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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?.

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Whs consultation why it is important and how to make it more effective

WHS consultation: why it is important and how to make it more effective.

Jane Clarke


Whs consultation why it is important and how to make it more effective

Safe Work SA funded project

  • Identify features of effective consultation:

    • Aged care

    • Construction

    • Hospitality


Whs consultation why it is important and how to make it more effective

What difference does it make?

Participation of workers = improved HS systems + reduction in injuries and illness.


Whs consultation why it is important and how to make it more effective

Why?

  • Critical knowledge held by workers;

  • Increased trust and ownership.


Whs consultation why it is important and how to make it more effective

What do we mean by consultation?

Meaningful input

into decision making

Providing

information


Whs consultation why it is important and how to make it more effective

What does the act say?

48 (1)

Consultation requires that workers be given the opportunity to:

b (ii)contribute to the decision-making process relating to the matter


Whs consultation why it is important and how to make it more effective

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)


Whs consultation why it is important and how to make it more effective

Table discussion

What would meaningful and effective consultation look like in your workplace?


Whs consultation why it is important and how to make it more effective

Does it matter how they consult?

Direct versus representative.

it’s a question of power….


Whs consultation why it is important and how to make it more effective

Role of WHS Representatives

  • Independent (not management nominees)

  • Clear about your role

  • Respected by those who you represent

  • Time

  • Support to do the role

  • Training

  • Protection from discrimination

  • Access to advice and support from unions


Whs consultation why it is important and how to make it more effective

Table discussion

What support do you need to be able to consult effectively?


Whs consultation why it is important and how to make it more effective

Management culture matters….

Trust

Respect

Support of participation


Whs consultation why it is important and how to make it more effective

Ayres, Culvenor, Sillitoe and Else

Meaningful and effective consultation and the construction industry of Victoria, Australia

.


Whs consultation why it is important and how to make it more effective

Disturbingly….

The topic of consultation remained the same … trouble shooting or execution rather than strategic long term and design issues.

who controls the agenda???


Whs consultation why it is important and how to make it more effective

Challenges….

Growth in precarious employment; direct casuals and labour hire;

Sub-contracting

Outsourcing


Whs consultation why it is important and how to make it more effective

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


Whs consultation why it is important and how to make it more effective

Table discussion…

What challenges do you face in your industries or worksites?

What examples of success do you have?


Whs consultation why it is important and how to make it more effective

Jane Clarke

Project Officer

Centre for Work + Life

University of South Australia

(08) 8302 4234

[email protected]

www.unisa.edu.au/Research/Centre-for-Work-Life/


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