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Beyond statutory enforcement - alternative approaches to improving OSH in the temporary agency sector

Underhill, Elsa and Quinlan, Michael 2011, Beyond statutory enforcement - alternative approaches to improving OSH in the temporary agency sector, Policy and practice in health and society, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 109-131.

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Title Beyond statutory enforcement - alternative approaches to improving OSH in the temporary agency sector
Author(s) Underhill, Elsa
Quinlan, Michael
Journal name Policy and practice in health and society
Volume number 9
Issue number 2
Start page 109
End page 131
Publisher I O S H Publishing Ltd.
Place of publication Leicester, U. K.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1477-3996
1477-4003
Keyword(s) occupational safety and health
regulation
temporary agency workers
triangular employment relationship
Summary As with other types of flexible employment, a growing body of international research has found an association between temporary agency work and comparatively poor occupational safety and health outcomes. Temporary agency work has also been found to pose a serious challenge to regulatory regimes, including the activities of inspectors. Government agencies have responded to these challenges in a number of ways. This study examines a project undertaken in the Australian state of Queensland that sought to identify both particular problems and ways of resolving them. The focus of the project was to identify ‘non-regulatory’ solutions based on information collected through focus groups of agency and host employer representatives. However, while a number of policy interventions were identified that fitted this approach, the project also found that both agency firms and hosts believed additional regulatory controls were required. This paper assesses these findings in the context of broader research and policy debates about how to deal with the occupational safety and health problems posed by the global shift to more flexible work arrangements.
Language eng
Field of Research 150306 Industrial Relations
Socio Economic Objective 940501 Employment Patterns and Change
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, IOSH Services Limited
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042119

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