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WorkSafe joins National campaign on labour hire in food manufacturing

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WorkSafe Victoria has joined a trans-Tasman campaign to focus on the safety of labour hire workers in high-risk sectors of the food manufacturing industry.

WorkSafe will target the meat industry and the labour hire companies which place workers in it.

The campaign is being run around Australia and New Zealand and is the new in a series of joint workplace health and safety projects which aim to create a more consistent approach to OHS compliance.

Inspections of meat industry workplaces and labour hire firms will run from March to May.

According to WorkSafe, its task is to ensure the shared legal responsibilities of both parities are understood and appropriate safety standards are applied.

WorkSafe has been working closely with the labour hire and meat industry, however, a relatively high number of meat workers are still injured and more severely, than direct employees.

WorkSafe last year released new guidance material, created in consultation with the industry, to clarify the particular dangers meat-workers faced as well as information on the legal requirements of labour hire firms and host employers.

The enforcement campaign will focus on:

  • Familiarity of labour hires agents with the risks at host employer workplaces;
  • Induction and task-specific training provided by agents and host employers;
  • Appropriateness of placements of labour hire workers;
  • Consultation between the labour hire company and the host employer

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