ADEB Safety 2019 Seminar  

Karstens Conference Centre

Level 1, 111 Harrington St ,The Rocks 


Tue 29th October  2019

8.00am - 1.30pm 

Includes Morning tea and lunch and 

Certificates of Attendance 

Guest Speakers ; Safework NSW 

High Impact Harmfalls from Heights - Action Plan NSW 2019 


Who Should Attend? 

Engineers, Design Managers,  Architects, Risk Assessment Consultants, OHS




Sascha Newton – Manager Construction Intervention, SafeWork NSW – Manager of the Falls from Heights program in NSW

Karlene Knighton – Senior Project Officer, Construction Interventions SafeWork NSW – Falls from Heights program in NSW

 Inspectors  Engineering inspectorate - Safework NSW 

Falls from heights continue to be a major cause of death and serious injury in Australian workplaces, third only to motor vehicle accidents and being hit by falling or moving objects.

Falls from heights has been identified as a high impact harm under action area II of the SafeWork NSW Work Health and Safety Roadmap to 2022, due to the high number of workplace fatalities and serious injuries that occur as a result of this mechanism. One goal of the WHS Roadmap to 2022 is to eliminate or significantly reduce fatalities and serious injuries resultant from falls from heights – towards zero.

Falls from heights incidents can have a devastating impact physically, emotionally and financially to workers, as well as their families, friends, businesses and the wider community. Falls from heights is defined as falling from one level to another, and can be as small a distance as falling from the first rung of a ladder, or as high as falling from a high-rise building.

The majority of people who are seriously or fatally injured fall from a height of four metres or less, with the construction industry reporting the most number of falls. Whilst falls are evenly spread across age groups, most fatalities occur in the 45 and over age groups.

This presentation from Safework NSW  outlines the priorities of the Towards Zero Falls from Heights program and provides an analysis of falls from heights data from three key data sets:

• work related fatalities
• workers compensation; and
• incidents reported to SafeWork NSW.

The presentation  focuses specifically on those incidents that resulted   in a fatality or serious injury

Industrial Manslaughter  -  Soon to become a criminal offence - remain updated 

Presented by Jim Doyles - DIrector  Doyles Construction Lawyers

A new report into Australia’s model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws has recommended the introduction of industrial manslaughter as an offence in workplace health and safety legislation.


On 25 February 2019, the Report of the first national review of Australia’s model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws was released. The Report (prepared by former Executive Director of SafeWork SA, Marie Boland) notes that the regulatory scheme under the model laws is largely operating as intended. However it identifies areas for improvement and makes 34 recommendations for reform. These include the introduction of an industrial manslaughter offence and some adaptation of the duty-holder principles under the model laws to various modern work arrangements.

Key Recommendations included; 

- The introduction of new offences of gross negligence and industrial manslaughter

- WHS regulation to provide greater guidance on psychological injury

- Increases in penalties

- Easier worksite access for union officials assisting health and safety representatives

- Creation of an offence to insure against WHS penalties

Understand how you can prepare for and understand  the offence of industrial manslaughter

 AS/NZS 2293.1:2018 Emergency lighting and exit signs for buildings System Design, installation and operation

Steve Burton - Ferm Engineering Director & Society of Fire Safety Chairman 

2293.1 Part 1: System design, installation and operation (this Standard)

2293.2 Part 2: Inspection and maintenance 2293.3

Part 3: Emergency luminaires and exit signs


 The objective of the AS/NZS 2293 series of Standards is to provide those associated with the design, construction, installation, certification and maintenance of all the individual components of an emergency lighting and exit signage scheme, and the scheme as a whole, with the requirements and guidelines to provide an installation that will ensure an acceptable level of illumination to the nominated areas for the safe evacuation of occupants from those areas in an emergency situation.


The objective of this Standard is to provide designers, installers and certifiers of emergency lighting and exit signage schemes with the relevant requirements and guidance for the provision of emergency lighting and exit signs to all designated spaces within a building in order to ensure an acceptable level of illumination for the safe evacuation of occupants from those spaces in an emergency situation.

This presentation will discuss the above 

Water leaks in multi-storey buildings and Concrete Corrosion problems 

Hamid Khan : Director Board Australasian Concrete Repair Association (ACRA)-

Leaky roof is a serious structural problem that poses a number of safety risks and can easily result in significant commercial water damage. 

In NSW in particular, building defects are largely attributable to problems occurring during the building’s construction phase. Rushed development, and cost-cutting measures in particular, have proven to have huge impacts on the structural integrity of many buildings being erected

Concrete cancer is becoming an increasingly common problem in buildings and other structures that have not been sufficiently waterproofed due to cost-cutting exercises or just general degradation, resulting in water ingress. If inadequate waterproofing is done during the construction stage of the structure, the structure will likely require continual maintenance during its lifetime to ensure that the extent of the damage is not so much that it is unsalvageable.

