Does our duty of care apply to our staff when they volunteer for another organisation?
Question: One of our organisation's business plans is an environmental impact strategy. One recommendation was to volunteer for local environmental programs / initiatives. As a result, we have consulted with our local council with a plan that our staff can volunteer to assist with the rehabilitation and re-vegetation of an area of a local river. The council has its own insurance cover, safe work method statements and risk assessments for volunteers, and we have agreed that staff can volunteer during working hours and will continue to be paid by us. Who is responsible for their overall safety?
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