Victorian Regs Launch Build Aware Campaign in Wonthaggi, Phillip Island

Victorian regulators will launch their 2023 Build Aware campaign visiting the Bass Coast Shire Council area next week, ensuring construction workers are meeting safety, environmental and building compliance obligations.

Representatives from Energy Safe Victoria (ESV), the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), WorkSafe and Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) will visit worksites, educating workers on good practice and calling out breaches.

The initiative, to run between Monday, 27 February and Friday, 3 March, will target building and plumbing compliance issues with a focus on air conditioning and swimming pools, powerline safety and waffle pod polystyrene management.

In recent years, the Build Aware campaign has included visits to Shepparton, Bairnsdale, Wodonga, Geelong, Bendigo, Latrobe Valley, Ballarat and Warrnambool.

Build Aware includes four Victorian regulators coming together to collaborate, sharing resources, knowledge and information to ensure compliance standards are met to keep communities safe.

During the week, ESV will visit construction and road sites enforcing No Go Zones, which describe minimum safety requirements relating to the distance between powerlines and the work being carried out.

The VBA has noticed an increase in building and plumbing activity across the region and will ensure all work is carried out correctly, with a focus on air-conditioning units, swimming pools and spas, which are in high use at this time of year.

With electrocution being one of the leading causes of death for construction workers, both ESV and WorkSafe will target electrical safety and remind employers and employees how to manage electrical hazards in the workplace.

EPA will ensure industry is aware of its responsibilities on building sites when it comes to management of waffle pod polystyrene, concrete slab construction that involves building on-ground, instead of in-ground. It will also be focusing on before and after use liquid storage and general waste management.

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