New ConSASS checklist 2020

The new ConSASS checklist 2020 (Version 3) was finally published on 25 May 2021 by WSH Council and will take effect on 1 October 2021.

Construction Safety Audit Scoring System (ConSASS) was first launched in 2007 and reviewed in 2013. In September 2020, the ConSASS Review Workgroup formed under WSH (Construction & Landscape) Committee, WSH Council conducted trial audits on the first draft on the new ConSASS checklist 2020 to gather feedback and comments from the industry and WSH Auditors to refine the checklist, scorecard and interview sheets.

Key Revisions to the ConSASS checklist

The principles of the ConSASS audit remain the same where graduations to higher bands reflect the increasing maturity of the elements. Each band is still required to satisfy at least 70% of the questions within each band.

A summary of the key revisions to the ConSASS checklist is as follows:

  • Number of System Elements is increased from 17 to 20, in alignment with ISO 45001
  • Number of questions is reduced from 348 to 204 (reduction of 41.1%)
  • Added focus on the implementation of WSH practices, with percentage of questions on implementation increased from 37.9% to 50.9% of total questions; and
  • Addition of new questions aligned to WSH 2028 recommendations (Ownership, Health and Technology), Design for Safety, Near Miss Reporting etc.