Course handbook


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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

BCA Singapore

  • Semester 2 - 2018


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Distance Education - Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify the main work health, safety and welfare legislation in the construction sector;

2. Identify the main requirements of an effective health and safety plan along with organisational arrangements necessary for its implementation;

3. Demonstrate an understanding of hazard and risk identification;

4. Undertake risk assessment and formulate control measures to prevent ill health and injury;

5. Review and revise assessments as required.


Main 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.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Construction Management (Building) (Honours) program.

Assessment items

Proposal / Plan: Work Health and Safety Plan

Written Assignment: Risk Assessment & Safe Work Method Statement

Contact hours

BCA Singapore, Callaghan and Distance Education - Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks

Distance learning students will receive equivalent instruction through online or other distance education strategies.


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks