It has been a busy start to the year, and I can’t believe it is the end of March already! A warm welcome to the nine new staff members who have joined the PACT Team during the quarter. We’re always on the lookout for good people to join our business, so if you know anyone, please let us know.
Although market conditions remain volatile, it is great to see the resilience in our delivery Teams as they work through the challenges of managing COVID, safe site productivity and supply chain disruption. We need to continue the disciplined application of our COVID controls through masks, social distancing etc, and importantly, ensuring our site management, supervision and site labour are protected.
On the New Business front, it is all about conversion and consolidation of projects where we are negotiating as preferred contractor or where we are being paid to manage design, programme and pricing of the project through an ECI (Early Contractor Involvement) engagement. Given the market volatility, there is a clear “flight to safety” from clients looking for security, quality and certainty of delivery. This puts us in a good position to select the right subcontractors, stress test the programmes, minimise/eliminate escalation risk and set our future projects up well.
The coming weeks will be trying as WA responds to the evolving COVID situation. This will involve restrictions in some shape or form including WFH, capped numbers at venues, social distancing etc. This makes it difficult for us to socialise “as normal”, so it is important to check-in with each other and keep in touch as best we can across the business. Hopefully we will be back to BAU sooner than later and we can get our socials started back up again.
Stay safe, remember to have regular breaks and please feel free to reach out to me at any time.
Western Australia’s Work Health and Safety Act 2020 will commence on the 31st March 2022, repealing the State Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984.
The State Government has also finalised the three sets of Regulations underpinning the new Act – the Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022, Work Health and Safety (Mines) Regulations 2022 and Work Health and Safety (Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Operations) Regulations 2022.
WorkSafe WA revealed it will “adopt a supportive and educative approach” to technical or low-risk breaches of the WHS Act over the next 12 months, but only in relation to new duties involving significant change.
Whilst the introduction of the new laws will introduce some changes in how we deliver our projects from a technical health and safety perspective, our safety first culture remains and will support us through implementing the new legislation and in supporting and educating our subcontractors and suppliers.
Managing our transition to the new legislation and the evolving COVID situation in WA will be the HSEQ focus for the upcoming period.