Safety at Work

Six ways to help you manage contractors in your workplace

I recently attended a health and safety training course and was taken aback by how many of the delegates had problems with their contractors. As a result, I decided to dedicate todays article to give you some very important methods to help you keep those contractors in line. Let's start with the most important!

#1: Make your contractors sign a contract!

Have a contract signed to ensure compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. This highlights the contractor's responsibilities to ensure the company-specific rules and regulations are adhered to while conducting contractual work

#2: Give your contractors training!

The contractor must attend an induction course or training regarding the company's health and safety rules. Aspects of the training should include matters relating to health, safety and environment; road traffic rules; security; fire prevention; hygiene and housekeeping; confidentiality; insurance; and legislation pertaining to the company

#3: Make sure your contractors comply with legal requirements!

Appoint a competent person - in writing. This person must have the necessary experience. The appointment letter must remain on site at all times

#4: Make the contractor carry out a risk assessment!

The contractor must carry out a risk assessment before commencement of the actual work in terms of the contract.

#5: Have your Certificate of Good Standing handy!

Make sure you have a Certificate of Good Standing from the Workman's Compensation Commissioner in the same month the work is to commence.

#6: Conduct site inspections!

Do regular inspections to make sure your contractors are complying with your health and safety rules.

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Alexandr Grigorev

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