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Managing contractors in the workplace

Under the WHS Act, a worker is a person who carries out work in any capacity for a PCBU, this includes contractors and sub-contractors. While at work, a contractor must take reasonable care for his or her own health and safety, and take reasonable care that their acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of others.

PBCU’s should take the following steps to ensure the health and safety of contractors and sub-contractors whilst on site at the workplace:

  • Implement a contractor selection and engagement process (assess the contractor’s due diligence to health and safety – validate currency of licensing, insurances and registration)
  • Confirm who controls the work being undertaken (Is the workplace or activity shared with other PCBU’s?)
  • Ensure the contractor plans to carry out the work safely (including the use of a job safety analysis provided by the contractor)
  • Communicate the PCBU’s level of service expectation and insist on a culture that demonstrates the contractor’s commitment to safety
  • Provide induction training for all contractors prior to commencing work for the PCBU (this should also include a site-specific orientation)
  • Provide contractors with work health and safety information (procedures), instruction and training that is easy to understand and relevant to the workplace and work the contractors are required to perform
  • Consult, cooperate and coordinate activities with all PCBU’s and workers who are responsible for the work being performed
  • Ensure that contractors are adequately communicating their safety procedures to their workers (and sub-contractors)
  • Assess the risks in consultation with the contractors and use the hierarchy of controls when managing risks.
  • Provide adequate supervision and oversight of the contract agreements and work performed by contractors
  • After the work is completed, the PCBU should assess the work area / activity to ensure the work has been completed satisfactorily and compliance under the WHS Act

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