Entries by John Daly

Safe Design in Practice: The Construction Phase

Safe Design in Practice: Construction Phase   Safe Design Lifecycle: The Construction Phase Designers need to consider safety of people during the lifecycle of the structure when it will be used as a workplace. The main phases are during: construction of the structure (including civil works stage and demolition of any existing structures), use for the purpose […]

Insurance Considerations for Designers

Insurance Considerations for Designers   Insurance considerations – are you covered? It is important that designers are aware of what is covered by their insurance policies in relation to Safe Design and WHS legislation. Professional indemnity insurance will cover the designer for civil or common law claims, but most do not cover criminal prosecutions or […]

Safe Design Legislation & Harmonisation

Safe Design Legislation and Harmonisation   Legislation and Regulation As a designer, are you fully aware of the work health and safety legislation and regulations in the State or Territory that you practice? In 2009, Safe Work Australia (SWA), was established to improve work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia. Following a national review […]

Bridge building and safe design

Build a bridge. Get over it.   Bridge building and safe design Over the past few months, bridge construction and safety has been a hot topic – from the tragedy of the Genoa Bridge collapse, to the opening of the longest sea bridge in the world, bridge design is pushing the bar higher and higher. […]

Safe Design Workshops

Safe Design in Practice: Workshops Safe Design Workshops Designers can identify hazards to eliminate or minimise risk in design, construction and use of a structure by consulting with other duty holders through formal Safe Design Workshops. An early workshop – during the design phase – can involve a brainstorming process where key stakeholders, led by […]

Fire safety for childcare centres in highrise buildings

Fire safety considerations for multi-storey childcare facilities   Fire safety for childcare centres in highrise buildings. The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) raised an important topic recently around the changing use of highrise buildings for facilities other than office or residential spaces, and managing fire safety. With the ever-increasing need to provide centralised and convenient […]

Safe Design Online Course for designers

Safe design doesn’t have to be boring! The ‘Not boring safe design course’.   Safe design can prevent injury, improve productivity and usability, reduce costs, and help manage production and operations of your design projects. But most importantly, it incorporates innovative, best practice design principles. As building designers, safe design also helps you meet your […]

Safe Design – A Legal Overview

Safe Design – A Legal Overview* This article on ‘Safe Design – A Legal Overview’ is an excerpt of content from Safe Design Australia’s ebook “Safe Design in Practice, for designers of structures.’   It’s important to remember that the purpose of the Work Health and Safety Act (WHS) is about encouraging a collaborative approach […]

Safe Design Legislation – Some Definitions

Safe Design Legislation – Some Definitions The following are definitions of key terms and aspects from Australia’s Safe Design Legislation, explaining the various parties and contributors as well as key elements in the WHS Act and legislation. Here we explain: Design and Designer Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) Principal Contractor Reasonably Practicable Recognised […]

Case Study: Safety in Design for Residential Structures

Case Study: Safety in Design for Residential Structures Safety in Design for Residential structures This case study for safety in design for residential structures is a compilation of design planning and structure issues from several different residential building and renovation projects. The designer was commissioned to renovate a coastal house, including the addition of a […]