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The Federal Safety Commissioners Safety Principles and Guidance.

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Hon Kevin Andrews MP

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service 29 September, 2006

Media Release


The Federal Safety Commissioners Safety Principles and Guidance

I am pleased to announce the release of the Federal Safety Commissioner’s Safety Principles and Guidance - A

practical guide for improving occupational health and safety (OHS) in the building and construction industry.

The Federal Safety Commissioner (FSC), Mr Tom Fisher, was appointed in June 2005 to foster improved OHS

performance in the industry using the leverage of the Australian Government as a major construction client.

The FSC’s Safety Principles and Guidance promote a level of commitment to safety that goes beyond complying with

legislative requirements. They encourage industry participants to demonstrate a real commitment to sustained

improvement in OHS outcomes in the industry.

The release of the FSC’s Safety Principles and Guidance is another practical example of the Australian Government’s

commitment to improving OHS outcomes. It reflects our strong commitment to Priority 5 of the National OHS

Strategy 2002-2012 which is to ‘strengthen the capacity of government to influence OHS outcomes’.

Since 1 March 2006 when the Australian Government Building and Construction OHS Accreditation Scheme began

operation, construction contracts exceeding $1 billion in value have been let to accredited contractors.

The FSC is committed to continuing to work with companies and individuals to bring about sustainable cultural and

behavioural change in the building and construction industry.

I commend the FSC’s Safety Principles and Guidance to the building and construction industry and strongly

encourage all industry participants to work with the FSC to adopt them to help secure real improvement in the OHS

performance of this important industry.

The Safety Principles and Guidance can be downloaded at