The Australian Code Of Practice For Safe Design Of Structures

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Society values in its professionals adequate knowledge, skill and high moral character (Spector, 2001) and as designers, we are expected to abide by imposed rules embedded in the law through regulations and professional codes but also develop a ‘good moral character’ and a self-regulated ethical behavior. Regarding the issue of the rights of construction workers and the casualties and fatalities that happens on site, we need to really understand the fine line between ethics and the law. Under the Australian Code of Practice for safe design of structures, it states that while “designers may not have management and control over the actual construction work they can discharge their duty by consulting, co-operating and coordinating activities,…show more content…
Under the Code, ‘should’ is used to indicate simply a recommended course of action, while ‘may’ is used to indicate an optional course of action. By stating that a designer does not have a mandatory legal requirement to have the knowledge, the Work, Health and Safety Act that “requires the designer to ensure, ‘so far as reasonably practicable’ – so what is known to the designer at the time, that a structure is designed to be without risks to the health and safety of persons who are constructing the structure” becomes blurred and quite frankly an inaccurate measure as a legal matter, and pushes it into the realm of ethics- questioning a designers own level of care and ethical character. Therefore, if hypothetically the Australian codes of practice were adopted by overseas projects where the demand for infrastructure is booming and where a code of practice is not in in place, designers are essentially only required to mention to the best of their knowledge foreseeable hazards associated with the design of a structure. However, it is the Principle Contractor’s duty to ensure again so
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