Working with you to ensure you’re Site Safe
Health and Safety at Work is important to us here at MTS and, it should be important to you too. While it’s critical we make sure that our customers and staff are safe in our working environments, there are additional factors around site safety you’ll want to consider when choosing a painter for your next project – particularly if you’re a business.
MTS are registered Site Safe members and as such, can ensure that your working environment is not only a safe one, but complies with the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Here’s why that matters.
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) any project a painter performs for you under arrangement, holds both parties responsible for health and safety on site – you and your painter. That means, that should there be an accident, you and your painting contractor will be held responsible for the outcome, unless you can show a reasonable duty of care.
PCBU’s and Primary Duty of Care.
Within the HSWA, there are two key areas to be aware of.
The first, is that according to the act, your business and your painting contractor are both considered a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU). As a PCBU you have a range of health and safety responsibilities, which, in general are described as a Primary Duty of Care. As an overview, here’s what’s expected of you and your painting contractor:
A PCBU has the ‘primary duty of care’ – the primary responsibility for people’s health and safety at work. It must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of:
any other workers it influences or directs.
The PCBU must also look after other people who could be put at risk by its work, for example, customers, visitors, children and young people, or the general public.
If you are self-employed then you must also ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, your own health and safety as well as the health and safety of others who could be put at risk by the work you do.
The primary duty of care is a broad, overarching duty. It includes, so far as is reasonably practicable, the PCBU having effective practices in place for:
Providing and maintaining:
a work environment that is without risk to health and safety
safe plant and structures
safe systems of work
adequate facilities for the welfare of workers at work
Safe use, handling and storage of plant, substances and structures
The provision of information, training, instruction or supervision that is necessary to protect people from risks to health and safety arising from the work carried out
That the health of workers and the conditions at the workplace are monitored to prevent illness or injury to workers arising from the work carried out.
If you want to ensure HWSA compliance for an upcoming painting project, talk to us about our approach to workplace health and safety.