Supply chain regulation to protect the occupational health and safety of vulnerable workers

Quinlan, Michael, Johnstone, Richard, James, Phillip, & Nossar, Igor (2007) Supply chain regulation to protect the occupational health and safety of vulnerable workers. Revista Brasileira de Saúde Ocupacional, 32(115), pp. 145-152.

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The last two decades have witnessed a fragmentation of previously integrated systems of production and service delivery with the advent of boundary-less, networked and porous organisational forms. This trend has been associated with the growth of outsourcing and increased use of contingent workers. One consequence of these changes is the development of production/service delivery systems based on complex national and international networks of multi-tiered subcontracting increasingly labelled as supply chains. A growing body of research indicates that subcontracting and contingent work arrangements affect design and decision-making processes in ways that can seriously undermine occupational health and safety (OHS). Elaborate supply chains also present a regulatory challenge because legal responsibility for OHS is diffused amongst a wider array of parties, targeting key decision-makers is more difficult, and government agencies encounter greater logistical difficulties trying to safeguard contingent workers. In a number of industries these problems have prompted new forms of regulatory intervention, including mechanisms for sheeting legal responsibility to the top of supply chains, contractual tracking devices and increasing industry, union and community involvement in enforcement. After describing the problems just alluded to this paper examines recent efforts to regulate supply chains to safeguard OHS in the United Kingdom and Australia.

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ID Code: 78231
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
DOI: 10.1590/S0303-76572007000100013
ISSN: 0303-7657
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Fundacao Jorge Duprat Figueiredo de Seguranca e Medicina do Trabalho
Deposited On: 03 Nov 2014 03:08
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2014 03:39

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