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Keep our people safe

Policy Priority #5

Keep our people safe

Policy Priority #5

There are inherent safety risks on residential building work sites that must always be managed.

Residential builders and trade contractors understand the importance of managing these risks on a daily basis. Yet the administration of safety has become complex for any business, large or small, with many construction solutions targeted at large scale projects, rather than single home sites.

The expectations on all businesses to manage the safety of their workforce is constantly changing. Emerging industrial diseases and increased understanding of mental health needs are also placing new expectations on businesses. Keeping pace is hard. Keeping pace takes time, requires ongoing education and support, and most importantly a commitment by all stakeholders to work together to deliver outcomes that are practical and achievable.

HIA will continue to work to make safety management in residential building easy to understand and practical to achieve on housing sites to ensure we keep our people safe.


Make onsite safety measures practical by:

  • Ensuring codes and regulations provide a fit for purpose, deemed to comply solution for housing construction
  • Ensuring the right balance of personal and business responsibility in safety obligations

Make safety part of doing business by:

  • Continuing to raise industry awareness of the importance of safety on site and in the office
  • Seeking increased support to train existing industry practitioners to understand risks on site and implement safety measures

Increase awareness and education of the risks in residential building work by:

  • Delivering information and training on industry related diseases and ways to limit exposure
  • Continuing to promote the importance of healthy and safe workplaces

Work with government to deliver a tailored approach by:

  • Maintaining an effective relationship with safety regulators to ensure the unique nature of residential construction is recognised 
  • Advocating for a fair and practical work health and safety framework that is tailored to suit the variety of housing types