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World Day for safety

Thursday, 28 April 2022 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day.

The day provides an opportunity to reflect on how to prevent occupational deaths, injuries, diseases and illnesses.

It is also a day to remember those who have died from a work-related injury or illness.

The theme set by the International Labour Organization for this year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work is ‘Act together to build a positive safety and health culture’.

This theme encourages workplaces to foster a strong work health and safety culture in which everyone contributes to a safe and healthy working environment.

Accompanying World Day, the International Trades Union Congress has set the theme for Workers’ Memorial Day 2022 as ‘Make safe and healthy work a fundamental right. It’s a no-brainer’.

We encourage everyone to recognise the importance of work health and safety by promoting World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day 2022 in their workplace on 28 April 2022.

Click the button to find out more about World Day for Safety and resources for your  business.

WHS duties in a contractual chain

Did you know that an individual contractor or a self-employed person can be both a worker who is owed work health and safety (WHS) duties, and a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) who may owe WHS duties to themselves and to other workers?

Safe Work Australia has published WHS information for PCBUs and workers who are working as part of a contractual chain.

A contractual chain refers to the situation where, in relation to the same project or work matter, there are multiple contractors and subcontractors. A contractual chain is common in industries such as building and construction, road transport and events management.

The fact sheet provides an understanding of what a PCBU is and explains that an individual contractor can be both a PCBU and a worker. Understanding this will help PCBUs within a contractual chain uphold their WHS obligations and consult, cooperate and coordinate activities with all other PCBUs with whom they share a duty.

Click the button to download the fact sheet