Understanding my obligations and responsibilities
A contractor is anyone who is doing work for your organisation, but they are not your employee. You may use contractors to help with
Almost all organisations use contractors at some time. They could be organisations or self-employed individuals.
A contractor may hire other companies to assist with parts of the contract they have with you. These companies or individuals are known as sub-contractors.
Our pages detail a number of actions to ensure that the work carried out by contractors is completed without risk to health and safety.
It’s very important that you plan the work that the contractor is going to carry out for you. You need to provide projects’ specifications and requirements to contractors before they tender for the job.
If you are aware of any hazards that the work could create or are present in your workplace that will effect workers, you should include this in the pre-tender paperwork.
This will help the contractor decide
Through the planning stage you need to identify hazards and assess risks related to the work. The contractor will need to carry out their risk assessment, but their assessment should fit into your own.
It’s also important that the contractor makes you aware of any hazards and risks specific to the task that they are about to carry out.
Carrying out a risk assessment in the workplace
When selecting a potential contractor you will need to ask questions and look for evidence about their
It’s important that you ask for details about how they are planning to carry out the task at your premises. Based on the information provided you need to decide whether the contractor is suitable to carry out the work or not.
You may request that they provide
You should create an approved list of contractors. This list should include details of those contractors that you have accepted as suitable to work for you.
Message us or call our advice line on 0800 019 2211 if you need further information about working with contractors.
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