Construction includes

  • the construction of buildings and other structures
  • additions or alterations
  • reconstruction
  • installation
  • maintenance and repairs of buildings and other structures.

Construction is one of the 5 industry groupings identified as being a national priority for prevention activities in the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy.

Safety in Construction kit

The publication, 'Your guide to managing safety in housing and construction' (GB310) has been developed to help you manage your legal work health and safety (WHS) requirements in residential construction.

What is this Guide about?

This Guide aims to help you:

It is targeted at small residential builders, but also aims to help larger residential construction businesses that have more comprehensive requirements.

How to use this guide

The guide has 2 parts:

Part A - Guidance

Part A contains guidance information to help you:

  • understand your legal WHS requirements for residential construction projects
  • develop a WHS Management Plan
  • develop Safe Work Method Statements.

Part A follows the structure of the WHS Management Plan template in Part B so you can easily refer to it when you are developing your own plan. Section 10 provides guidance for developing Safe Work Method Statements.

Options for receiving a copy

Download Part A

'Your guide to managing safety in housing and construction' Part A - Guidance (PDF, 36 pages, 947KB)

Request a hard copy and CD by using our request form. Publication number ID: GB310

Safety in construction kit

Part B - Templates and tools

Part B contains templates and other tools. It includes the following templates for your use. These are in word format.


  • Sample text is included in the templates in Part B, to demonstrate how your WHS Management Plan or Safe Work Method Statement might look and what you might say.
  • It is important that you think about the words you include and adapt the text to meet the needs of your own construction business. You should also adapt the plan for each new project you undertake.
  • Should a WorkSafe Inspector visit your premises, they would expect to see your WHS Management Plan and Safe Work Method Statements have been customised to your project.

Licensing information

There are various licenses you could require to work in the construction industry.

Induction (White) card 

To work in the construction industry you must have an induction card, also known as a White Card. This is relevant whether you are a:

  • person with control of construction projects. eg principal contractor, project manager, main contractor, builder, employer, self-employed person
  • person with control of construction work. eg employer, self-employed person, principal contractor, main contractor, sub-contractor
  • person carrying out work on a construction site. eg employee, contractor, labour-hire worker. A person who has successfully completed general construction induction training in this state may apply for a general construction induction card

You can only get a construction induction card by completing construction induction training.

Performing high risk work

The following tasks and equipment are called 'high risk work' and you must hold a High Risk Work (HRW) licence for them.

  • Cranes and Hoists
  • Forklift Operation
  • Rigging and Dogging
  • Scaffolding
  • Pressure Equipment

Other licensing

Codes and publications search

WorkSafe Tasmania has a range of safety resources to assist industry and workers in meeting their legal responsibilities. Search by selecting the type of industry you work in.
There is also a General category that includes publications useful for all industry groups.

