Contractors Legislation - NSS

Contractors coming into your premises or site might not be aware of the hazards present at your workplace. At the same time the contractor’s activities could create risks for your employees or members of the public.

For this reason both of you have health and safety responsibilities and the duty to cooperate and coordinate activities.

Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

The Act explains that employers have to ensure as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of employees, employees of other organisations and members of the public. Those who have control over premises have to consider the safety of anyone who comes on the premises, including contractors and customers.

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

This regulation places a duty on employers to assess and manage risks to their employees and others arising from work activities. Employees must work safely in accordance with their training and the instructions given to them.

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

This Regulation applies when you use contractors to carry out any type of construction work for you. These regulations lay out the responsibilities for each of the parties (client, contractor, designers, principal designers, principal contractor, contractors and workers) involved during a construction project.

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002

The Regulation states you have a duty to take reasonable steps to ensure that nobody is exposed to hazardous substances, this applies to you toward the contractor’s employees and vice versa.

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013

The Regulation says that if you are in control of premises you have a duty to report any accident that occurred to a self-employed person while working at your premises which leads to a specified injury to the contractor or an injury causing a more than from work by them.

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