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Australia – ICT contractors enjoy safer workplaces

26 March 2013

Workplaces for ICT workers are safer than ever, according to new research by Information Technology Contract and Recruitment Association (ITCRA), the association for ICT contract and recruitment companies in Australia and New Zealand.

ITCRA introduced its iSafe Program which achieved over 400 assessments in its first year of operation, providing safety reviews covering 3,125 workers across 150 client sites, the association announced today.

Introduced to assist ICT recruiters manage their and their clients’ obligations under the National Work Health & Safety (WHS) rules, the programme is designed to ensure consistent workplace health and safety.

“ITCRA’s iSafe program has now reached an important milestone,” said Julie Mills, CEO of ITCRA. “With three times the site locations than originally planned for in its first year already assessed, and double the expected number of clients engaged in the program, there is a great story to tell.”

Effective consultation, coordination and co-operation are improving the rate at which inspections are undertaken under the iSafe program compared to individual inspections by ICT recruiters, the association said.

“This acknowledgement of every party’s commitment to the safety of the contractors in the workplace is what the program is all about,” said Ms Mills, “and most important, the incorporation of a potentially drawn out, difficult and costly process into a cooperative initiative is a win-win for everyone, and demonstrates the evolution of iSafe as a commitment to contractor safety and co-operative workplace practices by the contract and recruitment ICT industry.”

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