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  • 06F: The effect of alcohol and drug use in the workplace (PDF, 362.0 KB)
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  • 2014 Audit of the Mine Safety Unit (PDF, 870.7 KB)
  • 2016-17 Audit of OCIM (PDF, 1.1 MB)
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  • A simple guide to evaluation (PDF, 440.6 KB)
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  • Abrasive blasting COP May 2018 (PDF, 1.4 MB)
  • Absolute Beauty case study (PDF, 384.6 KB)
  • After a workplace death GB376 (PDF, 378.6 KB)
  • Asbestos Cold Hard Fact 1 (PDF, 1.3 MB)
  • Asbestos Cold Hard Fact 2 (PDF, 1.3 MB)
  • Asbestos Cold Hard Fact 3 (PDF, 1.4 MB)
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  • Asbestos-related diseases - Medical panel guidance material GN038 (PDF, 1.5 MB)
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  • Assessor for High Risk Licences Replacement Application GF081 (PDF, 525.9 KB)
  • Attendance at medical appointments IS224 (PDF, 232.1 KB)
  • Authority and Consent for Release of Medical Records GF182 (PDF, 80.5 KB)
  • Cash in transit
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  • Comcare Barriers to Return to Work
  • Confined Spaces COP (PDF, 2.3 MB)
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  • Dangerous substances authorisation GF153 (PDF, 736.8 KB)
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  • Establishing a workplace health and wellbeing working group (PDF, 386.1 KB)
  • Excavation Work COP (PDF, 3.3 MB)
  • First Aid in the Workplace COP May 2018 (PDF, 279.1 KB)
  • Forest Safety Code (Tasmania) (PDF, 1.1 MB)
  • Form 10: Medical Panel Proforma - Panel member (Worker) GF031 (PDF, 305.8 KB)
  • Form 11: Medical Panel Proforma - Panel member (Member of the family) GF032 (PDF, 307.7 KB)
  • Form 12: Medical Panel Proforma - Panel Member (Medical and other expenses) GF033 (PDF, 239.6 KB)
  • Form 13: Medical Panel Proforma - Chair of Panel (Worker) GF034 (PDF, 310.0 KB)
  • Form 14: Medical Panel Proforma - Chair of Panel (Member of the family) GF035 (PDF, 311.4 KB)
  • Form 15: Medical Panel Proforma - Chair of Panel (Medical and other expenses) GF036 (PDF, 239.8 KB)
  • Form 16: Medical Panel Invoice GF037 (PDF, 238.4 KB)
  • Form 1: Asbestos-Related Diseases - Claim for Compensation (Worker) GF022 (PDF, 1.7 MB)
  • Form 2: Asbestos-Related Diseases - Claim for Compensation (Member of the Family) GF023 (PDF, 1.3 MB)
  • Form 3:Medical services claim form GF024 (PDF, 614.9 KB)
  • Form 4: Request to change bank account and/or personal details GF025 (PDF, 218.0 KB)
  • Form 5: Extension of time to lodge application GF026 (PDF, 311.4 KB)
  • Form 6: Funeral benefit claim form GF027 (PDF, 354.3 KB)
  • Form 7: Notice of Receipt of Compensation Under Other Legislation GF028 (PDF, 306.7 KB)
  • Form 8: Notice of common law action GF029 (PDF, 374.6 KB)
  • Form 9a: Initial medical certificate for asbestos-related diseases compensation GF038 (PDF, 533.8 KB)
  • Form 9b: Ongoing Medical Certificate for ASBESTOS-RELATED DISEASES Compensation GF039 (PDF, 477.4 KB)
  • Getting a res asbetsos survey IS088 (PDF, 354.7 KB)
  • Going smoke-free (Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania)
  • Guide to Asbestos Compensation in Tasmania GB283 (PDF, 589.4 KB)
  • Guide to long service leave GB360 (PDF, 327.0 KB)
  • Guideline on the definition of wages GB118 (PDF, 130.8 KB)
  • Hazardous Manual Tasks COP (PDF, 2.8 MB)
  • Health and Safety Representative Guide GB371 (PDF, 884.3 KB)
  • Healthy workers (Australian Government - Department of Health)
  • How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace COP (PDF, 1.1 MB)
  • How to Manage Work Health and Safety Risks COP May 2018 (PDF, 463.9 KB)
  • How to Safely Remove Asbestos COP (PDF, 1.5 MB)
  • Injury Management - Making it Work GB197 (PDF, 208.9 KB)
  • Inspector Visits (PDF, 530.2 KB)
  • Joinery Products case study (PDF, 300.5 KB)
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  • Labelling of Workplace Hazardous Chemicals COP (PDF, 2.4 MB)
  • Managing Electrical Risks in the Workplace COP (PDF, 1.4 MB)
  • Managing Noise and Preventing Hearing Loss at Work COP (PDF, 1.6 MB)
  • Managing Risks in Stevedoring COP (PDF, 1.2 MB)
  • Managing Risks of Hazardous Chemicals in the Workplace COP May 2018 (PDF, 1003.6 KB)
  • Managing the Risk of Falls at Workplaces COP (PDF, 4.0 MB)
  • Managing the Risks of Plant in the Workplace COP May 2018 (PDF, 2.2 MB)
  • Managing the Work Environment and Facilities COP May 2018 (PDF, 331.2 KB)
  • Medical panel process (Flow chart) IS227 (PDF, 286.4 KB)
  • Member of family of deceased worker application process IS226 (PDF, 200.9 KB)
  • Metro Tas case study (PDF, 373.5 KB)
  • NT WorkSafe
  • Plant Design Registration (PDF, 612.0 KB)
  • Plant Item Registration (PDF, 358.5 KB)
  • Preparation of Safety Data Sheets for Hazardous Chemicals COP May 2018 (PDF, 1.3 MB)
  • Preparing injury management plans IS015 (PDF, 217.8 KB)
  • Preparing return to work plans IS016 (PDF, 187.1 KB)
  • Preventing Falls in Housing Construction COP (PDF, 3.0 MB)
  • Provisional Improvement Notice (PIN) (PDF, 237.9 KB)
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  • Public holidays 2012 (PDF, 79.8 KB)
  • Public holidays 2013 (PDF, 80.8 KB)
  • Public Holidays 2014 (PDF, 99.4 KB)
  • Public holidays 2015 (PDF, 64.3 KB)
  • Public holidays 2016 (PDF, 68.8 KB)
  • Public Holidays 2017 (PDF, 99.1 KB)
  • Public Holidays 2018 (PDF, 62.9 KB)
  • Public Holidays 2019 (PDF, 222.3 KB)
  • Register of alternative duties within the workplace GB199 (PDF, 187.8 KB)
  • Return to Work and Injury Mangagement - Making it Work (Poster) PO021 (PDF, 50.7 KB)
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  • Right to make Workers Compensation Claim GF172 (PDF, 453.1 KB)
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  • Safe Use of Reinforced Plastics COP (PDF, 279.8 KB)
  • Safe Work Australia
  • Safety management toolkit GB315 (PDF, 2.5 MB)
  • SafeWork SA
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  • Summary checklist for implementing your workplace health and welllbeing program (PDF, 78.5 KB)
  • Tasmania Asbestos Compensation Information GB292 (PDF, 336.1 KB)
  • Tasmanian Abalone Industry COP (PDF, 159.7 KB)
  • TasNetworks Damaged copper earths (PDF, 190.8 KB)
  • TasPorts case study (PDF, 286.6 KB)
  • The benefits of returning to work IS083 (PDF, 186.6 KB)
  • Transfer of responsible worker to a new SSDS Permit holder (PDF, 480.0 KB)
  • Using fireworks safely on Cracker Night IS011 (PDF, 552.4 KB)
  • Victorian WorkCover Authority
  • Visual Clearance Certificate AR4 (PDF, 461.9 KB)
  • Welding Processes COP May 2018 (PDF, 1.0 MB)
  • WHS Undertaking Auditors (PDF, 337.1 KB)
  • WHS Undertaking Guidelines (PDF, 710.6 KB)
  • WHS Undertaking Info (PDF, 364.8 KB)
  • WHS Undertaking Injured Persons (PDF, 359.2 KB)
  • WHS Undertaking Overview (PDF, 430.1 KB)
  • Work Health and Safety Consultation, Cooperation and Coordination COP May 2018 (PDF, 231.2 KB)
  • Work Health and Safety Queensland
  • WorkCover NSW
  • WorkCover Tasmania
  • Worker application process (Flow chart) IS225 (PDF, 288.0 KB)
  • Workers Compensation Handbook - The Basics GB010 (PDF, 175.5 KB)
  • Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation - Guide to (for claims on or after 1 July 2010) GB260 (PDF, 373.0 KB)
  • Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
  • Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Summary GB014 (PDF, 138.2 KB)
  • Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Regulations 2011
  • Workplace bullying
  • Workplace Issues - December 2017 (PDF, 4.6 MB)
  • Workplace Issues - September 2017 (PDF, 2.8 MB)
  • Workplace Issues Magazine - December 2014 GB064 (PDF, 3.1 MB)
  • Workplace Issues Magazine - December 2015 (PDF, 4.0 MB)
  • Workplace Issues Magazine - December 2016 (PDF, 4.2 MB)
  • Workplace Issues Magazine - June 2014 GB064 (PDF, 1.9 MB)
  • Workplace Issues Magazine - June 2015 GB064 (PDF, 1.9 MB)
  • Workplace Issues Magazine - June 2017 (PDF, 3.4 MB)
  • Workplace Issues Magazine - June 2018 (PDF, 2.4 MB)
  • Workplace Issues Magazine - June_2016 (PDF, 3.3 MB)
  • Workplace Issues Magazine - March 2014 GB064 (PDF, 1.8 MB)
  • Workplace Issues Magazine - March 2015 GB064 (PDF, 1.0 MB)
  • Workplace Issues Magazine - March 2017 (PDF, 2.1 MB)
  • Workplace Issues Magazine - March 2018 (PDF, 3.0 MB)
  • Workplace Issues Magazine - March_2016 (PDF, 2.5 MB)
  • Workplace Issues Magazine - September 2014 GB064 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
  • Workplace Issues Magazine - September 2015 (PDF, 2.4 MB)
  • Workplace Issues Magazine - September_2016 PDF (PDF, 5.3 MB)
  • WorkSafe ACT
  • WorkSafe Strategic Plan 2013-18 (PDF, 393.6 KB)
  • WorkSafe Strategic Plan summary poster (PDF, 174.6 KB)
  • WorkSafe Western Australia
  • Your Simple Guide to Workplace Health and Wellbeing (PDF, 6.1 MB)
  • Forms

