The whole-of-lifecycle approach is an integrated, holistic approach to safety that takes advantage of the positive impact of early planning and design on safety and efficiency goals.

Sub-elements and requirements

This element is made up of two sub-elements:

  • Design safety – lifecycle management (including human factors integration)
  • WHS in procurement and contract management.

Design safety – lifecycle management (including human factors integration)

Infrastructure design considers safety during construction and future use, operation, maintenance, modification and demolition. Design safety exploits opportunities to eliminate hazards early and at all stages of the project lifecycle.

Human factors considerations are an integral part of this process as they systematically address issues such as human performance, error, workload, situation awareness, physical layouts, geometry and environment of the workplace and interface design (e.g. signage, markings, traffic lights, intelligent transport system).

See Design safety lifecycle management framework.

WHS in procurement and contract management

We incorporate WHS considerations and WHS risk management processes into our procurement decisions by:

  • Setting high standards and clear expectations in relation to suppliers and industry partners meeting WHS obligations
  • Sharing key information on WHS risks associated with procured goods and services
  • Securing assurance that WHS performance is being managed by our suppliers and industry partners
  • Making better informed procurement decisions based on the WHS capability and performance of suppliers and industry partners.

See WHS in procurement and contract management framework.

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