A new comprehensive, interactive online resource will help Victorian domestic builders understand their key legal OHS obligations through all the critical construction phases.

Funded by WorkSafe Victoria in partnership with Master Builders Victoria (MBV), My Safety Essentials provides a complete learning resource to support builders, employers, and building trades within the residential construction sector. 

The resource provides an educative experience for builders to identify and manage the critical risks of domestic building projects. 

The resource will also complement existing programs such as the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) and the suite of registration courses offered by MBV.

The online learning experience is enhanced through various mediums, including videos, virtual reality applications, case studies, quizzes, and photography.

MBV CEO Rebecca Casson said making this resource available free of charge to all TAFEs and private training providers would help drive the importance of safety for all new entrants starting their careers in the building and construction industry.

“We want those entering the building and construction industry to understand their work safety obligations,” Ms Casson said.

“This resource will help everyone understand the role they play when it comes to safety in construction.”

Matthew Wielgosz, WorkSafe Director, Construction and Earth Resources, said on average, there were 3500 injuries in the construction industry each year.

“WorkSafe are happy to support Master Builders Victoria in creating this tool in order to increase domestic builders understanding of their OHS obligations and to reduce injuries on site,” he said.

Ms Casson said small business was the backbone of the Australian economy and the building and construction industry.

Statistics also highlight that the domestic sector records many serious incidents and fatalities compared to the commercial construction industry. 

“Small businesses often don't have the time or resources to understand the whole OHS landscape in which they operate,” she said. 

“Consequently, they need access to practical, easily accessible, and understood solutions to ensure they always create and maintain a safe working environment for themselves and all those around them.

“The safety of workers in our industry and our industry's reputation regarding its steadfast commitment to the health and safety of all workers, subcontractors, and the community is a top priority for Master Builders Victoria.

“My Safety Essentials ensures everyone in the domestic construction industry can now be fully informed and equipped to meet their OHS obligations.”

My Safety Essentials is hosted on a webpage within the MBV website at www.mbav.com.au/safety-essentials

It is available free of charge to all builders within the residential construction sector.