When you employ agency or temporary staff, or on-hire staff, you have to protect their health and safety in the same way as your permanent employees. This is because they are covered by the same work, health and safety laws.
They are also covered by the National Employment Standards (NES) and any awards in place for your industry. If the business supplying staff has its own enterprise agreement, that could replace the award in your business. On-hire staff are covered by equal opportunity laws to protect them from discrimination or victimisation at work.
As soon as your on-hire staff start, you need to provide a safe place for them to work, safe plant and equipment and supervision, whatever their role requires. You also need to provide training or check they are trained. These duties apply even when their role is temporary or time limited.
Employsure can help you with any doubts you may have about employing agency or temporary staff. For peace of mind, please call our 24 hour Advice Line now on 1300 651 415.