Health and Safety at Work Act, new responsibilities
The new Act extends responsibility for health and safety not only to direct workers, but also to contractors, subcontractors, employees of contractors, outworkers, labour hire workers and trainees. For many organisations, their operations involve workers working alone or in hazardous or remote locations. Upcoming regulations will require a PCBU to manage the risks associated with remote or isolated work, with a specific requirement to ensure a system of work that includes effective communication with the worker. Failure to comply with these requirements could lead to convictions, not only for the PCBU but also for individuals.