Many organisations engage contractors to perform work on their behalf. The aim of your business should be to have a consistent contractor management approach that is used by everyone, all of the time.
An effective contractor management process needs to meet the requirements of the Work Health and Safety Act and Regulations 2012 and ensure that the expectations you have of contractors when working on your behalf are understood.
Typical requirements of contractors prior to commencing work with on your behalf may include:
- Providing appropriate insurance; providing evidence that the contractor has appropriate insurance in place
- Ensuring safe systems of work; complying with the requirements of the WHS Act and Regulations.
Contractors are obliged to take reasonable care to:
- Ensure their own health and safety
- Ensure they are trained and competent to do the job required
- Ensure employees are fit for work
- Avoid risking the health and safety of any other person
- Follow safety procedures
- Reports all injuries, incidents and hazards
- Correctly wear safety gear (personal protective equipment; PPE)
- Understand and comply with trade/industry regulations and standards
- Ensuring their employees are competent to do the work required
- Ensure workers have appropriate licensing for high risk work (e.g. scaffolding, crane driving, electrical)
- Completion of a Contractor Induction; to ensure they understand your expectations when working on your behalf
Remember "you're not managing if your'e not managing safely".