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.
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