal requirements, identification of hazards which cannot be eliminated, define clearly why and where risks assessment will be carried out.

Risk assessment and control measures
Risk assessment: identify those aspects of risk assessment where specialist knowledge and technology (with an emphasis on the possible use and application of BIM for use as a safety modelling tool) may be required, identify possible outcomes from hazards that cannot be eliminated, consider procedures which might minimise hazards, assess the effects of hazardous substances used, assess the need for manual handling assessments, assess the likely severity and likelihood of injury, use of risk rating systems, personal protective equipment as a control measure, produce a risk assessment in an appropriate format.

Review and revise risk and other assessments
Review and revise: changes in legislation, changes in workplace practice, impact of accidents and ill health and their subsequent investigations, feedback from employees on unsafe conditions, dangerous occurrences or near misses, sources of further information and advice, recording of revised risk and other assessments following a review, alerting employees of the new procedures, monitoring the effectiveness of new procedures.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNot applicable
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)One pre-tender health and safety plan
One detailed safe work method statement and risk assessment for a construction operation
Presentations - Individual
Quiz - On-lineOnline quizzes
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentBachelor of Construction Management (Building) otherwise Program Convener approval required.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ARBE2303