  • Accreditation Shot-firing Courses and Instructors GF003 (PDF, 479.7 KB)
  • Application for Pyrotechnician Permit GF016 (PDF, 724.1 KB)
  • Application for Registration of Plant PRF4 (PDF, 848.4 KB)
  • Application for Registration of Plant Design PRF1 (PDF, 915.6 KB)
  • Appointment of Mine Operator GF190 (PDF, 822.6 KB)
  • Asbestos Assessor Licence GF085 (PDF, 529.0 KB)
  • Asbestos Removal Control Plan AR2 (PDF, 196.2 KB)
  • Asbestos removal licence Class A or B GF082 (PDF, 724.4 KB)
  • Assessor for High Risk Work Licences GF062 (PDF, 544.9 KB)
  • Authorisation of an Explosive A01 (PDF, 606.2 KB)
  • Competent Persons for Inspection and Maintenance of Plant GN040 (PDF, 267.9 KB)
  • Construction Induction card application GF087 (PDF, 467.5 KB)
  • Dangerous Goods Driver (Medical) DG2 (PDF, 621.4 KB)
  • Dangerous Goods Driver Licence DG1 (PDF, 194.1 KB)
  • Dangerous Goods Vehicle Licence DG3 (PDF, 604.6 KB)
  • Explosives Import Export Record GF134 (PDF, 650.0 KB)
  • GF191 Appointment of Site Senior Officer - Notification to Chief Inspector of Mines GF191 (PDF, 162.7 KB)
  • Licence to Perform High Risk Work Renewal GF084 (PDF, 1.1 MB)
  • Licence to Perform High Risk Work GF083 (PDF, 1.4 MB)
  • Lifting Equipment GN045 (PDF, 97.7 KB)
  • Low Scale Restricted Activity S08 (PDF, 492.2 KB)
  • Manifest Quantity Workplace GF014 (PDF, 283.9 KB)
  • Notice of Change of Details / Information of Registered Item of Plant PRF6 (PDF, 479.1 KB)
  • Notice of Change of Ownership / Relocation of Registered Item of Plant PRF5 (PDF, 482.9 KB)
  • Replacement construction induction cards GF017 (PDF, 516.6 KB)
  • Responsible Workers Under SSDS Permit S03 (PDF, 580.1 KB)
  • Security Plan and Risk Assessment (Guide/Template) S02 (PDF, 2.5 MB)
  • Shot-Firing Permit GF003 (PDF, 581.7 KB)
  • SSDS Permit Security Plan and Risk Assessment S01 (PDF, 3.0 MB)
  • Theatrical Fireworks Permit GF135 (PDF, 497.5 KB)
  • Guides

