The National Code of Practice for Precast, Tilt-Up and Concrete Elements in Building Construction
The National Code of Practice for Precast, Tilt-Up and Concrete Elements in Building Construction now applies in South Australia.
South Australia has adopted the National Code of Practice for Precast, Tilt-Up and Concrete Elements in Building Construction as an Approved Code of Practice. The National Code of Practice for Precast, Tilt-Up and Concrete Elements in Building Construction was approved by the Minister and gazetted on the 30th of October 2008.
The Code is part of a package of OHS&W material supporting the National Standard for Construction Work. The Government is planning to introduce the National Standard for Construction Work in South Australia in the next 12 months.
What is a Code of Practice?
An Approved Code of Practice provides practical guidance to meeting your safety obligations under the law. It should always be followed unless there is another solution, which achieves the same or a better standard of health and safety in your workplace.
Approved Codes of Practice are used in addition to the Act and Regulations to provide workplaces with more detailed guidance on how to comply with their safety requirements.
Who does the new Code apply to?
The Code is relevant to anyone in construction work, especially if you:
- have control of construction projects (e.g. principal contractors, project managers, main contractors, builders, employers, self employed persons)
- have control of construction work (e.g. employers, self-employed persons, principal contractors, main contractors, sub-contractors)
- carry out construction work (e.g. employees, contractors, labour-hire workers)
- are a client
- are a designer
What does the new Code say?
The Code provides practical guidance on ways to eliminate hazards and/or minimise risks in the safe handling of concrete elements in building construction. A concrete element means a concrete panel or other precast concrete element, made in either an on-site or off-site casting yard that is cast and then lifted into position to form part of a building.
The Code outlines industry-wide guidelines for establishing and maintaining a safe working environment whenever concrete elements are used in construction work, in order to meet the National Standard for Construction Work.
The Code covers the following aspects of building construction work:
- Safe design
- Handling, storage, transportation
- On-site prefabrication
Download the full code of Practice from the link below: