Contractor Management: Protecting the worker under multiple PCBU’s

23 Jun 2020
11:40

Contractor Management: Protecting the worker under multiple PCBU’s

Everyone has a right to a safe workplace. Every PCBU must implement controls, supervision and training. But does the PCBU manage this when they are not in control of the workplace? Labour hire agencies provide large numbers of workers across all industry sectors, and they are PCBUs, but there is a perception they have no influence over the workplaces where the workers are placed – or do they?
Legislation recognises that there can often be more than one PCBU in a supply chain, and that all such PCBUs should consult, co-operate and co-ordinate.
But what does this mean in reality? How does this work? How well protected are labour hire workers?
In this discussion, we will profile a model for actively managing workplace safety for labour hire workers.
The model includes: review and assessment of the internal knowledge, policies and procedures of the labour hire organisation supplying the workers; assessment of site safety and systems at the workplace of the host client, induction, training and supervision checks, and a process for ongoing consultation and co-operation between the PCBU’s – including others in the supply chain – with the safety of the workers as the priority.
This model has been tested over 6 years, and over 3000 worksites. We will look at some case studies to identify practical matters.