Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

CCH Australia

Faculty

Faculty of Regional and Professional Studies

School

School of Business (RPS)/Centre for Innovative Practice

RAS ID

15818

Comments

This article was originally published as: Bahn, S., & Kitching, J. (2013). Regulating small firm safety via the supply chain: Implications of the Australian Work Health and Safety Act. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 29(5), 29-541. Original article available here

Abstract

The impact of the Work Health and Safety Act (WHS Act) highlights subcontractor working practices. By motivating contractors to influence subcontractor working practices, regulation influences the latter’s health and safety performance. Indirect routes of regulatory influence, working via supply chains, might prove to be a more effective means of improving small firm health and safety than placing obligations upon subcontractors directly, and limit contractor exposure to their new liability for subcontractor breach.

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