WHS consultation: why it is important and how to make it more effective. Jane Clarke . Safe Work SA funded project. Identify features of effective consultation: Aged care Construction Hospitality. What difference does it make?.
WHS consultation: why it is important and how to make it more effective.
Safe Work SA funded project
What difference does it make?
Participation of workers = improved HS systems + reduction in injuries and illness.
What do we mean by consultation?
into decision making
What does the act say?
Consultation requires that workers be given the opportunity to:
b (ii)contribute to the decision-making process relating to the matter
It is not just if you have a committee….
The extent and nature of consultation is a critical factor in the effect on illness and injury outcomes. (Eaton and Nocerino in Walters D, 2010)
What would meaningful and effective consultation look like in your workplace?
Does it matter how they consult?
Direct versus representative.
it’s a question of power….
Role of WHS Representatives
What support do you need to be able to consult effectively?
Management culture matters….
Support of participation
Ayres, Culvenor, Sillitoe and Else
Meaningful and effective consultation and the construction industry of Victoria, Australia
The topic of consultation remained the same … trouble shooting or execution rather than strategic long term and design issues.
who controls the agenda???
Growth in precarious employment; direct casuals and labour hire;
Waiting for safety:
Responses by young Canadian workers to unsafe work, by Tucker and Turner
Teenage workers in our study seemed reluctant to speak out when they have concerns and instead wait things out, reflecting an understanding of the managerial constraints on their action.
…unless collective concern
What challenges do you face in your industries or worksites?
What examples of success do you have?
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