The Queensland Government and WorkCover Queensland have released a Labour Hire micro-site providing advice and services to organizations involved in or utilizing Labour Hire companies. In support of this initiative, Donesafe offers the following practical information.
Labor hire workers are those directly employed by a company that on-hires them to perform work for a different organization. Labor hire workers are most commonly under the direction of the host organization engaging the labor-hire provider and as such are under that organization’s duty of care.
Statistically, Labour hire workers are disproportionately injured at work which can be unsurprising due to the level of confusion that can be found within organizations as to who is responsible for the labor hire workers’ health and safety.
Under harmonized legislation, the Host Person Conducting the Business or Undertaking (PCBU) who engages the Labour Hire provider for workers is responsible for worker safety. Furthermore, both the Labour Hire PCBU and the Host PCBU have duties to consult and cooperate on health and safety so far as reasonably practicable.
Organizations can do a number of things to assist in keeping Labour Hire workers safe and also protecting their businesses, these include:
For more information on harmonized safety laws and Labour Hire, refer to the Safe Work Australia Fact Sheet.
Also, make sure to visit the WorkCover Queensland Labour Hire Micro-site.
As always, stay safe,