Body Corporate Health & Safety

Body Corporate H&S

Keeping your building safe and sound is essential. The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) sets clear rules for Body Corporates in this area. This article will guide you through what you need to know and do as part of a Body Corporate to keep everyone safe.

Understanding Body Corporate Health and Safety

Understanding Body Corporate Health and Safety

So what does health and safety mean for a Body Corporate? Since April 2016, changes in the Health and Safety at Work Act have made it clear that Body Corporates count as PCBUs.

They must make sure everyone involved in or affected by work on their buildings is safe and healthy. This includes not just workers but also tenants living there.

Body Corporates need to actively manage hazards in shared spaces like lobbies, lifts, and gardens. Committee members play a big role here. They must perform risk assessments to identify potential dangers before they cause harm.

It’s about being proactive rather than waiting for accidents to happen. This effort protects all who enter the building from serious risks, for example construction areas, or faulty wiring, ensuring accommodation meets safety standards.

The Impact of Health and Safety Act on Body Corporates

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The Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) changed how Body Corporates manage their common areas, making them responsible for everyone’s safety. This means they must identify risks, like slips or electrical hazards, in shared spaces such as lobbies or pools.

They then have to fix these issues to prevent accidents. For example, ensuring fire safety equipment is up to date and accessible. It makes Body Corporates more active in maintaining a safe environment.

Officers of the Body Corporate need to pay careful attention too. They have specific duties like checking that health and safety practices are up to standard and doing what’s necessary to reduce risks.

If they ignore these responsibilities, serious consequences can follow. Fines can reach up to $3 million for the organisation and $600,000 for individuals – even prison time is possible.

This shows how seriously the law takes health and safety.

“Ensuring everyone’s safety isn’t just good practice; it’s a legal requirement.”

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Responsibilities and Duties of Committee Members

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Committee members play a vital role in ensuring the health and safety of everyone within a Body Corporate setting. They must perform their duties with due diligence as outlined in the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA).

  1. Understand and implement health and safety laws. Committee members need to know the rules about keeping people safe at work. This includes the HSWA, Gas (Safety & Measurement) Regulations, and Electricity (Safety) Regulations.
  2. Carry out site risk assessments regularly. They should check the property for any dangers, identify them, decide how serious they are, and find ways to lessen or get rid of these risks.
  3. Communicate effectively about hazards. After finding hazards on site, committee members must tell everyone who might be affected. This includes workers, residents, and visitors.
  4. Make sure there are control measures for identified risks. Once risks are spotted, it’s crucial to act on them. This means either removing the danger completely or controlling it to reduce harm.
  5. Engage competent contractors for maintenance and repairs. It’s important to hire skilled professionals who understand workplace health and safety standards for any work that needs doing on the property.
  6. Develop emergency plans tailored to their specific building or area. These plans should cover what to do in case of fire, natural disasters, or other emergencies.
  7. Conduct routine safety inspections around the property to ensure all areas meet safety standards set by law.
  8. Keep detailed records of all health and safety activities – this includes assessments done, problems found, steps taken to fix them, and training given.
  9. Take responsibility for not just knowing but also acting on overlapping duties with other businesses operating on the same premises.

Consequences of Non-compliance with Health and Safety Regulations

Ignoring health and safety rules can lead to severe penalties. For a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU), fines might hit up to $3 million. Individuals could face penalties up to $600,000 or five years behind bars.

These punishments show how seriously the law takes the protection of workers and residents under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Failing to meet these standards not only hurts financially but also damages reputation. Trustees and property management teams risk losing trust with their homeowners’ associations if they don’t follow occupational health and safety laws.

Insurance may become more costly or hard to get, making future projects more difficult. 


Keeping everyone safe on property managed by Body Corporates is crucial. The Health and Safety at Work Act outlines clear duties for these groups, aiming to prevent accidents and injuries.

By carrying out a property audit, Body Corporates can avoid hefty fines and more importantly, keep people safe. Everyone involved plays a part in making sure health and safety standards are high.

This effort keeps our communities secure for workers, residents, and visitors alike.


1. What is a PCBUs role in ensuring health and safety?

A PCBU (person conducting a business or undertaking) must ensure the health and safety of their workers and others by managing risks and meeting standards under the Health & Safety at Work Act.

2. How does tenancy law affect body corporate responsibilities?

Under tenancy law, landlords have a duty of care to ensure residential tenancies meet accommodation standards for health and safety, including fire prevention measures.

3. What are notifiable events in terms of body corporate health and safety?

Notifiable events include any incidents that result in serious injury or death, fires, or exposure to hazardous substances which must be reported according to the Health & Safety at Work Act.

4. Do independent contractors need to follow body corporate’s health & safety rules?

Yes, independent contractors working for a body corporate must adhere to workplace safety guidelines set by the Health & Safety at Work Act to minimise risks.

5. How can a body corporate manage fire risks effectively?

A body corporate should conduct regular risk analysis, enforce stringent firefighting procedures, maintain building codes compliance, and educate residents on fire safety precautions.

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