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This section places obligations on managers who engage and supervise contractors, the Director, FMSD, Director, ITSD and the Director, Logistics Division.
All of the University’s safe working environment issues and safe working practices apply to independent contractors engaged by the University, and employees of those contractors, as if they were all employees of the University. The University will have varying degrees of control over health and safety issues in this situation depending on the type and location of work being done by a contractor. In general less control means less responsibility under the legislation.
For example, in the case of electrical contractors working on a roof:
For example, in the case of a contractor working from their own premises for the University:
Therefore “contractor” includes any person or company engaged or invited directly or indirectly to carry out works or activities on University premises. This includes delivery persons, temporary staff, removalists, persons setting up staging and so on. Labour-hire agency staff (“temps”) are employees of independent contractors engaged by the University and the University has OHS responsibilities for them.
For the purposes of this manual, a consultant is a contractor.
All contractors must receive an induction before commencing work. The form and details of the induction will depend upon the risks associated with the work carried out by the contractor. Some contractors who carry out hazardous work regularly at the University will receive two inductions: a general (global) University induction and a job specific induction.
Wherever the University has contractors engaged in construction work on University premises, contractors carrying out maintenance work, or similar, the staff member responsible for bringing (or proposing to bring) a contractor onto the premises must:
Facilities Management Services Division offers, on a fee for service basis, contractor management services for most trades and construction work undertaken by other organisational areas. These works may include erecting staging and stands or electrical works for special events. Contact Facilities Management Services Division for further information.
In the case of a contractor carrying out office work, the relevant manager must proceed as if the contractor were a new University staff member. This includes making sure the contractor has access to this manual.
The staff member responsible for bringing a visitor (e.g. researcher from another University, a job applicant) onto University premises must attend to their safety by making sure they know where to go, how to leave the building, safe car parking arrangements, remaining with them or knowing where they are and when they leave.