Who is responsible for my health and safety on a commercial/industrial/construction site?

Who is responsible for my health and safety on a commercial/industrial/construction site?

Commercial  and  industrials  sites  could  often  have  several  different  companies  from  several  different  trades  on  site  at  any  one  time.  

At  Quest,  we  are  often  asked  who  is  responsible  for  safety  out  of  the  multiple  contractors  operating  in  the  same  area.  Usually,  ultimate  responsibility  lies  with  the  owner,  but  they  may  delegate  another  competent  person  on  their  behalf.  Whoever  it  is,  and  no  matter  how  many  contractors  are  on  your  premises,  this  responsible  person  needs  to  ensure  that  health  &  safety  procedures  are  adhered  to  and  any  contractors  or  sub-contractors  working  on  their  premises  are  competent  which  could  mean  checking  credentials.   

If  the  work  on  the  premises  involves  any  construction  related  work,  then  it  is  very  likely  that  the  Construction  (Design  and  Management)  Regulations  2015  (commonly  known  as  the  CDM  regs)  will  apply.  Responsibilities  under  these  regulations  depend  on  each  contractor’s  role  within  the  construction  project.  If you are unsure,  check  or  seek  advice.  For  any  contractor  working  on  your  premises  they  should  submit  a  site-specific  method  statement  which  basically  sets  out  how  a  particular  task  or  activity  they  are  doing  will  be  carried  out,  taking  into  account  any  risks  that  may  be  present.   

While  there  is  always  someone  with  ultimate  responsibility  for  health  &  safety,  all  workers  on  any  site  still  have  a  responsibility  for  their  own  safety  and  the  safety  of  those  around  them.  Rules  and  procedures  on  site  must  always  be  followed  to  prevent  accidents  from  occurring,  and  any  risks  or  hazards  must  be  reported  to  the  responsible  person  or  site  manager  and  rectified  as  soon  as  possible.   

For  more  information  on  Health  &  Safety  in  a  commercial  or  industrial  environmentor  for  a  Free  Review  of  your  Health  &  Safety  arrangements,  call  Steve  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.

Off Limits Corporate Events

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.

10 Associates

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