The area of Work Health and Safety (WHS) has become an increasingly important aspect to all organisations and individuals working in the Building and Construction Industry.

Inductions, Safety Management Plans and Systems as well as Safe Work Method Statements, place an ever increasing onus on the principals of building companies and subcontractors to ‘get it right’ the first time.

The Master Builders Safety Team has over 30 years’ experience in providing advice to members on safe work practices, site inspections, procedures, documentation, work health safety management systems, surveillance auditing, site auditing and responding to safety related disputes. 

For enquiries regarding our WHS services, please contact the Master Builders Safety Team on (02) 8586 3523 or email: safety@mbansw.asn.au

WHS e-Circulars

MBA Work Health and Safety e-Circulars contain pertinent and topical information for members on work health and safety and industry related matters. e-Circulars are emailed to MBA members to keep them up-to-date on relevant WHS matters.

2019 WHS e-Circulars

2018 WHS e-Circulars

2017 WHS e-Circulars

2010 - 2016 e-circulars will be posted here soon. For previous issues please contact MBA Safety Department on (02) 8586 3523.

Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS)

In NSW, Site Specific SWMS are required for all High Risk Construction Work (HRCW) activities regardless of the value of the project. There are 18 categories of HRCW; Master Builders has provided to members in relation to SWMS since their inception. 

Master Builders offers its Members a HRCW SWMS template, checklist, monitoring form and register to meet current WHS Legislation or client requirements.

Price to purchase the SWMS suite of four (4) Template documents is: 

  • Member Cost: $0  
  • Non-Member Cost: $245 + GST 

All members who purchase a Management System will receive an electronic template version indexed on a USB Stick. Additionally, all Safety Management Systems purchased by members are inclusive of 2-3 hours training in the cost (within the Sydney basin area).

Site WHS Management Plans (Site Safety Plans)

The NSW WHS Act 2011, places a primary obligation on a person conducting a business or undertaking, to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable, that workers and other persons are not exposed to health and safety risks arising from the business or undertaking.  

One of the most effective ways to manage safety is to implement a Site Safety Plan (SSP). A SSP is a written plan that sets out the arrangements for managing commonly experienced site health and safety matters.  

A SSP contains names of persons at the workplace whose positions or roles involve specific health and safety responsibilities. 

For example, site supervisors, project managers, first aid officers, arrangements for consultation, cooperation and coordination, incident management, site-specific health and safety rules and how people will be informed of the rules, arrangements to identify and assess safety risks as well provisions to monitor and review SWMS. 

This service is aimed at helping Principal Contractors to develop a simple and easy to understand SSP for each of their sites.  

Price to order a SSP: 

  • Member: $535 +GST 
  • Non Member: $1,050 +GST 

All members who purchase a Management System will receive an electronic template version indexed on a USB Stick. Additionally, all Safety Management Systems purchased by members are inclusive of 2-3 hours training in the cost (within the Sydney basin area).

Work Health Safety Management System (WHSMS)

Construction projects where construction work costs $250,000 or greater, must have a written WHS management plan prepared by the principal contractor before work on the construction project commences as required by NSW WHS Regulation 309. 

The WHS management plan must be in writing and prepared by the principal contractor before a project commences. It should be easily understood by workers (including contractors and subcontractors) and be site specific.  

Master Builders template WHSMS has been designed and developed to be used as a site safety folder. The template is set out in the same order that site personnel would sequentially carry out the works. Consequently, the more frequently used forms are located towards the front of the site safety folder and less frequently used ones are located towards the back. This also means that the WHSMS can be used as a Project Management Plan.  

Master Builders WHSMS template has been gap-audited by a JAS-ANZ certifying body and is compliant with WHS NSW Government Management System Auditing Guidelines 5th Edition September 2013 and AS4801:2001. 

Price to order a WHSMS:

  • Member: $1,250 + GST 
  • Non Member: $2,500 +GST

All members who purchase a Management System will receive an electronic template version indexed on a USB Stick. Additionally, all Safety Management Systems purchased by members are inclusive of 2-3 hours training in the cost (within the Sydney basin area).

Environmental Health Safety Management System (EHSMS)

The beauty of the EHSMS is that it combines WHS and EHS, streamlining both elements into one system. What was a WHMS now becomes a Environmental, Health Management System. This useful system combines basic features such as site and environmental inspections, safety and environmental reporting as well as safety and environmental risk assessments.  

Master Builders EHSMS template complies with AS4801:2001, Work Health Safety Management Systems and Auditing Guidelines 5th Edition September 2013, ISO14001:2015, Environmental Management Systems Guidelines 3rd Edition August 2013. 

