I Have Subcontractors Working for Me, who is Responsible for Their Health & Safety?

I Have Subcontractors Working for Me, who is Responsible for Their Health & Safety? 

As an employer, you have a responsibility to look after your employees’ Health & Safety. But what about when you’re using a subcontractor? They aren’t your employee, but they are doing work for you? Should you be responsible for their Health & Safety? Our H&S expert clears up the confusion. 

Under Health & Safety law, both you and the subcontractor have a responsibility for the subcontractor’s Health & Safety. It is your duty to risk assess the work the subcontractor will be carrying out and decide what training and information, if any, the subcontractor will need to carry out the work. 

It is your responsibility to check the competence & qualifications of the subcontractor you are employing. It is in the best interests of your business as they are effectively representing your company. 

The subcontractor should have their own Health & Safety policies and procedures, which should be supplied to you as a part of your vetting process. However, in order to maintain a good standard of Health & Safety, it is important that you and subcontractor are in communication at all times. If something changes for one party that affects Health & Safety, they should notify the other party. 

For more information on Health & Safety responsibilities, or to book a Free Review, call on 0844 8797286. 

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Northern Accountants

Sarah and the team at Quest have provided us HR support since January 2013.

Quest Consulting Services provided us with a comprehensive employment structure with contacts and a handbook and have been on hand to help me deal with the occasional issue I have faced with team members through their telephone support service.

As our personal Consultant, Sarah provides a quality, professional and complete service which is great value for money.

Northern Accountants

Off Limits Corporate Events

Sarah has transformed our HR and has introduced systems that have taken lots of hassle away from staffing issues within our company.

We have worked with Sarah and her team for 5 years and in this time our business has grown considerably. With telephone support available for all our Managers as they need it plus Sarah and her team proactively keeping us updated on changes in legislation we are reassured that we are in safe hands.

The HR software that Quest implemented also helps us keep on top of the routine aspects of HR such as holiday bookings, recording absence, holding personnel records which then allows Sarah and her team easy access to give us relevant advice.

Our Managers have also benefited from workshops run by Sarah to help develop their skills on handling issues such as disciplinary, appraisals, recruitment etc….

The support of Quest is invaluable and provides a much more cost effective solution than employing a HR Manager in house.

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10 Associates

Why would anybody NOT have Sarah working 'alongside' their business?

I've known Sarah for many years and she's always been there for me and the business when her wealth of knowledge has been called upon.

We have used Sarah and her team to handle our contracts, handbook and Health & Safety and they are readily available on the telephone when needed or on site at our premises.

Highly recommended.

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