  • A Guide to High Risk Licensing GB101 (PDF, 974.9 KB)
  • A guide to working safely with Mobile Plant near Overhead and Underground Electrical Lines GB137 (PDF, 572.6 KB)
  • Asbestos Licensing Information Guidelines GB366 (PDF, 508.0 KB)
  • Becoming accredited to be a High Risk Work Licence Assessor GB367 (PDF, 391.1 KB)
  • Construction industry guide about security fencing GN051 (PDF, 141.5 KB)
  • Facilities for workers at construction workplaces (PDF, 124.4 KB)
  • Farming Safely in Tasmania GB322 (PDF, 780.6 KB)
  • Forklift safety - reducing the risks NHP001 (PDF, 910.1 KB)
  • Guidance on Prevention of Falls in Housing Construction GN050 (PDF, 107.4 KB)
  • Guide to the Work Health and Safety Act GB311 (PDF, 1.3 MB)
  • Managing health and safety in food retail NHP002 (PDF, 450.9 KB)
  • Manual Tasks Guide for Carers WorkSafe WA (PDF, 1.6 MB)
  • Model Work Health and Safety Laws Guide for Tasmania's Rural Industry GB308 (PDF, 309.5 KB)
  • Mutual recognition of interstate induction cards GN010 (PDF, 252.4 KB)
  • Pallet Racking Safe use and maintenance GN055 (PDF, 772.7 KB)
  • Pause exercises poster PO015 (PDF, 205.1 KB)
  • PCBUs, workers and officers FS101 (PDF, 153.9 KB)
  • Placard Hazardous Chemicals GB023 (PDF, 677.6 KB)
  • Principal Mining Hazard Management Plans - Guidance material GB326 (PDF, 307.9 KB)
  • Quad Bikes on Farms (PDF, 578.6 KB)
  • Service Station Hazardous Chemicals GB338 (PDF, 1.0 MB)
  • Storage and use of LPG at public events GN039 (PDF, 454.2 KB)
  • The semi-squat approach to lifting poster PO023 (PDF, 174.4 KB)
  • Transporting Fireworks by Road GB339 (PDF, 399.3 KB)
  • Using portable ladders safely (PDF, 191.4 KB)
  • Using timber for temporary perimeter guardrails GN052 (PDF, 225.4 KB)
  • Volunteers FS104 (PDF, 168.4 KB)
  • Welcome to the Workplace - A health and safety guide for new workers GB140 (PDF, 845.4 KB)
  • Working in Heat NHP004 (PDF, 415.7 KB)
  • Your guide to Managing Safety in Housing and Construction - Part A GB310 (PDF, 1.5 MB)
  • These resources are not the only available to you and you should search the codes of practice and the laws section to see what others may be applicable to you and your business. If you are unsure, contact WorkSafe for assistance.

    Further resources

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