If left untreated, concrete cancer can:

  • Impact on the health and safety of residents

  • Reduce the quality and liveability of homes and occupants’ quality of life

  • Lead to conflict over funds and responsibilities for defects

On completion of this presentation, you should be able to:


  • Understand durability concept and service life of concrete structures

  • Identify common structural faults, durability defects and details, which lead to steel corrosion

  • State the sequence for concrete repair procedures and available repair options

  • Specify the key performance requirements necessary for sound repairs to avoid accelerated deterioration

New Fire sprinkler requirements in NCC 2019

Presented by ; Stephen Burton - Society of Fire Safety Chairman and Director Ferm Engineering 

2019 now requires all new Class 2 and 3 residential buildings with a rise in storeys of four or more (and an effective height of 25 metres or less), to have automatic fire sprinklers installed under the Deemed-to-Satisfy (DTS) provisions.

The changes are the outcome of a collaborative project between the Australian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), Fire Protection Association Australia (FPAA) and Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) to develop and propose effective, safe, fit for purpose sprinkler systems for medium-rise residential buildings


 The project followed the recommendations of a coronial inquest into a fatal 2012 fire in a Bankstown apartment block, which was not required to have sprinklers installed.

Understand the changes , the new systems and how you can ensure safety and compliance in design and installation 

Safety in Design -  Responsibility and Good Productivity: Five Key Principles - 

Deborah Hammond : OHS Solutions 

Safety is in the detail.  Your small decisions can have big implications.

Designers have the opportunity to influence safety in construction, maintenance and use of the built environment.  By understanding the issues and challenges of the construction project and the ongoing use of the structure, designers have the ability to provide innovative solutions to these challenges.

This presentation will provide a refresher on the work health and safety legislation in relation to designer responsibilities and discuss how designers can achieve a safe design approach in their projects.   The focus will include what designers should endeavour to eliminate from the workplace and design innovations which can create productive workplaces free from injury and disease.  The seminar will address methods of communicating safe design in documents, plans and reports to ensure that design intent is not lost in the build process.

Learning outcomes

  1. Understanding health and safety legislation relating to designers

  2. Knowledge of workplace hazards and their harmful effects.  What should designers target to eliminate from the built environment?

  3. Design innovation to facilitate health of workers.

  4. Facilitating safety in design reviews. 

  5. Different approaches to documenting “unusual or atypical features” in design

The presenter

Deborah Hammond and OHS Solutions have been at the forefront of providing Safety in Design services since the concept became a legal reality in 2011.  As the initial creator of the Safety in Design course for Sydney University and Consult Australia, she has been providing advice to the construction industry on implementation within legal guidelines, best practice applications and innovation.

Deborah has facilitated safety in design reviews on a number significant projects including hospitals, aged care facilities, universities, hotels, residential developments and more.  She has also reviewed safety in design systems and provided tailored training for a number of clients. She also provides expertise in Work Health and Safety systems.

Management of Asbestos & Hazardous Materials  

David Hood - Greencap 

This Presentation will cover asbestos and silica, including: 

•    Where asbestos and silica issues may arise in new construction and renovation work;
•    Strategies to prevent inadvertent import of asbestos containing materials;
•    Risk management approach;
•    Control measures for handling such materials where present;
•    Summary of relevant OSH laws applying to this work.

Attendees should be able to:
•    Apply a risk management approach to asbestos and silica in construction work;
•    Locate appropriate legislation and guidance material to assist in undertaking such work; 
•    Select control measures that will minimise health risks from silica or asbestos containing materials in construction work.

About the Speaker 

David Hood has worked in the fields of asbestos and hazardous materials risk management for over 25 years, joining risk management consultancy Greencap as a principal consultant in 2018.


David Hood is a geologist with a broad experience in occupational health, safety and environmental management. He has significant experience in the field of hazardous building materials risk consulting, with over ten years’ experience as a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) analyst and signatory in asbestos identification, and the estimation of airborne asbestos fibre. David has worked extensively in the provision of due diligence, legislative compliance, and pre-demolition/refurbishment building risk assessments, assessing the health and commercial risks associated with hazardous building materials and providing management advice to mitigate and control the identified risks, using site investigation, management and remediation strategies.


David has provided high-level managerial WHS advice to NSW Government bodies, ministerial meetings and the Heads of Asbestos Co-ordination Authority for the power industry. He has won several awards for his WHS training packages including ‘best in Extended Enterprise Learning Program – Bronze’ at the Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Awards 2014 and ‘Platinum place’ in the Australian LearnX Impact Awards 2014.