Employees' expertise can make a significant contribution to improving workplace health and safety.
Regular, proactive consultation can help identify issues in the workplace and build a strong commitment to health and safety by including all views in the decision-making process.
Under the OHS Act, employers must consult with employees when identifying and assessing hazards or risks, and making decisions about risk control. 'Employees' includes labour hire workers or independent contractors (and the contractors' employees) who perform work which the employer has, or should have, control over.
If employees are represented by health and safety representatives, the consultation must involve those representatives.
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