Health and safety

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Health and safety is vital to the creation and maintenance of educational facilities.

Construction health and safety

Cragieburn complex construction

The school principal is in effect, the school’s site manager. The principal is responsible for occupational health and safety (OH&S) issues affecting buildings, plant, classroom furniture and equipment. When a construction project is being undertaken, the principal has a responsibility for general safety practices on the site.

The construction phase should ensure the wellbeing of all contractors and workers engaged in the building of a facility. New building construction must comply with the Building Act 1993 and works to other facilities should bring them up to standards that make them safe and fit to occupy.

For further information, consult Worksafe Victoria and Your Health and Safety Guide to Construction

Hazardous materials

An existing asset should be surveyed and monitored to ensure that no hazardous materials such as asbestos remain in a potentially harmful format. Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), lead-based paint and other hazardous materials must be removed in accordance with Government guidelines where they fall within the scope of a capital works project.

General safety and environmental management

Soil and environmental contamination are major issues that require care and pre-emptive planning.

To maintain the comfort, health and safety of facilities, regular servicing contributes to a harm-free environment. This covers areas such as fire prevention and protection as well as ventilation, noise levels, water quality and sanitation.

For further information related to health and safety issues, see: