Do you have contractors on your premises?
Do you have contractors working for you? This could be an electrician, gas engineer, roofer, etc. that are working on your premises. If so, both you and the contractor have legal health and safety responsibilities.
You need to make sure the contractor chosen is competent to do the task you require. They must have the right skills, training and knowledge to carry out the job safely (i.e. gas engineers should be GasSafe registered). You need to confirm this along with checking they have valid liability insurance.
You need to ensure the job can be done safely. Carry out a risk assessment taking into account any work that the contractor will be doing. Inform the contractor of any known issues that could affect their work (location of underground services, asbestos, skylights, power lines, etc.). You will need to liaise closely with the contractor so that all parties know what is planned and the risks involved. Put in place control measures to ensure the work area is safe.
You will need to provide information to employees and contractors of any controls being put in place (such as cordons and alternative evacuation routes).
Make someone responsible for inducting, supervising and managing contractors on your premises.
If the contractors are to do any construction work for you then you have duties as a client under the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 (CDM). This is your legal responsibility although reputable contractors will know this and may bring this you your attention.
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