Price to order an EHSMS: 

  • Member: $2,050 + GST 
  • Non Member: $4,100 + GST

All members who purchase a Management System will receive an electronic template version indexed on a USB Stick. Additionally, all Safety Management Systems purchased by members are inclusive of 2-3 hours training in the cost (within the Sydney basin area).

Quality Health Safety Management System (QHSMS)

The QHSMS integrates the WHSMS and relevant provisions of the ISO9001:2015 to conform to Quality Management Requirements. 

Master Builders QHSMS template has been gap-audited by a JAS-ANZ certifying body and complies with WHS NSW Government Management System Auditing Guidelines 5th Edition September 2013 and AS4801:2001 and ISO9001:2015.

Price to order a QHSMS: 

  • Member Cost: $2,650 + GST 
  • Non Member Cost $5,300 +GST

All members who purchase a Management System will receive an electronic template version indexed on a USB Stick. Additionally, all Safety Management Systems purchased by members are inclusive of 2-3 hours training in the cost (within the Sydney basin area).

Integrated Management System (IMS)

This complete IMS has been developed to specifically incorporate the essential elements of safety, environmental and quality management. 

Master Builders IMS template has been designed for the builder who wants to implement a system to cover safety, environmental and quality management system prerequisites which satisfy NSW Government requirements or those that a client may require. 

Master Builders IMS template complies with AS4801:2001, Work Health Safety Management Systems and Auditing Guidelines 5th Edition September 2013, ISO9001:2015, ISO14001:2015, Environmental Management Systems Guidelines 3rd Edition August 2013. Complies with "ACT Prequalification for Construction" requirements.

Price to order an IMS: 

  • Member Cost $4,550 + GST 
  • Non Member Cost $9,100 + GST

All members who purchase a Management System will receive an electronic template version indexed on a USB Stick. Additionally, all Safety Management Systems purchased by members are inclusive of 2-3 hours training in the cost (within the Sydney basin area).

Accreditation of Contractors WHS Management Systems

Master Builders Association of NSW is a Federally Registered Organisation under the Fair Work Act 2009 and is therefore able to provide ACCREDITATION for contractors’ Safety, Quality and Environmental Management Systems under NSW Government Guidelines. 

Additionally, the MBA Safety Department staff are certified Exemplar Global Lead Auditors who are accredited with JAS-ANZ.

Contractors seeking ACCREDITATION of their Management Systems are required to meet the following NSW Government Guideline requirements:

  • NSW Government WHS Management Systems and Auditing Guidelines 5th edition, September 2013 (Updated May 2014)
  • NSW Government Quality Management Systems Guidelines for Construction, 15 August 2013
  • NSW Government Environmental Management Systems Guidelines 3rd Edition, August 2013 (Updated 30 May 2014)

For enquiries regarding these products, please contact the MBA Safety Department on 02 8586 3555.

Site Inspections and Reviews

The Master Builders Safety Team can undertake inspections of construction workplaces to provide a written report outlining major WHS vulnerabilities. Advice can be provided in the following areas: 

  • Traffic Management Plans and procedures
  • Requirements for identification of and removal of asbestos
  • Scaffold requirements
  • Electrical compliance
  • On-site consultation arrangements
  • Accident and emergency response procedures 
  • Site inductions 
  • Management Systems 
  • High Risk Construction Work (HRCW) 
  • Risk Management
  • Safe Work Practices

Pricing:

  • Member Cost: Contact the Master Builders Safety Team on (02) 8586 3555 for pricing.
  • Non-Member Cost: $245.00 per hour +GST.

Dispute Resolution and Incident Response

The Master Builders Safety Team can assist members by providing:

  • Safety related dispute resolution with unions.
  • Advice on union right of entry as required by the NSW WHS Act 2011.
  • Assist in compliance with SafeWork NSW notices and other compliance documents.
  • Assistance with incident response and accident investigation

Pricing:

  • Member Cost: Contact the Master Builders Safety Team on (02) 8586 3555 for pricing.
  • Non-Member Cost: $245.00 per hour +GST.

SuperSafe Course

SuperSafe is a two day Building and Construction Industry specific work health and safety training course targeted at construction site supervisors. Supersafe has been developed on behalf of the Construction Safety Alliance (CSA) with the support and assistance of Master Builders as well as WorkCover NSW. 

The course has been designed to reflect current approaches to developing a safety culture in the construction industry and has been aligned with parts of the Construction Safety Competency Framework (CSCF), “Improving OHS performance by creating and maintaining a safety culture” and Cert IV WHS.

Read more about this course. 

Multilingual videos - WH&S Act

The Master Builders Association of NSW has produced a multilingual video on “The Work Health and Safety Act and Regulation – A Guide for Construction” supported by WorkCover NSW. View all available videos here