Sue Bottrell tackles your questions on 2023 webinar series topics
Issuing permits to work is a common practice in contactor safety management but it is often poorly done. Why?
Because contractors come and go and are not embedded into the workplace they attend, they can slip under the radar when thinking about psychosocial hazards. Principal contractors who hire contractors have a responsibility to ensure their contractors are safe at the workplaces they attend.
Presented by Sue Bottrell and Harold Downes of Mills Oakley
Safe Work Australia recently issued guidance setting out 4 key principles that apply to WHS duties. The guidance is particularly relevant to the principal contractor – contractor relationship but unfortunately the advice takes a simplistic view of the legal principles that underpin that relationship, with the result being the advice is somewhat confusing.
Guest Presenter: Melissa Pollock
Improving safety is all about learning. Learning from both mistakes and successes. Organisations can spend a lot of time looking at safety and learning from those successes and failures with workers. However, do we involve our contractors? Contractors make up approximately 10% of workers in total and in the construction industry over 50% of workers are contractors.
Many organisations struggle to find a healthy balance when a contractor has an incident. Who conducts the investigation? What are the responsibilities of the principal contractor or client? What are the responsibilities of the contractor? Will everyone tell us the truth? How contractor investigations are handled can significantly impact client/contractor relations, impact safety, increase liability and prevent continuous improvement of safety.