Do you use sub-contractors?
Do you have self-employed people working in your business?
If you do then, like many of our regular clients, this article will be of interest.
There are many reasons why organisations use the services of self-employed people within their operation. Often it is simply that they are not able to employ them on a full time basis and so using their services on an ad-hoc basis works for both parties. However do not think that because they are self-employed they are responsible for their own health and safety. Within any business or organisation it is the people who dictate the tasks and operations who are responsible for those who work under their supervision and jurisdiction. This applies to both employed or sub contracted workers.
You are responsible for all work carried out by your organisation whether the people doing this work are directly employed or sub-contracted. Due diligence must be carried out on any sub-contracted and these checks must be documented.
Therefore, in case anything goes wrong, it is essential that the correct paperwork is put in place, that both parties understand their roles and the extent of the work to be performed by the sub-contractor. We see many cases where the right agreements are not in place exposing the employer to a high level of risk.
Should you need any further advice on this, or any health and safety issue, please contact us by email email@example.com or call us on 0203 411 7888
Westminster Compliance was established to provide a more personal, proactive health and safety consultancy that would keep businesses working and compliant with ever-changing legislation.
Our presentations and training are interesting and fun because we want our clients to buy into health and safety, and definitely not to see it as a boring, unnecessary nuisance. We know that our best service is provided to small and medium sized organisations and have developed a system that works in most industries.
We stick with straightforward language, keeping away from jargon, and do not make ridiculous promises. Most importantly, we realise that we are working with human beings.