Contractor Health & Safety Training
Most organisations, over time, will engage contractors and subcontractors to help perform essential parts of a contract, certain business activities or daily tasks. Using contractors can provide a practical and profitable way of managing work across many areas including, construction, demolition, installation, repairs, maintenance, cleaning and catering.
Does your organisation use contractors?
If so, who is responsible for Contractor Health & Safety Training whilst on your company premises and why does it matter?
Bringing contractors onto your site may expose them to workplace hazards including chemical and asbestos exposure, noise pollution and extreme temperature conditions. Similarly, activities performed by the contractors may put your employees and the general public at risk.
Some business sectors, the construction industry for example, will appoint contractors more often than others. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), there were approximately 66,000 non- fatal workplace accidents in the construction sector between 2015/16 and there were 43 workers fatally injured during that time.
Under UK Health and Safety legislation (The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 s2/3/4) any organisation using contractors/subcontractors have a legal duty to ensure as far is reasonable, the health, safety and welfare of anyone visiting its premises including customers and contractors.
What does this include?
As employers, the selection of an appropriate contractor is paramount. Making sure your contractor is suitably qualified and trained will help reduce potential danger. All jobs regardless of size and nature, should be risk assessed and the findings clearly communicated to your contractors and employees. Contractors should be made aware of site rules, personal protection equipment (PPE) and emergency procedures. Instructions and training must be provided to reduce the risk of harm. Cooperation between parties is key to keeping people safe and the work should be regularly managed and supervised.
So, what about contractractors and sub-contractors?
UK legislation requires contractors and sub -contractors have a joint responsibility with their client to ensure Health and Safety requirements are met. Full cooperation is needed to maintain codes of behaviour whilst on site.
Do you and your contractors have the necessary information and tools to work safely together, minimise risk and promote good business practice? Who is responsible for Contractor Health & Safety Training?
The EssentialSkillz Contractor Safety Procedures eLearning Course, provides information designed to enable contractors to understand their legal obligations and their duty to reduce accidents caused by their workplace activities. The course will give you, and your contractors, the information you need to work safely together, reducing workplace accidents and ensuring best practice.
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