If you are planning to start a construction, then it is advisable that you get familiar with various laws that relate to safety at the construction site to avoid fines for not complying. The same applies to the builders and the building professionals who have to abide by certain regulations to avoid fines from the relevant authorities. The law also applies to other workers working in places that require extra attention such as industries and manufacturing factories. The laws are basically aimed at protecting the workers and any other person who accesses the premises hosting the industries or at the site.
Which Laws Govern Safety and Health at Work?
Laws are mostly legislated to offer a solution to the society. Safety and health at working places is not only a concern to Australia but to any other country in the world and it is for that reason that every country has developed domestic laws to guide them on the issue depending on their needs. In Australia, the Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act together with model WHS regulations, codes of practice and enforcement policy form the law and agencies that clearly guide on the safety and health at a work place. They also state the consequences of non-compliance. The laws have been adopted in all jurisdictions within Australia which ensures consistency. The law came to force on 1st January 2012 replacing Work Safety Act of 2008.
Why Are Signs Required at a Work Place and What They Mean?
Without safety signs, many people will be going home with injuries in various parts of their bodies. Some consequences can be grave where there can be loss of lives like in a case of an explosion. It is therefore a requirement to owners of construction sites, mining sites and industries which pose danger to workers and other people who may visit them to put safety signs warning or informing people of what to do or what not to do. Some signs tell workers and visitors to ensure they have their protective gears on such as gloves and helmets to protect themselves from harmful chemicals in-case of an industry of falling objects in-case of a construction site or a mining site. When putting the safety signs at the workplace, one must remember to incorporate Australian Safety Standard Icons such as the danger sign as required by the Australian law.
Fence signs are for example put on electric fences to warn the workers at the work place that coming in contact with the electric fence can be fatal as it has electric power flowing in it. Fence signs are also used where there is an excavation and a warning is given to people on the danger that is there if anyone attempts to go beyond that point. Vinyl signs and banners can also be customised to be used in work places to warn or inform workers and visitors of what to do or what not to do.