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Who is an officer of a PCBU?

If you are involved in making decisions (as opposed to just implementing them) for the person conducting a business undertaking (PCBU) that affects a substantial part of their business or undertaking.  An officer will include:

  • a director or secretary of an organisation  
  • chief executive officer (CFO, CEO etc)
  • officers of unincorporated bodies and associations
  • managers in partnerships who are not partners
It also includes people who:
  • make or engages in decisions that impact on the organisation as a whole or in part
  • have the ability to affect the operations of the business
Can a volunteer be an ‘officer’?
  • Yes, a volunteer can be an ‘officer’. If you are an officer of a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) and you are a volunteer, you must comply with your due diligence duties as an officer.

It is your responsibility to make sure that you meet your health and safety obligations including due diligence.  This means making sure that there are appropriate resources available within the workplace to manage risks and hazards.

Resources can include:

  • Budgets
  • Workplace health and safety managements systems
  • Job descriptions with responsibilities for workplace health and safety
  • Planning for workplace risk assessment and development of work method statements
  • Time for health and safety toolbox talks, committee meetings, risk assessments etc
  • Training - induction, in-house and external courses, seminars
  • Management of compliance and competent personnel
  • Record keeping
  • Health and safety programmes - eg drug and alcohol, bullying and harassment, fatigue management etc
  • Return to work and rehabilitation programmes
  • Management of first aid
  • Management of contractors
  • Providing work health and safety information and training
Remember the the above list is not exhaustive and officers will need to make sure that evidence is available to demonstrate compliance to the Act and Regulations.

Officers must exercise due diligence to make sure that the business complies with work health and safety legislation. Tell A Friend