Primary Standards (PS) provide the framework for the organisation to manage risk as well as create opportunity for innovation. They are structured in such a way as to enable to ‘Freedom with a Framework’ which is a tactic of Next Gear.

Each Primary Standard is designed to eliminate or minimise the risks of fatalities, injuries and events arising from a specific risk.  A number of PSs underpin associated Fatal and Severe Risks (FSRs).

FSR critical controls are included in Primary Standards as well as additional information local controls (i.e. controls that must be implemented to manage risk but are not critical to preventing a high consequence).

Primary Standards are developed with reference to (and to meet) legislative requirements along with examples of how the hierarchy of control is to be applied in real terms. Application of the Primary Standards as per their intent should provide the project sufficient assurance that the hierarchy of controls is applied and that legislative requirements are met.

Project/site health & safety management plans specify how the Primary Standards are specifically implemented at the respective project or site.

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