The Australian Model OHS laws do not have duties and responsibilities that focus on the employer. The focus is now on a “person conducting a business or undertaking” or a PCBU. In a legal seminar in Melbourne on 20 October 2009, this acronym was spoken as a “peek-a-boo”. Throughout the next 60 minutes, prominent Australian OHS lawyers repeatedly mentioned the OHS responsibilities of the “peek-a-boos”.
If OHS law has not been taken seriously by some sectors now, there is no hope if this absurd terminology continues.
How will regulators and safety professionals “sell” safety in a small business person is described as a peek-a-boo? If we’re lucky, the employer will think of a game played with young children. If we are not lucky, they may think of diaphanous female lingerie tenuously constructed with ribbons. If the employer is a goth, one may get away with a cool reference to a Siouxsie & The Banshees song.
One could speak PCBU phonetically as “pissy-be-u” but even that is dubious. Please delete this term from one’s vocabulary and recommend to the Australian Government that its bill-drafters look for another acronym.