Contractors and any business that uses them have health & safety responsibilities,
both for the contractors and anyone else affected by their activities.
Safety PAL helps you ensure everyone understands the part they need to play in keeping everyone safe.
Who Counts as a Contractor?
A contractor is anyone who carries out work for you on a one-off, occasional or regular basis without being an employee. Works for which contractors are being used in your company may include: maintenance, repairs, installation, construction, demolition and many other jobs.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) recommends that you think about how their work may affect each other and how they will interact with your day-to-day activities.
You are legally obliged to ensure contractors...
- Understand the hazards on your site.
- Know any site rules and safety procedures you have in place.
- Are equipped/supplied with whatever PPE is needed.
- Have any special equipment they require.
In addition, you are also legally obliged to ensure your staff understand the contractors’ responsibilities. This is not just good practice, but due to the increased legislation; this is an essential requirement in protection and prevention.
How well do you currently manage contractors?
We've put together a 2 minute quiz based on the HSE's HSG159 guide to Managing Contractors and Using Contractors for employers.
See how you currently rate against the HSE's requirements by taking our quick quiz. There's also a useful PDF guide to Using Contractors available to download on completion of the quiz.
Permits to Work (PTW)
Safety PAL is not only a planning tool but it also helps safeguard contractors and others through the PTW system once they're onsite.
There's the Talk And Be Safe tool, the 'one last thing' to bring them up to speed with any new information upon arrival. The signing in/out of Jobs & Work Zones tool allows you to know where they are on site. You can check the progress of a job, or extend jobs that may take longer than expected. Finally, you can review the contractors’ performance at the end of the task.
As with everything in Safety PAL, this is fully documented and recorded.
Fewer Stand Downs
This affects contractors too. If a job is delayed, contractors can be entitled to compensation for their time, even if they can’t work. Safety PAL helps reduce or even eliminate stand-downs, so that contractor time compensation will also be reduced or eliminated.
Don't just take our word for it...
"Safety PAL has quickly become an essential tool for dealing with many aspects of Health and Safety at PPX metal management… I wouldn't want to be running PPX without it. Highly recommended."
Paul Pearce, PPX Metal Management
"It's been really easy to get the safety information out to the employees because they've all logged on to the system... and we know they've read it and ticked they've understood it."
Richard Fuller, County Battery Services
"My favourite part (of Safety PAL) is the inductions. We have sites across the East Midlands, so to keep inductions consistent is very difficult... I can upload a video and it’s the same for every site - fantastic."
Kerri Grocock, Woodhead Construction
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