Working with pre-cast concrete

Concrete elements for building construction can be poured offsite into site-specific forms and cured in a controlled environment. The resulting panels are then transported and installed into construction projects.

We have developed guidance for those who work with pre-cast concrete.

The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety has revoked the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for The Safe Handling, Transportation and Erection of Precast Concrete (2002).

This revocation will come into force on 15 November 2018, as outlined in the notice in the New Zealand Gazette(external link)

It will be superseded by the Safe Work with Precast Concrete good practice guidelines, which can be found below.

Approved code of practice for the safe handling, transportation and erection of precast concrete

This code gives advice on the safe handling, transportation and erection of precast concrete elements.

ACOP: The safe handling, transportation and erection of precast concrete (PDF 410 KB)

While this guidance has not been updated to reflect current work health and safety legislation (the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and regulations), it may still contain relevant information and practices to keep workers and others healthy and safe.

Please read this guidance in conjunction with all relevant industry standards that apply to you as a PCBU. This guidance will be progressively reviewed and either updated, replaced with other guidance, or revoked.

Safe work with precast concrete good practice guidelines

These guidelines are for persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) including designers, manufacturers, suppliers, installers and importers, as well as workers and any other people who handle, transport or erect precast concrete elements.  

They represent the current state of knowledge and explain relevant legal requirements of HSWA and applicable regulations, as well referring to other legislation. When planning how to work with precast concrete elements, always check any industry-specific guidance as well.

Safe Work with Precast Concrete (PDF 4.7 MB)