What may I expect from my principal?
When you have assumed a best-efforts obligation
When you have assumed a best-efforts obligation you may expect that your principal:
- Knows the risks associated with the work and the work environment, makes them clear, opens them to discussion and takes measures to control the risks;
- Makes every effort to avoid incidents and takes immediate actions should an incident nevertheless occur;
- Offers you a safe and healthy work environment, in part by providing you safe work equipment and personal protective equipment;
- Lays down clear limits and does not accept unsafe behaviour, but does provide scope to learn from mistakes;
- Is approachable and open to tips and tricks that improve healthy and safe work practices.
When your principal has an SCC or SCP certificate then you can be certain that your principal gives structural attention to these kinds of issues and does not neglect them.
When you have assumed a result obligation
When you have assumed a result obligation you are personally responsible for following healthy and safe work practices. However, you may expect your principal to act as a good principal. You may then, for example, expect that your principal:
- Ensures that you can carry out your contract in safety (by making sufficient time, funds and resources to enable you to do so);
- Ensures that you do not need to sort out things that your principal has not arranged properly (you are not expected to take over your principal's work);
- Is approachable, actively discusses your work with you and appreciates your efforts to follow healthy and safe work practices.
When your principal has an SCC or SCP certificate then you can be certain that your principal actively informs you about specific hazards at the principal's company and makes every effort to control those risks. The principal ensures that you can carry out your work without needing to hire others and makes health and safety equipment available to you for your use when you wish.