The nature in which companies employ their staff or conduct their work has changed somewhat over the past ten years.
More and more companies are engaging the services of specialist contractors to perform the work that is not usually their core business. Whether it is for maintenance, construction, labour-hire or administrative type of activities; contractors can increase the amount of risk brought to an organisation.
Simply engaging a contractor does not mean that your company is no longer responsible for the health and safety of the work being performed. The Workplace Health & Safety Act specifically states that both the contractor and the client have an obligation to ensure the health and safety of the workers and anyone else that may be affected by that work being performed.
Outsource Safety, we have assisted many companies with developing, implementing and monitoring a comprehensive Contractor Management program. This program varies on the client needs, however, may involve:
Reviewing the company’s current way of engaging contractors & advising ways to improve that process;
Developing a process that assists contract owners in selecting contractors based on the health and safety performance of the contractor;
Conduct independent audits on potential or current contractors;
Provide training to both client and contractors on the importance of contractor management, and health & safety in general.
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